We're proud to announce that we've committed to withdrawing our volunteers from orphanages by the end of 2017, instead focusing our resources and volunteers on community-based projects.
With the winter break around the corner, now is the time to start planning your Winter Break Trip with us! There are six organized trips to choose from that take place between December and January.
We are 25 years old! Who would have thought that in two-and-a-half decades we could send over 100,000 volunteers from all around the world on service trips to as many as 38 countries?
Volunteer efforts in Ghana and Tanzania have improved access to educational resources for some. In Ghana, volunteers built seven tables to be used at a weekly reading class for soccer players. Children who attend can now comfortably practice their basic writing skills as well.
Our busiest time of the year is in full swing with more than 3,000 volunteers from around the world currently taking part on hundreds of projects across the globe. As the biggest volunteer organization in the world, we're excited that our projects are currently at the height of their impact. Follow our social media pages to get the latest on all the incredible work our volunteers are doing, and to find out how you can join!
Women in a local fishing village on the outskirts of Cape Coast, Ghana, are new beneficiaries of our Microfinance Project. Fishing is the main source of income in the village of Abukem, but local women often struggle to start their own businesses in an industry dominated by men, and generally have an inferior level of education.
We are now offering a Rastafarian Project in Jamaica for volunteers over 50. Explore life in a rural Jamaican village situated along the banks of the Montego Bay River. Immerse in Rastafarian culture and discover its history, art, architecture, music, religion and other traditions. You can also give back by helping school children with their homework. The Rastafarian Project happens this fall, and applications have opened!
Our 2016 Global Impact Report is hot off the press, with encouraging results. Some notable achievements include: - 206 local teachers received training in Peru; - 14,000 meals provided to at-risk youths in South Africa; - More than 17 tons of garbage collected worldwide; - More than 500 poaching snares removed in Botswana & Kenya; - 25,152 hours of free legal services were provided & 235 cases closed...
A record number of 700 local teachers enrolled for this year's Teacher Training Project in Peru. Our Teaching volunteers ensured the event was a success, by leading training sessions to improve the English language of the teachers who attended.
Our Sea Turtle & Coastal Conservation Project in Mexico has achieved outstanding results in its first year at the project's new location in Cuyutlan. Volunteers helped facilitate a safe entry into the ocean for more than 50,000 hatchlings.
College and university students can still sign up for our Alternative Spring Break Trips to make the most of Reading Week. Programs vary from Conservation to Medicine and are available for every student. If our dates don't fit your calendar, you can also sign up for a 1-week trip and choose your own start dates according to your school break.