Top cost-effective spring break volunteer trips
What will you be doing this spring break?
Teaching and Education Programs
Teaching English to Bhuddist Monks - Thailand
Teaching in Schools - Nepal
Volunteers in Peru provide much-needed support and assistance to children and young adults at various childcare facilities. One such facility is a school for mentally disabled and deaf children and young adults aged from 3 to 25 years. Due to the varying ages and levels of disability there are five sections where the young people receive education which includes a deaf school, kindergarten, primary school, practical training, and a division for students with multiple complex behaviours.
Construction and Outdoors Programs
This program is designed for those volunteers who do not have a lot of time but still want to help and make a difference. The week is planned out to include time building and renovating at the schools, playing and interacting with the children and also planned sight-seeing trips. This week long program begins on a Monday and volunteers need to arrive on the Sunday. Spanish is not required for this project.
The purpose of the permaculture project is to promote sustainable, creative solutions to problems of environmental degradation and food and water insecurity facing the local communities in the West Bank. They strive to re-purpose all the rubbish they create, to develop and use alternate forms of energy, and to live using only the resources which are available to them. The emphasis is put on living sustainably rather than living luxuriously.
Volunteers will help with gardening and construction at a home for single mothers. The work can involve bamboo construction, laying cement foundations, painting, digging and maintaining gardens and harvesting the organically grown produce. As well as construction and gardening volunteers should be willing to share their skills and knowledge.
Environmental and Conservation Programs
The native forests in Galápagos are shrinking due to farming activities and the introduction of such useful but invasive plant species as cinchona, cedar and blackberry. This volunteer program focuses its activities on re-forestation, habitat restoration, organic agriculture, environmental education in local schools, centre maintenance and development.
Environmental programs revolve around educating future generations on conserving the environment, through educational camps and activities put in place to promote sustainability for the future. Duties include visitor management and outdoor environmental work. For example clearing paths, removing alien vegetation, bird counting, and facilitating awareness programs for people of different ages.
Volunteers work at a Biological Station carrying out field research and education in the tropical rainforest region of the upper Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The station includes a reserve of 2,000 hectares, of which 70% is primary forest and the remainder secondary growth. Although its principal objectives are the conservation and protection of the natural environment, the centre also works on improving the health, nutrition and livelihood of the surrounding communities.
Wildlife and Animals Programs
Based at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle, volunteers work in partnership with an indigenous Quichuan community. The program's mission is to rescue wild animals from unhealthy and illegal situations, such as animal-trafficking and mistreatment. The groups of animals are mainly primates, birds, and reptiles.
The Game Reserve is situated in Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown. The reserve is on 6000 hectares of land which is filled with a variety of wild life, including the BIG 5! In addition to the mixture of grasslands and sub-tropical vegetation, it also has naturally formed pockets of water, amazing rock formations and splendid flora. Duties will include: tracking and monitoring animals, removing alien vegetation, mending fences, animal counts, animal feeding, general visitor management, working in the elephant sanctuary, accompanying guides on game drives and clearing paths.
The elephant camp is an exciting new program in Thailand. The project site is roughly 40 miles (65 kilometres) from the centre of Chiang Mai. Volunteers stay onsite during the week and travel back to Chiang Mai for the weekend. The camp is home to about 70 elephants and has been operating for over 20 years. Part of the duties of volunteers is to fed and bath the animals each morning. In the afternoon you may have the chance to work with the trainers.
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