The most universal benefit of volunteering is the opportunity to learn. In some cases, the new knowledge is practical. For example, you will learn what is involved in building a house. In other cases, it’s a process of self-discovery that may be less tangible but equally important. The experience of volunteering cultivates a lifelong service-ethic , and when you reach out, you exchange ideas and experiences, and the result is a ripple effect that can result in benefits to the larger community
In between community service projects, you’ll be surfing in Hawaii, whitewater rafting in Alaska, zip lining in Costa Rica, climbing to the top of Machu Picchu in Peru, or marveling at the Big 5 on a safari in South Africa. We know when to pick up the pace to get your adrenaline flowing; we also know when it’s time to chill with some downtime on the beach. The balance of service and recreation is what sets our programs apart. We know that by integrating adventure and recreational highlights into our itineraries, we are able to maintain your high level of enthusiasm!
We also believe in reasonable, comfortable, accommodations. Whether you are spending the night in a college dorm, a simple hotel or bed and breakfast, you will find yourself able to relax and unwind. For the consistency of the group experience, we do not have any homestays nor is there camping.
Before joining us, make sure you are excited about the projects and ready to make a difference doing substantial community service. If you come prepared with a positive attitude, you will be ready to embrace the challenges and reap the many rewards of a community service program. All of our participants work together on each of the projects listed therefore it will take teamwork, cooperation and leadership to succeed. You are committing yourself to participate in 6 to 8 hours of service on the days that do have service. By giving it your all, you are sure to enjoy incredible memories and feel good about what you have accomplished. You will receive a certificate of completion recognizing 25-80 hours of service (depending on the program) and listing the projects you helped to complete.
Community service breaks down barriers and builds awareness, compassion, and relationships. It develops leadership and global citizenship. It is not just about seeing a place. It’s about creating powerful, life-changing experiences.