These programs are not for the faint of heart. Programs range from heavy construction, to light manual labor tasks. As a volunteer you will take on activities such as mixing sand, making bricks from mud, digging, as well as painting schools and orphanages. You will be led and work side by side the local people all working for the improvement of their communities. By helping to set up basic infrastructure, lays a foundation that will allow the locals to continue the programs even after your volunteer work abroad has ended. You do not need any previous building experience, though you should be physically fit and willing to work hard in order to partake on these projects. Most work locations are in rural areas, hot weather, limited shade, and using basic equipment.
After the earthquake disaster Nepal is in need of huge reconstruction and renovation. So why not let your hand forward for a great social cause.
This is a community located in eastern Ecuador in Napo province. The community is inhabited by 40 aboriginal families, each with an average of 8 members, with an approximate population of 350 inhabitants.
The population is engaged in agriculture especially seeding of coffee, cacao, banana, corn, cassava. The coffee and cocoa are traded in areas near the community, while cassava, green bananas and corn are for domestic consumption. The community has an ecological reserve of 1,300 hectares. They have electricity and piped water. Families are also working on making handicrafts using native materials in the region such as seeds, straw hat ribbon, string, etc.
As a volunteer in this project you will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
This program is an area located in the southern zone of the province of Manabí, containing a population of approximately 5,000 habitants. It is in a dry tropical forest, with mostly primary vegetation. The plants from the Cactaceae (cactus) family standout, like the candelabra and the mulatto. There is also the lignum vitae, or ‘wood of life’, locust trees, and madero negro, a tropical hardwood. All of these plants have a great commercial and medicinal value.
Volunteers will support the ongoing building work in the village, help with the piggery and farm project, support the local community center and health talks, and general support of the local grassroots program we work with. Some of your day may be spent digging wells, moving or making bricks, feeding animals, participating in outreach projects and help with the creation of a community library. This can be a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required. Volunteer can also spend time in the children’s school teaching classes.
Join this program and labour along aside community organizers aiming to improve the lives and living conditions of people within their own community. As a volunteer you can fill the colours of happiness, contentment and dreams in to someone`s life on our construction, renovation and beautification project in Jaipur. Most of the focus is to renovate, beautify and the maintenance of community buildings like schools, hospitals, public gardens and community halls. In a survey conducted by our ABV India staff it was found school attendance was almost 70% higher in children’s schools which include colourful walls, painted murals and other visual improvement (including wash rooms). So we push on!
These projects consist of several programs all run and supervised by the ABV Volunteer Coordinator. The diversity of possibilities creates an opportunity for volunteers to suggest preferences for age groups and specific personal interest to be involved in. Some of the programs you can help with.
By choosing our renovation and community awareness placement in Rajasthan you will be provided with a fruitful interaction between yourself and the community in which you are working to provide a more positive and healthy environment. You will be working through physical labor on development and renovation work as well as our social awareness campaigns helping to involve the local people by bringing them ownership of their village, its facilities and social issues.