working holiday suggestions
Save the Planet...
Save its People
Holidays that support
charities through donations — or your helping hands
many hands make light work
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Worried about the planet? Worried about the poor and needy? Then how
about putting something back on your next vacation? Here are a few ideas.
There are two ways: provide your free labour to help others or take
your vacation through an organization that provides significant donations
to the needy in the region your visit. How far are you prepared to go?
Here are a few ideas of how you can holiday, make new friends and help
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Lend your hands to help others in need
Expeditions [UK registered charity]
Unique and challenging expeditions, teaching placements and language
courses that encourage communication and teamwork skills and provide
the opportunity for individuals to further their own personal
development whilst making a positive difference to the host country.
Trekforce Expeditions offer
a unique combination of activities in Central and South America
and South East Asia, consisting of sustainable conservation, community
or scientific projects undertaken in conjunction with their overseas
project partners, teaching placements in rural communities and
Spanish language courses in a Latin American country. Trekforce
offer unrivalled safety and support and have over 20 years of
conservation projects with community development and adventure
programmes and make your Gap Year, Career Break or Summer Holiday
a life-changing experience for yourself and others you will help.
Worldwide Experience allows you to contribute to global conservation
and community programmes. Specialising in Conservation projects
in South Africa they also need your help right across the globe.
Covers conservation in South
Africa, Namibia, Scotland, Kenya and Sri Lanka with everything
from elephants to big cats to play with! Also marine conservation,
teaching and work-based learning opportunities.
Trust [UK registered charity]
The National Trust runs around 450 Working Holidays every year
throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so whether you
fancy carrying out a conservation survey, herding goats, painting
a lighthouse or planting trees, they are bound to have something
to suit you.
Working Holidays range from
two to seven days and from £60 a week including food and hostel-type
accommodation. No previous experience is necessary, as you will
be led by trained volunteer leaders and staff. You just need to
be team-spirited, enjoy being outdoors in beautiful locations
and not mind getting your hands dirty!
Gwalior Children's Hospital is a small registered charity working
to establish a children's hospital and a mobile hospital including
hospice for HIV children to provide health, education and medical
services to poor, needy and disabled children in Gwalior; its
slums, rural and remote areas as well an orphanage with rehabilitation
and training centre for disabled and destitute children to make
them independent and able to lead a life with self esteem.
We need all health care personnel
including teachers and educationists, doctors (GPs, specialists
and consultants in all disciplines), nurses paramedics, technicians,
speech therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers,
carers for disabled children and for children with profound learning
disabilities, mental illness etc. Teachers for children with special
needs, teachers for children with learning disabilities (mild
as well profound). Play specialists for nursery, school, hospital
and orphanage for disabled children.
others... without working up a sweat...
Know that your vacation contributes to
help others through donations
Insights - Cambodia travel
mysterious and enchanting Cambodia with a personal local guide
at your side. Visit Angkor Wat; experience the warmth and hospitality
of the Khmer people and enjoy relatively undiscovered golden beaches
like those once found in Thailand.
SAGE exists to support
the neediest Cambodian children.
[UK registered charity]
The main aim of Glosaid is to help educate children in The Gambia.
They are based in Gloucestershire, England, and The Gambia. Their
holiday rentals are a great way of supporting Glosaid. The aim
is to educate children out of the poverty trap. Profits go towards
paying school fees and buying text books, uniforms and writing
The charity also has a sponsorship
scheme for the children. Their Coordinator will ensure that all
sponsorship money is used for a particular child.
Their list of agencies will help people
considering long-term or full-time volunteering.