Some of the world’s most beautiful islands are also the greatest volunteering locations. If you choose service as a way to refocus your mind onto something larger than yourself, you can take a break in one of our partner communities and make a world of difference. These “do-good” programs engage you in genuine development projects and enable you to experience authentic local culture in captivating destinations.
Speak to a Volunteer Coordinator for Information and to Register: 800-487-1074/651-407-6100
These island escapes are good for helping others and reviving your spirit. Join us and truly make a difference.
You don’t have to sacrifice your vacation to enjoy the best of island culture. You can combine meaningful service with a true island escape! Our full-day assignments place you in the midst of community projects and enable you to engage with teachers, parents, community leaders and others who help children thrive. Experience daily life with the people who live it! At the end of every work day, and on weekends, you and your teammates have time to explore cultural, historical and natural attractions throughout the island. Family volunteers: See minimum age requirements here.
The original Cook Islanders were a hearty and self-reliant Maori people, who traveled the seas to settle distant volcanic islands – and created a distinct, colorful culture reflecting the natural beauty of their homeland. But by the 1980s, the Cook Islands’ vitality was challenged by economic pressures – which drove the country’s youth abroad. Our work focuses on the very foundation of Cook Islands society – children – ensuring they have the sustained support and opportunities to keep them on the island when they mature. You can contribute in many ways: Tutor students in math and literacy, stimulate and encourage toddlers, and help paint and repair schools – all while serving in one of the most beautiful destinations on Earth!
The do-good island escape on Crete is unlike any other. The craggy and romantic shoreline and olive groves harken back to a simpler time. Ancient ruins echo the throbs of civilization’s birth. However, families living on this Mediterranean jewel have not fared well in a decade of failed economic policies. You can have a significant impact here in bright and cheery classrooms, helping primary and secondary school students improve their English language skills. Assist Greek teachers of English with lessons using our English Teaching Guide, games, music and your own creativity. Provide one-on-one attention to eager students in small groups. Help prepare the nation’s future leaders in a pocket of pure beauty!
An iconic sailing and honeymoon destination, St. Lucia in the West Indies projects a carefree and unspoiled image. But, outside the tourist areas, many children and families live in abject poverty. Supporting competency from within, we work with schools and community organizations in Anse la Raye on projects to enhance children’s growth and development. You can tutor and teach students of all ages in sunny classrooms, help mothers establish household gardens, teach young women how to sew, and help and improve community buildings. You’ll discover that while you’re surrounded by the most captivating scenery in the Caribbean, the most beautiful visions are the smiling faces of St. Lucian children!
The iconic scenes of Havana and colonial rural towns – colorful salsa dancers, classic American automobiles, architecture of the Spanish and Moors and the famed seaside Malecon distinguish the island of Cuba in history. The country’s future, however, are in the hands and minds of Cuban youth – their hopes, goals, and skills. By practicing English conversation with young students, and exposing them to cultures and lifestyles outside Cuba’s shores, you invest in their understanding of the world. At the same time, you can help repair community buildings, support and nurture elders, assist local people in community gardens and appreciate the sights, sounds and flavors of this intriguing island nation from a “non-tourist” perspective.
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