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Kaya Mawa

Romantic yet still great for families, this wonderful lodge juts out on the shores of Lake Malawi, basking in isolation on Likoma Island. Enjoy all manner of water sports before relaxing and just taking in the stunning views.

Each room is individually designed in partnership with Katundu Textiles, a workshop set up on the island to empower single mothers. All the workforce come from the neighboring villages and have been trained on site.

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Background Cancun is a city of contrasts between the opulent resorts of the Hotel Zone and the poverty in the center and outskirts of the city. Cancun has experienced huge population growth in the past 20 years as a result of the success of the tourism industry which has given rise to urban problems. As […]

Background Nosara is a gorgeous beach town in Guanacaste region that has experienced huge growth due to tourism. In order to maintain the pristine beauty of the area, locals and visitors alike need to play a role, and recycling is a vital element to sustaining the environment – you can help make a difference! About the Recycling Center The Nosara recycling […]

Background Playa Hermosa is a coastal town in the state of Guanacaste, where 34.5% of the population live in poverty, a contrast to 16.3 percent in the Central region. Only 40% of the population between the ages of 20 and 64 have finished high school. Many schools have limited teaching materials and school supplies; with […]

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in preparing meals and feeding the hungry in Rome. You’ll have a chance to prepare main courses, salads and soups for hungry homeless and refugees in Rome.

Background to Guanacaste Guanacaste is a coastal province in northwestern Costa Rica where 34.5% of the population live in poverty, in contrast to 16.3% in the Central region. Only 40% of the population between the ages of 20 and 64 have finished high school. Schools in the region have very limited resources for extra-curricular activities like arts […]

The Osa Peninsula The Dulce Gulf along the Osa Peninsula is a rare tropical fjord and is recognized as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots of the world. It is a unique and critical habitat for many species, including two endangered species of sea turtles: Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Threats to these turtles’ survival include […]

Background Just five miles from the center of San Jose is an impoverished community called Alajuelita. The residents of this neighborhood are primarily immigrants from neighboring Nicaragua, who have fled natural disasters, political conflict and lack of economic opportunity in their homeland. The population of Alajuelita is comprised of primarily women and children. Most of […]

Background Many locals in the region struggle to keep up with rising food and housing costs in the area. In the Guanacaste province, children often attend short school days and are frequently left without extracurricular activities or recreational opportunities. Our partner provides a wide variety of innovative programs focusing on academic and artistic education, environmental […]

La Paz is one of the largest and most prominent cities in Bolivia. Many indigenous people live in the adjacent city El Alto and commute into La Paz for work. Some residents of El Alto live in impoverished areas with houses made of mud and straw that are unsafe and increase the risk of health […]

No man or woman should be hungry while others have plenty. No man should sleep on the streets while there are empty beds just metres away. No-one should suffer deprivation and desperation while others celebrate their good fortune. When good quality food is thrown away every day by individuals, families, supermarkets, food shops and restaurants, […]

This is the only legal NGO in the area and was established in 1998. The primary function of this day care center is to offer refuge, safety and support to all women and children suffering from abuse. With high unemployment levels, teenage pregnancy rates increasing and school dropouts rising, this is a vital service for the […]

We have started a sports programme in this school that had no-one to coach sports nor any sports equipment. The teachers are very excited about this project and so are we. You can coach to assist with netball and rugby, or help convert the playing area into netball court. If sports aren’t your thing, you can help fix […]

We met Gloria a few months ago and her work with the elderly and has inspired us so much that we decided to add her to our community support list. Gloria and her ladies run a soup kitchen and feeds or delivers food to roughly 85 elderly people on most days of the week. You […]

Due to a shortage of funding the children’s ablution block has been neglected to a state where it cannot be used. We need your help to re-do the entire bathroom block. We will also complete the jungle gym that we started building and supply 6 swings which have been broken for a few years. Pre-schools’ wish list […]

This local town is located in a poverty stricken area with a massive 95% unemployment rate. The local municipal services are inadequate in providing basic services such as garbage collection, road maintenance and sewage management. The schools struggle with a lack of teachers, teacher enthusiasm and after school activities and the youth fall prey to […]

On the outskirts of Antigua are villagers living in terrible conditions: shacks of corrugated iron, woefully inadequate for the rainy season, bringing on sickness and disease, and lower productivity and school absences that ensue. You can make a difference for one family by helping build them a home, a safe place to live, to which […]

The mission of this Nature Park is to promote environmental awareness through exciting up-close and personal encounters with nature. These experiences bring you and your family insights and an appreciation for the vital role reforestation plays in the environment. As a result of reforestation efforts throughout the past 25 years the Nature Park has become home […]

This project is ideal if you are interested in learning about conservation of wildlife, especially wild cats. The Center began in the early 60’s, when deforestation was booming in Guanacaste. The habitat of many wild animals declined and many of these were captured by the locals and kept as pets or sold illegally. Mrs. Hagnauer Lilly […]

If you are medically trained, such as a doctor or nurse, your skills will be utilized and greatly appreciated in clinics in Kathmandu. You will assist the resident doctors and nurses in treating the patients.

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal claimed over 6,000 lives, and this country was poor even before it struck. Now the people of Nepal need your help more than ever. Education is key to getting anyone out of poverty, and you can play a part in this by helping rebuild classrooms that were damaged in the […]

If you are medically trained, such as a doctor or a nurse, you can put your skills to good use and treat ailing people in villages that lack proper access to healthcare. Be the change.

Education is a key foundation for lifting people out of poverty, and you can roll up your sleeves and leave a legacy by helping build classrooms in a rural village in the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago. You will get plenty of interaction with the villagers, and gain insights into their lives, share stories and smiles.

You can teach English, maths or music to a small group of teenagers living near Volcanoes National Park, who are all eager to learn and lift themselves out of poverty. You will love your time here getting to know these wonderful people, who are full of life and fun: if you don’t love to dance […]

On the west coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, you can build a home in a model village that was created to meet the problem of displaced peasant farmers who were evicted from their land when their 100-year leases expired. This is an inspiring place where you can leave a legacy for a family.

The home in Suva that cares for at-risk youth is under-staffed, and those running it never have time to sort through their photographs and filing them, which they can then use for marketing and raising extra funds. They would love you to assist with this.

In Suva is an extraordinary home for youth from troubled backgrounds. Run by an Australian lady with boundless energy and love, they are under-funded and you can assist by funding and helping build a new bunk-room so that they can care for more youth.

There are many schools in Turkey that lack the funding to upgrade or provide at all adequate playgrounds for their children to play in. We know that exercise helps with executive functions like sequencing, memory, and prioritizing which contribute to necessary skills for success in school and life. Put simply, physical activity in school primes […]

You can improve the lives of children at a disabled center or at a kindergarten by assisting with repairs and renovations or helping build a playground.

Fortunately, food and clothing is donated to this charity, for the benefit of some of the poorest people in Cancun. But it is a big job to sort all the clothing and food that has been donated, and you and your family can help with this, ensuring that it goes to the right people.

In Cancun, there are a variety of charities that would deeply appreciate your assistance with repairs and renovations, including: – a school for children from low income families – a children’s home – a home for solo mothers Your help is needed to clean windows, sweep, provide maintenance to desks and chairs, paint and support […]

You can play a part to reduce elephant-human conflict in the southern Kunene region of Namibia. You will help construct protection walls around water points, or dig new water sources for elephants away from human settlements. You also get to spend a fabulous  day tracking the desert elephants. You will learn all about the desert elephants […]

You can work closely with, and actively participate in, the conservation of African wildlife. The sanctuary provides a safe refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, baboons and ostriches as well as many farmyard animals such as sheep, goat, chickens and geese. You would provide an important resource […]

If you are a doctor or nurse, you can offer your medical skills to provide primary health care for the San Bushman community. You have the opportunity to contribute to the medical welfare of the San community and experience unspoiled African wilderness.  You can examine and treat patients at the clinic and transport those who need hospital treatment […]

As Namibia has the largest and healthiest population of cheetah left in the world, this is the ideal place to participate in a variety of general tasks and operations of the program, in addition to a focus area. Your focus area will depend on your background, areas of interest and length of stay. The best qualification is […]

NB: this project requires a minimum two week commitment You can help at a sustainable nature reserve where the vision is for specific wildlife species can be released, as well as to function as a temporary reception center and recovery station for those animals that will be released back into the wild in different areas. You […]

This Children’s Home is located in the south of Quito and it takes care and feeds children of single and teenager mothers as well as to children of poor local families. There are 74 children, aged from 3 months to 7 years, who receive breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch each day. Ways you can help Help build a classroom for the […]

This Home gives a shelter to pregnant teenagers in at-risk situations who have been victims of sexual abuse, providing them with a home and with a space in order to develop themselves. The Home has 15 teenagers, some of them are pregnant, and the others have given birth already and they live at the shelter […]

The traditional way of cooking in Peruvian homes is over an open fire, which has three major problems: 1. The fires are unsafe and result in many burns, especially with young children running around; 2. The fires cause respiratory problems because there is no outlet for the smoke; and 3. They are hugely inefficient and […]

Villagers in the communities in the Sacred Valley build their homes through the concept of “ayni” (cooperation between community members). If one family needs a house, they request help of other community members and reciprocate later on with the same number of hours/days granted to them.  They continue building their houses by themselves and you can get […]

You can share in the daily activities of villagers in the Sacred Valley, such as doing farm chores, helping out with the animals, knitting and weaving, learning about traditional healing with medicinal plants, and assisting with the harvest if you are there at the right time. This is very much ‘soft volunteering’ where the emphasis […]

The school where the children living in San Pedro prison is regularly in need of renovations to keep the classrooms in good condition. It is mostly odd-jobs: painting, cleaning, and simple repair work. Your help can improve the conditions for the children, and studies have shown that a healthy education environment is conducive to better comprehension, […]

If you are medically trained, such as a doctor, nurse or mid-wife, then you can help care for the sick, infirm, new mothers and babies in a low income community. Rounds are performed each afternoon by the resident doctor and you can relieve her workload and increase the number of people that are cared for. […]

Bolivia is unique in many ways, no more so than the San Pedro prison. Have you ever heard of a prison that will incarcerate an entire family for the crime of the father?…. Well now you have! This is done because inmates must pay rent, and poor families cannot afford to pay rent in two […]

Our vision is to be able to provide improved and advanced education facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children in remote villages of Zambia. Our long-term aim is for these communities to have  education levels raised so that children can enter gainful employment and create sustainable income generating enterprises for them to support their extended families. How […]

Our vision is to be able to provide improved and advanced healthcare for orphaned and vulnerable children in remote villages of Zambia. Our long-term aim is for these communities to have no new cases of malaria and HIV and to have sustainable income generating enterprises for them to support their extended families. If you have […]

Two thirds of Zambia’s population live on less than one dollar a day, yet it is one of the most expensive countries in Southern Africa, with inflation rates soaring every year. Only a short drive from charming Livingstone town and the popular Victoria Falls you’ll find yourself in the heart of real Africa. A tribal […]

Our planet is 70% ocean. Coral reefs make up only 0.2% of those oceans, however they are home to 25% of all marine fish! Compared to land, it is very difficult to collect data from the ocean! You need special skill sets and equipment and you may have to travel 1000’s of miles to get […]

Belize has a substantial indigenous Mayan population, who continue to live in conditions that impact on their life expectancy and quality of life. Major health concerns, particularly among children, are burns and respiratory injuries from smoke inhalation, caused by open fire cooking stoves. By installing new stoves that are much more efficient and dispel the […]

If you have business skills (primarily management, strategy, marketing) you can put them to good use and leave a lasting legacy giving advice to micro-loan recipients or other small entrepreneurs. This one on one advice enables the person you help to learn new business skills, and be well placed to implement them. You can increase your […]

You can work alongside favela (“slum”) residents to help them realize their dreams.  Help paint homes, complete landscaping projects, or support basic construction tasks.  Your funding and hands-on assistance will allow a family to have a decent place to live. Maintaining and enhancing one’s shelter is a basic need that many in this region are unable […]

The longest established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society,  who have preserved their culture and traditions. Arabic is not widely spoken, and their music and dance are unique, with men and women dancing together. The Berber hospitality is justifiably famous, and you are sure to enjoy mint tea with them, […]

Play your part and help alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Serving meals to the marginalized is a transformative experience. This program requires 85 volunteers each day to fill the breakfast, prep, lunch and dinner shifts, 364 days a year. With your help they can serve up to 2,400 meals per day to the community. You can assist […]

Phang Nga is one of the areas devastated by the 2004 tsunami, and it still needs your help. By teaching English at a school, you can give a hand up to children, as improved knowledge of and confidence in speaking conversational English can increase their chances of getting a job. After school each day, you […]

Elephants were historically extensively used to move and carry heavy objects such as tree logs, but with deforestation and loss of habitat, elephants in Thailand face their greatest challenges ever. You can help care for elephants at an inspiring center in Northern Thailand; help these beautiful creatures and gain an insight into Thai culture as […]

Families can become Park Stewards and help restore unique San Francisco coastal habitat. The sites feature California coastal scrub, shifting sand dunes, and coastal prairies–all in the backyard of bustling San Francisco. Over 100,000 plants have been planted, and plenty of work remains to be done to restore and maintain the native coastal ecosystems of this […]

The vision is to end hunger in San Francisco. It’s a huge job that’s only gotten more difficult as the community struggles to come out of a prolonged period of economic difficulty, with high numbers of people pushed to the point of poverty. Thankfully, thousands of caring donors and supporters have rallied around and the operations have scaled up to meet […]

You get to provide hot, healthy meals, served to guests’ tables in a bright, airy space that feels more like a neighborhood café than a traditional soup kitchen. Meals are served every day from 12:30-3:30 pm in an inspiring, fast-paced atmosphere. You can play your part in feeding an average of 450 guests per day. You get to do […]

On the morning of Monday, August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  The most severe loss of life occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. At least 1,836 people lost […]

Kauai has a problem with many homeless cats. There are several volunteers who trap, neuter, return and feed them. They also rescue kittens and try to find homes for them after they get them fixed. In many cases kittens and cats can’t go back to where they were found. In those cases, they try to re-locate them to […]

The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (“BGCH”) clubhouse in Kapaa, on Kauai Island needs extension and much renovation. On Kauai, BGCH serves more than 300 children per day and over 1,200 youth per year. Kapaa Clubhouse and Waimea Outreach serves youth who reside in  “disadvantaged neighborhoods”. Unfortunately, more than half of those residents are Native Hawaiian. […]

In 1994, two years after Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai, the local community came together to build Kamalani Playground, a 4,000 square foot wooden playground in Lydgate Park. Over the ensuing years, the community developed a master plan for Lydgate Park that included the creation of sports fields, overnight camp sites, 2-1/2 miles of walking/bicycling path, and […]

This Community Farm is situated on a long term lease at Wai Koa Plantation. This land hosts the 2-acre Kauai Food Forest project, the 42-plot Kalihiwai Community Garden, a livestock pasture and a 2-acre chicken and vegetable farm. When this land project is complete, these will contribute to a fully integrated 7-acre education and research site for modeling […]

There are four Hawaiian Charter Schools on Kauai, which are located in the West, Central and East sides of the island (2 in Kekaha/West, 1 in Puhi/Central, 1 in Anahola/East). These schools receive less funding then public schools, have no state sponsored food programs, yet have the highest concentrations of economically challenged native Hawaiian students […]

In a low-income part of Honolulu, there is a ‘hale‘, a cultural center being constructed that will assist local families reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage and help redefine them in a more positive and healthy way. In years to come, many young Hawaiian men and women will come to this hale to learn traditional dance, learn about working with […]

The Maasai communities surrounding the Mara ecosystem are faced with a myriad of problems: scarce medical facilities, severe droughts, high unemployment, high illiteracy, lack of access to clean water, destruction of the natural environment, and harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation and early marriages of girls. Education is a key way out of poverty, […]

On the edge of the Masai Mara lies a forward-thinking Masai community. Whereas other villages still practice Female Genital Mutilation (“FGM”) and forced early marriage, this one actively upholds the rights of women, and is a refuge for young women from other villages, where they can have a place of safety and receive an education […]

Play a vital role in an urgent wildlife rescue mission! The Tiger Quoll is the largest remaining marsupial carnivore on the Australian mainland and it is fast heading towards the same fate as its cousin, the Tasmanian Tiger. The forests, woodlands and coastline of the Great Ocean Road are one of the last strongholds of the […]

On the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, join passionate and dedicated conservationists in conserving one of the world’s most enchanting animals. Venture into the Australian bush with the conservation team to participate in inspiring fieldwork, learn about koala and woodland ecology, gain skills in survey techniques and assist with the rehabilitation of injured […]

You can make a difference conserving some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife: Helping with animal counting (Wombats, Kangaroos, Wallabies and Wallaroos) Planting native trees Weeding tree areas, irrigating and testing water quality for the animals to safely drink Regenerating and rebuilding eroded areas along river beds Helping with university research teams You will learn a […]

Play your part in a ground-breaking environmental conservation project to help save native birds, including kiwi. situated on privately owned land on the iconic peninsula of Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay. The vision is to restore many of the plant and animal communities that existed on the peninsula prior to human colonization. The project is being undertaken […]

This Blue Penguin Colony has two sites, each home to a population of approximately 700 penguins.  You can help maintain the habitat in those areas.  You would be able to enter the colonies, and work on vegetation and habitat restoration programs.  This could involve anything from planting new trees to clearing undergrowth, to assisting with […]

A dedicated local Doctor, together with a few supporters, run a Foundation for HIV/AIDS babies. Born to HIV/AIDS parents who have passed away these little souls are cared for in a local orphanage, one of the few prepared to take HIV/AIDS babies into care, for fear of transmission. Mostly born to mothers who were unaware […]

Indonesia is a country with the longest coastline in the world and that has tremendous potential in terms of natural resources and the variety of species of wildlife. There are a total of 7 sea turtle species, 6 of which can be found in Indonesian waters. These species are: Green Turtle, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, […]

After getting instruction about how to build coral reefs, you go on a dive to a nearby patch of damaged reef. Together with your guides you collect small bits of naturally disturbed hard corals and affix them to a stable substrate. This is especially gratifying for repeat clients – how rewarding to check in on how your handiwork has grown between visits!

You can make a difference teaching English in an inspiring school – the school is a fascinating story in itself, in that it became a reality as a result of committed local people distraught at the fact there was no school in their area so that their children could receive an  education and lift themselves […]

Balinese people are warm and gentle, so it comes as a complete surprise that their traditional culture should consider disabilities a curse or the karmic result of past wrong-doing. Disabled people are near-outcasts in Balinese society, and they lead very difficult lives; with no government support, their families are the sole caregivers, which places a large […]

Mai Chau, with its ethnic tribes, is a fascinating, enchanting region. However, it is one of the lowest income areas, and economic development is low, as are education levels. In consultation with communities in Mai Chau, we have identified education as the major area of need, and you can help building a library or a […]

Agent Orange was the chemical used extensively during the Vietnam War, and it still causes damage through birth defects, even down to the 3rd generation. A community exists to care for these precious children born with mental and physical developmental issues, and you can help beautify their environment by renovating needed rooms. This village provides […]

You can make a difference at a rescue center for injured, orphaned or illegally traded animals. You can help provide these animals with a better life and at the same time discover the importance of preserving the natural biodiversity of this stunning country for future generations. The center was set up by a Veterinarian and […]

Inside the peaceful, garden-like grounds in the south of Jaipur is a refuge for many animals, which works as a veterinary hospital treating all animals, and aims to re-home as many animals as possible. The veterinary team consists of five Indian veterinary surgeons, and one British vet. There are three main animal welfare projects: 1. […]

Given how endemic poverty is in villages throughout South Africa, you can impart your business knowledge to budding entrepreneurs, assisting them with preparation of a business plan or advise existing microloan recipients on how they can expand their business and thus better provide for their families. You may well end up wanting to maintain an […]

The communities around Sabi Sand are very poor and are in need of basic infrastructure; you can help fund and build your choice of: – a creche – classrooms – a library – a medical clinic All of these will make a lasting difference in the lives of the beneficiaries; you will be leaving a […]

In communities around the Sabi Sands private reserve, you can upskill the teachers by giving them training in key subjects such as English, maths or science. By doing so, you expand what the teacher can impart to the students, thus you are giving them a head start in their education

In villages near Sabi Sands you can make an impact as reliable water supplies are not always available, therefore you can fund and help install a ‘FunPumps’ near an underground borehole. The FunPump functions like a merry-go-round you would find in any playground around the world, and as the children play, clean, drinkable water is […]

Here you can make a difference with some of Africa’s most vulnerable people: orphans and young children in disadvantaged communities. Through Extreme Makeover Projects, you can provide children care centers, shelters and early education development centers with happy, healthier and more homely environments. You can help improve structures, sanitation and outdoor facilities, and to provide […]

Sports is not always a priority in African schools so by volunteering in a sports initiative, you can give local children the chance to develop their love of sports. Support our community upliftment projects in the morning and assist with sports clinics in the afternoons. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the South […]

By joining in you will provide much needed manpower and assist us to make the local schools look and feel like a better place to learn! Many of the schools in Knysna’s townships are in an extremely poor condition and this does not provide a safe or inviting place for children to learn – and […]

A good education is sadly lacking in South Africa, and is a key priority. You can make a difference. You can assist in these ways: 1. Helping at a homework club You can provide educational support by assisting local children with their homework assignments, while ensuring that they gain a better understanding of the material. 2. […]

Lack of employment and accessibility to education is a large cause of poverty in the Knysna area, and this initiative aims to target these areas, providing opportunities to improve various aspects of daily life, including health, diet and basic education for children and adults. You will gain insight into empowerment projects in Africa as well […]

You can help support such self-help and home-grown projects in poorly resourced communities so that they can flourish and reach their full potential – sustaining the future. Background We work with communities in the Cape Flats, near Cape Town. This is a challenging environment with very poor soil (often no more than sea sand), roaring […]

Just outside Cape Town you can help care for orphaned babies: bottle feeding, bathing, changing and dressing these precious wee things. Some of the babies may be underweight (under 5 lbs/2.5 kgs) and so require extra special attention and extended feeding time, possibly by syringe. You are expected to work on weekdays from about 8am […]

Nestled in the mountain slopes on the outskirts of Cape Town you will find an inspiring community project that feeds over 100,000 children and adults each week. The vision is to feed 200,000 people weekly, and you can play a part in preparing the meals and then serving them, thus getting to interact with them […]

The project houses approx 270 Indian Sloth bear, which have been removed from the streets of India, where they were popularly known as ‘the dancing bears’. The Qalanders, as their masters were known, have been rehabilitated as part of this Bear Rescue program. They run small shops or enterprises.  You can help prepare meals for […]

You can change the life of a needy family by helping build a decent place for them to live. They will be healthier and more secure, and you will gain insights into their lives, hear their stories, share laughs, and show you care.

One of the most popular ways to help is to teach at an inspiring school in the slums of Delhi, which students attend in the half-day that they are not at the government school. The school started with 40 children. Today it reaches out to over 1,000 children and runs one early education class, primary […]

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