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Volunteer Partners & Projects

We work with longstanding non-profit organizations to develop meaningful service projects around the world.

Ways to Volunteer

Choose from 5 styles of service available on our Community Service summer programs. Together with the local communities, you’ll participate in projects that have a positive and lasting impact. Browse our service partners, project descriptions and available programs below.

 

Volunteer Partners

Youth Leadership

Keeping in mind that children are the future, there are many incredibly rewarding opportunities to care for youth. While visiting schools, orphanages and day camps, we interact with the local kids and put a smile on their faces as we coordinate fun activities and educational lessons. Acting as role models, we can promote positivity and hope, while making new friends.

Volunteer Partners

Infrastructure

From building homes for those in need to fixing the basic infrastructure for those affected by a disaster, these projects range from construction sites to beautification efforts. Whether you have a shovel, hammer or paintbrush in hand, you’ll get to see the transformation as you improve the surroundings for the local residents.

Volunteer Partners

Community Welfare

Benefiting the community as a whole, these projects help address issues that affect people from all walks of life in a given community, such as educating homeowners in low-income neighborhoods about fire safety, helping to provide for the homeless or improving communal resources.

Volunteer Partners

Environmental Sustainability

Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility, so do your part as you learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable farming and forestry. Help with reforestation efforts by planting indigenous trees and removing invasive species, learning about specific ecosystems and the delicate relationship playing out between humans and nature.

Volunteer Partners

Wildlife Conservation

For the love of animals, join the effort to help protect and care for endangered or vulnerable species. From visiting a rescue reserve and adopting an elephant for a day, to helping to protect the natural habitat for giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, get up close to these unique creatures while helping their cause.

Volunteer Partners

Youth Leadership

 

Ban Huaymaesai Primary School

You will help to beautify the school by painting classrooms and helping with other beautification projects. You will have a great opportunity to form connections with new friends as you organize fun and engaging activities.

Available on:
Thailand Community Service – 25 days

 


 

Boys & Girls Club

Interact with local children as you organize and lead recreational activities for them.

Available on:
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA – 14 days or 21 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with Final Week in Santa Barbara & San Francisco – 28 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with College Preview Week in Boston – 28 days
Pre-College Enrichment Montreal – on the Campus of McGill – 14 days or 21 days
Pre-College Enrichment Montreal – on the Campus of McGill with College Preview Week in Boston – 28 days

 


 

Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

Improve the basic infrastructure and upgrade homes for residents of La Carpio. Interact with the children while helping to coordinate creative activities.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 10 days, 21 days or 28 days

 


 

Jose Toribio Polo School

Make friends with Peruvian students of the same age while interacting and playing games with a focus on the English language.

Available on:
Peru Community Service – 28 days

 


 

Ky Quang Pagoda Orphanage, Ho Chi Minh City

Make friends with the children as you play games, sing songs, read books and teach English.

Available on:
Vietnam Community Service – 21 days

 


 

Marti-Codolar Youth Center

Make a difference by facilitating recreational programs, games, computer education and English classes for children in need.

Available on:
Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona – 14 days, 21 days or 28 days

 


 

Red Hill Community of Simon’s Town

Help the residents of this community through both beautification projects and positive interactions with local students.

Available on:
South Africa Community Service – 25 days

 


 

Salvation Army

You will be helping the South End Corps with summer camp programming and painting the various art projects.

Available on:
Boston & Washington, D.C. Community Service – 8 days or 16 days

 


 

Watpakoitai School Teaching English

Act as volunteer teachers while developing new friendships with Thai students through a fun curriculum focused on the English language.

Available on:
Thailand Community Service – 25 days

Volunteer Partners 4

Infrastructure

 

Adobe Brick Building with Cachiccata Community

Learn how to make adobe bricks and how to build an adobe-style structure. The resulting adobe bricks will be used to improve communal buildings and schools.

Available on:
Peru Community Service – 15 days or 28 days

 


 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Work at the HFH ReStore, which sells donated building materials and items to provide additional funding for HFH build projects. Join the HFH team in their goal of building homes, supporting the community, and minimizing the use of natural resources.

Available on:
Alaska Community Service – 15 days
Hawaii Community Service – 21 days

 


 

MEDLIFE Development Project

Take part in a development project that will directly benefit the community. Past MEDLIFE projects include installing modernized bathrooms, basic kitchen upgrades, and putting in fencing to separate farm animals from living quarters.

Available on:
Ecuador: Medical Assistance – 11 days
Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service – 21 days
Peru Community Service – 15 days or 28 days

 


 

Rebuilding with SBP

Participants will work with SBP on an active build site as part of the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and subsequent storms. The rebuilding projects may include one or more of the following tasks: drywalling, mudding, priming, painting and/or flooring. Participants will also likely get the opportunity to meet the homeowners of the homes they are working on.

Available on:
New Orleans: Rebuilding After Disaster – 10 days
American South Gap: Civil Rights and Disaster Relief – 30 days

 


 

Siempre Amigos (Always Friends) Social & Environmental Responsibility Program

Assist Siempre Amigos to support residents in the Flamingo community by restoring a home for a family in need.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 10 days, 21 days or 28 days
Costa Rica Gap – 21 days or 30 days

 


 

Urbarium

Volunteer with this nonprofit that has been working for more than 20 years in Costa Rica. Build a single-family home for those in need.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 21 days or 28 days

Volunteer Partners 3

Community Welfare

 

Age-In-Place

Become a critical piece of the older adult’s safety net in D.C. by providing yard work and housing cleaning services.

Available on:
Boston & Washington, D.C. Community Service – 8 days or 16 days

 


 

Amazon Community Project

In this indigenous community, work alongside the locals to improve their school through minor renovations & beautification of the building.

Available on:
Peru Community Service – 15 days or 28 days

 


 

Children’s Camp in EcoPaz Park

Learn leadership skills and the basics of camp counseling during our 2-day orientation and training program. Our group will be responsible for organizing all aspects of the daily logistics and activities for a one week camp and will take on various leadership roles as planners, counselors and activity specialists. Our group will plan various activities and games like sports, drama and arts and crafts. There will be 20-30 children, ages 6-11 years old, coming to camp each day.

Available on:
Costa Rica: Children’s Camp Leadership – 17 days


 

Cradles to Crayons

Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to quality check and sort donated items before they go out to children in the community.

Available on:
Boston & Washington, D.C. Community Service – 8 days or 16 days

 


 

Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

Improve the basic infrastructure and upgrade homes for residents of La Carpio. Interact with the children while helping to coordinate creative activities.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 10 days, 21 days or 28 days

 


 

Erzwenelisha and Khula Communities of St. Lucia

Immerse yourself in the local Zulu culture while helping orphaned children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Available on:
South Africa Community Service – 25 days

 


 

Food Bank of Los Angeles

Help fight hunger in the community by sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items.

Available on:
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA – 14 days or 21 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with Final Week in Santa Barbara & San Francisco – 28 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with College Preview Week in Boston – 28 days

 


 

Hogar de Ninos Especiales Orphanage

Bring cheer to the children of the orphanage, assist with beautification projects and work around the facility.

Available on:
Peru Community Service – 28 days

 


 

Khiem Thinh Nhan Chinh School for the Deaf, Hanoi

Assist with day-to-day life at school and make friends with Vietnamese children who are deaf and may have other limiting physical ailments. Help restore and brighten up their facility to improve their living & learning environment.

Available on:
Vietnam Community Service – 21 days

 


 

Lahu Tribal Village and Community

Help to improve a village’s common area by volunteering alongside locals on a building project. Lend a hand in their rice fields, and see how much work goes into making a bowl of rice.

Available on:
Thailand Community Service – 25 days

 


 

Martha’s Table

Volunteer opportunities include working at their pop-up food markets, helping sort and sell secondhand clothing at their community boutique store, and food prep.

Available on:
Boston & Washington, D.C. Community Service- 8 days or 16 days

 


 

MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics

Experience what it takes to run a mobile clinic in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador. MEDLIFE establishes mobile clinics to bring free healthcare directly to communities in need. You will learn under the guidance of MEDLIFE medical professionals in an effort to provide free healthcare.

You will assist with the following tasks:

  • Taking Baseline Vitals – shadow a doctor as you learn the professional manner to take a pulse, blood pressure and other measurements.
  • Health Education – witness how a physician educates patients on areas of health care and help provide information.
  • Dentistry – assist the dentist during an exam and learn how dental care education is taught to patients.
  • Pharmacy – learn about prescriptions and offer care to patients as you help to distribute medication.

Available on:
Ecuador: Medical Assistance – 11 days

 


 

Ready to Learn – Helping Hands Hawaii

Connect with Hawaiian children as you help to prepare school supply kits needed for their education.

Available on:
Hawaii Community Service – 21 days

 


 

San Juan De Yanayacu

Work with locals to improve their school through minor renovations and beautification of the building. Help improve the surrounding area by planting tropical plants and working on the trails.

Available on:
Peru Community Service – 15 days or 28 days

 


Siempre Amigos (Always Friends) Social & Environmental Responsibility Program

Assist Siempre Amigos to support residents in the Flamingo community by restoring a home for a family in need.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 10 days, 21 days or 28 days

Volunteer Partners 2

Environmental Sustainability

 

Amazon Quechua Community Development

Learn from indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, who still follow traditional ways of life such as subsistence farming. Work alongside community members to help with a project, such as maintaining a nature trail.

Available on:
Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service – 21 days

 


 

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Learn about the Alaskan ecosystem and ongoing preservation and educational projects. Participants will learn about tidepooling and local edible plant uses as well as marine ecosystems that affect the food we eat and how our food choices affect the environment and communities around us.

Available on:
Alaska Community Service – 15 days

 


 

Eco Children

Support a local school project, such as a new Eco Village, by building vegetable gardens and improving the school’s environment, making it more conducive to learning.

Available on:
South Africa Community Service – 13 days or 25 days

 


 

Eco Maui

On this environmental community outreach program, learn about Maui’s natural environment and participate in a service learning project which will support an environmental or cultural restoration site.

Available on:
Hawaii Community Service – 14 days or 21 days
Hawaii Gap – 25 days

 


 

Enrich L.A.

With over 116 school gardens built in L.A., help care for a garden and engage with the students who benefit from eating its healthy produce.

Available on:
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA – 14 days or 21 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with Final Week in Santa Barbara & San Francisco – 28 days
Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA with College Preview Week in Boston – 28 days

 


 

Life Monteverde Co-Op

Help promote sustainable living on this 42-acre farm by planting trees, taking care of the animals and helping with organic fertilizing.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 28 days
Costa Rica: Children’s Camp Leadership – 17 days
Costa Rica Gap – 21 days or 30 days

 


 

Maui Cultural Lands

Spend a day learning about marine ecosystems and coral ecology. Have fun getting into the ocean to do your part to help the reefs heal and ensure a healthy marine ecosystem for the future. Then head inland to the Honokowai Valley to visit one of the richest archeological sites of the Hawaiian people. Here you will help maintain the sites to keep them clean of invasive species.  You’ll also learn about Hawaiian medicinal plants and applications, and assist with their primary goal to reforest the Honokowai Valley with native and endemic Hawaiian plant species.

Available on:
Hawaii Community Service – 14 days or 21 days

 


 

Organic Farming, Hoi An

Act as a farmer for two mornings as you learn about organic farming practices and find out how plots are planted, seeded, tended and watered by hand. Learn how farming works without any use of pesticides or fertilizers, and see how this type of farming directly impacts the local village.

Available on:
Vietnam Community Service – 21 days

Volunteer Partners 1

Wildlife Conservation

 

 


 

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary works towards the protection and conservation of Costa Rica’s wildlife. You will assist with various tasks around the facility from cleaning and maintaining enclosures, preparing and providing food, and designing and collecting materials for environmental enrichment. You will also participate in educational sessions to learn more about the current issues facing Costa Rican wildlife.

Available on:
Costa Rica Gap – 30 days

 


 

Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST)

Help with various tasks with LAST including boat trips to conduct in-water studies, lending a helping hand in the sea turtle rescue center, work on mangrove reforestation project and with beach cleaning.

Available on:
Costa Rica Community Service – 28 days

 


 

Malama na Honu

Help protect threatened species of sea turtles by offering educational outreach to the public and engaging in hands on work to maintain clean beaches.

Available on:
Hawaii Community Service – 21 days

 


 

Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute

Work with biologists and conservationists to assist with the survival and protection of sea turtles and coral reefs through data collection, in-water surveys and habitat restoration projects.

Available on:
Hawaii Community Service – 14 days or 21 days
Hawaii Gap – 25 days

 


 

Patara Elephant Farm

Visit this rescue reserve that provides a safe home for elephants and spend the day learning about and interacting with them, as you feed, clean and care for them.

Available on:
Thailand Community Service – 25 days

 


 

Rancho Primicias

As part of an ongoing reforestation project of the natural habitat of giant tortoises, help plant indigenous trees and remove invasive species.

Available on:
Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service – 21 days

 


 

Wildlife Sense

Take part in science-based research and hands-on conservation projects. Study and monitor the sea turtles’ coastal habitats, protect successful nesting locations and record the hatching events.

Available on:
Greece: Sea Turtle Research & Conservation – 15 days