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Costa Rica

Official Language(s)
Spanish
Population
5 million
% of Population Below Poverty
22% (1.1 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
11,900 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Costa Rica
Canada

Why volunteer in Costa Rica?

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. While it is becoming well-known for its exquisite sandy beaches, lush cloud forests, and unique wildlife, it is still a developing country. Forty percent of rural households live in poverty.

Volunteers are needed to construct important infrastructure around small, rural communities, improving the area’s services and attractions. Volunteer contributions and assistance are directed towards attracting visiting hikers to these small villages and entrepreneurs.

There are many families in need who would greatly appreciate a compassionate hand to develop creative economic solutions. We want you to volunteer to help these people. Learn about the tremendous impact one person can have!

Volunteer projects

Volunteers help with various community-driven projects with our in-country partner, Mar a Mar, a non-profit organization in Costa Rica that has developed El Camino de Costa Rica – an engine for economic development in rural towns that currently do not profit from tourists dollars. Volunteer teams assist locals to improve trails and facilities for visiting hikers, consequently, this tourism is a new source of revenue for the community, including the women in the town who cook meals for the hikers.

Developing World Connections has a long-term commitment to help improve community members’ lives and increase their self-sufficiency. No special skills are required.

Volunteer in Costa Rica with DWCVIDEO: Volunteer in Costa Rica with DWC

Choose your trip

HIGH SCHOOL, YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY, ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length trip with costs varying in price and based on the number of participants project and location. Costs include in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner Mar a Mar’s El Camino de Costa Rica. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including airfare.

All volunteers can fundraise for their trip and DWC will issue individual charitable receipts for any donations over $20.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days before departure.

When can I go?

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, University, Custom or Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Costa Rica costs approximately $2,400, with final costs to be determined before departure. The trip cost will vary depending on the number of participants. The cost of in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project are included. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including flight costs.

You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors. We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Costa Rican projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, explore the country’s rich culture and diverse landscapes. Find a vibrant blend of indigenous heritage and Spanish colonial influence. The people are happy, laid back, polite and proud to share their cultural riches. Twenty-five percent of its land area is protected as either a national park or wildlife reserve, which is the largest percentage of territory protected out of any other country in the world. In San Jose, visit museums and art galleries, and markets.

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Nicaragua

Official Language(s)
Spanish
Population
6.2 million
% of Population Below Poverty
46% (2.9 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
2,086 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Nicaragua
Canada

Why volunteer in Nicaragua?

Literacy rates in Nicaragua are among the lowest in Latin America. A number of factors make regular attendance less accessible to the poorer segments of society. This is why we want you to take a trip to Nicaragua.

This volunteer project is based in and around Salmeron, a community in the municipality of San Nicolas. Salmeron is 22Km from Esteli and situated at 900m above sea level. This community lives in extreme poverty where people earn less than $1.00 per day. People also suffer from malnutrition due to lack of dietary diversity. Families eat rice, beans and sometimes corn. There is a primary school in Salmeron that serves 75 students. The students in this school have unpredictable attendance because of multiple factors. The school does not have a kitchen, which requires the students to go home for lunch and then return back to the school, there is no access to water which leaves the students to walk up to 5km to the nearest water source. The latrines are non-functional making it impossible for girls to use the latrine when needed, and often choose to stay home. This community is also victim to lack of economic opportunity forcing many people to move to Costa Rica to work. This impacts the ability of those that stay in Salmeron from being able to maintain the infrastructure of their homes, community water sources or of their school.

Volunteer projects

DWC supports various community driven projects alongside our in-country partner, Namlo International, an organization that helps communities take responsibility for their schools — from participating in their construction to coordinating resources for teaching and learning. Other needed infrastructure includes latrine updates, a greenhouse project with the aim of food security and diversity and a spinoff income generating enterprise. These are part of a long-term commitment to help improve community members’ lives and increase their self-sufficiency.

 

When can I go?

How much does it cost?

Adult Custom Trip
This one-week inaugural volunteer trip to Nicaragua costs approximately $1400, with final costs to be determined before departure. This includes the cost of in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including flight costs.

You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due before departure.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Nicaraguan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering on the trip, Nicaragua welcomes you to its sensational beaches, overgrown pre-Columbian ruins, pristine untouched rainforests, iconic stratovolcano Momotombo, Lake Managua – the largest freshwater body in Central America and the Rio San Juan area – the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. You can adventure into the nation’s metropolitan areas for a different experience with Managua and Granada noted for their Spanish colonial architecture and revolutionary public art.

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Philippines

Official Language(s)
Filipino, English
Population
102.2 million
% of Population Below Poverty
25% (25.6 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$7,412 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Philippines
Canada

Why volunteer in the Philippines?

An ever-popular tourist destination, the Philippines has progressed in achieving gender equality in education and made major improvements in health such as water, sanitation and reduced tuberculosis rates. But social and economic inequality and regional disparity remain. In late 2013, the country was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). More than 6,300 people died and almost 1.5 million were hurt or left homeless. Rebuilding and recovery continues.

Volunteer projects

Developing World Connections volunteers work in Cebu City on Cebu Island. Cebu City has a population of almost one million and is considered the second city of the Philippines after the capital of Manila. Cebu has a young population, with a median age of 20. About one-quarter of the people there have completed high school.

Volunteers work with our in-country partner Rise Above Foundation Cebu, a non-government organization with a long history in the Philippines. You will pitch in on a project that could involve building a home for people with an incurable disease, help fix up a school or do other work related to Rise Above’s efforts with education, food, oral hygiene and medical care programs.

Choose your trip

ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and include in-country food, ground transportation, accommodation, program costs a substantial direct donation to the project with our partner, Rise Above Foundation Cebu. It does not include airfare, however, the entire flight cost if paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY TRIPS: A two- to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price and is often based on number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will give charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people register, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the balance is due 60 days before your trip.

Read about our volunteers’ experiences

Find our what it’s really like on a DWC volunteer trip. Check out our Philippines blog with entries from DWC team leaders and participants.

Read Blog »

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
November 7 - November 21, 2020
Nov 7 - Nov 21, 2020
Cebu City Rise Above Foundation Explore Trip #PHP1120 »

2021 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
March 13 - March 20, 2021
Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2021
Cebu City Rise Above Foundation Explore Trip #PHP0321.DH »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Corporate or Custom Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Cebu City costs about $2,300. This includes in-country food, transportation, accommodation and a substantial direct donation to the in-country partner. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including your flights.
Youth and University Trips
A two- to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price depending on the number of participants. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Philippine projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, we encourage you to spend time exploring some of the cultural highlights of Cebu City, including the historic church Basilica del Santo Nino, the Taoist Temple with its landmark dragons, Tops Lookout, Fort San Pedro with its turrets and cannons and Magellan’s Cross and the Cebu Heritage Monument. A side trip to Bohol Island is popular because of its beaches and resorts, but it also offers the Chocolate Hills, which are limestone mound formations covered in greenery, fantastic diving locations and the indigenous, big-eyed Philippine tarsier.

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Guatemala

Official Language(s)
Spanish
Population
15.5 million
% of Population Below Poverty
54% (8.4 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$5,300 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Guatemala
Canada

Why volunteer in Guatemala?

Literacy rates in Guatemala are among the lowest in Latin America. The government runs public schools that are free to attend but the cost of uniforms, books, supplies and transportation makes them less accessible to the poorer segments of society. This is why we have the destination of Guatemala. We want you to volunteer to help these people.

Our volunteer projects are based in and around the town of San Miguel Dueñas, a traditional Guatemalan community surrounded by rural countryside. It is an agricultural town of 9,000 people, many of whom are subsistence farm labourers. Although Dueñas is situated just 15 kilometres from the tourist centre of Antigua, it has a substantially lower standard of living. Many homes do not have running water or electricity. In 2012, tropical storm Agatha destroyed homes and crops. Many homes are still in disrepair.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers help with various community driven projects from our in-country partner, the Open Windows Foundation, an organization that works to provide free education to disadvantaged members of the community. Volunteers with some knowledge of Spanish can assist younger children with their reading skills. Other volunteers may be asked to help small groups of children with computer skills, numbers and crafts. Volunteers will also assist in the construction of needed infrastructure projects, such as the construction of homes for families in need. Developing World Connections has a long-term commitment to help improve community members’ lives and increase their self-sufficiency. No special skills are required.

Choose your trip

HIGH SCHOOL, ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and include in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner Open Windows Foundation. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost, including airfare if paid through DWC, is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY TRIPS: A two- to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price and is often based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days before departure.

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
October 24 - October 31, 2020
Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2020
San Miguel Dueñas Open Windows Explore Trip #GMA1020LUG »
November 7 - November 21, 2020
Nov 7 - Nov 21, 2020
San Miguel Duenas Open Windows Explore Trip #GMA1120 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom or Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Guatemala costs approximately $2,100, with final costs to be determined before departure. This includes the cost of in-country food,  ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including flight costs.
High School or Youth and University Trips

A two-week high school trip will vary depending on the number of participants. A four-week Youth and University trip varies in price from $2,200 to $2,600 (flights not included) depending on the number of participants. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Guatemalan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, we suggest you explore the center of Mayan civilization, including its ancient archaeology, rich culture and diverse landscapes. While the natural landscape of lush jungles, rainforests and highlands has earned Guatemala the title Land of Eternal Spring, its indigenous villages and markets capture the blend of ancient Mayan culture with the aristocratic architecture of its colonial past. In Antigua, visit museums and art galleries including the famous Casa Santo Domingo, learn about Mayan chocolate making or take a guided tour of the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation. Spend the morning or afternoon hiking up Pacayo Volcano, one of Guatemala’s 33 active volcanoes.

For adventures outside of Antigua, you can spend time shopping at traditional Mayan markets in the various communities around Lake Atitlan. Or visit Lake Izabal and the 400-year-old Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Felipe. Travel by boat down the Rio Dulce, meandering past coastal fishing villages and through mangrove forests inhabited by manatee and crocodiles. Visit the 2,000-year-old Mayan ruins in the Tikal National Park and take a guided tour through a coffee plantation.

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Peru

Official Language(s)
Spanish, Aymara, Quechua
Population
30.1 million
% of Population Below Poverty
25.8% (7.8 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
11,100 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Peru
Canada

 

Why volunteer in Peru?

Poverty in Peru has its roots in high rates of illiteracy, a lack of essential services and inadequate agricultural resources and training. Many children leave school early to help support their families. Volunteer participants on their trip to Peru work hands-on painting walls, installing windows and doors and building fences to improve and expand educational centres for working children. These educational centres provide meals and teach students important life skills that will enable them and their families to improve their livelihoods. Our in-country partner, IFEJANT, is a well-established, local non-profit agency working for the rights of women and children while providing education and support to working children.

Volunteer projects

Our volunteers have worked on various building projects for the San Jose Obrero School on the outskirts of Lima. This district is populated by migrant families who have moved from different parts of the country to find work, leaving their children in the care of older siblings or other family members. Children have almost no access to public education, so the community has rallied to provide schooling opportunities. The number of families wanting to send their children to this school is rapidly increasing, and since present capacity is limited, more space will allow for more student enrolment.

See our volunteers in action!

Watch a video created by a DWC student participant who spent four weeks building classrooms in Lima, Peru:

When can I go?

Our High-school, Youth and University, Custom and Corporate Trips are not published on the website. Please contact us for more details on these trip types to Peru.

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
October 24 - November 7, 2020
Oct 24 - Nov 7, 2020
Lima IFEJANT Explore Trip #PERL1020 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

Volunteer in Peru with DWCVIDEO: Volunteer in Peru with DWC

How much does it cost?

High School, Adult and Family, Custom and Corporate Trips
A two-week trip to Lima will cost approximately $2,300, with final costs to be determined well before departure. This includes in-country food,  ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner IFEJANT. It does not included airfare; however, the entire cost paid through DWC, including airfare, is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
Youth and University Trips
A two- to four-week Youth and University trip to Peru varies in price from $2,200 to $2,600 (flights not included) based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip to Peru and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time, to donate to Peruvian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

Upon completion of the volunteer experience, we recommend participants take a breathtaking train ride through the Andes from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and spend a few days at Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the most recognized historical site of the ancient Incas. Enjoy the shopping and history of Cuzco and the Pisac Valley. If you haven’t already, spend a couple of days in Lima, the City of Kings. Lima is one of the oldest, most important capitals of South America and today is a vast, sprawling city that offers a great blend of history, parks, outstanding restaurants and excellent nightlife.

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Cambodia

Official Language(s)
Khmer
Population
15.5 million
% of Population Below Poverty
20% (3.1 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$2,60 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Cambodia
Canada

Why volunteer in Cambodia?

Cambodia is rich in natural resources; however, decades of war and internal conflict have left it amongst the world’s poorest countries with deep social and economic scars. During the Vietnam War, two million rural Cambodians were made refugees who fled to the capital, Phnom Pehn. Then, in 1975, the Khmer Rouge rose to power and in three years killed between one and three million Cambodians, most of those living in the capital. We want you to help these people by being a volunteer in Cambodia.

Volunteers work on projects in the rural Phnom Voar area of the Kep municipality, which is located on the south coast of Cambodia, roughly three hours by car from Phnom Penh. Despite Kep’s charm and natural beauty, which has made it an increasingly popular tourist destination, it still lacks basic infrastructure and remains one of the poorest and least developed regions of Cambodia. Phnom Voar is a notorious place in Cambodia, known for being one of the fiercest battlegrounds between the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian government during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s.  This area was one the final stands for the Khmer Rouge resistance, with  fighting lasting until 1994. The area is still largely populated by former Khmer Rouge families, who have spent the past fifteen years or so years focused on peaceful development.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers work side-by-side with Cambodians on locally driven community development projects in the Kep area. Our in-country partner, Equitable Cambodia, is a local non-government organization whose goal is to increase the standard of living in the community by improving health, education, and livelihoods of rural farmers and their families. In recent years, our volunteers have built more than 25 dream homes for families in the village of Chamcar Bei who previously had inadequate shacks as homes. Volunteers assist with various water projects, including building latrines, dams and water gates, digging wells and installing irrigation pipes, around the community of Odong. No special skills are required.

Choose your trip

ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and includes in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with our partner. It does not include airfare. However, the entire trip cost, including airfare if paid through DWC, is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

HIGH SCHOOL TRIPS: A two-week High School trip varies in price and is often based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered to volunteer in Cambodia so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

See our volunteers in action!

Have 30 seconds? Watch a time lapse video of an entire dream home being built by a team of DWC volunteers and locals:

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
November 14 - November 28, 2020
Nov 14 - Nov 28, 2020
Kompong Khlean Bridge of Life School Explore Trip #CMB1120 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom and Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Cambodia costs approximately $2,200, and the cost will be finalized closer to the trip date. This includes the cost of in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner . This cost does not include flights; however, the entire amount paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including your flights.

High School Trips
A two-week High School trip varies in price depending on the number of participants. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Cambodian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you are done volunteering, we recommend you take in Cambodia’s rich culture by visiting Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap and the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. Once known as the Pearl of Asia, Phnom Penh is famous for its pagodas, museums and French-influenced and traditional Khmer architecture. Visit the French Quarter, silk farms, bird sanctuary and craft shops of Siem Reap. Travel by ferry along the coast of Tonle Sap (Sap Lake) to view the floating villages and one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world.

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Sri Lanka

Official Language(s)
Sinhala, Tamil
Population
21.9 million
% of Population Below Poverty
8.9% (1.9 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$6,500 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Sri Lanka
Canada

Why volunteer in Sri Lanka?

Before the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, about 9 million Sri Lankans or 30% of the population were living on less than $15 US per month. In just a few minutes, the tsunami killed more than 40,000 people and changed the lives of thousands more by wiping out their livelihoods. People who had been just getting by were plunged into poverty. In its wake, the tsunami demonstrated how vulnerable poor people are in the face of natural disasters. In the village of Ketakalawatta, Developing World Connections volunteers have helped build 29 homes along with a prayer centre, a shop and a playground. We hope you will add to that by volunteering in Sri Lanka.

Even though the country has largely recovered from the tsunami, it still struggles with economic issues. About 42% of Sri Lanka’s population lives on less than $2 US a day, showing how widespread poverty still is. Adding to the post-tsunami challenges is the fact that 90% of the poor live in rural areas – only 20% of the Sri Lankan population lives in urban communities. Access to education, medical care and social assistance programs is often limited.

Volunteer projects

In March of 2015, in celebration of our first DWC trip to Sri Lanka in 2005, our volunteers constructed an outdoor stage for Navajeevana, a non-profit organization that provides services for people with disabilities. The stage is used for children’s performances and will be rented out to provide income for the organization. Future projects include supporting a water project to improve the livelihood of 100 families in the Mulana Hungama area (east of Tangalle) by irrigating agricultural land. This involves repairing an existing well, replacing one kilometre of water pipes and fixing a pump hut.

On previous trips, volunteers have worked on the construction of a trades training facility to help ensure locals develop the technical skills they need to secure their economic future. The project includes four buildings that will be used for multiple programs, including small engine repair, slipper making and entrepreneurial training. An additional smaller building will be used as a showroom and office.

Read about our volunteers’ experiences

Find out what it’s really like on a DWC volunteer trip. Check out our Sri Lanka blog which features entries from DWC team leaders and volunteers.

Read Blog »

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
October 17 - October 31, 2020
Oct 17 - Oct 31, 2020
Tangalle Developing World Connections Explore Trip #SRL1020 »
November 14 - November 28, 2020
Nov 14 - Nov 28, 2020
Tangalle Developing World Connections Explore Trip #SRL1120 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom and Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Sri Lanka costs about $2,400. This includes the cost in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including your flight.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Sri Lankan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

On evenings and weekends, you’ll have a chance to explore Sri Lanka by visiting local temples, the Rewaka turtle conservation project or the Udewallawa elephant reserve. Upon completion of the volunteer experience, we recommend you travel inland to the lush, historical and cultural Sinhalese capital of Kandy to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the National Museum and the Kandyan Devil Dancers. Tour the tea fields and factories at Nuwara Eliya, stand at the river’s edge while the Mahouts scrub their elephants and visit the 1,500 year old Sigiri murals and rock architecture at the rock fortress of Sigiriya rising 600 feet above the jungle.

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India

Official Language(s)
Hindi, English
Population
1.2 billion
% of Population Below Poverty
29.8% (369.5 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
4,000 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
India
Canada

Why volunteer in India?

Although India is emerging as one of the world’s more powerful countries with an increasing middle class, the majority of its people still struggle with severe poverty. India has many long-term challenges that have not been fully addressed, including inadequate physical and social infrastructures, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities and scarce access to quality basic and higher education. A large number of India’s poorest people live in the country’s semi-arid regions. Deforestation and poor land management, compounded by the harsh climate, has made it difficult for many rural poor to eke out even a subsistence living. Drought and water shortages hinder the development of sustainable agriculture.

Volunteer projects

Developing World Connections has two in-country partners in Rajasthan state. Located in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan is India’s largest state that is home to more than 68 million people. High levels of illiteracy, insufficient water sources, inadequate health care and extremely limited access to social services are pervasive problems.

Volunteers can work in villages around Bhinder, a community on the outskirts of Udaipur known as the Venice of India, with our in-country partner Sahyog Sansthan. You will work with subsistence farmers and their families in the construction of water harvesting structures, like small sub-surface dams, so they can grow two or three crops per year instead of one. That enables them to provide for their families and earn an increase income by selling their produce.

Alternatively, volunteers can work with Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots non-government organization working with rural people in the districts of Rajsamand, Udaipur and Bhilwada in Rajasthan. In the last nine years, Jatan has facilitated programs ranging from women empowerment and youth development to migration and health initiatives. In the past, DWC volunteers have built a women’s community washroom in the village of Morra in the Udaipur district.

Choose your trip

ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and include in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with our in-country partner. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including airfare.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

Read about our volunteers’ experiences

Find our what it’s really like on a DWC volunteer trip. Check out our India blog which features entries from DWC team leaders and participants.

Read Blog »

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
October 10 - October 24, 2020
Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2020
Udaipur Sahyog Sansthan Explore Trip #IND1020 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

Volunteer in India with DWCVIDEO: Volunteer in India with DWC

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom or Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Udaipur costs about $2,300. This includes in-country food, in-country transportation, in-country accommodation and a substantial direct donation to the host partner. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including your flights.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Indian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, you should consider spending time in Udaipur, known as the Venice of India. Udaipur is a beautiful lakeside city in the state of Rajasthan and one of India’s most romantic and picturesque destinations. Visit Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer and experience Rajasthan’s fascinating history, captured in numerous and impressive forts, palaces and castles that dot the landscape View the stark beauty of the Thar Desert by taking a camel safari. A tour would be incomplete without visiting Agra to see its Red Fort and experiencing one of the world’s seven wonders: the Taj Mahal. To see another side of India, don’t miss the impressive organized chaos of Delhi. You will have an unforgettable shopping experience.

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Nepal

Official Language(s)
Nepali
Population
30.9 million
% of Population Below Poverty
25.2% (7.8 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$1,500 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Nepal
Canada

Why volunteer in Nepal?

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with one-third of its population living below the poverty line. It is a landlocked country with rugged geography, few natural resources and poor infrastructure. More than 80% of the population is rural based. For most rural families, access to land is extremely limited and many depend on plots that are too small to meet subsistence requirements.

In 2015 a series of massive earthquakes rocked Nepal. Nearly nine thousand people lost their lives in the disaster. Over 20 thousand people were injured. It was the worst natural disaster to strike since 1934, upending the lives of eight million Nepalis – nearly a third of the population.

Hardly anything was spared in the destruction and DWC teams assisted with recovery efforts by rebuilding schools. Post earthquake assessment, rural housing still stands out as an area of greatest need. Our project work has evolved to focus on building housing for the rural poor.

DWC works with our partner who meticulously identifies beneficiaries, the beneficiaries themselves participate with the volunteers in the construction of their home and the homes are built so that they are more resistant to the elements.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers in Nepal will work with in-country partner Creating Possibilities Nepal to build homes for families who desperately need good shelter. CP and DWC have also worked to rebuild schools in the Gorkha district. Homes and schools are a high priority so people can have proper shelter and get educated.

In the past, Creating Possibilities has sent volunteers to work in Dang district, where more than 100 girls have been bought out of bonded labour so they can attend school and learn new skills to enter the workforce. The construction of a community centre in Dang called UNAKO House (Unako translates to ‘hers’) provides work and literacy programs for young women and home to a computer training centre, two retail stores and sewing machines for UNAKO scarf making.

Developmental impact in Nepal

This is the one-year story of the centre built by Creating Possibilities with help from DWC volunteers:

When can I go?

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom and Corporate Trips
These trips are typically two weeks in length and the estimated $2,300 price (finalized near departure due to fluctuating exchange rates) includes in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner Creating Possibilities Nepal. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including airfare.

Youth and University Trips
A two to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price and is often based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors. Please contact DWC for more details.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you are finished volunteering, we suggest you travel to Pokhara, enjoying the breathtaking scenery or taking a trek through the mountains, affectionately referred to as the Apple Pie Circuit. While in Kathmandu, be sure to visit the famous Buddhist temples of Swayambhunath and Bodnath Stupa. Swayambhunath is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire bases are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Don’t miss Patan Durbar Square situated in the heart of the city; the square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines.

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Kenya

Official Language(s)
Kiswahili, English
Population
45 million
% of Population Below Poverty
43.4% (19.5 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$1,800 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Kenya
Canada

Why volunteer in Kenya?

Kenya’s population has tripled during the past 30 years. With this rise in population comes a significant rise in poverty. The causes of increased poverty include low agricultural productivity, unemployment and low wages, high cost of health and education and HIV/AIDS. Women are particularly vulnerable because they do not have equal access to social and economic assets. Subsistence farming is the primary – and often the only – livelihood. Developing World Connections’ long-term commitment is to help improve living options for community members and to increase their self-sufficiency. These are the reasons why we want you to be volunteering in Kenya.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers who choose Kenya work with our in-country partner, Access Kenya, in Naro Moru. Access Kenya is a non-profit group that raises awareness of the problems that come with deforestation. Volunteers build schools, libraries and community facilities. Education and volunteer tree planting serve to protect the wildlife and safe guard the essential water needed for the people and wildlife in the area. The national government is supporting the creation of citizen-based committees to plant new trees. These committees include all village stakeholders and are the umbrella bodies for many volunteer projects. The community/district of Naro Moru is made up of the town centre and six other villages within a 25-km area and each of these villages have similar water shortage and reforestation issues. No special skills are required for volunteers to pitch in on projects with Access Kenya.
In the past, DWC has worked with UBUNTU and Covaga in Kenya as well.

See our volunteers in action

Listen to radio DJ Holly Conway talk about her trip to Kenya. You’ll see photos of her trip where she helped install water pipes:

When can I go?

2020 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
October 17 - October 31, 2020
Oct 17 - Oct 31, 2020
Naro Moru Access Kenya Explore Trip #KYA1020 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

High School, Adult and Family, Custom or Corporate Trips
Volunteering in Kenya for a two-week trip costs about $2,300, with the total finalized closer to departure. This includes in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with our in-country partner. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including your flights.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Kenyan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you are done volunteering in Kenya, we recommend you take a safari in the Maasai Mara, the best destination in the area for viewing abundant wildlife, where more than two million wildebeest migrate yearly from the Serengeti. Soak in the sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley, a high escarpment wall that plunges to the flat-bottomed valley below, dotted by a small string of volcanoes. Enjoy the tropical climate of Mombasa, the centre of Kenya’s coastal tourism and its second-largest city. Navigate its intricate streets in the old town and visit its national monuments to gain a sense of its complicated and bloody past. Participate in a range of coastal activities from scuba diving and surfing to water skiing and sailing.

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