TRIP #PHP0321.DH:

Dental Hygiene in The Philippines

DEPARTURE DATE
Mar 13, 2021
RETURN DATE
Mar 20, 2021
COST
Approx. $2,300 (based on 10 volunteers)
WHERE
Cebu City, Philippines

Dental Hygiene in The Philippines

DWC Dental Hygiene Program

DWC is well-positioned to assist academic institutions in creating service-learning opportunities for their students. Central to DWC’s approach has been its ability to work with faculty to customize the experience to align with specific learning outcomes. Often, these revolve around increasing students’ global competency, including intercultural awareness, an understanding and respect of indigenous knowledge and a greater sense of global citizenship.
In other instances, learning outcomes have been skill- based, such as performing specific clinical functions or conducting training sessions in a remote setting.
Irrespective of the desired outcome, DWC can work with educators to create impactful service-learning experiences. Furthermore, its highly developed safety and security protocols, combined with extensive logistical and administrative capacity, reduce the challenges and resource-drain that universities can face when leading groups of young adults to the developing world.
DWC is proposing field school opportunities for the schools within the discipline of Dental Sciences in 2021.

Project Details

The Philippines is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line. It is an archipelago that comprises 7,641 islands, and the eleven largest islands contain 95% of the total land area. The islands are volcanic in origin, being part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and are mostly mountainous. Most of the population is concentrated on the northern and eastern coast of the island of Mindoro where the cities of Calapan and Puerto Galera are located.

Developing World Connections’  efforts in The Philippines include working with a dental college in Cebu City to provide an unparalleled opportunity for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants to work with dentists, and on their own, providing much needed dental care and instruction to families in need.

Opportunities for Hygiene and Assistant students may include the following:

  • Providing sanitation and hygiene education
  • Performing hygiene and sanitation procedures
  • Assisting dentists with regular dental procedures such as extractions, and dental restoration
  • Provide preventative dental education and care

Health and Safety

Health and safety are a top priority while volunteers are on an international service trip. DWC`s approach to health and safety relies heavily on the input of our in-country partners, the travel advisories of various government agencies, and safety measures that teams, DWC and our partners must adhere to.

General Safety Requirements Prior to Departure:

  • Travel advisories are monitored by the Developing World Connection office and the Host Partner in country.
  • Developing World Connections has an emergency contingency fund available for use if an emergency were to occur and we need to get our participants out of the country quickly.
  • Developing World Connections works with a designated Travel Agent who works to make any necessary arrangements.
  • Participants are given contact and location information for in-country hospitals on par with western standards.
  • Before departure, all participants are to register with their respective country embassy to ensure accountability in case of emergencies.
  • Emergency Medical Insurance is mandatory for each participant and is purchased prior to departure.
  • The host partner has intimate knowledge of the country, culture and language and works closely with the team at all times.

Team Leader and Team Requirements:

  • Team leaders carry a cell phone at all times so communication is available 24 hours a day between the in-country team and the DWC office.
  • All team leaders have up-to-date first-aid training and have participated in our team leader training.
  • Each team leader carries a comprehensive first-aid kit.
  • The team leader has copies of all passport numbers, medical and travel insurance, emergency contact information, dietary and medical requirements.
  • Team leader training includes health and safety awareness and precautions, emergency and standard operating procedures and practices.
  • Private transportation to and from the airport and worksite (if transportation is necessary) is used throughout entire trip.
  • The team always travels as a group with the team leader and/or chaperones.

Host Partner Requirements:

  • Representatives from our host partners are on hand for our participants throughout their stay and can be called at any time for medical attention or to make any emergency arrangements if needed.
  • The majority of host partner staff and volunteers live and work in the area and are familiar with all nearby medical centers and clinics.

Get on Your Way With Fundraising

Volunteering overseas costs money, and while it may seem daunting to save enough money to go on a trip, there are options to help. Many volunteers, especially students, will fundraise to pay for all or part of their trip. Fundraising not only helps fulfill the dream of volunteering abroad, but it also promotes awareness of global development, sustainable projects, and social responsibility. Every conversation, poster, email, social media post and event that explains where and why students plan to volunteer shows people the commitment to serving abroad which spreads the word about international service. There are many ways to raise money, so students can choose the right type of fundraising project that suits them.

DWC helps by providing a platform that gives each student his or her own fundraising web page on the DWC website but without the administrative fees that are attached to other crowdfunding programs. The page can be shared via social media venues or through email. It gives a student a place to explain what they do; the fundraising goal and how close donations are to reaching that goal DWC issues charitable tax receipts to all donors who give $20 or more toward a student’s trip.

Many students have raised large parts of their trip expenses – some have even covered all of their costs. Fundraising is not only a way to reduce the trip price but is also a good team-building tool for groups and classes. DWC will also work with students who are fundraising to push back their payment deadlines if necessary.

It’s Not All Work!

Student

s will discover genuine connections with their destination by walking the path of locals. Along the way, they will get to know the country, its culture and the people who call it home through an unforgettable lens. Outside of volunteer time, the team is able to fully experience and appreciate the most memorable and iconic attractions historical sites and natural landmarks.
• The historic church Basilica del Santo Nino
• The Taoist Temple with its landmark dragons
• Magellan’s Cross
• Cebu Heritage Monument
• A full-day 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.
• Fort San Pedro• Dive with Whale Sharks
• 3-hour Cebu city tour
• Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
• Crown Regency Sky Experience
• Taboan Public Market
• Tops Lookout
• Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden

 

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Sri Lanka

DWC has sent numerous teams to volunteer in Tangalle, Sri Lanka over the years and continues to work on projects to make life better for residents there. In late 2004, after a massive tsunami pummeled 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people, a team was on the ground in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, to start rebuilding homes, lives and hope. Keep up the tradition and volunteer in Sri Lanka to help those that need it.

About The Trip:


Sri Lanka was the first country that DWC ever sent teams to and that is why it has always been a location that’s special to the organization.

Volunteers in Sri Lanka have built homes for people who have with next to nothing and made improvements to schools (and played with the kids while they were at it) and other community facilities. They have made an impact in the lives of people struggling just to put food on the table and children who need an education to open doors for their futures.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Sri Lanka Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


As a volunteer in Sri Lanka, you’ll find the Tangalle region is usually humid and hot, with daytime highs reaching about 32C. Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka never really gets cool. Tangalle is perched on the Indian Ocean, where you can go for a swim to get a break from the heat.

Sri Lanka offers a wealth of temples and beaches, but there’s also the Kudawella blow hole where sea water froths up through a hole in a rock cliff, Yala National Park, turtle watching, the Weverukannala Buddha statue, the historic city of Galle and the elephant sanctuary.

Learn more about Sri Lanka »

The Project:


Team members will be mixing concrete, hauling bricks or doing whatever other manual labour is required for construction projects. No specialized skills are required, so anyone is welcome to sign up and help out.

Go Katy!
Each child will greet a volunteer and escort them to the grounds.

When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 – Team travels to Sri Lanka; arrival at Colombo airport; transport to Tangalle; check in to hotel and acclimatize
  • Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20– PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Saturday, November – Return to Colombo, travel home or continue travel

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Tangalle that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,600 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Navajeevana. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


Jen Baillie

Jen Baillie wants to live in a world where people have face-to-face conversations, make mistakes and grow from them, play outside, celebrate each others gifts, live inspired, find something to be grateful about everyday and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.

As a child and youth care practitioner, local and global volunteer, she’s been actively involved in her community since the age of 12. She has travelled to more than 20 countries and has led Developing World Connections teams to Rwanda, Peru, Guatemala and India.

When she’s not on one of her adventures around the world, you can find Jen lost in a stack of travel books and maps planning her next trip, volunteering in the community, devising her next random acts of kindness mission, sifting through inspirational quotes and unapologetically soliciting people to join her in getting involved, following their passions or hers. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

To learn more about other teams’ adventures in Sri Lanka, read our Volunteer Blog.

Are You Ready To Go?


Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

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Nicaragua

About The Trip:

As a volunteer in Nicaragua, you’ll work with Namlo International serving communities in the municipality of San Nicolas, near Esteli. Families live in extreme poverty often surviving on less than $1.00 per day. You’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. In Nicaragua, you’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

It’s Not All Work:


A trip to Nicaragua is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time while visiting this Central American jewel. You can absorb the magnificent scenery while relaxing on the soft sand of serene coastal beaches. Popular sites with travellers include the impressive Ometepe Island made of two volcanoes with highlights including petroglyphs and pristine forest frequented by monkeys, armadillo and opossum. Catch a wave at San Juan del Sur, a beautiful surf village, or experience the sea turtles at Monty’s Beach Lodge. Make an excursion into the nation’s cities to soak up the vibrant colours, sounds and flavours of authentic Nicaraguan culture.

The climate is tropical, hot and humid, all year round. In August, weather conditions in Nicaragua make it a good destination. Daily high temperatures are around 31°C (89°F), daily low temperatures are around 23°C (74°F). The region is characterised by frequent showers and thunderstorms, but very rarely does this last all day. Usually rainfall comes in bursts that are heavy but last a couple hours at most, then it dries up in the heat. Packing a light raincoat is definitely a good idea.
Learn more about Nicaragua »

The Project:


You’ll be serving the community of El Ojoched (San Juan De Rio Coco), Nicaragua. The average salary of $14/month is mostly through work in the tobacco fields. There are 50 families in the community with about 100 students attending the local school. These students suffer from a lack of dietary diversity leading to poor health. This school is one of a few that has a kitchen, however, the door is not secure, so food gets stolen and their water pump has been broken by vandalism.
About 20 of the students are preschoolers. As the facility lacks space, the little kids learn outside or in the kitchen. Additionally, because the toilets are inappropriately sized it makes their use dangerous and unsanitary. This community lacks the financial means to maintain its school’s infrastructure, so you’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. Plans include fixing the water pump to ensure clean water for the school, build latrines at the school (and other key areas of the community), and the completion of upgrades to school infrastructure including security fencing, the installation of a greenhouse and water storage.

Itinerary:


  • Saturday, August 15 – Team arrives in Managua and travels to the project site in El Ojoched
  • Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 – PROJECT WORK (half day on Friday)
  • Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23 – Free time for adventure
  • Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 – PROJECT WORK
  • Saturday, August 29: Return to Managua to fly home or continue travelling in Nicaragua and beyond.

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team members will be homestaying in pairs in family accommodations that are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $1,400 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport and program costs. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can fundraise part or all of your trip and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


Alicia CadotteVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

I have two passions… travelling and helping others, and volunteering with DWC combines them both. I recently caught the travel bug and have been non-stop ever since! I’ve travelled to three other provinces in Canada, five states in America, Ireland, Costa Rica and, by the time we go on this trip I will have backpacked through most of Central America. The thing I love most about traveling is the connections you make along the way, which always seem to last a lifetime,

As a young woman in today’s society I feel passionate about helping others and trying to inspire my peers to do the same. We are the next generation! We need to take care of our people and our planet. We have to power to make a difference and it’ll only be as good as we make it. I want to leave a positive impact on this earth! I spend some of my weekends at local food banks volunteering and spent my last year in high school working at a non profit.

Since I was 9-years-old it’s been a dream of mine to go on a volunteer trip but if was a challenge saving the funds to go! I finally began my journey on my first trip with DWC in August 2019 to Costa Rica. It not only met every single expectation I had but exceeded them. We went to Barra de Pacuare where they stayed with the most amazing family who welcomed us into their homes not just as volunteers but as family. With the help of some of the locals, we helped fix the medical clinic so that the doctors would return. This included digging a 9-meter-deep well for better access to clean water. I absolutely cannot wait to go on another trip and now I have the amazing opportunity to lead you there.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

 

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PERU

The barrios of Lima, Peru’s capital city, are a difficult place to grow up, especially when you have to walk long distances to get to school. DWC works with Peruvian partner IFEJANT to build schools that will help children improve their futures. To do this, we need people like you to volunteer in Peru.

About The Trip:


The poverty rate in Peru is at about 30% and more than 55% in rural areas. Poverty in Peru has roots in high rates of illiteracy, lack of essential services and training. Many children leave school early to help support their families. About one quarter to one third of Peruvian children ages 6 to 14 work.

Education is one of the most important things that a child can have. DWC’s in-country partner, IFEJANT, recognizes this and strives to improve education opportunities along with human rights in and around Lima. IFEJANT is a non-profit organization that serves as a leader and supporter of an organized network of grassroots organizations serving women and working children.

DWC and IFEJANT have had a long relationship working together to build better options for the children of the barrios. Teams of volunteers in Peru have done what you’ll be doing on this trip: hauling concrete, building walls or other parts of schools and meeting the children who study in the school.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Peru Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


Temperatures will vary with averages around 18C, decreasing as you ascend into the mountains. Lighter, breathable clothing is appropriate but prepare for showers, fog and overcast skies during the day with some lightweight rain gear. Packing warmer clothes for chilly nights is suggested. Because Peru has climates that range from jungle/rainforest to arid drylands, weather conditions can change dramatically when you travel throughout the country. And since weather can be unpredictable, it’s best to be prepared for a bit of everything, especially if you plan side trips to the mountains or jungle.

Outside of your work volunteer work, you’ll probably want to get out to Machu Picchu, an attraction that’s pretty much a must-do for any travellers to Peru. Lima itself is full of historic buildings, churches, museums and sites and, for those in search of the sun rays that escape the cloud cover, an oceanside beach. Top-notch restaurants, parasailing and a litany of other activities and options are waiting for you.

Learn more about the Peru »

The Project:


As a volunteer in Peru, you’ll be serving the working children by building educational and community facilities. This can mean anything from digging foundations to mixing cement to installing windows and doors, painting, etc. IFEJANT chooses the projects depending on the most current need of the community. It could be finishing up a second storey of a school or building a community centre/meeting space. Whatever you do will be meaningful and needed.

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When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, October 25 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
  • Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 1 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, November 2 to Friday, November 6 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, November 7: Transport to airport in Lima and fly home

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Lima that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,700 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to IFEJANT. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


Terry-Lynn StoneVolunteer Trip to Peru Team Leader

Terry-Lynn lives by the motto, “You cannot change the world—but you can help change someone’s world.” Whether it is volunteering with her local Rotary Club, traveling with DWC, or following her passion making and delivering menstrual kits to girls so they can go to school, Terry-Lynn delights in helping others. Any trip with DWC and Terry-Lynn will be one part work, one part passion and a huge helping of humour and fun!

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

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Guatemala

Join us and volunteer to help a family in Guatemala. In Guatemala, DWC works with Open Windows Foundation, our in-country host partner. All beneficiaries and projects are chosen in partnership with them according to local needs and priorities. Poverty reduction is the ultimate goal.

About The Trip:


The November volunteer team will travel to Guatemala to work on a community development project in San Miguel Dueñas. San Miguel Dueñas is an agricultural community of about 12,000 people who live 15 kilometres from the tourist city of Antigua. Despite being located so close to the tourism industry, many San Miguel families barely get by. Most of the people who live in and around San Miguel Duenas are subsistence farm workers.

You’ll be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Guatemala Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


You can expect a warm and humid climate during your stay in Guatemala. It’s an excellent time to visit with temperatures averaging between 20°C to 30°C (70°F to 80°F) making it comfortable for indoor or outdoor pursuits.

There’s lots to see and do. Antigua, where our volunteers stay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Baroque style of architecture and church ruins. The region was hit by several earthquakes in the 1700s (hence the historic ruins). Not to worry, though, there haven’t been any quakes of note in the past couple of hundred years or so.

Past teams have visited a chocolate maker, open markets, monuments, fountains, plant nurseries and even volcanoes. Some have gone for wilderness hikes or ziplining. There are lots of options for your free time.

Learn more about the Guatemala »

The Project:


The project details and beneficiaries will be finalized in the coming months. Most DWC teams in Guatemala construct small houses made of cinder blocks with steel roofs for local families. It’s not much by most standards, but having a solid home will provide protection from the elements, improved sanitation, and a stable, secure place to nurture and raise children. Local masons and builders are employed and benefit from the extra income. No one forgets the impact that a culture of social responsibility makes in the lives of families with no one to lean on.

Sometimes the beneficiary is a working single parent family with many kids, grandparents who are left to raise kids with disabilities, or a family who has lost everything following a hurricane or flood. This is often the only leg up for people that face uncertainty and are trying whatever it takes to try to get out of poverty.

Draft Itinerary:


To Be Determined

  • Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 8 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
  • Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 – Free days for some R and R and fly home.
  • Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing..
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Antigua that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
Posada La Merced Antigua
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,700 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Open Windows Foundation. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


TBA


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Tell your friends about us!

Peru

The barrios of Lima, Peru’s capital city, are a difficult place to grow up, especially when you have to walk long distances to get to school. DWC works with Peruvian partner IFEJANT to build schools that will help children improve their futures. To do this, we need people like you to volunteer in Peru.

About The Trip:


Education is one of the most important things that a child can have. DWC’s in-country partner, IFEJANT, recognizes this and strives to improve education opportunities along with human rights in and around Lima. IFEJANT is a non-profit organization that serves as a leader and supporter of an organized network of grassroots organizations serving women and working children.

DWC and IFEJANT have had a long relationship working together to build better options for the children of the barrios. Teams of volunteers in Peru have done what you’ll be doing on this trip: hauling concrete, building walls or other parts of schools and meeting the children who will study in the school when it’s done.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Peru Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


Temperatures will vary with averages around 18C, decreasing as you ascend into the mountains. Lighter, breathable clothing is appropriate but prepare for showers, fog and overcast skies during the day with some lightweight rain gear. Packing warmer clothes for chilly nights is suggested. Because Peru has climates that range from jungle/rainforest to arid drylands, weather conditions can change dramatically when you travel throughout the country. And since weather can be unpredictable, it’s best to be prepared for a bit of everything, especially if you plan side trips to the mountains or jungle.

Outside of your work volunteer work, you’ll probably want to get out to Machu Picchu, an attraction that’s pretty much a must-do for any travellers to Peru. Lima itself is full of historic buildings, churches, museums and sites and, for those in search of the sun rays that escape the cloud cover, an oceanside beach. Top-notch restaurants, parasailing and a litany of other activities and options are waiting for you.

Learn more about the Peru »

The Project:


As a volunteer in Peru, you’ll be serving the working children by building educational and community facilities. This can mean anything from digging foundations to mixing cement to installing windows and doors, painting, etc. IFEJANT chooses the projects depending on the most current need of the community. It could be finishing up a second storey of a school or building a community centre/meeting space. Whatever you do will be meaningful and needed.

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When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, August 8 to Sunday, August 9 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
  • Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 16 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, August 22: Transport to airport in Lima and fly home

View All Trips Schedule »

FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Lima that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,700 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to IFEJANT. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


TBDVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

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Guatemala

Light Up Guatemala

You’ll work with Open Windows Foundation in San Miguel Duenas, an agricultural community of about 12,000 people who live 15 kilometres from the tourist city of Antigua. Despite being located so close to the tourism industry, many San Miguel families barely get by. Open Windows is a dynamic, non-profit children’s learning centre that provides 2,600 kids with services and programs so they have more options and independence in their lives.

About The Project:


You will be installing clean-burning stoves with the guidance of Open Windows Foundation (OW) as part of DWC’s LIGHT UP GUATEMALA program. Most of the people who live in and around San Miguel Duenas are subsistence farm workers living in tin and cindercrete block houses. Volunteer will help create a healthier environment for these families in Guatemala.

The stoves might not seem like much, but families that can’t afford them end up using open fires in their homes for cooking. Those fires fill the houses with smoke throughout the day. Due to this, everyone from babies to elders ends up breathing in the smoke and Guatemala has a high rate of respiratory illnesses as a result. A stove also uses far less firewood than open fires, so that means families can spend less money on bundles of wood or less time collecting it from the forests. This results in the stoves helping to reduce deforestation.

You’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Guatemala Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


You can expect a warm and humid climate during your stay in Guatemala; it’s an excellent time to visit as it is the dry season. Temperatures average around 20°C making it comfortable for indoor or outdoor pursuits.

There’s lots to see and do. Antigua, where our volunteers stay in a hotel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Baroque style of architecture and church ruins. The region was hit by several earthquakes in the 1700s (hence the historic ruins). Not to worry, though, there haven’t been any quakes of note in the past couple of hundred years or so.

Past teams have visited a chocolate maker, open markets, monuments, fountains, plant nurseries and even volcanoes. Some have gone for wilderness hikes or ziplining. There are lots of options for your free time.

Learn more about the Guatemala »


GMA0314-HS_ Volunteers building
Install eco stoves for healthier families

Itinerary:


  • Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, October 25 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
  • Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 1 – Depart Guatemala or continue traveling

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DWC Team Leader:


TBDVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing..
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Antigua that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,400 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Open Windows Foundation. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

 

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

Can’t go on the trip to be a part of the installation crew but still want to help the team achieve their goal? You can help buy stoves for the Light Up Guatemala Fundraiser.

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Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

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Volunteer in India and change lives

The Rajasthan region of India is dry. It’s a situation that’s been made even worse by deforestation of the sparse trees that survive in the area. Monsoon rains replenish riverbeds and groundwater wells, but that limited supply only allows farmers to grow one crop per year. Your team will improve the parched farming conditions for DWC’s WATER FOR LIFE program.

About The Trip:


You are going to make life better for subsistence farmers, their families and their communities by building a structure that will hold back monsoon water long enough for it to seep into the groundwater system and recharge wells in the area. That might not seem like much, but for these people, it will mean bigger crop yields or even the ability to grow more than one crop per year. That will make a big difference to them.

You will be on a team of volunteers who are like-minded and passionate about giving others a hand up, not a hand out. And you will leave behind a solid structure that will serve the community for decades to come.

You’ll be working with our in-country partner, Sahyog Sansthan, a non-profit that deals with rural villages to make improvements that empower these communities and help them move themselves forward through sustainable projects.

This is a two-week trip. As a Developing World Connections volunteer, you will work as part of a volunteer team alongside local people. If you can’t make it for the full two weeks, a shorter option is available as well. You can also extend your stay if you wish to do additional travelling after the volunteer portion is completed.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the India Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


Temperatures vary between 10°C to 27°C. It can get warm, so you’ll want to pack lots of sunscreen, a water bottle and clothing that’s respectful of the local modesty standards but also light and breathable.

Bhinder is close to the village where you’ll be working alongside local people to build a water-retention structure that will help change their lives. It’s also a short drive from the cultural and tourist centre of Udaipur, a city that offers spectacular views, palaces and other historic sites that are a photographer’s dream. A sunset dinner on the rooftop restaurant of the Jaiwana Haveli hotel in Udaipur is a must.

This time of year offers an excellent view of Rajasthan. It is the peak season of tourism and is considered to be the best time to visit with many cultural festivals. March in India is an incredible time to visit when Holi, also known as the “festival of colours”, is celebrated all across the country.

If you’re sticking around India afterward, you might want to add a trip north of Bhinder to the Thar Desert or take a side trip from Delhi to Agra to see the stunning Taj Mahal.

Learn more about India »

The Project:


You’ll learn what it takes to build a water-retention structure that will be a huge asset for villagers who depend on monsoon rains to recharge their wells and groundwater sources. Being able to hold back some of that water long enough for it to sink into aquifers will mean more water available for more crops.

The work can involve some heavy work, like mixing concrete or hauling rocks, but it will be made lighter by the team pulling together and by the participation of the villagers themselves who appreciate the benefit the project will have for their community as a whole.

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When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 – Team travels to India and to Bhinder
  • Monday, March 11 to Friday, May 15 – PROJECT WORK in village
  • Saturday, May 16 to Sunday, May 17 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, May 18 to Friday, March 22 – PROJECT WORK in village
  • Saturday, March 23 – Travel home or continue your adventure in India

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?

You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.


What are meals and accommodations like?

The team will stay in Bhinder in accommodations that are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?

The program cost is about $2,700 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Sahyog Sansthan. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

 

DWC Team Leader:

Ray FowellIndia_Volunteer_Team
Ray was born hundreds of years ago in the UK and lived in Yorkshire. He spent most of his early life chasing the material dream. By the age of 37, he had achieved it, or so he thought. Then after a couple of life-changing events, he realized that life was not all it’s cracked up to be. Materialism was left behind and, in its place, came time to enjoy life. Ray has worked on many projects around the world. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Canada and America. “I take my position as a team leader very seriously and strive to give my team members the best experience both in the build up to, and the time they spend in country. I aim to build a team that will work hard and play hard together, and one that is fun loving and adventurous. I must get something right as I seem to have a lot of repeat players joining my projects.” I look for awesome ‘can do’ and ‘what I can do to help’ attitudes, and openness to, and respect for, cultural and religious diversity within the team as well as the community we will be working.”


Are You Ready To Go?


Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address].

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Tell your friends about us!

Guatemala

Light Up Guatemala

You’ll work with Open Windows Foundation in San Miguel Duenas, an agricultural community of about 12,000 people who live 15 kilometres from the tourist city of Antigua. Despite being located so close to the tourism industry, many San Miguel families barely get by. Open Windows is a dynamic, non-profit children’s learning centre that provides 2,600 kids with services and programs so they have more options and independence in their lives.

About The Project:


You will be installing clean-burning stoves with the guidance of Open Windows Foundation (OW) as part of DWC’s LIGHT UP GUATEMALA program. Most of the people who live in and around San Miguel Duenas are subsistence farm workers living in tin and cindercrete block houses. Volunteer will help create a healthier environment for these families in Guatemala.

The stoves might not seem like much, but families that can’t afford them end up using open fires in their homes for cooking. Those fires fill the houses with smoke throughout the day. Due to this, everyone from babies to elders ends up breathing in the smoke and Guatemala has a high rate of respiratory illnesses as a result. A stove also uses far less firewood than open fires, so that means families can spend less money on bundles of wood or less time collecting it from the forests. This results in the stoves helping to reduce deforestation.

You’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Guatemala Blog »

It’s Not All Work:


You can expect a warm and humid climate during your stay in Guatemala; it’s an excellent time to visit as it is the dry season. Temperatures average around 20°C making it comfortable for indoor or outdoor pursuits.

There’s lots to see and do. Antigua, where our volunteers stay in a hotel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Baroque style of architecture and church ruins. The region was hit by several earthquakes in the 1700s (hence the historic ruins). Not to worry, though, there haven’t been any quakes of note in the past couple of hundred years or so.

Past teams have visited a chocolate maker, open markets, monuments, fountains, plant nurseries and even volcanoes. Some have gone for wilderness hikes or ziplining. There are lots of options for your free time.

Learn more about the Guatemala »


GMA0314-HS_ Volunteers building
Install eco stoves for healthier families

Itinerary:


  • Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 16 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
  • Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 23 – Weekend for cultural activities
  • Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas

View All Trips Schedule »

DWC Team Leader:


TBDVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing..
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Antigua that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2400 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Open Windows Foundation. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

 

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

Can’t go on the trip to be a part of the installation crew but still want to help the team achieve their goal? You can help buy stoves for the Light Up Guatemala Fundraiser.

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Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Tell your friends about us!

Costa Rica

About The Trip:

You’ll work with our in-country partner Mar a Mar serving communities in Naranjillo, a small village in Costa Rica a few hours south of San Jose. It is a beautiful setting amidst mountains and a river about 30km from the Pacific Coast.

Families here live in poverty surviving by working in the nearby coffee fields and palm oil plantations. Your work here will build a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work with the locals who are striving to build a viable eco business and alongside other like-minded volunteers who are passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Wildlife in Costa Rica

It’s Not All Work:


A trip here is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time. You can absorb the magnificent scenery around your host community during the week before spending your days off relaxing on the soft sand of coastal beaches. Easily fill up your days in the National Park, take a surfing lesson, kayak in the mangroves or patron artisans and markets.

The climate is tropical, warm and humid, all year round. Weather conditions make it a good destination characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures of 30°C. While this equatorial region is characterized by low temperature variations, frequent showers and thunderstorms are common so packing a light raincoat is a good idea.
Learn more about Costa Rica »

The Project:


Details will be finalized in the coming weeks but plans are being made to clear and secure a path to and from the main road to a restaurant, paint a newly installed tin roof, build steps and plant herbs and flowers to benefit tourism for a rural Costa Rican community.

Project work volunteer i nCosta Rica

Itinerary:


  • Saturday, August 8 – Team arrives in San Jose and travels to accommodation to settle in.
  • Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14 – PROJECT WORK in Naranjillo.
  • Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 16 – Travel to Esquipulas for rafting adventure. Leisure time in Manuel Antonio
  • Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 – PROJECT WORK in Naranjillo.
  • Saturday, August 22: Return to San Jose. Fly home or continue traveling.

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Culture and people in Costa Rica

FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We work with local skilled labourers who will give training onsite. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team members’ accommodations are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,400 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport and program costs. It does not include airfare. Team members can fundraise for project contributions to Mar a Mar.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can fundraise part or all of your trip and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


TBDVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips overseas. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Find out how to become a team leader with Developing World Connections

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

We’re glad to have you join us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Tell your friends about us!

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