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eOcambo Volunteer Programs is based in Siem Reap, Cambodia and is part of a dedicated hospitality group that also has a Foundation to assist with breaking the barriers to education. They have close ties to community organizations who assist underprivileged people. These organisations are specialists in their field and provide sustainable, on-going benefits to the Cambodian community.
Katitawa is an independent primary school founded in 1977 and located in the indigenous Andean village of Salasaka, Ecuador. The school is designed to create a place where the children learn the basic subjects taught in any elementary school, while also creating an education model that promotes the children’s cultural identity.
Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Friendly Drifter volunteer program was created by two concerned individuals who witnessed a need to address the plastic waste issue in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It’s a very remote place in the world however no region is immune to plastic waste. It’s a tour/operator program. Most visitors hire guides because of the complexities of logistics. The program dedicates a certain number of days to beach and village clean up. After the village is completely clean, their aim is to hire locals to control waste in the future with regular collections.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village (GFTV) accepts volunteers on an adhoc basis to assist with specific projects to help grow their social enterprise so they are able to support more people in the community. The aim of their volunteering activities is to reduce poverty for local people living with disabilities by developing their skills and knowledge so that they can earn a sustainable income.
Boquete & Bocas del Toro, Panama
Habla Ya is a Spanish Language School with extensive volunteer programs and support for Boquete and Bocas del Toro. The organization has connections within everything from literacy to wildlife and conservation.
This rural Nepali homestay acts as both a guesthouse for travelers and trekkers, and the accommodation for volunteers living in the village and assisting with various projects. It’s the passion project of Shamser Thapa, who hopes to continue expanding the villages capacity to host foreigners, thus increasing economic opportunity in this tiny Nepali village.
Hope Link is a non-profit with aim to provide support for vulnerable communities near Rusinga Island, outside of Kisumu. Volunteers are invited to support capacity building efforts in the region, as well as health and wellness training.
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
The Jaguar Rescue Center, located in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, is a non-profit organization that works on rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals and their release into the wild. The main work for volunteers at the Jaguar rescue Center is maintenance of the center and its animals, gardening, laundry, kitchen, feeding and enrichment for animals, special cares for some of them (such as anteaters, monkeys, sloths, and birds), and helping and collaborating with the daily tours.
Panay Island, Philippines
The Ibajay Mangrove Forest (Katunggan It Ibajay) is a park run by two local communities. The park straddles these two communities, which is why both communities are involved. The park is home to 28 of the 35 species of mangroves found in the Philippines and is home to the largest specimen of Avecinnia rumphiana in Asia. The mission of the park is to maintain these incredible natural resources through sustainable ecotourism.
Vang Vieng, Laos
FruitFriends is a social enterprise located in Vang Vieng, Laos specializing in education and agriculture. All proceeds from their ventures directly fund community projects, such as school construction, organic farming, teaching English, and making home-made fruit products.
Their staff members are highly capable and quick learners.