Cultural development projects focus on national identity and creating opportunities for the local community to remember their history and embrace their future. Participants usually work very closely with councils and community groups to generate opportunities for the local people to be active within their tribe or group.
Volunteers in cultural development programs abroad are usually based in schools, work environments, youth groups or community centres, and are provided a homestay with an indigenous family to provide a deeper understanding of the mind-sets, behaviours, practises and beliefs practised by the native people. Daily interaction with the local community is imperative so that there is a clear and constant communication steam. Emphasis is usually placed on examining questions about ethnic identities, gender roles, class and religion to facilitate redefining their future.
Volunteers are people who immerse themselves in new cultures and environments and are hardworking and adaptable to new environments. Patience, flexibility and cultural sensitivity are also required and the willingness to work varying hours throughout the week is essential. If you have an interest in culture and development overseas, why not look through our product listings and add a volunteering program to your gap year itinerary?
We offer a unique volunteering experience, which helps slum dwellers in Mumbai, Jaipur and Nairobi with their education, health or community development.
Teach underprivileged children to protect the environment while taking care of wild animals. The project is a non profit organisation situated on a reserve near Kruger Park in South Africa.
Achieve more this summer: Spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks rebuilding Nepal’s future
Fall in love with this tropical idyll, bring hope and happiness to children that suffer desperately within a society where the majority of people barely survive from day to day.
Take part on summer volunteer travel programs in India, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and enjoy a trek in the Himalayan mountain range.
Although Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable countries, there are still many children and adults that live in poverty with low life expectations. This is your chance to make a difference.
Use your vocational skills to change the lives of rural communities who otherwise don’t have access to sufficient healthcare services. There’ll be time to chill out and explore Kenya too.
Looking for a gap year program in Ireland? On the western edge of Europe, along the wild Atlantic you’ll meet the friendliest people, explore untouched nature and have amazing adventures.
Join us on our rewarding Teaching & Education Community Outreach Project, in the small town of Livingstone, very close to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls!
Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa!