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?
Spending valuable time in both Kenya & Tanzania, you’ll make a huge impact on the rural communities that you’ll live & work alongside. Improve schools, homes & protect endangered wildlife.
This TV & Print Journalism Internship programme places you either with a Mongolian TV channel or a major Newspaper. Get to know the people and culture of this amazing country.
Immerse yourself in the life and culture of Nepal as a volunteer teacher whilst living with a local family. Trek the Himalayas, go white-water rafting and on safari during our programme.
Mighty mountains, deep canyons, bustling cities, floating villages, vast lakes and Machu Picchu. Make a real impact on the communities that you’ll be living and working alongside.
Coach Sports to underprivileged children in South Africa, make a difference to local communities and get up close and personal with baby lions!
Our volunteering opportunities in Nepal involve working with a local NGO to support rural government schools and schools for the children of ex-Gurkha servicemen in western Nepal.
We specialise in education, and community development projects, offering life enriching opportunities that truly make a difference to the people and ecology of breathtaking Sri Lanka.
Experience the home of the Carnivale, make a difference and immerse yourself in the culturally rich city that is Rio De Janeiro.
Head to vibrant Brazil and volunteer at an exciting youth centre that helps over 9000 young people. Bring skill, passion and enthusiasm to help disadvantaged children in Sao Paulo.
Gain invaluable first-hand experience of the NGO sector, by joining this international development and fundraising internship in Swaziland