So, you’ve decided that you want to participate in a service program this summer. Well, we have two words for you: amazing decision! It’s also probably one of the best decisions that you will make and will have a positive impact on you for the rest of your life. Now that you’d taken the first step in choosing your program type, you may be wondering, “how do I decide where I want to go and what type of service I want to do?” Great questions!
First of all, the best program for you is the one that makes you the happiest. We already know that you want to do a service program, so the best ways to narrow it down are to consider where you want to go and what type of service project would you like to do and if there are any other things that you are interested in doing on top of your service work.
Where Do You Want to Go?
We have service programs offered in every region that we go to! This includes North America, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and Africa, so whether you want to stay close to home or go to the other side of the world, we have a variety of options available for you to choose from.
What Type of Project Do You want to Do?
There are four categories of service projects that you can work with: youth and education, wildlife conservation, environmental conservation, community (construction and maintenance), or a combination.
If you envision yourself teaching games to fellow high school students and reading books to young children, then do just that! If working with rescued animals and ensuring their conservation is more up your alley, then there is plenty for you to choose from! Many projects also include the clean-up of trails and beaches as well as the maintenance and construction of schools, playgrounds, and other buildings that are important centres of communities. There are also plenty of opportunities for projects to cross-over. You might start your morning feeding orphaned monkeys and end the day playing soccer with kids from the local elementary school. The possibilities are endless!
Service doesn’t just have to be about service! The opportunities are endless when it comes to choosing other activities to pair with your service program. From adventure activities such as going on safari and learning how to surf, to cultural experiences and learning a foreign language, you will be able to find the perfect balance of service projects and that extra something.
With over 30 different service programs offered world-wide, there is something for everyone who is looking for a fun and unique way to give back this summer!