There are a number of ways to help with international projects.
Service trips to Latin America and Africa are great fun and extremely rewarding — they will truly change your life. You will see how little most people in the world have, and that a small amount of money and effort thoughtfully applied can make an enormous difference. You will also see that there are many lessons for us visitors to learn from the people there. A lucky community might have one soccer ball for all of the kids to share and virtually no other possessions for entertaining themselves. Yet they do entertain themselves and find much joy in life.
When international volunteers go into an area for the first time the people are usually shy and reticent. By the time the volunteers leave, they have been invited into people’s houses, introduced to grandparents and children, and are honored at celebrations. You can see how non-tourist economy people really live and start to understand their joys and challenges.
All of the organizations below need help. There are often local opportunities to serve as well as international volunteer opportunities.
- RSF Earthspeak
- Project Amigo
- Aid Africa
- Hospital Supply Distribution
- San Miguel de Allende School for the Deaf