Here at Camps, we believe in making a positive impact on the lives of the people in our host communities as well as our volunteers.
We’re so passionate about this that we’ve made a list of just some of the reasons we think that you should volunteer on community projects with us!
1. You’ll help to improve the standard of living for local communities.
It is estimated that more than 1 billion people worldwide are homeless and just as many may be lacking adequate housing. Some communities that live in rural areas become isolated and will often travel long distances every day to get to work, school or to obtain essential resources such as food and water. They may not have access to clean water and have no sustainable food source.
All of this means that even the smallest projects can make a big difference to local communities.
Projects such as building bridges and clearing footpaths in Ecuador mean that people can travel on a safer route, enabling them to get to school and work. Installing water pumps in Cambodia mean the risk of disease is dramatically reduced. School feeding programmes in Kenya mean young children are receiving at least 1 meal a day. These are just a few highlights of what you could be doing on our trips to dramatically improve the standard of living for the local people.
2. You’ll be supporting employment for local people
Our camps and projects are located in rural regions which don’t usually benefit from tourism and have limited employment opportunities. As a Camps volunteer, you’ll not only be contributing through your project work, you’ll be helping to support our global social enterprise model which creates hundreds of jobs for local people.
All our camps are built and run by local people and we try to source all the materials we use for projects locally. We don’t believe in handouts – we work with communities to so that they can empower themselves and generate their own income which is why we employ skilled local people on our projects to work alongside our volunteers.
3. You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn about different culture
Whether you are volunteering in Africa, Asia or South and Central America, you will truly be immersed in the culture of the local communities. Staying in camp in the heart of the community, gives you an authentic experience and you will find yourself trying regional food, meeting local people and joining in their local traditions. This will make your experience truly unique and one that will be hard to forget.
4. You’ll increase your confidence
Whether you’ve travelled all around the world or have never step foot on an aeroplane, you will find that you change as a person after working with communities overseas. Skills that you will gain by interacting with new people and taking part in new experiences will transfer into your daily life when you return home, giving you a new-found confidence that you can take forward with you in the future.
5. You will learn new skills
Working on a variety of projects will give you different skills that you can use long into the future. From working on construction projects to learning how to make traditional foods, there are so many skills that you can learn and transfer. You may even find a new career choice based on what you’ve learnt in country.
One of our previous volunteers, Lucy Moorhouse says ‘My trip to Tanzania 4 years ago make me realise my passion for wildlife and now I do wildlife and practical conservation at University.’
These are just a few of the reasons why volunteering on community projects is so beneficial to both the local community and volunteers.
If working with communities is something that you have a passion to do, you can find out more information about our trips here. We can’t wait to welcome you on board.