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In 1979 two students returned from their travels having experienced all the world has to offer. Inspired by their trip they founded STA Travel to help other young people get the most out of their adventures abroad. Thirty years on, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We firmly believe that experiencing the wonders of the world will expand your mind and broaden your horizons. Since those early days the world’s become a much smaller place and it’s easier than ever before to explore the globe. However, great divides in standards of living still remain and our help is needed to start bridging the gap. Our response to this challenge is the launch of a totally new type of travel experience; a credible, authentic and real opportunity to give back directly to those who need your help. This brand new selection of projects is designed to help communities around the world and help you get the most out of your travels. The projects selected all offer genuine opportunities to make a real difference and are administered on our behalf by the registered non-profit organisation Planeterra. We believe that we have a big part to play in making the world a better place and our commitment to responsible travel does not end here; we have promised to raise over a million dollars over the next five years to support Planeterra in its work to support communities around the world. We look forward to helping you travel with purpose and seeing you connect with who you are and discovering who you can be.

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CONTENTS A Perfect Partnership 80 Projects, 34 Countries... One World Your Support Network and Where to Stay Responsible Travel & Frequently Asked Questions

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ASIA STA Travel Community Project, Thailand

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Koh Prah Thong Discovery, Thailand Volunteer with Children in Phuket, Thailand Elephant Conservation, Thailand Meaningful Thailand Experience Hill Tribe Helping Hands Adventure, Thailand Work with Endangered Orangutans, Borneo Experience Borneo and Orangutans At One with Borneo Vietnam Rescue Centre Explore Cambodia and Laos Children’s Painting Project, Cambodia Volunteer with Buddhist Monks, Laos Delhi to Goa plus Youth Skills Training, India Volunteer with Elephants, Sri Lanka Discover Nepal Panda Conservation Adventure, China

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AFRICA Teaching & Community Development, South Africa

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Great White Shark Volunteering, South Africa Kingdom of the White Lion Experience, South Africa Orphan Day Care and Aids Education, South Africa Wildlife Conservation Programme, South Africa Zambia Community Work & Safari Anti Poaching Volunteer & Kruger Safari, South Africa Work with Elephants in Namibia Camp Kenya Kenya Teaching & Safari Adventure Camp Tanzania Teaching Children in Zanzibar, Tanzania The Marine Conservation Expedition, Seychelles Mozambique Orphan Pre-school

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South America Peru Amazon Wildlife Adventure

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Volunteer with Cuzco Kids, Peru Community Development in Peru Sun, Surf and Volunteer in Peru Conservation in the Galapagos, Ecuador Coastal Farming in Ecuador Bolivia Discovery Teach English in Buenos Aires, Argentina Organic Farming in Patagonia, Argentina Children of Favelas, Rio de Janeiro , Brazil Afro-Brazilian Community Work & Tour Brazil Community Reforestation

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Teach Children and Surf, Costa Rica Rural Community Development, Costa Rica Arts & Cultural on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Teach Life Skills in Antigua, Guatemala Marine Conservation Expedition, Mexico Jaguar and Puma Research Project, Mexico Learning Spanish & Volunteer, Nicaragua Nicaragua Mobile Library Adventure Panama Safe Drinking Water Adventure Learn Spanish & Volunteer, Panama Project El Salvador Conservation Projects in Belize

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AUSTRALIA, NZ & PACIFIC 82 83 Conservation In Australia & New Zealand Volunteer in the Magic Forest, New Zealand Maori Cultural Volunteer Programme, New Zealand Work with Turtles in Vanuatu

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EUROPE Turtle Conservation in Greece

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Planeterra is a labour of love and a dream that came together in 2003 based on our belief that people and planet should be as important as profit in the travel business. Working together with travellers like you allows us all to give back to the local communities that provide us with unforgettable memories through the precious gift of sharing their culture.

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Our Partnership: Planeterra & STA TRAVEL

STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey. Our new partnership with Planeterra, a travellers’ foundation, is going to change the face of STA Travel. Your next holiday with us will have a greater positive impact on the people, environment and places you visit. Working with Planeterra, we are supporting worldwide community development through our new volunteer travel projects and through direct funding of important initiatives. STA Travel has committed US $1 million over five years to Planeterra to develop our new volunteer travel programs. In addition to this investment, we will be raising US $120,000 for our Community Resource Centre in tsunami-affected Thailand. We will be building this centre on Koh Pra Thong which will be accessible to communities throughout southern Thailand, providing a way to increase income and sustainable tourism in the area for the future. We believe we can reach our goal with contributions from staff and travellers alike. STA Travel has committed to matching individual donations towards our project, up to US $30,000 annually, dollar-for-dollar, to double the impact. When you call STA Travel to make a booking, ask us how to donate to our Thailand project and make a real difference.

What is Planeterra? Planeterra evolved out of a history of travellers’ desire to give back on their holidays. Everywhere travellers went they saw a need and knew they could help out. Since 2003 Planeterra has developed over 25 projects spanning Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Now with STA Travel as a partner, there are close to 80 inspiring options to choose from.

Planeterra focuses on initiatives for sustainability – positive impacts for the long term. They believe supporting education, health, conservation and small business will enable people in the developing world to have a hand in improving their futures. Planeterra and STA Travel will connect you with community and conservation projects, giving you the chance to make a real difference.

A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP

Planeterra works with local partners to develop projects and direct donations to fund needs such as tools, materials and other items that keep projects going. They also develop volunteer programs so that people can visit a project, live onsite or with a local family, and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.

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Volunteering is all about making a greater contribution. Giving back - and gaining lots, too. By volunteering at a project, you are making a positive difference to the lives of others on a much deeper level; by donating your time, energy and experience. All of our projects aim to help local people achieve a sustainable way of life in an environmentally sensitive manner, as well as assist conservation and communities worldwide. You don’t need specific qualifications or skills to volunteer IN either - just a desireWORK to lend a CONSERVATION hand, immerse yourself and learn more about what life is like in communities around the world.

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Participate in a range of global projects and make a real difference. Every project has been chosen with the ultimate aim of helping local people and their environment achieve a sustainable way of life.

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YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK

your support network No matter where you volunteer you’ll be provided with guidance and support from an in-country project co-ordinator. Most are from the local area, or have lived in the communities in which they work for some time, often as volunteers themselves. They will help you get settled and will act as a support system to ensure you get the most out of your volunteer experience.

Why pay to volunteer?

Upon arrival in each start city, you will be welcomed by either a local guide or the project co-ordinator who will transfer you to the site of your volunteer project. Once you are settled at the project accommodation, you’ll be given a briefing of what to expect in the days and weeks ahead, as well as valuable resources to help you better understand the communities and environments in which you will be working.

A significant donation to the volunteer project you choose is included in the price, which provides vital income to the local community. Each of the volunteer projects will need materials, equipment, personnel and training. Some projects can take years to carefully set up, especially those in very remote and poor communities. And on some projects your food may also be included in the cost. So you can be sure that the time and money you invest volunteering is well spent and will make a sustainable difference.

Forget being stuck behind the foggy windows of a tour bus. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself deeply, give back directly and leave with an amazing sense of accomplishment. Volunteering is much more than travel - it is your chance to experience the real world. And what you gain from giving back is seriously priceless.

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STAysimple Clean, comfortable, secure and perfectly adequate, these are no frills budget options. All the hostels and some of the basic hotels sit in this category.

STAysmart Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel. Rooms have private bathrooms, air-con and a host of amenities.

STAystylish These hotels are a little bit special! Funky, unique properties, handpicked by us for their stylish character and touches.

where to stay? Your accommodation on a volunteer project can vary from staying with a local family to sharing a house with fellow volunteers. Standards can vary depending on the country and the area you’re visiting. Guest houses, Hotels & Lodges

Many of the projects have volunteer houses, which may provide some of the comforts of home. Rooms may be twin or multi-share, with shared bathrooms, common living and dining areas, and most have kitchen facilities that you have access to. They are located close to the project, often with project co-ordinators staying on site or nearby.

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On site accommodation can vary from project to project, from fixed platform tents in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal to simple cabins on an organic farm in Argentina. Most rooms accommodate two to four volunteers, while some may have larger multi-share rooms of six or more. Staying on site allows for even more interaction with your fellow travellers and an easy commute to the project each morning!

In more remote areas, home stays will give you a chance to truly experience what life is like in the community with whom you are volunteering. You will be provided with a room within the home that you may share with other volunteers. While the accommodation and toilet facilities may be basic, homestays are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Camping Some of the projects require elements of camping. This is usually because the project is in a remote location or simply because a night under the stars is a must! Depending on the project, you may have shared toilet facilities and showers - but all campsites are well equipped and secure.

Where to stay?

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A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used as start and end accommodation for our volunteer programs, and more widely used on our voluntours. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.

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Responsible Travelling Travelling responsibly isn’t just about the experiences you choose to participate in while on holiday. There are a whole heap of things you can do to minimise your impact on the world around you … Before you leave

How do your actions help?

• Research where you’re going and learn a few local words

Of course, community and wildlife conservation volunteering contributes to responsible travel, but it’s not just about that…

• Offset the carbon emissions of your flight • Take a re-useable shopping bag - so you can buy your souvenirs without a plastic bag

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• Unplug any unused electrical appliances before you go - don’t leave them on standby

While you travel • Buy local produce – drink their beer, buy their food – it supports the community and makes your experience more authentic • Don’t buy souvenirs made from endangered or protected species: shells, feathers, animal skins • Carry a water bottle with you and refill it as you go • Observe and respect local cultures, customs and traditions

• U  se local transportation: Public buses, trains, bikes, canoes, ferries, even hiking all reduce fuel consumption and promote interaction with locals • S  tay in local accommodation: You’ll stay in small, locally owned hotels, homes or volunteer accommodation – all of which pumps money into the local economy • U  se local tour guides: Local people have an opportunity to work and share their expertise • E  at local food: Eating at local restaurants and buying food at markets not only cuts down food miles; it also injects money into the local community

• Turn off lights and air-con to save resources as you leave your room

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Frequently asked questions As a volunteer you’ll have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people or wildlife around the world. You’ll contribute to fighting poverty, protecting the environment and improving the lives you touch. And with these unique experiences you will develop new skills, foster a greater confidence and have a fresh outlook on situations to draw on in the future.

Do I need any special skills to participate? No – your desire and enthusiasm to participate is enough. Please let us know if you do have any relevant qualifications – the team you will be working with will be more than grateful for any expert assistance you can give. However, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire before you travel to assess your suitability to work with children in particular.

Do I need to speak the local language? No – although it is an advantage in some locations. In most cases English will be your main language. Each project page will tell you if more in-depth experience is required.

What is an NGO? NGO stands for Non Governmental Organisation. They are usually set up with the aim of assisting social and/or environmental development in the areas in which they operate.

How fit do I need to be? A good level of physical fitness is required across most of the projects. The work you’ll be doing day-to-day can vary and you’ll be working as part of a team so the fitter you are, the better.

I have a special dietary requirement, can I still participate? Please let us know before you book so that we can make sure your requirements can be accommodated.

What should I bring? Each project is different. Your STA Travel adviser will be able to provide you with a list of essential items.

Can my partner and I share a room whilst at a project? In some locations double rooms are available – your STA Travel adviser will be able to help you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will I get out of volunteering?

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ASIA

Diversity at every turn

Asia is full of experiences. Go for the people and diversity of culture. Chase the mountains, jungle and exotic wildlife. Or simply follow your tummy for yummy curries, noodles and rice. Whatever you’re searching for, Asia will satisfy your travel appetite.

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Trek Thailand’s Northern Hill Tribes

Travel north and venture through the tropical jungles on foot or on elephant, explore the walled inner-city of Chiang Mai and visit the Golden Triangle - where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet.

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Hang out with OrangUtans in Borneo

Slip into a secluded paradise that the majority of people are yet to discover and get up close and personal with these little rangas.

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Watch sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

From the wonders of Angor Wat to the emotional Killing Fields, visiting Cambodia is a life-changing experience. This friendly place will leave you with a smile and a longing to return.

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Walk on the Great Wall of China

One of those all important “must-do” activities to tick off your list. You’ll get your adrenalin pumping as you trek along the Wall, enjoying breathtaking views and steep climbs.

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Watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal, India

Quite possibly the most captivating place you’ll ever go to – stand back in sheer awe at the size and beauty of this stunning mausoleum – just don’t go on a Friday when it’s closed.

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STA Travel Community PROJECT

Koh PHra Thong, Thailand

How you can help

During 2010/11 STA Travel and Planeterra will be building a community tourism training centre on Koh Phra Thong. This will be accessible to communities across southern Thailand, providing a way for them to increase income, preserve the environment and develop sustainable tourism in the area.

Where will the money go?

This year our goal is to raise US $120,000 to support community tourism training in tsunami-affected Thailand. Any donation made to our project will be doubled by us (up to US $30,000 annually).

• Build a community centre and skills training institute • Create jobs that preserve the local culture and the environment • Conserve the local environment including local wildlife (such as sea turtles) and fragile ecosystems through community monitoring and conservation programs • Empower local people and communities to reach their goals and achieve a financially stable future • Provide local opportunities for the future through education, skills training and environmental conservation

Why is this project needed?

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Help out at our volunteer project by choosing to participate in one of these projects • Sea Turtle Conservation on Koh Phra Thong – pg 15 • Volunteer with children in Phuket and explore Thailand – pg 16

In the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami, Koh Phra Thong was one of the worst affected areas, with many people losing their families, homes and livelihoods. As tourism becomes a huge force in the area, there is a real danger that if the local communities are unprepared, both in terms of job skills, conservation skills and cultural resilience, they will not be able to cope or prosper from this new source of income. In response, STA Travel and Planeterra will support the development of a sustainable community tourism program in the region. By teaching these people and STA Travel volunteers’ essential conservation skills, we can all help to save and preserve the local environment and ensure a sustainable future for everyone.

• By participating in a volunteer project - a sizable donation of your trip cost is paid directly to the project you are volunteering at • Through the “dollar-a-day” initiative, you can choose to donate US $1 for every day of your trip • In-store, STA Travel advisers can process donations • Through the STA Travel website - simply click on the “Travel with Purpose” link for further information and to donate • Through the Planeterra website, please see www.planeterra.org for further information

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT For the last 12 years, a team of dedicated scientists has been helping local villagers to protect the sea turtles, mangrove WORK WITH WORK WITH forests and coral reefsCOMMUNITIES of Koh Phra Thong (Golden Buddha) CHILDREN Island. The team focuses on protecting leatherback, green, Olive-Ridley, and hawksbill turtles, which normally lay and hatch their eggs from January to March. U Z B E K AISNT

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FAST FACTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Simple hotel (4 nights), tree house (2 nights), multi-share home stay (5 nights), sleeper train (1 night) Duration: Minimum stay 13 days, maximum stay 4 weeks Transport: Air-conditioned private van, long tail boat, local bus, train, elephant, walking, river raft Group Size: Maximum 15, Average 10 In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide and trekking guides Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow US $80-110 for meals Trip code: GAATSKJ

WITH at a school for disadvantaged children and • VWORK olunteer CHILDRENprojects community • Visit STA Travel’s Community Tourism Project • Experience cultural activities at a community that has been rebuilt after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami • Chill out in Khao Sok • Trek to see hill tribes and stay in a local village

ITINERARY Day 1 Phuket Arrive at the airport for a 3pm pick-up. Transfer to the project. Day 2 School for Disadvantaged Children Spend the day helping with art, computer, writing and cooking classes. Day 3 STA Travel’s Community Tourism Project on Koh Pra Thong Hop aboard a long-tail boat for a ride to STA Travel’s Community Tourism Project on Phra Thong Island. Days 4-5 Local Community Home Stay Relax, play football, make soap with a women’s co-operative or fish with the villagers followed by a beach barbecue. Days 6-7 Khao Sok Transfer to Khao Sok - optional activities include cooking classes, river tubing, kayaking, a night safari and an elephant trek. Day 8 Phuket - Chiang Mai Transfer to Phuket Airport and fly to Chiang Mai. Days 9-11 Hill tribe trek Trek through rugged forest to experience the diversity of this region with each village having different languages, belief systems, dress styles and traditions. Day 12 Chiang Mai Overnight train to Bangkok. Day 13 Bangkok Trip ends on arrival at Bangkok train station.

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Many of the children at this school are some of the poorest in Southern Thailand. Their lives were dramatically altered as a result of the tsunami in 2004. Many lost their parents and family members. You will be assisting the teachers at this school. All the children attend classes aimed at developing their social skills such as arts and crafts, life skills, dancing, reading, and meditation.

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VOLUNTEER AT A LEARNING CENTRE 28 DAYS From $2029 The children of Burmese migrants in Thailand are faced with unique challenges. They do not have legal citizenship in Thailand and most are unable to access the Thai education system. The support from volunteer teachers, like you, is crucial to break the cycle of poverty through sharing the gift of education in Kurraburi. Trip code: GATATSTJ

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The park acts as a sanctuary for over thirty neglected and abused elephants from across Thailand. Instead of working for humans, the elephants are now cared for by a team of full-time staff and park volunteers. Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, the area offers a peaceful home for its residents. The park is 60km from the hustle and bustle of the city.

A day at the park runs from 7am to 5pm. You’ll spend six days per week helping out with the elephants and assisting with various park duties, with a day off to enjoy activities in and around the park. Meals are included but you’ll be asked to help in preparation and clean up. In the evening you’re free to do your own thing and at night you’ll return to your accommodation - comfy onsite volunteer huts.

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Tasks include assisting keepers in bathing the elephants and general duties around the park and its surroundings. Caring for the elephants and the park is a big task and the project appreciates the help of dedicated volunteers to help maintain the high standard of care the elephants are afforded. Those with suitable skills can also help out at the office with administrative work and you’ll have a chance to pitch-in on the local reforestation program. Volunteers will learn about elephant communication, elephant families and how they make important decisions such as choosing friends. You will also learn about elephant diseases and how they are treated.

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Pre and Post volunteering accommodation Imm Eco Chiang Mai from $20 Backpacking will never be the same! With this stylish hostel forget budget basics; think polished wood and sumptuous silks. Set in lush and lovely gardens, each shared house comes with super-clean showers and there’s wonderful WiFi in every room. Trip Code: STACNXECO

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Project start day: Mondays Accommodation: On site volunteer huts (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers to/from the park office in Chiang Mai to the park are included Duration: Maximum 14 days In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $30 – 35 per person per week for drinks and snacks Prices: Prices above are based upon 2010 and 2011 departures Trip code: GATATECJ

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FAST FACTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in a hotel/hostel (9 nights), multi-share dorm at the project (11 nights) Duration: 21 days / 20 nights Transport: Air-conditioned minibus; non air-conditioned truck in remote areas In-country support: An English speaking co-ordinator Meals included: Daily breakfast, all meals at volunteer site Notes: During the school holidays in March, April, May, September, October and November and during any exam periods you will be teaching English informally to the children rather than in a school environment

WORK WITH • Teach English to Thai children • CHILDREN Learn to speak Thai • Join in with village activities • Visit an elephant village • Learn how to meditate with local monks • Explore the local countryside • Chill out on some of the world’s best beaches

ITINERARY Day 1 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok at any time, and transfer to your accommodation. Day 2 Bangkok Explore Bangkok - visit temples, a flower market and Little India or Chinatown. Spend time learning a little Thai. Day 3 Angthong Depart for Angthong to begin your volunteer experience. Days 4-13 Volunteer project Spend 10 days teaching and joining in with village activities. Choose to participate in village activities such as growing vegetables for the temple, visit the historic ruins of Ayutthaya, an elephant village, perfect your skill in meditation, or learn some Thai cooking. Day 14 Bangkok After the last morning class say goodbye and travel back to Bangkok. Day 15 Koh Samet Travel to Koh Samet for some relaxing beach time. Days 16-19 Koh Samet Spend your time enjoying this tropical island. Day 20 Bangkok Return to Bangkok. Day 21 Depart Bangkok at any time.

About this Project DEPARTURES 2010 and 2011 Departs on the second and fourth Saturday of each month

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Wat Talchedchor temple houses a school for poor children, mostly from Northern Thailand hilltribes. The temple provides housing, food and a proper education. Your role is to teach and encourage the children to communicate in English, and enhance their skills through practical lessons and fun-learning activities.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> River Kwai & Ancient Kingdoms 3 days from $345 Take part in this eye-opening three day journey and discover the bravery, romance and tragedy that haunts the lush and tranquil landscapes of this Asian beauty. Trip Code: STABKKRKW

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ITINERARY Day 1 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok at any time, be transferred to WORK WITH your accommodation and start project orientation. COMMUNITIES UZBEKISTAN Day 2 Bangkok Head out into Bangkok for aK walking tour. AZAKH S T Travel AN by overnightT Utrain toI S Chiang Mai. RKMEN TAN Day 3 Chiang Mai Walking around the old city of Chiang Mai is the KYRGYZSTAN best way to enjoy this culture rich city. Day 4 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Take a public air-conditioned bus to Chiang Rai. The afternoon is free to explore T A Jthis I K I S Tsmall A N town. Days 5-25 - Community services with local Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) Time to put your skills to work for the hill-tribe people. YouA can F G Hdo A anything N I S T A Nfrom teaching, editing English texts and reports for the foundation, writing articles, IT and website development, helping with the virtual hill tribe museum program and joining various work projects. During your stay you will also visit Chiang Rai town, the night bazaar, the White Temple, beautiful waterfalls and take part in a three day trek to Akha and Lahu hill tribe villages. PAKISTAN Day 26 Chiang Rai Return to Bangkok by public overnight bus. (B) Day 27 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok early in the morning - the rest of the day is at your own leisure. Day 28 Depart Bangkok.

FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Single-sex dorm in volunteer house (27 nights) Duration: 28 days / 27 nights Transport: Air-conditioned transport or pick-up truck for transfers during trekking and to the village In-country support: An English speaking co-ordinator with local English speaking assistance available where needed Meals included: All meals at the project; however you will need to do your own cooking, together with your team. N E P A L BHUTAN

About this Project You’ll help the hill tribe people of Mae Yao to combat their everyday struggles with unemployment, poverty and drug addiction. The project provides skills training, education and the support to thrive without sacrificing their cultural identity.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Al’s Hut, koh samui From $27 per person twin share Spoil yourself at a stay at one of these super cool bungalows, located on Chaweng Beach, minutes from the bars and clubs. Trip Code: STAUSMALS

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DEPARTURES 2010 and 2011 Departs on the first and third Saturday of each month Price based on twin share. Single supplement for a private room (excluding the volunteer project) $87. Trip Code: STABKKHIL

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Project start days: 05 Apr11; 19 Apr11; 05 May11; 19 May11; 05 Jun11; 19 Jun11; 05 Jul11; 19 Jul11; 05 Aug11; 19 Aug11; 05 Sep11; 19 Sep11. Accommodation: A room in a jungle chalet (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers to/from Kuching Airport to the project Duration: Minimum stay 14 nights, maximum stay 28 nights In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator Meals included: Welcome dinner is included, daily breakfast on hotel/hostel night stays and a meal allowance will be given during the rest of the stay Trip Code: STAKCHORA

Witness the problems the conservation team face on a daily basis and help to overcome these challenges by providing much needed help to the group. Your input will help the Orangutans move a step closer to living independently in the wild. Take time to work alongside the local community to highlight the importance of Orangutans in Borneo’s natural heritage.

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A day in the life of a Volunteer You’ll work at Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park, helping to prepare food for the animals, enclosure cleaning and construction. At certain times volunteers may go into the jungle with rehabilitation officers and help them monitor released Orangutans. Volunteers have free time on weekends.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Borneo Backpackers from $8 This friendly and hospitable hostel has lots of character. Trip Code: STABKIBOR

Berringis Beach Resort from $49 per person twin share Matang Wildlife Centre Kubah National Park Volunteer Project

Beringgis Beach Resort is a haven of fun and comfort - blended in an environment so inviting at a price affordable by anyone. Trip Code: STABKIBBR Kuching

Shangri La Rasa RIA RESORT from $102 per person twin share For a really special experience splash out on this 5 star resort set beside Pantal Dalit Beach. Trip Code: STABKIRAS

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ITINERARY WORK WITH Day 1 Arrive in Kuching Transfer to your accommodation. COMMUNITIES Days 2 – 3 Volunteering project Work at Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park You’ll get a unique ‘back stage’ pass to the Ape Centre and an induction before you start. Day 4 Bako National Park Enjoy a short boat ride through the impressive mangrove swamps until you reach Sarawak’s oldest National Park. Days 5 – 6 Bako National Park Bako is one of the best places to see wildlife in natural surroundings. Day 7 Sarawak Cultural Village Visit a cultural village - a ‘living museum’ to the Dayaks (indigenous tribes) of Borneo. Day 8 Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre Visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at feeding time. Then travel to Batang Ai National Park. Days 9 - 12 Batang Ai Rainforest Trek into the rainforest in search of Orangutan and other wildlife. Day 13 Kuching Transfer back to Kuching. Day 14 Kuching Depart at any time.

About this Project The project’s aim is to increase the Orangutan population in the wild through breeding programs, education and conservation efforts funded through eco-tourism activities.

FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Basic shared rooms - 4 to 6 per room. Hostel, park lodges, long house lodges Getting there: Transfers to/from Kuching airport are included Duration: 14 days / 13 nights In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow US $10-15 per day for snacks and drinks Please note: There will be no touching of Orangutans on the tour as this runs contrary to efforts to rehabilitate them back to the wild; as well as carrying significant risks for injury or disease to both

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FAST FACTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Multi-share basic village bed & breakfast, multi-share dorm In-country support: English speaking facilitator Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners Budget: Allow US $10-15 per day for drinks and snacks

Day 1 Arrive Sandakan Transfer to your accommodation for a welcome dinner and introduction to the program. Days 2 – 10 Volunteer work The project focuses on community work and wildlife observation to collect important data. The community and education programs involve interaction with the village community and schools. Other activities include tree planting and maintenance to connect fragmented forest and encourage healthy Orangutan and Pygmy elephant populations. Days 11 Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Check out the morning feeding session. After lunch, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre before heading back to Sepilok. DAY 12: Sandakan Transfer to Sandakan Airport.

About this Project As a volunteer you’ll help improve the habitat and living conditions of the wonderful Sukau wildlife. Plant trees, maintain animals’ natural habitat and connect fragmented forestland to encourage healthy Orangutan and Pygmy elephant populations. Observe wildlife and collect data regarding the animals’ population density, an instant measure of the difference that you and volunteers like you are making.

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2010 and 2011 Departures Departs 7th of each month. Prices are based on multi-share dorms. Trip code: STASDKONE Note: On this tour you will not get up close and personal with Orang-utans, although there is a chance that you’ll get a rare opportunity to see and appreciate them in the wild.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT Founded in 2003, the Cu Chi Rescue Station is dedicated to protecting Vietnam’s bio-diversity by combating the illegal WORK WITH WORK WITH wildlife trade, and promoting the conservation of endangered COMMUNITIES CHILDREN species. It acts as a reserve for wildlife confiscated from illegal traders and hunters, releases rehabilitated animals back to the wild and educates visitors about wildlife conservation. UZBEKISTA N

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Fast Facts and what’s included Project start days: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), guest house (13 nights) Getting there: Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to An Nhon Tay included Duration: Minimum & maximum stay 15 days Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow $140-170 per person per week In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Prices: Prices based upon 2010 departures. 2011: 15 days from $1319 per person Trip code: GATAVWAJ VIETNAM

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Savour Vietnam’s scenic, historical, cultural and culinary delights as you travel the length of the country on this fun-filled two week trip. There is so much to discover - from the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City to the charms of Hoi An, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the natural beauty of Halong Bay. Trip Code: GAAVBV

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FAST FACTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Hotels / guest houses (12 nights), basic family home-stay (1 night), sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Private bus, local bus, plane, boat, sleeper train In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinators, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout and local guides Meals included: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow US $300-390 per person for meals

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Days 2-3 Siem Reap Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Days 4-7 Kratie/Steung Treng Steung Treng volunteer project. Day 8 Don Khong Mekong island stay. Days 9-11 Luang Prabang Volunteer book party project work. Flight from Pakse to Luang Prabang on Day 9. Day 12 Vang Vieng Day 13 Vientiane A chance to explore the highlights of this town. Cross the border into Thailand, overnight train to Bangkok. Day 14 Bangkok Optional Wat Po and Grand Palace visit. Day 15 Bangkok Depart at any time.

About this Project In Cambodia, 85% of people live in rural areas and 70% do not have sustainable access to clean water. You can help to provide clean water by building wells. While in Laos, you will work with an organisation promoting literacy and providing books to children in remote communities. See page 28 for more details.

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2010 Departs on Sundays. Prices based on twin share. 2011 Departs on Sundays. Price from $2059 per person based on twin share. Trip code: GAATPC

Providing a variety of colour and beauty, Vietnam will tantalize all of your senses. From chaotic Saigon to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the stunning natural beauty of Halong Bay, this trip has something for everyone. Trip Code: GAAVRV

Add a beach break from $353 per person twin share Seven nights in Koh Phangan at the Phanganburi Resort & Health Spa from $353 (flights additional). Trip Code: STAKHPPRH

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How you make a difference Encourage young people to participate in painting and other activities, act as a coach, teacher, facilitator and educator and serve as a liaison with visitors who are interested in learning more about the program and the paintings on display. PAKISTAN

A day in the life of a Volunteer A weekly task schedule is set out every Tuesday of each week. E P A L You’re asked to work at least five half-days per week, Nbut many spend more time at the project. Jobs will include setting up the painting activities for between 40-70 children and the gallery of art for sale, serve lunch, and help clean up after the day. Evenings are free to relax and socialise.

Project start day: Mondays Accommodation: On-site volunteer apartment (27 nights), Phnom Penh hotel (1 night) Getting there: Transfer from Phnom Penh included Duration: Minimum stay 29 days, maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $280-350 per person per 4 weeks BHUTAN Prices: Price based on 2010 departures. 2011: from $1369, additional weeks $279 BANGLADESH Trip code: GATAKCCJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure 15 days from $1819

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How you make a difference As Luang Prabang and surrounding communities gain popularity with tourists and adventure travellers, the locals in the region are realising the importance of English skills and the demand for quality teachers is growing. By providing local people with English language training you will be helping them to take the steps necessary to improve their livelihoods and futures.

Fast Facts and what’s included Project start day: Fridays Accommodation: Guest house (13 nights) Getting there: Fly to Luang Prabang Airport Duration: Minimum stay 14 days, maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $15 per person per day for drinks and snacks Language requirements: Good spoken and written English Prices: 6 weeks from $2095, 8 weeks from $2515, 10 weeks from $2935, 12 weeks from $3355 Trip Code: STALPBMON

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A day in the life of a Volunteer On an average day you will be teaching the children at the temple for about four and a half hours, although you can always do more hours if you wish. Your weekends and evenings are free to explore this beautiful area and relax. On some weekends, you have the option to help with restoration and improvement work in and around the temple.

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Roam Laos 14 days from $1169

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Luang Prabang Volunteer Project

The minute you step foot into Laos you have the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. From the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang to the limestone karst peaks of Vang Vieng and watching fishing boats trawl along the Mekong, Laos is a country that is sure to delight. Single room - single supplement $239. Trip Code: GAAVRL

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ITINERARY Day 1 Delhi Arrive in Delhi. DaysWORK 2-7WITH Delhi Volunteer with youth programs in Delhi. COMMUNITIES Day 8 Agra Take the morning train to Agra. Options to visit Taj Mahal, Red Fort and the Baby Taj. Days 9-10 Jaipur Take a guided walk around Jaipur. There’s an option to visit Hawa Mahal and the Amber Palace. Day 11-12 Pushkar Take a private bus to Pushkar. Take an orientation walk and watch the sunrise at Savitri Temple. Day 13 Chandelao Village Optional activities in this rural Rajasthan village include a jeep safari, camel and horse riding, village walk, women’s craft centre project. Days 14-16 Udaipur Take a public bus to Udaipur, where you’ll have a guided walk. Optional visits here include the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and City Palace or a day trip to Eklingji Temple or Jain Temples in Ranakpur. Days 17-18 Overnight train to Mumbai After a free morning in Udaipur take the afternoon train to Mumbai. On arrival enjoy a walk to the Gateway of India. Days 19-20 Goa Fly to Goa where you can have an optional city tour. Day 21 Depart Goa Free to depart anytime.

FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Simple hotels / guest houses (19 nights), sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, rickshaw, plane Group size: Maximum 15; Average 10 In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Meals included: None Budget: Allow US $310 - 320 per person for meals

About this Project You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a range of projects working with young people, including computer and photography workshops, theatre and arts programs and food distribution for children living in and around the Delhi train station.

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15 days from $1349 Participate in a five-day community volunteer project at the Bal Prakash Centre, focusing on the eradication of child labour through a meaningful blend of education and vocation. Price based on 2010 departures, 2011 from $1529. Trip Code: GAAHPJ

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT Volunteers are helping scientists to establish the first TransClimatic Zone National Park in the country. This project is WORK WITH WORK WITH currently in its first phase, which involves conducting surveys COMMUNITIES CHILDREN and ecological studies of the endangered Sri Lankan elephants and assisting in human-elephant conflict resolution. All of these efforts help to develop sustainable wildlife conservation strategies to protect the elephant over the long-term.

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A day in the life of a Volunteer Fast Facts and what’s included Project start day: Mondays twice a month Accommodation: Basic volunteer house multi-share (13 nights) Getting there: Make your way to Ranweli Holiday Village in Waikkal, north of Colombo Duration: Minimum stay 14 days; maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $100 per month Language requirements: Good spoken and written English Prices: Price based on 2010 departures Trip code: STACMBELE

You will have an early start and a quick meeting with field staff before departing on foot or bicycle to conduct research activities such as surveys, interviewing local villagers and direct elephant observations. Your afternoons are spent resting and inputting the vital data you have collected. You can spend your free time and evenings socialising with the other volunteers and exploring this beautiful island!

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Sri Lanka Experience 8 days from $1579

Dambulla Waikkal Colombo

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Scramble over rock fortresses and be amazed at centuries-old rock paintings in this experience of a lifetime. Be moved by the elephant orphanage and awe-struck on a game drive through Uda Walawe National Park, where you may see leopards, elephants and crocodiles before returning to the urban jungle of Colombo. Trip Code: GAASSP

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As a volunteer, you will assist Stuchting Veldwerk, a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) helping to improve all aspects of local life in this area. You will be fully involved in reforestation, planting and education, as well as building a community centre.

FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Hotels (8 nights), tea-house lodges (3 nights) Transport: Bus, walking In-country support: Project co-ordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow US $350-450 per person for meals

PAKISTAN Kathmandu Temples and Palaces 3 days from $401 Visit two of the most ancient and significant Buddhist temples known to the religion. You’ll also see the amazing Nepalese architecture of the cities’ durbar squares and palaces. Trip Code: STAKTMKTP

DEPARTURES 2010 Departs Mondays. Prices above are based upon 2010 prices sharing a twin room. 2011 Departs Mondays. Prices are from $1459 per person based on sharing a twin room. Trip Code: GAANPJ

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Days 12-13 Beijing Tour the thriving capital of Beijing, including an in-depth look through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Admire the view of the rolling countryside while climbing the Great Wall of China. Day 14 Beijing Depart at any time.

About this Project There are thought to be less than one thousand pandas left in the wild, with around 80 per cent in Sichuan province. The Bifenxia Panda Reserve currently has about 70. The centre aims to provide the ideal breeding environment for the pandas, so they can be released into the wild. Volunteers will assist in preparing meals and gathering bamboo, cleaning the enclosures, and assisting researchers. Sichuan offers an amazing opportunity to volunteer at the largest panda reserve in the world, to observe these shy solitary creatures up-close and to know that your volunteer work is helping preserve these animals for the future.

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China Express 8 days from $1129 Four cities displaying four key aspects of mighty China: Beijing, Xi’an, Yangshou and Hong Kong. If you want to see four diverse yet defining pieces of the Middle Kingdom, this is your perfect trip. Trip Code: GAACCR

Learn Mandarin at CYUPS University, Beijing 1 month from $990 Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn Mandarin at CYUPS University, one of the most prestigious universities in Beijing. They can tailor a language program to fit your individual needs and schedules in evening classes or one-on-one teaching. Packages include accommodation at the university and courses last from one month up to a whole academic year. Not only is it a useful language to learn, it’s also an excellent addition to any CV. Trip Code: STABJSMAN

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Wide-open blue skies, smiling faces, spectacular sceneryAfrica boasts it all. Marvel at Zanzibar’s beauty, mingle with Masai Warriors in Tanzania and gawk at incredible wildlife in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

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Get wet at Victoria Falls

Hear the distant rumbling of the Falls and taste the spray from the mighty Zambezi.

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This vast swathe of wild bushland covering 18,990 square kms is home to over 10,000 elephants alone.

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Live the easy life in Cape Town

Head up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to watch a stunning sunset over the Western Cape.

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Relax on the Beaches of Zanzibar

There’s very little commercialised about Zanzibar…just white sands, wandering locals and the lapping waves of the warm Indian Ocean.

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The sense of achievement as you gaze down on Africa from the top is simply overwhelming.

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Lend a hand for two weeks or more at local pre-schools and primary schools on the coast outside of Cape Town.

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Spend time with gorgeous kiddies aged between 2 and 6 years old at a local day-care school which operates out of several shipping containers with very limited resources. You will also WORK WITH support teachers at a primary school that has over 1300 CHILDREN students and up to 50 students per class.

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Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Mondays except December Accommodation: Multi-share at a volunteer house (13 nights) Getting there: Private transfers to/from Cape Town airport Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks In-country support: On-site volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $85-100 per week for snacks and drinks Prices: Prices based on 2010 and 2011 departures Trip code: GATDACDJ

How you make a difference Volunteers will assist teachers by providing extra support for students. The children at the pre-school are given two meals a day; breakfast and lunch. These meals, as well as the wages for the teacher and cook, are financed through your volunteer project fees.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Mornings and afternoons will be spent assisting teachers at the schools, as well as helping out local community projects. Evenings and weekends are free to explore the beautiful Cape Town area.

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Cape Town Noordhock Volunteer Project

Volunteer with community projects near Cape Town, then continue exploring southern Africa - climb the world’s highest sand dunes, bush walk in the Kalahari, camp out and canoe in the Okavango Delta and visit the mighty Victoria Falls! Trip Code: GADAPS

Stay in the Cape Winelands From $106 per person twin share Stay at the Spier Hotel - overlooking the Helderberg mountain range and located on a 1000 hectare wine estate. Trip Code: STA GQYSPI

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Work in a unique marine environment at the tip of Africa. The project locationWORK at WITH Gansbaai is WORK the WITH best WORK WITH ANIMALS placeCOMMUNITIES CHILDREN in the world to see Great White sharks. You’ll get to work alongside a dedicated cage dive crew, researching the behaviour of this awesome predator.

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Get up close and personal with this toothy customer as you take part in and assist with shark cage dives and the project’s vital marine research. Gansbaai offers easy access to the marine equivalent of the Big Five – sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and WORK WITH penguins. From June to December you can also spot Southern COMMUNITIES Right whales in the bay. Volunteers at this project also enjoy lectures from marine biologists as well as guest speakers from locals, collaborating organisations and universities. Lectures include ocean conservation, basic seamanship, shark biology and behaviour, data collection and the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

How you make a difference Shark populations worldwide are increasingly threatened. In scientific circles there is still a lot of research that’s needed to fully understand and interpret shark behaviour. As a volunteer you will be helping to research, promote and preserve the local marine environment through the work you do.

A day in the life of a Volunteer As a volunteer the majority of your time at sea will be spent aboard a shark cage diving vessel as a crew member, helping out with cage diving operations and shark observation and research. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help out with collecting data on shark behaviour and numbers; data is collected on every shark sighted. In addition to boat-based observation, you will have the opportunity for cage diving yourself.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share at a volunteer house (6 nights) Duration: Minimum stay 7 days, maximum stay 28 days Getting there: Transfers are included from Cape Town Meals included: None Budget: Allow US $100-200 per person per week In-county support: Local project co-ordinator Trip Code: STACPTGWS

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Travel the Garden Route 7 day pass $230, 14 day pass $384, 21 DAY PASS $507 This travel pass starts on the first day of your travel and is valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days. You can choose to hop on and off whenever you like from Cape Town to Durban to Jo’burg! Trip Code: STABAZBUS

Take a beach break from $24 Stay at SaltyCrax Backpackers Cape Town, situated close to the beautiful white beaches of Blouberg and the famous Kite Beach. This is one of our favourite hostels. Friendly staff and great facilities mean you’ll feel at home very quickly. Trip Code: STACPTSAL

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KINGDOM OF THE WHITE LION EXPERIENCE

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Help care for endangered animals and maintain the animal sanctuary set up by Kevin Richardson, famous WORK WITH WORK WITH COMMUNITIES CHILDREN for his intimate bond with his large carnivores.

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This project is devoted to caring and enriching the lives of the animals that call it home. The sanctuary is home to many animals, such as lion (including the rare White lion), hyena, Black leopard, jaguar and a variety of antelope species including wildebeest, giraffe, impala, blesbok and nyala. Through Kevin’s work in the media, WORK WITH he aims to highlight the COMMUNITIES plight of large carnivores in Africa and the need for their protection and conservation of their natural environment.

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Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: Mondays except 20 Dec10 - 09 Jan11 Accommodation: Shared rustic bush cottage (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers to/from Johannesburg Airport included Duration: Minimum stay 14 days, maximum stay 28 days In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Meals included: None; shared kitchen facilities available Budget: Allow US $20-30 per person per day for meals Language requirements: Good written and spoken English Prices: Price based on 2010 and 2011 departures Trip code: STAJNBKNG

You will spend your days working alongside local staff caring for the animals at the sanctuary and contributing to their well being and enrichment. You will be learning in detail about these wonderful animals, sharing your knowledge with others and seeing first hand the need to conserve them and their natural environments.

A day in the life of a Volunteer You will be working alongside staff, in close proximity to the animals to maintain the sanctuary and care for the carnivores that live there. Activities include helping with food preparation, enrichment activities, game counts, anti poaching walks, enclosure cleaning and general maintenance. You will also be involved in the preservation of this beautiful farm (bordering a world heritage site), which is rich in its own history. You may also find yourself helping behind the scenes while filming is taking place!

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This luxury camp-style accommodation inside Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve lies on the southern side of Kruger National Park. It’s a beautifully rustic wood & stone structure with fabulous views of the National Park below. Trip code: STAQKPROK

Kruger, Delta & Falls 14 days From $2609 Admire the stunning views of Victoria Falls, enjoy game drives through some of Africa’s best parks searching for the Big 5 and take a journey into the stunning Okavango Delta by canoe. This is a true African adventure! Trip code: GADAKF

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Help out at a day care centre that provides support to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/ WORK WITH CHILDREN AIDS and at community projects in St. Lucia on South Africa’s east coast.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT Assist atWITH local pre-schools and day-care centres who look WORK CHILDREN after a vast number of children, many of whom have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Help with other needs in the community including awareness programs, a farming program, the refurbishment of important community buildings and an English reading club.

How you make a difference The young children at the day-care centres benefit from creative activities and with access to materials at your volunteer house, you’ll be able to help these kids find their inner-artist!

A day in the life of a Volunteer Mornings and afternoons will be spent helping out at the pre-school centres or at the HIV/AIDS support group. Weekends and evenings are your own free time. This is a beautiful part of South Africa - head down to Durban for a beach break or take a safari into Hluhluwe National Park.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: Mondays except December Accommodation: Multi-share at a volunteer house (13 nights) Getting there: Private transfers to/from Richard’s Bay airport to the project base in St. Lucia are included Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $20-30 per person per day for drinks and snacks Prices: Price based on 2010 and 2011 departures Trip code: GATDAODJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Dunes, Deltas & Falls 21 days from $2109 This is the ultimate south-western Africa expedition, encompassing the wildlife, culture and scenery of this fascinating region. Highlights include game drives, the world’s highest sand dunes, bush walking in the Kalahari, wilderness camping, canoeing in the Okavango Delta and visiting the mighty Victoria Falls. Trip code: GADCF

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AFRICAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY 28 days from $3929 As a volunteer you will contribute by taking photos of the different species of flora and fauna, some of the 526 species of birds that exist in the Wetlands area, local conservation issues, and the unique ecosystems of the St Lucia area. Trip code: GATDAAWJ

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Project start days: Two weeks:11Sep10; 19Mar11; 11Jun11; 10Sep11. Five weeks: 02Oct10; 06Nov10DJIBOUTI 08Jan11; 12Feb11; S U D A N 02Apr11; 07May11; 02Jul11; 06Aug11; 01Oct11; 05Nov11 SOMALIA Accommodation: Tented/dorm style accommodation (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers from Johannesburg Airport are included for the 2 week duration; available at an additional charge for the 5-10 week durations Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 10 weeks In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow R 200 per week for personal items Language requirements: Good level of spoken & written English Trip code: STAJNBWCV

How you make a difference The information gathered by volunteers is used to give an accurate picture of the predators’ impact on prey populations, determine social structure, genetics and spatial movement. This vital information helps maintain a healthy balance of these natural resources and ultimately conserve some of Africa’s natural heritage bioregions.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Days in the bush typically start early to make the most of the animals’ most active hours. We try to fit in an hour or so rest after lunch and then head to the bush again. We return to the base in the evening for dinner around the fire while reflecting on the day’s adventures.

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Best of Botswana 9 Days From $1704 This 9-day action packed tour is essentially a mobile camping safari. Depart from Livingstone, Zambia and travel through northern Botswana to hot spots like the Makgadikgadi Pans (where you’re bound to spot a meerkat or two), the world-famous Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti and Chobe River Front. Trip Code: STALVIBOB

Zambia Lion Project 14 days from $2499 Participate in hands-on research with lions in their natural environment and lend a hand on local environmental awareness projects to help protect lions and other wildlife in Livingstone, Zambia. Trip Code: GATDZLLJ

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WORK WITH WITH on this adventure, highlighted Make a difference whileWORK travelling COMMUNITIES CHILDREN by a 5-day hands-on volunteer project. Round out this great African experience with some amazing game viewing by boat in Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and a trip into the Kruger MOROCCO National Park.

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Day 1 Livingstone Arrive at any time. Days 2-6 Community Volunteer Project Volunteer in the local M A U R I TA N I A community with a guided tour of the Falls. M A L I Day 7 Livingstone Explore Victoria Falls! You’ll have the option to SENEGAL safari riding or N I G E R go white-water rafting, canoeing, elephant-back CHAD GAMBIA bungy jumping. ERITREA BURKINO FASO FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Day 8 Kasane/Chobe National Park Optional sunset boat GUINEA GUINEA Accommodation: Permanent tents (1 night), guest house cruise or game drive. BISSAU BENIN S U D A N (5 nights), camping GHANA N I G E (7 R I Anights), simple hotel (1 night) Day 9 Nata Watch the elephants drink from the camp’s SIERRA IVORY TOGO Transport: Overland vehicle, walking, private van watering hole. LEONE COAST Group size: Maximum 22, Average 18 Days 10-11 Palapye/Polokwane Drive through Botswana LIBERIA looking out for White rhino. In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator & Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, cook, local guides Days 12-13 Greater Kruger Area Time for a full day game-drive Mt. Keny Eldoret and an afternoon conservation walk. Kampala Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners Queen Elizabeth NP Lake Nakuru NP Jinja Day 14 Johannesburg Today you’ll have the option to visit Soweto K E N YA Budget: Allow US $50-60 for meals Lake Bunyoni Nairobi or the Apartheid Museum. Serengeti NP Prices: Price based on 2010 departures, Ngorongoro Crater Moshi Arusha Day 15 Johannesburg Depart at any time. 2011 prices from $1589

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Livingstone Clinic & Medical Outreach Program 14 days from $2129 Spend 14 days providing much needed assistance to medical clinics and care facilities in Livingstone. Help out at a home for the elderly and visit patients in the home-based care program who cannot access local clinics or hospitals. Medical qualifications aren’t a necessity for this project and the team will be grateful for any assistance you can give. Trip Code: GATDZLMJ

2010 Departs on Sundays. Price shown is per person based on twin share. 2011 Departs on Sundays. Price from $1589 per person based on twin share. Trip Code: GADZPJ

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Johannesburg

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Anti Poaching volunteer & Kruger Safari voluntOUr

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Kick off this voluntour by helping the Victoria Falls anti-poaching unit who patrol the Zambezi National Park WORK IN WORK WITH WORK WITH WORK W ANIMALS CONSERVATION in Victoria plenty of Falls. There’s COMMUNITIES CHILD time to enjoy the optional adrenaline activities in the area before going on safari in Chobe and Kruger National Parks en route to Johannesburg. WORK WITH WORK

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BEST BITS • Anti-poaching volunteering in Victoria Falls • Witness Victoria Falls – Africa’s most spectacular site WORK WITH • The mighty Zambezi River COMMUNITIES • Wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park • Boat safari on the Chobe River

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FAST FACTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Camping (5 nights), permanent tent (1 night), twin share room (3 nights), bush camping (1 night) Getting there: Fly to Victoria Falls Transport: Bus, overland truck, boat, safari vehicle In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, anti poaching scouts, services of a tour leader and driver on tour Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow US $100-150 per person for meals Minimum age:18 years

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2011 and 2011 Departs on Saturdays. Prices are per person based on twin share. ISIC holder discounts available. Total price of $1850 includes tour price $1490 plus local payments of US $320 per person. Trip code: STAVFAAPK

Days 1 – 5 Victoria Falls anti-poaching unit activities You will be helping to sweep the park for snares and joining patrols to check on animal populations and water sources by foot and by vehicle. You can also enjoy the Zambezi River by joining a sunset cruise or Victoria Falls by including a guided visit to the Falls themselves. Transfer to Livingstone. Day 6 Depart Livingstone Cross into Botswana to the town of Kasane near Chobe National Park, where you will take part in a Fish Eagle game viewing cruise. Days 7 - 9 Move south via Nata and Francistown to South Africa and the famous Kruger National Park. Days 9 - 10 Kruger National Park Host to some of Africa’s most spectacular scenery, visiting the Kruger National Park will give you a chance to see all of the Big 5. Day 11 Mpumalanga -Johannesburg Finally, travel via the Mpumalanga province to Johannesburg where the tour ends.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> RAFT, CRUISE AND ABSEIL VICTORIA FALLS from $316 This combo package includes some of the best activities available. The one day white-water rafting trip is acclaimed to be the best in the world! The sunset cruise along the river gives you the chance to view elephant, giraffe, buffalo and buck. The Abseil is a half-day activity that includes gorge swing, abseil, rap jumping and flying fox. Trip code: STALVIVIC

EXPLORE JOHANNESBURG from $24 Johannesburg

Stay at the Ritz Backpackers Hostel, one of the best hostels in Africa. It’s full of character, friendly staff and heaps of facilities. Trip code: STAJNBRIZ

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Track Namibia’s desert elephants and work on a community building program in Africa. WORK WITH COMMUNITIES

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT This project takes you to the north-western regions of the Namib Desert, traditionally known as ‘Damaraland’. Here in this harsh WORK WITH WORK WITH tribal wilderness, a small population of desert-adapted elephants COMMUNITIES CHILDREN have come into conflict with the local human population. It is the aim of this project to manage the conflict and assist in its resolution.

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How you make a difference The majority of the volunteering will require you to help local farmers with community work, building protective walls around their water points and teaching them the skills they need to manage the conflict with the resident elephant populations.

A day in the life of a Volunteer You will spend your first week at a remote desert camp; you will be building walls around vitally important water sources for Damaraland homesteads. The next week is spent out on patrol with the project staff - pack up some camping equipment and set off in 4WD’s looking for and tracking these elusive elephants. The work you do on this project is exciting, rewarding and vitally important.

Project start day: Mondays twice a month Lake Mai-Ndombe Accommodation: Camp site, bush camp Getting there: Head to Walvis Bay or Windhoek then take a bus to the project Duration: 12 days / 11 nights Ponta do Padrão In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: US $20 per person per day for drinks and snacks Ponta des Palmeirinhas Language requirements: Good spoken & written English Prices: Prices based on 2010 departures Note: Accommodation immediately before and after the project is not included Trip code: STAWDHELE

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Taste of Namibia 6 days from $1003

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This six day tour of Namibia is designed to offer a quick wildlife snapshot of Namibia’s premier big game location, Etosha National Park. It also gives travellers the opportunity to visit one of the world’s highest dunes in the world’s oldest desert; Sesriem & Sossusvlei. This tour is perfect for those on a tight budget who want to see the best that this country has to offer. Trip Code: STAWDHNAM

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Work on a wide range of initiatives designed to improve the living standard of rural Kenyan communities WORK WITH and protect fragile wildlife habitats CHILDREN for the benefit of local people.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT In rural Kenya, the majority of people are living below the poverty WORK WITH WORK WITH

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and education is often limited or non-existent. Work on projects at primary schools and get involved in conservation and wildlife work on the outskirts of the famous Tsavo National Park.

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Fast FactS and what’s included Accommodation: Traditional thatched bandas, safari-style tents, dome tents Duration: Minimum one month stay, maximum three month stay Getting there: Transfers to/from Mombasa airport are included Meals included: All meals Budget: Please allow US $80 per week In-country support: Fully staffed camp Trip Code: CAMPS

How you make a difference You will work on a number of sustainable development projects to improve living conditions for children and adults. Your work may range from classroom refurbishment and building desks to constructing water tanks, teaching, playing sports and helping with re-plantation projects.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Activities include planting and harvesting crops, maintaining vegetable gardens, composting, weeding, nursery work and reforestation. Help out at the environmental primary school by organising educational games, arts & crafts, and teaching basic English.

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Mount Kenya

MASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI 4 DAYS From $759 This brilliant safari will put you right in the wilds of Masai Mara. You will spend two nights camping and one night in Nairobi. Trip Code: GADKMM

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ITINERARY Day 1 Nairobi Arrive in Nairobi at any time. Days 2-6 Volunteer Project in Limuru Spend five days volunteering at local schools in Limuru, just outside Nairobi. Day 7 Return to Nairobi Day 8 Lake Naivasha Drive to the edge of the Rift Valley and camp beside Lake Naivasha. Day 9 Journey to Nakuru Enjoy an afternoon safari in search of Black and White rhino, lion and the elusive leopard. Days 10-11 Kakamega Rainforest Drive west to Kakamega, home to a variety of birds and monkeys. Day 12 Kisumu After a morning walk, drive to Kisumu and enjoy the city’s local market. Days 13-14 Kendu Bay Village Experience how rural Kenyans live on a traditional home-stay. Day 15 Kericho Explore Kenya’s world famous tea growing region. Days 16-17 Masai Mara Spend time game viewing with excellent chances of seeing the Big 5. Day 18 Nairobi Enjoy a game-drive in the Masai Mara, then continue back to Nairobi. Day 19 Depart Nairobi.

FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Simple hotels (6 nights), permanent tented camp (2 nights), shared cottages (8 nights), community home-stay (2 nights) Duration: 19 days / 18 nights Transport: Private van, 4WD safari van, walking Group size: Maximum 13; Average 8 In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, cook, local guides Meals included: 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners Budget: Allow US $120-145 per person for meals

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Nairobi Crafts and Markets From $116 Engulf yourself in the brightly coloured woven and beaded crafts of the Kenyan people. You’ll have a rare chance to mix with the locals as you discuss their wares and maybe take home a few treasures for yourself! Trip Code: STANBONAI

2010 and 2011 Departs on Sundays. Prices are per person based on a twin share. Note: project is closed in December. Tour Code: GADKCDJ

CHILL OUT AT THE BEACH 7 nights from $1083 per person twin share Stay at the stylish Nyali Beach Resort; a classic colonial and uber-popular hotel with heaps of facilities and a wonderful stretch of beach. Trip Code: STAMBANYA

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CAMP TANZANIA

1 MONTH FROM $3225

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 ork at the foothills of Kilimanjaro W as well as in coastal locations alongside rural Tanzanians. Develop WORK WITH CHILDREN school and community facilities and protect fragile wildlife habitats.

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These community projects revolve around village life and WORK WITH learning how villagers sustain themselves with ocean related CHILDREN activities such as fishing, seaweed farming and boat building. The main Camp Tanga is situated in a village on a marine park that protects prehistoric fish known as coelacanths. This project focuses on finding a balance between protecting and utilising the environment.

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There are two primary schools within walking distance. The work will vary and will have a strong focus on coastal sustainability and management but you may also get the chance to teach basic lessons and assist in the classrooms, renovate school buildings, construct classroom furniture and play sports after school with the local children.

How you make a difference Fast FactS and what’s included Accommodation: Traditional thatched bandas, safari tents, dome tents Duration: Minimum stay one month, maximum stay three months Getting there: Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro airport included Meals included: All meals Budget: Please allow US $80 per week In-country support: Fully staffed camp Trip Code: CAMPS

The young children benefit from creative activities and with access to materials at your volunteer house, you’ll be able to get arty with the kids and have some fun!

A day in the life of a Volunteer Mornings and afternoons will be spent helping out at pre-school centres and support groups.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> KILIMANJARO TREK - MARANGU ROUTE 7 days from $1709

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This is the easiest route to the summit, affectionately know as the Coca-Cola route. Our most popular trek! Marangu takes you at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands, across the saddle and then to Uhuru Peak. Trip Code: GATDTKMN

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Volunteer at one of four local schools on the island of Zanzibar. Help to organise educational games, sports WORK WITH CHILDREN games plus arts & crafts activities.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT Assist teachers at local schools in the beachside community of Jambiani. At the pre-school, help children develop their WORK WITH creativity through painting, colouring and playing educational CHILDREN games. Volunteers at primary and secondary schools will spend time assisting local teachers by providing support for students that need extra help.

How you make a difference Many schools have large class sizes and limited resources, but you can help individual students gain confidence in their studies. English language training provides a great benefit to students and their parents, so TEFL qualified volunteers are appreciated.

A day in the life of a Volunteer In the mornings and afternoons you’ll assist in the classroom or help out on other community projects. Volunteers will have access to bicycles to travel to and from the schools.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Mondays except end July/beginning August Accommodation: Multi-share beach bungalows (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers included from Zanzibar airport Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $80 per person per week Prices: Prices based upon 2010 and 2011 departures Trip code: GATDTCPJ

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Get to know Tanzania’s welcoming people, witness some of Africa’s most spectacular destinations and make a lasting impact – the best of both worlds. Volunteer on a community project on the spice island of Zanzibar, then roam from the Indian Ocean to the Serengeti. Trip code: GADTPJ

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT The unique training opportunities on this expedition are second to none. Depending on the season, you may beWORK involved in WORK WITH WITH coral reef research, invertebrate surveys, whale shark migration COMMUNITIES CHILDREN observations, plankton sampling, in-water turtle surveys and turtle nesting research. You will have the opportunity to vastly expand your knowledge of the tropical marine environment and gain research diving and marine survey skills in a stunning island location. WORK WITH

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Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: 01 Oct10; 05 Nov10; 07 Jan11; 11 Feb11; 01 Apr11; 06 May11; 01 Jul11; 05 Aug11; 30 Sep11; 04 Nov11 Accommodation: Dorm style accommodation (34 nights) Getting there: Transfers are included from Mahe Duration: Minimum stay 5 weeks, maximum stay 10 weeks Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow US $100-150 per week In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Language requirements: Good level of written and spoken English Prices: Prices are based on 2010 and 2011 departures Please note: This Project is for divers who have PADI, CCI or equivalent certification only Trip code: STASEZMAR

A day in the life of a Volunteer The majority of your research time will be spent diving on the coral reef collecting abundance, diversity and health data on the coral, other invertebrates and fish. All the data you collect is reviewed and loaded onto the project database. At the end of your day, the whole team gathers for the evening debrief to eat and socialise.

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Mozambique Orphan Pre-School

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PORTUGAL Spend two weeks or more helping at a preschool teaching English to young adults. S PA I N You’ll have the chance to get involved with WORK WITH WORK WITH COMMUNITIES the community CHILDREN too, helping to build homes for families affected by the cyclone that TUNISIA MOROCCO devastated Mozambique.

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WORK WITH WORK WITH L G E R I A Work alongside local teachers to prepareAyoung children for COMMUNITIES CHILDREN primary WESTERN school. Activities may include singing and dancing with the children in English, Portuguese and Xitsua, encouraging SAHARA creativity through painting and teaching basic English lessons.

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How you make a difference Volunteers will assist teachers by providing extra support for WORK WITH M A U R I TA N I A COMMUNITIES the students and teaching English language classes using flash M A L I cards, games and objects. SENEGAL

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Mornings and afternoons will be spent assisting teachers at the BURKINO schools, as well as helping out localFASO community projects. Lunch GUINEAand dinner is prepared for you back at the project house, with GUINEA BISSAUevenings free to relax and socialise. BENIN GAMBIA

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Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Mondays except December Accommodation: Multi-share thatched bungalows (13 nights) Getting there: Private transfers to/from Vilanculos Airport Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 8 weeks In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Mt. Kenya Eldoret Kampala Meals included: All meals Queen Elizabeth NP Lake Nakuru NP Jinja Budget: Allow US $85-100 per week K E N YA Lake Bunyoni Prices: Prices are based on 2010 and Nairobi Serengeti NP 2011 departures Ngorongoro Crater Moshi Arusha Trip code: GATDQPSJ

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The Dugong Beach Lodge is romantic simplicity at its best. Get off the beaten track and enjoy your nights in this remote wildlife sanctuary where the lodgings are luxurious, the service is the utmost and the surroundings are the stuff of dreams! Trip code: STAVNXDBL

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A continent of contrasts

Whether you want to relax on the beautiful beaches, traverse the high altitude salt flats or experience the dense rainforest, South America certainly delivers!

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The Inca Trail is much more than a 40 km stroll. It’s an astonishing four day trek through ancient ruins and mind blowing scenery.

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Famous for its spectacular wildlife, these islands were the inspiration behind Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

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Feel the passion, aggression and flare of Tango - get intimate and dance through the night with some supreme musical talent.

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Prepare for excitement overload when you straddle the border of not one but three countries.

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The piercing blue skies and brilliant white salt combine to create an impressive moon-like spectacle at Salar de Uyuni.

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Help to care for wild animals at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Peruvian withWITH plenty WORK WITHAmazon, WORK COMMUNITIES CHILDREN of time to experience the natural wonders of the rainforest.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT This project is devoted to promoting WORK WITH the protection, WORKwelfare WITH and COMMUNITIES CHILDREN conservation of wild animals in their natural environment so that they can be released back into their habitats. The project is home to a variety of wild animals in need of rehabilitation, including Howler monkeys, peccaries, macaws and more. The project also helps by promoting the conservation of the rainforest and sustainable management of natural resources. WORK WITH

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You will spend your days working alongside local staff who will teach you how to care for wild animals, with an emphasis on species threatened by the destruction of their habitat and illegal wildlife trade. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Puerto La Cruz Mochima N.P.

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A day in the life of a Volunteer Work alongside staff to feed and care for animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Other activities may include the maintenance of an interpretive trail, construction of animal enclosures and interaction with the local community. In your free time the Amazon is your oyster - enjoy trekking along the nature trails and plenty of wildlife watching.

Ciudad Bolivar Accommodation: Shared rustic cabin (13 nights) Getting there: Transfers to/from Puerto Maldonado airport Canaima Canaima N.P. Angel Falls are included G U YA N A Elena FRENCH Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximumSanta stay 3 months Santo Domingo GUIANA In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Boa Vista SURINAME C O L O M13 B Ibreakfasts, A Meals included: 12 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow US $20-30 per person for meals Language requirements: Basic Spanish is recommended Prices: Prices above are based upon 2010 departures Trip code: GATSPAWJ

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT WORK WITH Children living in extreme poverty in Cuzco are often forced toCHILDREN drop out of school to work or beg on the streets and help support their families. This is a voluntary drop-in for children where they can eat a hot meal, get help with homework and participate in a variety of workshops.

How you make a difference You will be contributing to a project that provides children from poor families with a place to get guidance and support. Make a lasting difference in their lives by giving them the love and support needed to help build their self-esteem.

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Assist with a variety of activities such as teaching English, helping with homework, organising games and activities, helping out in the kitchen or participating in various workshops.

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Experience life in the Peruvian Andes while volunteering in a rural WORK WITH community WORK WITHthat is home to Inca COMMUNITIES porters and women weavers. TrailCHILDREN Participate in daily life and see the difference that only a few days can make before hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. WORK WITH

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Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time. Day 2 Fly to Cuzco Morning flight to Cuzco with free time to explore this friendly colonial town. Days 3-4 Community Volunteer Project Spend two days volunteering in a rural community where you will be welcomed into the hearts and homes of Inca Trail porters and women weavers. Day 5 Cuzco Return to Cuzco with free time to relax and explore the city. Day 6 Ollantaytambo Travel with your local guide through the Sacred Valley and visit the majestic Pisac archaeological T L A N T I C O C E A N site. Continue to the last livingAInca town of Ollantaytambo. Days 7-10 Inca Trail Begin a once-in-a-lifetime journey on the ancient trail of the Incas. On the final day, climb the steps to the Sun Gate to watch sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco by train in the afternoon. Day 11 Cuzco Depart Cuzco at any time.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Stay in Cuzco From $16 The Point Hostel From $16 This is a beautiful, clean and friendly hostel located in the centre of Cuzco. Trip Code: STACUZPOI Casa Andina Korichanca from $75 per person twin share Just three blocks from the main square in Cuzco and full of colonial character, this hotel was originally an 18th century Manor house. Trip Code: STACUZCAS Casa Andina from $120 per person twin share A beautifully renovated 18th century manor house, just three blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, cosy fireplaces and three interior patios make this hotel a special place to stay. Trip Code: STACUSCAS

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT WITH creates life-enriching WORK WITH ThisWORK project experiences in coastal COMMUNITIES CHILDREN surf programs that develop communities through educational young people into healthy and empowered adults.

How you make a difference You will be helping young people to develop healthy habits both in and outside of the classroom; to appreciate nature and WORK WITH acquire life skills while building confidence and having fun. No COMMUNITIES surfing experience required.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Your contribution is based on your skills and experience. You’ll be able to assist with English, arts, environmental education, life-skills, swimming or surfing. Surfs up!

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Tuesdays Accommodation: Shared rustic volunteer house (13 nights) Getting there: Transfer to/from Piura airport to project is included Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, no maximum stay In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow US $20-30 per person for meals not included Language requirements: Basic Spanish is recommended Prices: Prices above are based upon 2010 departures. 2011 price from $2489, extra weeks from $679 C A R I B B E A N Trip code: GATSPESJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Stay in Lima From $14 The Point Hostel From $14 Housed in a beautiful little colonial bungalow, The Point sits in Lima’s bohemian district of Barranco. A top choice for party backpackers, this place has one of the livliest bars in Lima, not to mention a stack of great facilities. *All ISIC holders get a free “The Point” gadget. Trip Code: STALIMPOI San Agustin Colonial From $47 per person twin share This little beauty is a charming hotel in the heart of Miraflores, just minutes from the coast, pre-Inca ruins and some of the cities best nightlife and restaurants. The place has more character than you can poke a stick at and won’t blow the budget! Trip Code: STALIMSAN Casa Andina Private Collection From $139 per person twin share Believe the raving reviews - this place has everything. To enjoy true Peruvian hospitality at its very best, you’ve come to the right place. Set right in the middle of this magical metropolis, there’ll be no time wasted squeezing the excitement out of every moment! Trip Code: STALIMPCL

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The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Volunteer on San Cristobal Island helping to conserve one of the last remnants of native vegetation. You’ll WORK IN WORK WITH WORK WITH WORK WITH with reforestation, agriculturalCHILDREN CONSERVATION assistANIMALS COMMUNITIES work and station maintenance.

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The aim of this biological research station is to conserve native highland forests by eradicating invasive plant species and to replace them with native trees and vegetation. The project works collaboratively with local landowners to develop agricultural alternatives for the production of vegetables and fruits to sell to local universities, restaurants and hotels. San Cristobal is the oldest and one of the richest islands in the Galapagos. Here you can observe the famous Galapagos wildlife; tortoises, iguanas, two species of sea lion and much more.

You’ll be working up to eight hours a day with regular breaks and a siesta time. Occasionally volunteers are expected to work half days on Saturdays but for the rest of the weekends and evenings, these are your own. During your free time you can explore this amazing island. There’s lots to do on San Cristobal - head to a waterfall, the beach, the freshwater lake or check out the wildlife.

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Project start days: Daily Accommodation: Hotel in Quito (2 nights), Shared rustic cabin (14 nights) Getting there: Transfers to/from the orientation meeting in Quito on Day 2 are included. Return flights from Quito to San Cristobal Island are included Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 3 months. Volunteers are expected to work 8 hours a day, 22 days per month, therefore having 8 vacation days per month to be used upon approval of the project co-ordinator In-country support: Local project co-ordinators in Quito and San Cristobal Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners Budget: Allow US $60-75 per person per week for meals Prices: Based on 2010 departures. 2011 departures from $2619, extra weeks from $539 Trip code: GATSEGEJ

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You’ll learn about creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle Project start days: Mondays year round while contributing to the development of this educational Accommodation: Shared rustic cabin (27 nights) C A R I B B E A N S E A centre - a model for self-sufficient living. You can also help at Getting there: Transfers to/from Manta airport to the the local environmental primary school. project in Bahia are included Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks ACaracas day inMochima theN.Plife of a Volunteer In-country support: Local project co-ordinator . Activities include planting and harvesting crops, maintaining Meals included: 27 breakfasts, 26 lunches, 27 dinners Panama vegetable gardens, composting, weeding, nursery work and Budget: Allow US $20-30 per week for meals not included V Ereforestation. N E Z U EHelp L Aout at Orinoco Delta P A Nrequirements: AMA the environmental primary school Language Basic Spanish is recommended Bolivar educational games, teaching basic English, arts by Ciudad organising Prices: Prices above are based upon 2010 departures, 2011 and crafts. price is $1339 and extra weeks at $279 Trip code: GATSEOFJ Angel Falls Santa Elena

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Ecuador Highlands Voluntour 9 days from $999 Quito Manta

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Departing from Quito, you’ll enjoy a guided tour to the Ecuadorian indigenous communities, colourful markets, waterfalls and sacred lakes. You’ll also spend five days living and volunteering alongside an indigenous family in the Ecuadorian Highlands. You’ll get to participate in the daily activities of your host family, at the school, or on the communal farm. You may also get to help paint schools,Santaém assist ManausActivities depend on your reforestation projects or teach English. interests and what’s happening in the community whilst you are there. Price based on 2010 departures; 2011 departures from $1119 Trip Code: TSEEHB

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Day 1 La Paz Arrive in La Paz. C A R I B B E A N S E A Days 2-3 Sucre Fly to the colonial town of Sucre, with the option to visit theWITH 60 million year-old dinosaur tracks. WORK TRINIDAD & COMMUNITIES TOBAGO Day 4 Hacienda Candelaria Travel to the village of Candelaria to Puerto La Cruz Caracas Mochima N.P. meet local weavers, share an afternoon weaving demonstration Panama and bake bread in traditional clay ovens. VENEZUELA Orinoco Delta PANAMA Ciudad Bolivar Day 5 Volunteer at Hacienda Candelaria A day’s volunteering work alongside members of this indigenous community. Canaima Canaima N.P. Angel Falls Day 6 Hacienda Candelaria/Sucre Visit to traditional, colourful G U YA N A Santa Elena Tarabuco Market en route to Sucre. Santo Domingo Day 7 Potosi A UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can Boa Vista SURI COLOMBIA choose to descend into an operational silver mine. FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Days 8-10 Uyuni / Salt Lakes Excursion Spend an unforgettable Accommodation: Hotels (7 nights), Basic shared accommodation three days exploring the remote salt flats by 4WD. (4Otavalo nights),Cayambe Bus/train (1 night) Quito Quijos River Day 11 Night Bus/Train to La Paz Return to Uyuni and take MachalillaTransport: Local flight, private van, public bus, train, 4WD truck Cotopaxi Quilatoa Tena Baños Amazon Jungle Riobamba a bus/train trip that brings you back to La Paz by midday the GroupEsize: Maximum C U A D O R 16; Average 10 Urbina following day. Cuenca Guayaquil In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, Chief Galapagos Manaus Mountain Refuge Alausí Day 12 La Paz Take the afternoon to explore the world’s highest Officer (CEO), local guides TumbesExperience Ingapirca capital city. Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Day 13 La Paz Depart at any time. Budget: Allow US $145-190 for meals not included

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Inca Experience: Peru & Bolivia Hop-on & Hop-off Bus pass (La Paz to CUZCO) From $268 The ancient world of the Inca’s is one that has fascinated people for centuries. This hop-on and hop-off bus pass is an easy way to arrange a personalised itinerary to some extraordinary places. Trip code: STALIMINC

2010 and 2011 Departs on Sundays Price $1559 based on sharing a twin room Trip Code: GASBCDJ P A C I F I C O C E A N

The Death Road: Downhill Biking (La Paz to Coroico) from $145 If there’s one thing better than cycling in a foreign country, it’s cycling downhill in a foreign country. Choose your bike and a helmet that fits and you’re ready to ride, dropping 4,000m in five or six sometimes hair-raising hours through some sensational scenery. Trip Code: STALPBBIK

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Fast Fact and what’s included Project start days: Mondays; except between 22 Dec–22 Jan Accommodation: Family home-stay (27 nights) Getting there: This project starts in Buenos Aires Duration: Minimum stay 4 weeks, maximum stay 12 months In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: None; but self-catering facilities available in the house Budget: Allow US $100–150 per week Language requirements: Basic Spanish is recommended Prices: Based on 2010 departures. 2011 departures from $1909 per person Trip code: GATSAESJ PA R A G U AY

Organise recreational activities, continuing education and summer activities for children or work with young people teaching English vocabulary and assisting with pronunciation. Activities may include teaching English in a classroom, in one-on-one lessons, finding creative ways to get children to remember vocabulary or reviewing an organisation’s English materials for accuracy.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT TheWORK farmWITH utilises a bio-intensive WORK WITH farming method, promoting P A C I F I C COMMUNITIES CHILDREN sustainable farming and living. Gain experience working in the organic vegetable and medicinal plant gardens and by caring for cows, sheep, chickens and horses.

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How you make a difference You will learn all you need to know about creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle while contributing to development of this family-owned farm, which is a model in the community for selfsufficient living.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Work in the organic vegetable and medicinal herb gardens and help care for farm animals - you may even learn how to milk a cow and shear a sheep! Assist with drying fruits, seed saving, and learn how to make your own jam, yoghurt and bread.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: Daily between February and May Accommodation: Shared rustic log cabin (13 nights) P A C I F I C O C E A N Getting there: Transfer to/from the Bariloche airport Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay 3 months PA R A G U AY In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Meals included: None; but enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden Budget: Allow USD $100-150 per person per week Prices: Based on 2010 departures. 2011 departures from $1579 per person Trip code: GATSAOFJ

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Youth & Organic Farming in Argentina 14 days from $3029 Volunteer alongside a group of Argentinian youth that are taught essential life skills in a loving and idyllic subsistence farm environment. Well-known chefs from Buenos Aires visit the farm to teach the kids menu planning, food preparation and cooking skills. Help out on the organic farm and in the restaurant, with time to relax. Trip code: GATSAYOJ

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Experience Rio firsthand while volunteering at a community day-care centre located in one of Brazil’s largest favelas. More than fifty children are provided with a loving atmosphere to learn and grow here, complete with games and educational activities, nutritious meals and health care.

Responsibilities include helping out with day-care activities, cooking for and feeding the children, playing games, assisting with art classes, teaching music and capoeira. You can also help with teaching the children English or assisting with computer classes. Your weekends are free to enjoy all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Rio is a vibrant city, with stunning beaches, amazing architecture and lively night life - there is so much to explore.

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With an estimated population of one million residents, life in the favelas is not easy. With no roads, no sewers, limited access to water and electricity, children have little hope of pulling themselves out of the cycle of poverty. You can help make a difference in the lives of these children - by working alongside staff and other international volunteers, running educational activities and giving your time to the children who live in the favelas, you’re already helping them to look towards a brighter future. This is a truly rewarding experience that gives volunteers a real chance to give something back.

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Brazil Learn to Surf 4 days from $229 Surfing’s not a sport - it’s a way of life! Hang-ten and catch a wave on this four day program designed to teach you the basics of surfing and its unique counter-culture. Trip Code: GATSZLSB

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Day 1 Rio Arrive in Rio de Janeiro. DaysWORK 2-3WITH Ilha Grande Pay a visit to the lovely resort of Ilha COMMUNITIES Grande where you can chill out on the beach. Days 4-5 Paraty Head down the coast to Paraty to indulge in optional boat tours and cachaça distillery tours. Days 6-10 Volunteer Project Volunteer as part of an Afro-Brazilian community for a real cultural experience. On your last day enjoy a Jongo presentation – an Afro-Brazilian style of music that only exists in about 14 communities across Brazil! Day 11 Rio de Janeiro Explore some of Rio’s famous sites like Corcovado or Sugarloaf. Day 12 Rio de Janeiro Depart at any time.

About this Project You will participate in a variety of community activities. Experience daily life working alongside local families, collecting reeds for basket making and helping out at the flour mill. Activities will be organised depending on the community’s needs when you visit and may include building and maintaining community infrastructure such as the school, family settlements and planting areas.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> el misti hostel, copacabana 1 week from $149 Come and meet people from all over the world at this affordable and friendly hostel. El Misti is in an ideal location with the famous Copacabana Beach just 5 minutes away. Ipanema is also very close by. Trip Code: STARIOMCO

Football Game at Maracana Stadium from $56 Experience the passion of a local soccer derby in the infamous Maracana soccer stadium. Watch and join the locals beat their drums and blow their trumpets as they support their local team. Trip Code: STARIOFGM

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How you make a difference You will not only get a deeper understanding of the benefits of agro-forestry and how it can benefit local families and farmers, but you’ll also experience life in rural Brazil as you’re welcomed into the hearts and homes of the local people.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Volunteer alongside a young Brazilian family helping with seed collection, planting trees, researching species, collecting food from the gardens and trying out new agro-forestry techniques. Participate in educational programs at local schools and site visits to farms with free time to enjoy a Caipirinha while you’re relaxing by the pool.

Accommodation: Farm house (13 nights) Getting there: Transfer to/from Marilia airport is included Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow US $25 per week for meals not included Language requirements: Good spoken and written English Prices: Based upon 2010 departures. 2011 departures from $1439 per person Trip code: GATSZCRJ

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Where the jungle meets the sea

For its relatively small size, Central America certainly packs a punch! Whether you’re there for few days or a few months, there are plenty of adventures to come back bragging about.

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LOOK AFTER TURTLES IN COSTA RICA

Think pristine tropical paradise, then think about stepping out of your everyday life to protect these engaging creatures.

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Sandy beaches, clear waters and world famous clubs make Cancun a popular beach destination.

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RELAX IN A HOT SPRING IN COSTA RICA

Unwind in a hot spring at dusk and watch out for a volcanic eruption – complete with lava.

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Central America is peppered with remnants of ancient cultures, towering pyramids and colonial history, all waiting to be discovered.

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Step off the motor boat onto this tiny island and feel your troubles immediately disappear.

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About this Project The Playa Matapalo Sea Turtle Project is a conservation program created to protect sea turtles, their nests and their hatchlings on Matapalo Beach. Using a man-made shelter called a Vivero to protect the eggs, the program focuses on protecting Leatherback, Green, Olive-Ridley and Hawksbill turtles.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Learn Spanish and Chill at the beach 7 days from $521 Immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica and come away with more than the ability to conjugate at this friendly school right by the beach. You’ll build your Spanish knowledge from real experiences - chatting with local characters, learning about the nature reserves and on day trips to local towns. When you’re not in a classroom, Tamarindo beach is your backyard - swim in the sea, test out your surfing skills, try a spot of fishing or simply snooze in the sun. Trip Code: STATNOWAY

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Volunteer at a special high school that teaches tourism, conversational English and sustainable farming. There’ll be free WORK WITH CHILDREN time for surfing, relaxing on the beach and watching legendary Pacific sunsets.

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Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world - a true Garden of Eden. Let Costa Rica mesmerize you as you explore its rainforests, rushing rivers, pristine beaches and towering volcanoes. This two week trip combines world-class highlights with more remote areas for an authentic adventure experience. Trip code: GACRA

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Contribute to the development of a local community by working alongside your host family on a WORK WITH WORK WITH COMMUNITIES women’s CHILDREN paper recycling project. Enjoy Costa Rica’s rural farms, lush rainforests and active volcanoes in your free time.

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Arts and Culture on Lake Atitlan

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Set in the mountains above the beautiful Lake Atitlan, La Cambalacha Arts & Cultural Centre is a magical WORK WITH CHILDREN place. If you’re interested in the arts, this is a great opportunity to contribute to a program giving children from indigenous Mayan communities the opportunity WITH their creative side. to WORK explore CHILDREN

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This project brings art and culture alive for kids. It is a unique and well run program with activities such as gymnastics, dance, Mayan heritage, theatre and arts & crafts. The project is available to children who would otherwise never have had the chance to experience this type of education.

How you make a difference You can make a difference by assisting local youth leaders who have graduated from the program themselves. You’ll act as a friend and role model for the young children in the community. By volunteering, you give these children the chance to experience arts and culture and learn more about their own cultural heritage.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start day: Sundays year round except Christmas and Semana Santa (Easter week) Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nights), multi-share dorms (18 nights) Getting there: Transfers from Antigua Airport are included Duration: Minimum stay 21 days, maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals Included: 15 lunches (Monday to Friday at the project) Budget: Allow US $225-300 for meals not included Language requirements: Basic Spanish recommended Prices: Prices are based on departures in 2010 and 2011 Trip code: TCGCAJ

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Study Spanish the South American way with sunshine, smiles and salsa! At our language school you’ll get something rare; a teacher all to yourself! Add to that the chance to stay in a happy home-stay or guesthouse and get involved in everything from eco-activities to cooking classes and football festivals. Trip Code: STAIAWIXC

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Take part in a successful after school program that helps to improve the lives of children who live near the WORK WITH CHILDREN beautiful colonial town of Antigua. Make lasting friendships and live with a local family for an unforgettable experience.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT The aim of this project is to improve the living conditions of over 1000 children who come from poor coffee-growing families, by providing meaningful education opportunities to help them gain skills and confidence for the future. Programs include computer classes, tutoring to improve reading and writing skills, English classes, recreational activities and a bimonthly health clinic.

How you make a difference By sharing your skills and enthusiasm in areas such as language, IT, literacy, arts, crafts and sports, you will help make a difference to the lives of the staff and children at the project. Participate in recreational and educational activities and help make learning fun so that children are inspired to continue with their studies and make their dreams for the future come true.

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Experience all that Central America has to offer with a flexible hop-on and hop-off bus pass. There are lots of routes to choose from; perhaps start your journey in Antigua and travel leisurely along the Caribbean coast enjoying beautiful white-sand beaches, historic towns, ancient ruins and impressive coral reefs, all the way from Belize to Mexico. Trip Code: STAGUABMA

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT This coral reef research expedition allows you to experience scuba diving and earn an internationally recognised PADI diving qualification. In the turquoise Caribbean waters ofWORK Mexico’s WITH COMMUNITIES Yucatan Peninsula, you can take part in important marine conservation work on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Help with coral reef and fish monitoring, protect turtle nesting sites and conduct crocodile surveys. On land you may help with community education and sustainable tourism development programs.

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The data obtained through your work as a volunteer provides an invaluable baseline to assess the health of reefs found in pristine locations around the world. A variety of changes have been implemented in this area, including educating local fishermen, increasing development controls and creating signs to educate visitors about this fragile ecosystem. You will be helping to implement these changes during your stay.

Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: 01 Oct10, 07 Jan11, 01 Apr11, 01 Jul11, 30 Sep11 Accommodation: Basic, comfortable cabanas Getting there: Transfers available from Playa del Carmen Duration: Minimum stay 36 days In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: All meals Budget: Allow for about US $40-50 per week Language requirements: Good written and spoken English Prices: Based on 2010 departures. Discounts and additional start dates are available for PADI qualified divers Trip code: STAPCMMAR

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A three week adventure through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. This all-encompassing journey combines the beauty of the highlands, the mystery of great Mayan sites and the beaches of the Caribbean. Check out the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá and Tikal, the colourful city of San Cristobal de las Casas, the volcanoes of Panajachel or simply take it easy in the laid-back setting of Caye Caulker - a tiny island with no traffic and lots of reggae music. Trip Code: GACAM

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A day in the life of a Volunteer Spend half your day learning Spanish and the other half volunteering at one of the three projects: teaching 2-4 year olds at the day-care centre, helping with maintenance and sustainable farming practises at the eco-lodge, or assisting at the after school program with painting, jewellery making, English lessons, homework or recycling. Granada is a fun place to be; the local people are charming, funny and welcome visitors with open arms.

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Panama Safe Drinking Water Adventure 15 days FROM $2279

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Day 1 Panama City Arrive at any time. WORK WITH Days 2-7 Safe Drinking Water Project in Bocas del Toro Spend five COMMUNITIES days installing rainwater catchment tanks on the islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Days 8-9 Boquete Choose to go hiking through the cloud forest or go white water rafting. T Days I C 10-12 O C Santa E A N Catalina Perhaps surf, visit nearby Coiba National Park or simply chill out on the beach. Days 13-14 Panama City Explore the old city or visit the world famous Panama Canal. Day 15 Panama City Depart at any time.

About this Project No one should go without water, especially in a place where it rains so abundantly. Many indigenous children here drink from muddy water holes dug in the ground and are exposed to dangerous water-borne diseases. Installing rainwater catchment tanks throughout the islands will give more families access to safe, clean water.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Panama City Experience 4 days from $589 See where the colonial and modern, Latin and international collide. So much more than the site of the famous canal, Panama City is both a historical town of colonial charm and one of the most modern international metropolises in Latin America. Trip Code: GATCPPXC

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Learn Spanish and volunteer in the community with plenty of free time for diving, snorkelling, surfing, exploring WORK WITH CHILDREN nature preserves and beautiful beaches in this Caribbean paradise.

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Fast FactS and what’s included Project start days: Mondays Accommodation: Home-stay (13 nights) Getting there: Fly to Bocas del Toro from Panama City (not included) Duration: Minimum stay 14 days, maximum stay unlimited In-country support: Volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Meals included: None; but you have access to a shared kitchen Budget: Allow US $210-280 per week for meals not included Language requirements: Basic Spanish recommended Prices: Price based on 2010 departures. 2011 prices from G U L F additional O F $2119; weeks from $889 M E X I C O Trip code: GATCPCVJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Panama Experience - Panama City to San JosÉ 14 days from $1119 The best of southern Costa Rica and northern Panama, featuring an abundance of both natural and man-made wonders. As Panama is still off most travellers’ radars, it’s the perfect place for a genuine discovery experience, with plenty of activities ranging from bird watching to exhilarating white-water rafting. Trip Code: GACPPS

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Project El Salvador 13 days FROM $1179

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Enjoy the highlights of El Salvador including Mayan pyramids and unique archaeological sites, then WORK WITH CHILDREN volunteer on a highland coffee farm.

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WITH DayWORK 1 San Salvador Arrive at any time. COMMUNITIES Days 2-5 Apaneca/Ilamatepec Biosphere Reserve Explore the region by mountain bike, horseback or on foot. Visit Mayan pyramids, jade and indigo workshops and a coffee farm. Hike around Laguna Verde and visit the Ruta de las Flores (the flower route). Days 6-9 Santa Ana Volcano/Los Pinos Volunteer for three days at Los Pinos Coffee Co-operative. Days 10-12 Joya de Ceren Archeological Site / Playa El Sunzal Visit the UNESCO Heritage archaeological site. Day 13 Playa En Sunzal Depart at any time.

About this Project Spend three days volunteering with members of the Los Pinos Coffee Co-operative. The projects you’ll be involved with aim to improve the community’s quality of life - from helping on various community building projects, to assisting on the coffee farm and teaching simple English lessons. You will learn about the community’s efforts to improve their lives by developing ecotourism here.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> El Salvador Express 8 DAYS From $709 Enjoy this quick jaunt hitting the highlights of El Salvador and finishing in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua. This short adventure brings you to beautiful beaches, colonial cities and amazing scenery. Trip Code: GACESE

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Help to conserve Belize’s diverse wildlife and archaeological sites. You’ll work Belize’s National Parks, WORK IN WORK WITH WORK in WITH ANIMALS CONSERVATION COMMUNITIES archaeological reserves and at a rehabilitation centre for manatees.

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Volunteers joining this project have the opportunity to participate in a variety of conservation, research and education projects in a number of awesome locations in Belize. Volunteers will be involved in practical conservation of its protected areas and ancient Mayan ruins. Working with reserve staff, volunteers WORK WITH may assist with trail maintenance, wildlife monitoring, research, COMMUNITIES environmental field courses or care for orphaned manatees at the centre.

How you make a difference This project is working towards ensuring a sustainable future for the people of Belize, through conservation, research, education and sustainable development. Your contribution as a volunteer helps to provide much needed assistance and skills to the NGOs and government agencies working on the ground. You will be helping to conserve Belize’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Spend three weeks covering the best of coastal Belize and cultural Guatemala. You’ll find yourself taking a Spanish lesson, going on a tour of a Tikal archaeological site, enjoying a three day jungle canoe trip, snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef and joining a four day kayaking trip island hopping around the marine reserve. Trip Code: GABFB

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new zealand and pacific Learn to surf on the Aussie east coast, get your adrenaline pumping on a New Zealand bungy jump or chill-out on a pristine beach in the South Pacific. You’ll find your perfect experience close to home!

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Explore the beautiful Whitsundays and their stunning scenery, epic views and fantastic marine life.

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Climb to the Byron lighthouse for an unforgettable sunset and watch out for cheeky monkeys in this laidback town.

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There’s nothing quite like witnessing the raw beauty of this patch of coastline - right in our own backyard!

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Keep a beedy eye open for these huge tails splatting onto the water – a memory you’ll keep with you forever.

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Embrace the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and marvel at the beautiful colours of the underwater world.

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Experience the great outdoors! From beaches to deserts, mountains to metropolis’; Australia is our big, brown land and you can help protect it. Or - head over to visit the neighbours! New Zealand is well known as the capital of outdoor activities and the rugged landscapes, lush forests and deserted beaches all offer exceptional opportunities. Wherever you WORK decide to WITH COMMUNITIES volunteer, you can be sure your team leaders will teach you practical conservation techniques. You’ll visit different project sites and become a true eco-warrior, completing a range of conservation activities!

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How you make a difference The projects are focused on conserving the local environment and include: erosion and salinity control, seed collection, construction and maintenance, heritage protection and endangered flora & fauna surveys and monitoring. In Australia, you can get your hands dirty participating in activities such as helping to control invasive weeds around Uluru (Ayers Rock), tree planting in the Adelaide Hills, Rock wallaby surveys in the Flinders Ranges or boardwalk reconstruction along the Great Ocean Road. In New Zealand, you can become involved in track maintenance in the Waitakere ranges or the restoration of rivers and streams in Hamilton.

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Project start days: Fridays (Saturdays from Auckland only) Accommodation: Accommodation varies based on the project. Bring a sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Getting there: Transfers to/from a central meeting point are included Meeting points: Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Bathurst, Newcastle, Hobart, Launceston, Townsville, Bendigo, Geelong & Broome (Mar to Oct). New Zealand - Auckland & Christchurch. In-country support: Volunteer project team leader Meals included: All meals Trip Code: CVA

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4 days FROM $365 (Tour Price $245, Local Payment $120)

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New Zealand’s not all about bungy jumping and adrenalin activities. Help keep New Zealand beautiful while having WORK WITH WORK WITH COMMUNITIES the time CHILDREN of your life on a conservation project aiming to protect the kiwi and other native flora and fauna. WORK WITH

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT The Magic Forest is a restoration project which aims to create an eco-corridor of native vegetation joining two of New Zealand’s well established rainforests. This growing corridor will expand kiwi habitats, protect the area from harmful WORK WITH COMMUNITIES development and provide natural recreational trails for future visitors. The forest requires dedicated time and effort invested into regeneration, native planting and pest control.

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Fast FactS and what’s included Four days volunteering at a reforestation project Project start days: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share dorm at a hostel (4 nights) Getting there: Add on a Magic pass that includes a northbound coach journey from Rotorua to Tauranga/Mt Maunganui to reach the project. Passes start from $219. In-country support: Local project co-ordinator Meals included: None Budget: Allow NZ $100-150 per project for meals not included Trip code: STAROTMAG

Volunteers are introduced to the relationship between fragile eco-systems and human habitations as well as between cultures during this experience. You will learn about land management plans and local initiatives which will enhance the traditional Maori tribal land – working with the local community to spread the conservation message. Work varies depending on the time of year with a seasonal focus on tree planting, plant release, plant propagation, track maintenance and development with year round environmental monitoring.

A day in the life of a Volunteer Activities include assisting with bird counts, bird feeding and an endangered species program. You will also find yourself helping to install tracking tunnels, setting up environmental monitoring stations, building nature trails and planting native trees. You will learn about the Maori uses of native plants and at night time, find yourself conducting night surveys of the local wildlife.

EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Volunteer in the Magic Forest 7 DAYS FROM $603

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Volunteer in the Magic Forest 10 days from $840 (includes Tour Price $577 & local payment $263) As well as visiting the Kiwi Recovery program, you’ll get an immersion in Maori conservation practices and traditions – with the chance to visit a local Maori marae and focus on a single threatened species during your volunteer program. Trip code: STAROTMAG

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FAST FACTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED Accommodation: Hostel in Auckland (2 nights), hostel in Rotorua (5 nights) Transport: Transfers between Auckland and Rotorua are not included, so the Kiwi Experience Geyserland Pass (which travels via Whitianga) is a good option from only $243 per person In-country support: Experienced English speaking guide Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches Budget: Allow NZ $25 per person per day for meals not included

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EXTEND YOUR STAY >> Kiwi Experience Travel Passes FROM $785 See New Zealand at your own pace. Hop-on and hop-off bus passes offer a flexible way to travel around New Zealand. You’ll have 12 months to travel with unlimited stops, regular departures, plus inside info on where to stay and what’s happening. This is a legendary NZ travel network, offering you some of the most unforgettable experiences on the planet. Get off the beaten track and experience the adventure of a lifetime! Trip code: STAAKLZEP

2010 and 2011 Price from $675 per person based on multi-share dorm room. Trip Code: STAAKLCUV

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This vital sea turtle conservation project will take you to the turquoise waters and golden sands of Vanuatu. Contribute to research on local turtle populations, see nesting turtles and hatchlings and explore the stunning island beaches and forests. Volunteer activities can include reef surveying, teaching at the village school and cooking local food.

Your project life will vary depending on the time of the season. Daily activities may include reef surveys, helping with construction projects and nightly trips to the beach to survey and tag nesting turtles. Towards the late part of the season, more emphasis will be placed on monitoring and assisting the emergence of hatchlings and determining the success of nests.

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Witness jaw-dropping historical sights, stumble happily from gigantic beer halls, fall madly in love with the romantic cities and yodel yourself hoarse on green pastured mountain peaks. Come face to face with Europe.

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Delve into an ancient civilization in Greece

Plunge into the land of Greek mythology, first ever Olympic Games and a great selection of islands and beach life.

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Oo la la!

Try a wine and cheese tasting course in Paris – the gastronomic capital of the world.

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STEP BACK IN TIME AT STONEHENGE, UK

Check out Stonehenge –a relic from a forgotten past and a civilization long gone.

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BEER AND OOMPA BANDS

Munich is the beer capital of the world! They’ve brewed the stuff for 3,000 years – thousands of gallons are consumed at the annual Oktoberfest.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT Lakonikos is best known as an important nesting area for Loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. This project WORK WITH with the help of volunteers, engages in daily surveys to record COMMUNITIES nesting activity and protects turtle nests from land predators, destruction and other risks. The project also provides conservation information to tourists and the local community.

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How you make a difference WORK WITH You will work in co-operation with the local community COMMUNITIES promoting conservation of these mysterious animals. The public awareness activities that you’ll be assisting with will help people to adopt a postive attitude towards their natural environment and ensure a future for the local turtle population. By helping to protect turtle nests against predators and other risks you can help to ensure that as many hatchlings as possible make it into the turtle population.

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