Alumni volunteering

University Alumni associations are offering short overseas volunteer travel programmes. Here’s an example from the Association of Yale Alumni organised by their Alumni Service Corps.

Yale alumni, their friends and family can volunteer with the community of Yamoransa on Ghana’s Cape Coast. They are offering an organised, 10 day trip for $2000 (excluding flights). The local Chief has identified a number of projects which could utilise volunteers. For example  volunteers can teach a 1 week summer school programme to local children, with the subjects depending on what the volunteer is interested in teaching. They can also help with construction and renovation projects, advise local micro-enterprises on business skills and assist with setting up a 1 week medical clinic. They say that specialized skills aren’trequired for participation in the Service Program.

The programme emphasises that this is travel with a purpose, the chance to give something back and  increase mutual understanding.

Interestingly, the tradition of Yale Alumni volunteering dates back to the 1940s when Sargent Shriver, a Yale Alumnus, set up the Peace Corps.

North American University alumni are very active in this kind of voluntary service (although primarily volunteering within N American communities). I wonder if this is something that will gain popularity in with UK Alumni too?

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About natashastein

I'm interested in travel, learning about other countries and cultures, responsible tourism, environmental issues and wildlife. I like being outdoors and beautiful scenery can really move me and reinvigorate me. I enjoy walking and am planning to get a rescue dog to keep me company on my strolls. I also love to write stuff. I've set up my own website (www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk), written blogs on topics I'm interested in and written various articles about volunteering overseas. I've always enjoyed writing in my previous jobs. I'm a bit of a creative all rounder - I can draw and make things. It's something I'd like to do more of! I love art and photography and go to exhibitions when I can. I am currently teaching English as a second language in Worcestershire, where I live. I have an eclectic career story. My professional background is in travel and tourism and the charity sector. I have worked for a major holiday company, specialist tour operator and coordinated a University alumni travel programme. Most recently I've worked for a Destination Management Organisation and local government tourism department focusing on promoting the Cotswolds primarily via social media. I also worked for VSO, the international development volunteering charity for 6 years as a Volunteer and Placement Adviser and have done bits and bobs of volunteering with different charities.
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