For their prize Do The Right Thing has secured a unique one year package for our two winners from USIT Volunteer.
From January through March 2011 they will be in Ghana working on vital construction and sanitation projects with all flights, meals and accommodation provided.
The volunteers time in the country will begin with a 6 day orientation in Accra where they will be introduced to Ghanaian culture including: language lessons, safety, cross-cultural issues, cooking Ghanaian dishes, dancing and drumming etc. Then - after meeting their host family - it's down to work.
Some of the areas our volunteers may be involved with during their stay include: community mobilization, construction (household latrines, school blocks etc.), provision of clean safe water, supervision of child protection and budgeting for limited resources.
It's vitally important work which will have a direct effect on people's lives and health.
Ghanaian traditions and tribal matters play a big part of their lives, and our volunteers will learn about these traditions first hand as well as experiencing some of their spectacular festivals which bring the clans together. It will be three months they will never forget.
From April through October 2011 our two volunteers will be living and working in Jaipur helping to combat the prevalence of child labour and increase education and health among kids and their families.
All flights, accommodation and (vegetarian) meals will be provided for their seven month stay in the 'Pink City' where they will be working in the slums teaching English, computer skills and basic arithmetic, while also attempting to increase awareness among families and organize sporting and creative outlets for the children.
It will be richly rewarding work but the volunteers will also gain access to: an extensive orientation on Indian culture and history, excursions to local points of interest, workshops on local customs and traditions, and the expertise of supervisors who provide translation services and guidance in matters of local custom.
The volunteers' year comes to an end with two months (November, December) working on the turtle preservation project in Rayong, Eastern Thailand.
Again with all flights, accommodation and meals provided our volunteers' tasks will include: feeding and administering medicines to the turtles living the hatchery, cleaning their tanks, helping maintain the island's facilities, and acting as a guide to the tourists which arrive almost daily.
This is a fascinating placement where our volunteers will learn much about these beautiful creatures while also living and working with the local community, and gaining a wealth of first hand knowledge about Thailand and its people.
Volunteers work a 4 day week and have the long weekend to explore locally or further afield. Along with living minutes from the beach - there are many other islands on Thailand's Gulf Coast to explore.
A unique and exotic experience to end to an amazing year.
Come along to the USIT Teach & Volunteer Evening next Wed, 17th Nov from 6.30pm - 8pm.
Register on www.usit.ie
for more information.