Youth to Youth Outreach
The very nature of World Camp makes this experience so unique; it is not simply a service trip or an adventure trip, but one that combines the two. The experience deconstructs barriers between the two worlds, bringing me closer to the children and volunteers I worked with. I know that I have grown as a global citizen from this trip to Malawi, and I hope a child has grown to become a more knowledgeable community member.
I know one thing for sure – the kids, the laughter, the sweat, the dreams, the friends, will all remain a special place in my heart.
-Karen Li, Youth to Youth Volunteer
World Camp’s Youth to Youth Outreach Programs offer young volunteers opportunity to travel, learn, educate, experience, to empower and be empowered. Volunteer teams spend 4 weeks living together learning and teaching others about HIV and environmental and health issues. As a Y2Y volunteer you will work alongside World Camp Field Staff who are your Malawian peers. You will gain a deep insight into Malawian culture and develop lifelong friendships. The rich material and engaging activities make for fun-filled days that will inspire you and the participants.
The focus of your Youth to Youth Outreach Program is to expand your own knowledge while providing education to local communities. World Camp’s Educational Outreach programs are founded with strong sustainability objectives and aim to break the cycle of foreign dependency and empower individuals and communities to achieve self-sufficiency whenever possible.
Your Volunteer Experience
Youth to Youth (Y2Y) volunteers will share a supervised common house in which they can come together as their own team of educators. The trip begins with a group flight led by a World Camp staff member. Over the course of four weeks, you will attend a training orientation, teach in several rural schools, work at an orphanage and street shelter, spend two nights soaking up village life on a homestay, go on safari with elephants and hippos and hike the Mt. Nkhoma on the outskirts of the capitol city. The curriculum will cover HIV/AIDS basics, malaria, nutrition, hygiene, environmental awareness, and gender equality, as well as team building songs and games in a summer camp atmosphere. As a Y2Y volunteer you will teach alongside your teammates and our trained Field Staff as one fun, impacting team.
What Sets Us Apart
World Camp's direct, hands-on approach assures that volunteers engage locally challenging issues in an effective and rewarding manner. Unlike many other programs, World Camp does not transfer its volunteers to smaller organizations or to massive international aid agencies. World Camp volunteers are trained, hosted, and directed by experienced, professional staff members who work diligently with volunteers to ensure that camps and other projects are efficient and productive.
- Teaching: Work alongside fellow team members and trained Field Staff teaching the World Camp curriculum to primary school students in Standards 4-5 and initiating school action plans in Teacher Workshops. You are not required to have previous teaching experience only a genuine desire to help others learn.
- Community Outreach: With your group you will have multiple opportunities to work alongside community members on a pre-selected project. Typically these projects include education-based community activities, volunteering in a Crisis Nursery, or conducting programs with children living in the streets.
- Cultural Immersion and Homestay: Together with your group you will have a true intercultural experience through a homestay experience with a local host family. They will introduce you to local culture, traditions, and cuisine of Malawi. This cultural immersion will provide you with a very different perspective on life, family, time, wealth and community.
Most importantly you will feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from giving back to the welcoming people of Malawi. As your personal World Camp journey unfolds amidst new friendships you will remember jostling down dirt roads and city streets as the sun slowly reveals the magnificence of bright eyed children with two handed waves, women carrying firewood on their heads, bicycle commuters, and eager smiles.
Program highlights include:
You will engage in an intensive orientation and training session which will prepare you for assuming teaching duties alongside another volunteer and field staff member. You will be responsible for your student group’s education and participation in the programs. The World Camp program provides a unique opportunity to work on the ground in an independent manner to affect real and positive change.
Excursions and Program Debriefing
Weekends may be spent working on an Outreach Project or travel to nearby destinations to take in unique culture or natural landscape. The final week of your program gives you a chance to visit one of the natural wonders of Malawi, Lake Malawi. Time spent enjoying the beach, water, and local craft markets create a relaxing environment for reflecting on your experiences and preparing for your return home.
Safari in Zambia
Placed halfway through your program, you have the opportunity to join an optional expedition to nearby South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world with an abundance of wild game concentrated around the Luangwa River which is among the most formidable in Africa. Your program fee does not include expenses related to this expedition.
If you would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the Volunteer Packet.
2013 Y2Y Program: $2925
July 4 – August 5
Application Deadline: May 20, 2013
World Camp is an independent, non-profit organization operating without governmental or religious affiliations. The costs of operations for World Camp’s international volunteer programs are funded entirely by private donations and volunteer contributions. Like other international programs, World Camp requires volunteers to pay a program fee. The program fee covers the expenses of operating the program and is determined by the location and activities of each program.
- The program fee is tax deductible in the US.
- This does not include airfare. The cost of airfare to Malawi is generally between $1800 and $2700 from the USA and $800 to $1000 from Europe. We will be glad to offer advice on finding your ticket.
- This fee is subject to change.
- Note to Non-U.S. Residents: All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. To convert the program fee to your currency at the current exchange rate, visit Xe.com.
- In-country perspectives that includes excursions to nearby points of interest, special events and discussions with a variety of local cultural, professional, governmental and community agencies and people
- Housing, providing you with a comfortable, safe place to live, the basic amenities, most of your meals, and transportation in country
- An experienced U.S. based World Camp Program Coordinator (and former volunteer with World Camp) who will serve as your coordinator, guide, and liaison with our in-country staff
- An experienced WC staff member to accompany the entire Y2Y group on your flight to and from Malawi
- In-country basic language assistance (optional)
- Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, assistance and guidance throughout your stay
- Important documents (electronic format), including in-depth volunteer handbook, orientation information, curriculum, and all in-country informational materials
- Country-based airport transportation
- Local phone calls
- In-coming international phone service
- Outgoing international phone service for emergencies
- All scheduled program expenses
- Drinking water
- Airfare to program location
- Costs associated with obtaining immunizations
- Airport departure taxes, visa extension fees
- Personal internet time and long-distance (international) phone calls
- Laundry service
- Lodging and food when on holiday or non-program related activities
- Dining out
- Personal items
- Traveler's Insurance
- Safari Costs (Optional safari is 4 days, 3 nights and generally costs between $500 and $600)
World Camp encourages our service interns to fundraise to cover the cost of their program fees. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Many interns in the past have use their own or our fundraising techniques to successfully fundraise the total program fee. Please see the following documents for more information on fundraising.
Q. How many volunteers will be in my Y2Y group?
A. Your Y2Y group will consist of up to ten volunteers, led by two World Camp Program Coordinators.
Q. Are Y2Y volunteers ever left unaccompanied by a chaperone/World Camp Program Coordinator?
A. No. All volunteers participating in the Y2Y program are required to stay in a group accompanied by a World Camp staff member.
Q. Is the two-day homestay located within the city or is it in a rural village?
A. While the community house that interns stay in for the majority of their time in Malawi is located in the city, the homestay is a unique opportunity to go beyond the city, staying with a local family in a rural village.
Q. Do I need travel insurance?
A. Yes. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is required, and we also strongly recommend, having a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a list of options for this insurance, or you may contact the office for details.
Q. What do we do on weekends?
A. A typical week involves 6 days of work. At the end of this long week we may go out to dinner as a group at a nearby restaurant. On days off we may travel to Nkhoma Mountain to hike or organize a group trip to the outdoor markets in the city.
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