High season for our high school volunteers to make a difference abroad
In July alone, 1,560 High School Special volunteers from all over the world are spending their school holiday volunteering with Projects Abroad. With such a large number of volunteers, we are making huge strides towards achieving our global goals and we are already seeing some exciting successes from the efforts of our High School Special groups.
This year’s High School Special volunteers are already making a difference in local communities. At our Conservation & Community Project in Cambodia, our High School Special volunteers managed to get their PADI diving certification within only one week and they are now collecting data to add to the Coral Watch database, which is operated by one of our partner organisations to monitor local marine life. “We are providing data for other organisations that will evaluate this data and see which areas and species need protection. We are doing several different surveys where we are looking for seahorses, checking the reef through different measures and collecting trash,” says Ananya Shankar, a volunteer from India. “As someone who is contributing to the accumulating trash overall, it is my responsibility to also give back through conservation work. It feels good!”
In Kenya, as part of the High School Specials Medicine Project, volunteers have helped out during medical outreaches, conducting basic health checks including measuring blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI. Caroline Mungai, Country Director of Projects Abroad Kenya, explains why the help of volunteers was so important: “With the ongoing nurses’ strike, our medical outreaches had more numbers of patients than usual and the High School Specials group was of great assistance in helping us provide free medical services.”
During their project, High School Special volunteers focus their energy on creating resources that can benefit placements long after the volunteers have left. “Murals painted by High School Special volunteers can then be used by future standard volunteers when they give lessons to the children, vegetable gardens created by High School Special volunteers can be used by standard volunteers to teach residents about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, and water systems built by High School Special volunteers can be used by standard volunteers to teach local children better hand-washing habits,” says Puyo. “In short, the High School Special volunteers, through their additional manpower, help to generate resources needed in the long run.”
Our High School Special Projects run until the end of August, so there’s still time for you to sign up and become a part of a global network of volunteers, all working towards long-term goals that leave a lasting, positive impact on communities and eco-systems across the world.
Visit our High School Special Projects page and become a part of an international community of young volunteers making a difference across the world.