Wrightway Education has partnered with International Service Learning, a U.S. based non-governmental organization, to provide Community Enrichment programs for Chinese students and professionals. These programs are designed to encompass cultural immersion, educational and community service components which add up to a unique and valuable way to travel!
ISL’s Enrichment Programs are deeply integrated into the communities we serve, where we work for many years years to ensure lasting progress. Join one of these teams to build a shelter, teach a child, work in conservation and more.
Arriving in a foreign land, meeting a new culture, and finding yourself as you serve others – this is all part of the ISL experience. Making a heart connection with the needs of others and being able to fill those needs is both gratifying and exhilarating. It is truly a life changing experience.
The Goals of WEI Teams:
- Provide vital services for impoverished communities
- Learn more about the world
- Experience another culture
- Enjoy some amazing recreational time
A Day in the Life of a WEI Program Volunteer
You’ll start your experience by traveling to the country you are serving by airplane or bus. Once you arrive in the country, you’ll travel by bus, boat, truck, horseback, or even on foot. With exception of your arrival and departure, you’ll always be traveling with ISL staff who can share information about the country, culture, and customs.
From the airport, you’ll be taken to your temporary home for the duration of the trip. Housing will vary from hotels, guest houses, homes, or even a convent. You will always have safe food, bottled water, access to a shower, and a bed. You’ll have time to meet your fellow volunteers and get acquainted with your new surroundings.
The next days will be spent participating in a number of projects that enhance quality of life in a developing community. From cleaning up a beach or a neighborhood, constructing or refurbishing schools, clinics, community centers or residences, to planting trees, flowers and vegetable gardens, the ways in which volunteers can contribute are numerous! In addition to lending a much needed hand, volunteers have the opportunity to expand their worldview by experiencing the language, art, cuisine, and customs of another cultural landscape.
Recreational opportunities vary by location, but you will have the opportunities to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as zip-lining, snorkeling, or safari!
Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to travel and serve a developing community.
Your most significant takeaway from this trip may be what you learn. Whether it’s learning about the people of the country you are serving and what they value, or taking home lessons of a lifetime about yourself, ISL firmly believes that the best learning cannot be confined to a classroom.
Safety and Respect
For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure.
ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.
What To Bring
Project supplies and donations of oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.
What ISL Provides
ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, supplies, cultural tours, and basic recreation.
Wrightway Education Program Offerings
Costa Rica (“rich coast” in Spanish) is a Central American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, democratic, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America.
Community Enrichment activities in Costa Rica may include conservation work in Osa Peninsula and Carara National Park, teaching Chinese greetings to students and teachers at a local elementary school, participating in a community construction project, and more.
From tropical cloud forests to volcanoes to beaches, Costa Rica is truly rich in geographical and bio-diversity. You’ll experience all Costa Rica has to offer with a variety of fun recreational activities that will take you around the country.
ISL’s Baja Mexico program is an on-going humanitarian project that takes place in Puerto Peñasco, situated along the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Though Puerto Peñasco is a safe tourist area, due to high unemployment and high numbers of newly deported nationals struggling to get home, it also houses a very large underserved community.
ISL works with local agencies, government entities, and other NGOs to build capacity in needy communities. Volunteers are able to gain valuable experience regardless of team size, participating in community work contexts.
Service activities in Puerto Peñasco are in partnership with the Community Center in San Rafael. Projects will consist of the following types of service work: house painting, light construction/concrete work, environmental work (beach and community clean-up), teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), recreation programs with community children, community health surveying, composting, community gardening.
If you like fun in the sun, Puerto Peñasco has activities like banana boat rides, sea and estuary kayaking, jet ski and waverunner rentals, horseback riding on the beach, whale watching cruise (seasonal), fishing cruise, parasailing, dinner/sightseeing cruises, ultra-light flying and ATV touring.
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and is experiencing economic and cultural transition with its recently found civil peace and growing trade with the U.S. Urban areas have made great strides in reducing poverty and providing health care, but rural areas are still in great need of health care, education, and development support.
Equatorial Colombia is situated at the meeting place of Central and South America, and is the only country on the continent of South America with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Tourists are drawn to Colombia’s clean tropical beaches, lush rain forests, snow-capped Andean mountain peaks and fertile coffee plantations. ISL teams serve in the heart of rural coffee plantation country in the central cordillera of the Andes, at an elevation of just under 4500 feet, where the yearly average temperature is a pleasant 78 degrees.
Service activities in Colombia will be quite varied. Projects may consist of the following types of work: house painting, light construction/concrete work, environmental projects, recreation programs with community children, or composting and community gardening.
In additional to service work, there are many opportunities for recreation and to experience the culture of Colombia including attending cultural events, learning about coffee agriculture and other related industries, horseback riding, swimming in natural hot springs, zip lining, hiking and shopping.
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