Community engagement is an extremely important part of the World Challenge journey

Sometimes referred to as ‘Service Learning’ or ‘Voluntourism’, community engagement can be a very beneficial opportunity for student travellers, allowing them to become better global citizens. However; the question of how more developed nations should engage with the less developed world is incredibly complex, and for this reason; positioning our efforts has taken a great deal of very careful thought.

This video, put together by our resident Project Specialist, Cormac Davey, is a great starting point to understand how we approach community projects in the developing world.

PAST PROJECTS

CAMBODIA

Ptea Teuk Dong (PTD) is a small non-profit, non-religious and politically neutral Cambodian NGO which came into existence in 1994. It provides free education for vulnerable and poor children in the area of Battambang. It also provides training opportunities for young men and women to equip them with skills to help them find work. World Challenge first visited the site in 2006. Teams who complete their project phase here can assist with hard skills such as painting, renovating and working on the mushroom farm, as well as soft skills, interacting with the children of the centre by organising games days and lessons.

NICARAGUA

La Esperanza Granada is a grass roots volunteer organisation. Originating in 2002, their focus is on improving the future for children through education. With the approval of the local Ministry of Education they work in local primary schools. Teams take part in manual work in the mornings followed by teaching, games and recreation with the primary school children in the afternoons.

LAOS- THE LAOS PROJECT GROUP

Working with the Lao Project Group (LPG), most projects are based in the north of Laos.
Teams work on projects that deal with providing access to running water, sanitation facilities and education. We believe that in Laos, these three essentials are the pillars of community development. They will provide a better quality of life for developing communities, and are sustainable.

NEPAL – NAGAJUNA SCHOOL

World Challenge has been working with the Nagajuna school since 2011. Most of the school’s students are orphans and others are from underprivileged backgrounds.Teams have worked on construction tasks and many have also helped decorate the classrooms with murals. English lessons and organising games for the children is also a very important part of this project – the kid’s love their sports!

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