Sustainable Community Development Report
Our annual reports reflect our dedication to our communities and partners…and to the projects that they have prioritized to make a positive impact. Through statistics, photos, anecdotes, and more, the reports detail the projects in each country we visit. Please check them out!
IMPACTFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE
Global Works is a service organization first and a travel company second. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement meaningful teen community service trips. Our philosophy is to work WITH a village, not for a village. In partnership with community members, we provide a grassroots experience that makes an impact on both our students and our partner organizations in the following specialized areas:
Community development projects serve to enhance community cohesion and identity, provide recreation space for local youth, foster youth leadership, and increase community involvement. Projects stem from our relationships with local youth groups, community organizations, and community-based committees.
- Previous projects: planning and implementing community field days, historical restoration projects, community center visits, and building playgrounds.
- Find community development projects on these Summer Service Adventure programs:
Education extends from classroom support and instruction to infrastructural projects that serve to benefit students and enhance academic institutions.
- Previous projects: working with local teachers to teach English, planning and executing educational activities with local children, and building an additional classroom, a computer laboratory, or a library.
- Find educational community service projects on these Summer Service Adventure programs:
- Costa Rica: Children & Community
- Fiji Islands: Building & Education
- Peru:Sacred Valley Service & Education
- Panama: Children & Island Adventure
- Costa Rica: Language and Leadership
- France: Language and Leadership
- New Zealand and Fiji Islands: South Pacific Expedition
- Spain: Sustainable Communities & Immigration
- Nicaragua: Pre-Med and Public Health
- Panama: Change Makers
- Peru: Hardcore Service Adventure
Partnerships with national parks, grassroots community organizations, local schools, and conservation agencies provide avenues for Global Works participants to protect and conserve the natural environment.
- Previous projects: removal of invasive plant species, responsible trail construction and maintenance, beach revitalization, recycling programs, reforestation projects, watershed protection, and the enhancement of infrastructural installments within national parks and wildlife preserves.
- Find environmental projects on these Summer Service Adventure programs:
Target the improvement of health at the local level through partnerships with communities, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations through projects and initiatives.
- Previous projects: lessons on dental hygiene and nutrition, building of latrines, wash stations, and solar stoves, constructing clean-water facilities in schools and homes.
- Find public health projects on these Summer Service Adventure programs:
WILDLIFE CARE & CONSERVATION
Students work with national parks and local wildlife conservation groups to protect vital habitat and threatened wildlife populations in diverse regions around the globe.
- Previous projects: assisting in wildlife rehabilitation and reintroduction centers, providing hands-on animal care, conducting wildlife research, and participating in the revitalization of vulnerable wildlife habitat.
- Find wildlife care & conservation projects on these Summer Service Adventure programs:
SERVICE LEARNING & REFLECTION
Global Works groups process service learning through reflection meetings. Trained staff leads spirited discussions about projects, accomplishments, challenges, cultural differences, impact on the community, sustainability, etc. You may also use at least one of these meetings to discuss how the work project was set up, Global Works’ philosophy on service projects, what the long term effects of the project will be, why sustainability is important, etc.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CERTIFICATE
As a part of Global Works’ community service trips for teenagers, participants are eligible to receive a community service certificate documenting their work. The total number of service hours on a Global Works program may vary from 10-50 hours, depending on the length of your program, your program location, and variables beyond our control, such as weather. Generally, students earn 10-15 hours per week. After your program ends you will receive a “Community Service Certificate.” This document notes the number of hours you completed and a detailed description of the tasks and projects accomplished. We are also happy to complete any further documentation needed to earn community service hours for a school or civic organization.
THE PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
Global Works is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation created this program to recognize volunteer service contributions: “[the award] honors United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.” Recipients receive the official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama. For the Bronze Level of participation, the minimum eligibility requirements for kids (age 5-14) is 50-74 hours in a 12-month period and young adults (ages 15-25) is 100-174 hours in a 12-month period. For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service award, please visit their website.
BRINGING IT HOME
We encourage continued interest in service work, humanitarian efforts, and environmental preservation throughout the lifetimes of a Global Works participant. Through debriefings and discussion, we map out the way participants can continue this type of work in their future. The trip journal serves as a reminder to the group of the value of their efforts and contributions to the service work they completed!