What we do for ourselves dies with us,
what we do for others is and will remain immortal.
Like all educational institutions and their staff, we are also committed to the personal development of young people. We want to help broaden their view of the world and take control of their own future. We want to make young people aware of other socially relevant themes that take place outside their own environment. The young people not only get to know a new culture, but they also learn to work in groups and experience personally how enriching it is to give others a better future.
Young people learn enormously from it on a personal level, in terms of independence, their language skills improve, they learn to live and work in an international and intercultural environment, it broadens their view of the world, it puts their education in an international light, it is a preparation for a possible international career, ... An international experience during the training is without doubt an extra asset when you start applying for a job.
With years of experience in development cooperation, we believe that we are also an interesting partner for schools when developing a school project. A school project is a fully-fledged alternative to the classic (end-of-year) trip or can be integrated into it, combined and supplemented with local cultural excursions.
We believe that a school project adds value to multiple subjects and objectives of the curriculum.
Participate in a group project with Volunteer Abroad Alliance is sustainable travelling with a strong commitment. Get to know the culture and everyday reality of the country, not as a tourist, but as a guest.
The local population benefits most from small-scale tourism.
A group project is a unique combination of vacation, group travel and volunteer work. It may not be a tourist holiday, but we do make time for relaxation. With our local team you can explore historical sites, striking areas or take a rest day. Our local team members know the area like the back of their hand and will take you to places off the beaten track.
De members of our alliance who welcome groups have already collaborated with many other groups. We are active in different areasranging from building schools to healthcare and agriculture. Our group programs are always successful because we adapt the program to the individual needs of the group.
There is a difference in group size, period, duration, but also group wishes and your destination. That is why there will always be a new calculation of costs for every interested group. The invoice and costs are drawn up from arrival at the destination until departure.
We plan and provide programs that allow groups to make positive contributions to community projects, encourage intercultural learning, and expand the personal perspective. By approaching each group individually, we can work with you on a group project that suits youannand fits your budget.
You have the flexibility to leave all year round and this with a group size determined by you. We leave it up to you where, when and for how long you carry out a group project. We don't exclude anyone and want to give every organization the opportunity to get to know a different culture.
You come to places where you (partly) live under primitive conditions and a different climate. Your project work is tailored to your physical capabilities. It is not a very arduous journey, but you have to keep in mind that it is not a typical tourist journey. All we ask is that the participants have a good basic fitness and mental health.
As a school, you decide how the group is composed: an entire class, a certain specialization or a selection of students from a certain year, etc. Each school provides at least 1 supervising teacher/adult supervisor per 10 students.
Your group collects money for your own project and will carry it out on site. You determine your budget in advance and based on this amount, we look together with the local population where there is a need at that moment, because they know this better than we do. We do not set a minimum on the amount to be collected.
The program of a project trip is therefore much more concrete & flexible than an immersion trip because you provide the funds yourself to carry out your own project.
The project is not necessarily “building”, for example a group of nurses can work in a first aid post.