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Click here for our featured 2014 and 2015 volunteer trips

Build homes for families in need this November

Join team leader, Tanja Kisslinger, from November 8th – 22nd as you and your fellow volunteers build tin or cinder block homes for families in the agricultural town of San Miguel Dueñas. Although Dueñas is located just 15 kilometres from the tourist city of Antigua, its residents have a substantially lower standard of living with many homes in a state of disrepair. Our Guatemalan host partner, the Open Windows Foundation, chooses families of greatest needs to have their homes rebuild by our volunteers.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with children and youth at the Open Windows Learning Centre and visit various cultural attractions in the surrounding area. This trip is a great options for volunteers who want to complete an entire project during their stay. Please visit our Guatemala webpage for more information.

Become a 2015 DWC team leader & travel for free!

Do you have strong leadership skills and previous travel experience? If so, you can apply to become a DWC team leader! Our team leaders embody the spirit of service and our commitment to create positive and sustainable change in the world. If selected, you will help recruit volunteers for your team, work with our office to plan details of the trip, and then lead your group in-country during the duration of the volunteer project. In exchange, all your program and flight costs will be paid for. Plus, this is a great opportunity to build your skill set, meet new people, and contribute to international development in a greater way.

We are looking for both Under 30 and Short Term team leaders for our 2015 trips. Application deadline is August 31st, 2014. Please visit our Become a Team Leader webpage for details on how to apply.

We're now booking for 2015 high school teams

Developing World Connections specializes in organizing custom volunteer trips for high school students. These volunteer experiences provide an excellent opportunity for students to travel and learn about international development programs while directly helping those in need in the developing world. DWC will find an appropriate project for your team of high school students, assign an experienced Team Leader, and arrange all the logistics for the trip. Most of these trips take place over spring break; however, we can accommodate trips during almost any time of the year. Popular destinations for high school students include Guatemala, Peru, Cambodia, and Kenya.

Students from Sahali Secondary school were interviewed by a local TV station shortly after coming home from their volunteer trip to Guatemala. Watch this video to see the impact this trip had on students after they spent 10 days building homes in the town of San Miguel Dueñas.

Project Spotlight: Temple of Faith Primary School

Developing World Connections is partnered with the We Yone Child Foundation in Sierra Leone. WYCF's mission is to provide sustainable, high-quality education and care to over 300 underprivileged children in Kroo Bay and George Brook, two slum communities in Central Freetown. This April, DWC volunteers started work on rebuilding the Temple of Faith Primary School in the hillside community of George Brook. The former one room school building was made from rusted tin with no windows and was falling into the hillside due to a lack of a proper retaining wall. With extra funds from additional donors, a retaining wall has been constructed and a temporary school structure put in place. Once this project is completed, 150 children will have six spacious, well-lit, and safe classrooms to learn in. Read more about this project by visiting our Sierra Leone blog.

We are fundraising to send money to the We Yone Child Foundation so they can complete the support pillars and roof this November. If you wish to support this project, please visit our CanadaHelps donation page.

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Volunteer and work alongside local people and experience making a real and lasting difference.  Help build hope and bring a sustainable future to those in the greatest need.

Work on a community development project selected by the host community. What are you waiting for? Meet people. Have fun. Challenge yourself.  Experience the difference you make.

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