Volunteer Abroad v​ia NMU

Spend spring break, winter break, or May participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities while exploring a new country and culture for 8-17 days. This is your chance to travel and assist others!

In order to participate, students must be enrolled in Superior Edge. The programs do not provide academic credit--rather, they offer motivated students a chance to spend the holidays having fun and helping others.  Volunteer Abroad Program Application

2014 Programs*

 

India - Winter Break 2014-15
Tentative Dates:  Dec. 20, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015
Approximate Cost:  $3,900

Celebrate the New Year with service learning in Goa, India! Goa is located halfway down India’s western coast and is known for its sandy beaches, coconut groves, and dense forests. We work with IDEX, an international service learning organization, on projects that support local villages. Volunteer teaching in schools, working in day care centers, providing education in orphanages, to local women’s groups and adolescent girls. Enjoy sightseeing in Mumbai, visiting the beautiful beaches of Goa and a guided tour a Hampi with the opportunity to observe the training of elephants. Interest meetings will be held on:  Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon; and Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.  All of the interest meetings will be held in The Back Room, University Center.  For more info, contact Bethney Bergh at bbergh@nmu.edu or Gary Stark at gstark@nmu.edu.





2015 Programs*

 

Ecuador - Spring Break 2015
Tentative Dates:  February 27 - March 7
Approximate Cost:  $2,500
-$2,800

We fly into the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito and then travel to Cuenca where our service work is centered. You will volunteer in various youth development settings such as English learning classrooms, a daycare for street kids, or youth skill development center. You will be paired up to live with local host families, providing a great glimpse into the rich cultural life of everyday Ecuador. You’ll also get a chance to explore the beauty of the Andean countryside, with excursions to Cajas National Park and the Incan ruins at Ingapirca.  The program concludes with a day in Quito, exploring the old city and Mitad del Mundo displays at the equator - take your picture on the earth’s geographical “waistline!”  Interest meetings will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m; Thursday, Sept. 18 at noon; and Monday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m..  All of the interest meetings will be held in The Back Room, University Center.  For more info, contact Susan Morgan at smorgan@nmu.edu.



Ghana - May 2015
Tentative Dates:  May 4-21, 2015
Approximate Cost:  $3,900

Volunteer next summer in Ghana - the newest addition to the very successful roster of Superior Edge Volunteer Service programs.   You’ll be hosted in the Aya Centre, directed by Dr. Michael Williams and staff, and serve on volunteer projects in local schools and social service agencies.  You’ll also discover the country’s rich food tradition and negotiate the amazing hustle of the traditional marketplace (practice your bargaining skills!)  One weekend is spent at the historic Elmina Slave Castle, where you’ll see firsthand the door that led an entire people from their native country across the ocean to the plantations of the Americas.  You’ll also visit a traditional Ashante village and see some typical sub-Saharan wildlife.  Contact Rachel Harris for more information.



 

2016 Program*

 
Thailand - Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016

Take a tour of Bangkok and then head to Chiang Rai to work on the construction of a new community center for four days.  After all of your hard work, you will get to spend time at an extreme adventures camp in Chiang Mai.  After having a day of fun, you will begin learning how to train and care for elephants (how cool is that!) at the Maewang Elephant Camp for two days.  Spend a day on a bamboo raft as you head back to Chiang Mai.  To finish up the trip, you will get to spend a couple days on the beach.  Rachel Harris (raharris@nmu.edu) will lead this trip.  To check out photos from the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 trip, click here.

Belize - Spring Break

Travel to St. Ignacio, CAYO district, a small market town known for its incredible beauty.  Volunteer at the local youth center where you will tutor, mentor, teach health education, and explore the arts.  Learn about the local culture, tour the Mayan Ruins, and go on a cave tour.  End the week with a visit to the beach. 

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Contact Eric Johnson (ericjohn@nmu.edu) or Kristi Evans (kevans@nmu.edu) for more information about this trip.

Ireland - May 2016

While staying with Irish families in Dublin, you will get to learn about their rich Irish culture as well as volunteer in a Montessori, a senior center, or with troubled youth.  You will spend a day in County Wicklow (the "Garden of Ireland").  You will then head north to visit the Titanic exhibit, tour Belfast, and explore the walled city of Derry.  On your way to the small remote village of Glencolmcille, you will get to explore famous sites like Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, and Dunluce Castle.  While in Glencolmcille, you will volunteer at the Glen Folk Village.  Contact Cara Kamps for more info.

*Proposed programs are tentative and subject to change. Email the trip contact or Susan Morgan for the most updated information.