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 28 - March 8
Approximate Cost:  $2,500

You will be able to volunteer in various indigenous communities, experience the Amazon, and visit the Andean Highlands.  In the Andes, students will have the opportunity to work closely with a locally-run indigenous school, engaging in projects that benefit the community.  Working with local conservation organizations, students will aid in the preservation efforts in primary growth Amazonian Forest, while working closely with native people.  Other activities will include:  hiking, visiting a Shaman, trips to volcanic hot springs...all while viewing some of the most stunning scenery in the world.  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 Susan Morgan at smorgan@nmu.edu.

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

Explore the beautiful city of Madrid.  While in Madrid students will volunteer in an after-school youth program.  Some volunteer opportunities include building theatre sets, teaching English, and coordinating games and activities.  The second week we will travel to the Basque country where we will do homestays in Bermeo and volunteer with an alternative school.  Contact Rachel Harris for more information.


2016 Program*

Thailand - Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017

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

On this service trip to Ireland, you will volunteer in Dublin and the small remote village of Glencolmcille. While staying with Irish families in Dublin, you will learn about their rich Irish culture.  You will also visit the Titanic exhibit, tour Belfast, and explore the walled city of Derry.  You will also get to explore famous sites like Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, and County Wicklow (the "Garden of Ireland")!  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.