|02-19-2012, 04:41 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2011
9 Summer Teen Service Program Destinations
Regardless of how the unsteady economy in Europe, the turmoil in the U.S. economy and the problems in the job market, "first world" countries still have a much higher quality of life than anywhere else in the world. Access to running water, food, shelter and medical help in second and third world countries, while improved somewhat over the last few decades, can still be a challenge for many people. With help from churches and service groups, the lives of these people are still improving and teens and adults who support and volunteer for summer teen service programs have a huge impact.
Many second and third world countries have been affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes and those affected need all or any help they can get. This means there are a lot of possible destinations that those looking to do something in the teen service line can go to and have the knowledge that their summer off from school can make a real difference in the lives of others.
Choices that are not only going to be beneficial to the locals but an opportunity for the volunteers also are:
2. Costa Rica
8. Puerto Rico
Unfortunately, weather and conditions have created poor and disadvantaged areas in these countries where help is needed. With the help of teen service groups, help can be had with rebuilding homes and churches and being part of medical groups who give health care, medicines and training. Because of these disasters, some in these countries devastated by these natural disasters are living in temporary shelters, tents or with neighbors and relatives and needs for even the most basic services like clean water, food and clothing is extreme. Being able to help these people to rebuild is definitely a great thing to do with a summer vacation.
The other benefit to going to these countries to help is the fact that these are beautiful and exotic places to go on vacation. The islands are tropical locations, and all of them have lots of natural beauty and history to explore. Summer teen service programs give you the opportunity to possibly be in the country for several weeks which means you'll experience hard work, but you'll also get to enjoy the scenery and the local culture. This becomes the trip of a lifetime in more ways than one.
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