MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH SERVICE AND LEARNING
Study abroad in Africa while teaching summer school?
Spanish Lessons in Peru while building classrooms?
Class on a beach in Fiji while improving the water drainage system of a village?
With our custom university service learning adventures give your students a lesson that they will never forget. Being immersed in a new culture, building relationships, serving an international community, and discovering so much about themselves will change their world views and their lives forever. We at MAD believe in growing together, and that is exactly what you will be doing on one of our trips. Your students will be just as positively impacted as the villages you will be serving with.
Whether you are taking a class, a major, an organisation, or a club, we can create a trip to reach your educational, personal and professional development goals.
Fresno State Study Abroad
MAD and Fresno State have been working closely together for 5 years and continue to build a strong progressive partnership to open up new learning opportunities to students across many departments.
Each year 3 different faculty-led groups travel globally with MAD and these have included:
Agriculture Business Students undertaking a short-term winter course in Ghana studying the Cocoa Industry
Media Students in Fiji and Tanzania during the winter and summer breaks learning film making and documentary skills
Social Media Students engaging in Service Learning Projects during the winter and summer breaks in Fiji, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa
Nursing and Public Health Students gaining work experience in urban hospitals and delivering outreach projects in rural communities in Fiji
Nebraska Wesleyan University Global Service Learning
This passionate student organisation traveled to Fiji where they worked alongside the village to build a water drainage system. Through nightly processing sessions the team discussed all that they were learning and feeling. The students left after having built lasting friendships and life changing experiences.
Red House Academy's Educational Visit to Ghana
Students and teachers from Red House Academy travelled from Sunderland to Ghana to complete the construction project in the village of Lume Ge. Following 2 weeks of building, the completed 4 classroom block was presented to the community, and the school group enjoyed a weekend exploring the coast's cultural and adventurous sites before heading back to the UK.
Barrow and Ulverston School Groups in Ghana and India
Barrow Sixth Form and Ulverston High School went to Ghana and worked hard on the first phase of a project to refurbish a very old four classroom block in the village of Lume Ge. The old building was in a very bad state. It had no plaster or paint, a rusty and leaking roof, no steps into the classrooms and large holes in the classroom floors. Following completion of this project, two classrooms are used as a Kindergarten, one as a library and the final room as an ITC classroom.
12 computers, a printer, loads of books and other resources were kindly donated to the village of Lume by the Barrow and Ulverston School Group
Following completion of the two week project students from Barrow and Ulverston then went on a week long adventure around Ghana, taking in a safari park in the north, the market in Kumasi, the historic slave castles of the coast and some stunning beaches.
Barrow sixth Form and Ulverston High School also went out with MAD to work on a project in a small village outside the world heritage town of Mamallapuram in the south of India. Madventurer, partnering with an NGO in a small village called Vayallor just outside the world heritage town of Mamallapuram near Chennai.
In this area widows struggle massively with issues of self worth after the death of their husband, the extended family feel like they have shamed and bought bad luck upon the family and are often forced out of their homes with no jobs, no means to make money to eat or feed their children and their lives slowly fold into lives of debt, forced dependency and obligation to family and friends.
We are working with these women on a rehabilitation centre which has a vision to educate and empower these young women, teach them skills through tailoring projects, farming of spices and education for their children for a better life for themselves.
SERVE LEARN EXPLORE
Take your Team on an International Service Project
Contact us to find out more about the support offered to current groups getting ready for their bespoke Volunteering Project.
Kenya School Builds and
Kilimanjaro Machame Trek
Spend 2 weeks on a volunteer project in Kenya's Rift Valley and help build a new kitchen, classroom, toilet or dining room for the kids at a Primary School, and then end your ultimate African experience summiting the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Fiji Community Volunteer Project and Ocean Adventure
Spend 10 days at coastal village homestays whilst helping build a community centre. During your last 4 days you will be whisked off to another island to explore what the rest of the Fijian Islands has to offer, from where you will spend a day on a catamaran doing snorkelling and your other days challenging yourself with zip-lining and surfing with lessons included if you are a novice.
Fiji Yoga Volunteer Project
and Island Retreat
Enjoy daily Yoga for a week at an awesome Yoga Retreat overlooking Savusavu Bay and pick from a number of day trips that include paddle boarding, exploring waterfalls and island trekking. Then volunteer in your second week at coastal village homestays whilst help to deliver basic Yoga Lessons to kids of all ages during their school holidays, led by an experienced Yoga Instructor throughout.
Peru Village Water Project
Volunteer for 2 weeks in a rural community near to Huaraz in the Andes.
and Machu Picchu Trek
Volunteer for 2 weeks in a rural community near to Huaraz in the Andes and then make your way to Cusco to end your trip trekking the the world heritage site of Machu Picchu
Ghana Volunteer Project
£1250 / £1650
Help on a 2 week community project in a stunning coastal village near Ada by volunteering your time helping build classrooms and coaching sports. For your third week you will hit the road and experience the immense culture of Ghana and visit castles, waterfalls, hip beach resorts and finish off with a taste of the nightlife that Accra is famous for.
and Cultural Adventure
Tanzanian School Build
Spend 2 weeks on a volunteer project in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and help build a new kitchen, classroom, toilet or dining room for the kids at a Primary School.
Thailand Volunteer Project
Help on a 2 week community project.....
and Hill Tribe Trekking Adventure
MAD TREKKING CHALLeNGES
Join one of our Groups
Our Original MAD Charity Challenge to help raise funds for the MAD (Make A Difference) Foundation's Development Projects.
Machu Picchu Trek
Trekking to the the world heritage site of Machu Picchu
JOIN US IN FIJI
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Each Challenge compromises an epic week engaging on a community development project plus a ‘bucket list’ adventure, that rate from passive through to extreme, that will have your body also feeling exhilarated.
Tanzanian School Build and
KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE
5 days up, 2 days down, 15883m high
MAD PERU CHALLENGE
THE ULTIMATE ANDES ADVENTURE
THAILAND MAD CHALLENGE
COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT AND HILL TRIBE TREK
MAD Community Build in Fiji
and Yoga Beach Adventure
HELP A COMMUNITY
GHANA SCHOOL BUILD AND ACRO YOGA CHALLENGE
HELP KIDS AND BEACH ADVENTURE
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