Adventure + Service

 

Community Service Projects with Bold Earth

Community Service is an essential part of all Bold Earth trips. Interesting, meaningful, authentic and fun community service is a Bold Earth core value. Campers and families value community service and the opportunity to make a positive impact in the communities and environments we visit.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
-- Anne Frank

All Bold Earth programs combine exploration, fun and community service. Projects are dedicated to improving the communities we visit. Whether we are teaching English at a local school, building a community playground, learning about native customs or participating in environmental conservation work, Bold Earth campers make a difference! Our goal is to enrich the lives of our campers by meeting the needs of local communities and the places we visit.

YES, all participants receive a certificate from Bold Earth recognizing their community service work upon completion of their program. Hours stated are minimums. Groups with initiative will have the opportunity to give back on a daily basis. Below are descriptions of the community service projects for each Bold Earth program.

SERVICE + ADVENTURE The most community service: 40+ hours

Ecuador Galapagos

Service Organization:

a. Ninos de la Calle

b. Rio Muchacho Eco-Farm

Service Credits:

40 hours

a. In Quito, we volunteer with an organization called, "Ninos de la Calle" (Children of the Street). We spend the day teaching English, playing soccer, cooking food and picking up trash. While providing a day's work in the community, campers also learn about a wide range of social problems facing these under-privileged youth (3-5 hours).

b. Located on Ecuador's Pacfic Coast, Rio Muchacho Eco-Farm is surrounded by lush tropical palm forest. Inhabited by the Montubio people, the community maintains a sustainable, zero-waste organic farm which has become a model for sustainable agriculture in the area. Using practices such as reforestation, permaculture and pesticide-free farming the farm not only supplies food for the village but serves as a model for the local area. The farming community also coordinates a local primary school where sustainable agricultural education is at the forefront of the curriculum. The school has become a center for the community, and serves as a site for meetings, courses and social gatherings.We spend four days volunteering in the community. We worked alongside the villagers planting trees, harvesting crops, maintaining vegetable gardens, refurbishing buildings and homes, building a playground, and assisting in the primary school teaching English and facilitating a cross-cultural exchange through games and activities. Volunteering at the farm, the school and with community development projects gave us the opportunity to learn, share and contribute to the unique culture of rural Ecuador.

community service overnight camp

Peru Machu Picchu

Service Organization:

a. Amazon Conservation Project

b. Cuzco Kids

c. Lake Titicaca 

Service Credits:

40 hourscommunity service overnight camp

a. Amazon Conservation Project: Spend five days volunteering at a center for the rehabilitation and conservation of wild animals. Work alongside staff to feed and take care of animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Other activities may include assisting with maintenance of an interpretive trail, construction of animal enclosures and interaction with the local community. Amazon Shelter is a group of professionals and volunteers devoted to promote the protection and welfare of wild animals, free or captive, and the conservation of their natural environment. We will spend 5 days volunteering with Amazon Shelter’s Center for Rehabilitation and Conservation of Wild Animals which acts as a rescue, educational and research center devoted to the protection of wildlife and the environment. Their mission is to conserve and protect Peruvian Amazon wildlife by working on the rehabilitation of wild animals that arrive at the Center, with an emphasis on species threatened by the destruction of their habitat and illegal trade. Amazon Shelter also interacts with local communities and visitors in general, promoting the conservation of the rainforest and the sustainable management of natural resources. During our stay we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers and local wildlife such as tapir, monkey, etc. abound.

b. In Cuzco, we work with a children's organization to develop solutions to a wide range of social problems facing these under privileged children.

c. We travel across the vast and magical Lake Titicaca to the shores of Amantani Island with specially constructed chimneys from the mainland. After meeting with the local villagers, we spend a day working side-by-side with our host families installing the chimneys into the mud walls of their kitchens (6-8 hours). By properly ventilating their living structures, the project helps prevent respiratory disorders and allows the local people much healthier living conditions while saving fuel and reducing pollution.

 

Costa Rica Service 14

Service Organization:

a. Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

b. Life Monteverde

Service Credits:

40 hours

a. Volunteering in the small fishing villages of Potrero and Brasilito we spend the days working at a public health clinic or local primary school. Campers not only help repaint the buildings but also spend time assisting nurses and teachers. In La Carpio, we help lay the foundation for a small community center and will be assisted by local carpenters. The project will involve construction work, laying cement floors and foundation of the house and installing basic plumbing. In addition, we help to improve a public park in the area, planting flowers and other plants as well as some landscaping to beautify the neighborhood.

b. With Life Monteverde and the Santa Elena National Park, we plant trees, remove invasive species and work with naturalists. This community service project also helps protect Costa Rica’s natural beauty while also giving us the chance to see amazing jungle wildlife. Also, we visit a sustainable coffee farm to learn about sustainable farming practices and sample delicious organic coffee. For more information visit: LIfe Monteverde

community service overnight camp

Fiji Dive service

Service Organization:

a. Nabua Village

b. Lavena Village

Service Credits:

40 hourscommunity service overnight camp

Campers will contribute forty hours on a variety of community development projects selected by the village at Nabua Village Tabiang, Rabi Island, Kioa Island, Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island, Lavena Village, Taveuni Island. The projects include:

  • Farming projects: assist with assessing lands suitable for commercial level farm projects. Clean up brush to prepare land and plant seeds.
  • Clean, repair, renovate the village rugby training center.
  • Build a playground at the village school.
  • Beach, coast and reef cleanup. With presentation to the school about how trash can impact the environment, fish stocks, farm production, water quality.
  • Painting a school and village mural, Lavena Village
  • Computer/Internet education at Rabi High School (kids can make penpal/Facebook friends with other high school students).
  • Building a playground, Kioa Village.
  • Assess the village and surrounding area for tourism potential. Including hiking to waterfalls and making trails; identify river kayak excursion and design a day trip itinerary; identify snorkel/scuba sites, beach locations for picnic.
CULTURE ADVENTURES Culture + Adventure in a more exotic location

Epic Africa

Service Organization:

a. Zululand

b. Swaziland Village

c. Kruger National Park

Service Credits:

40 hoursAfrica community service overnight camp

a. Our first community project is situated in the heart of Zululand where we will spend 2 days working in a local village. Upon arrival we will attend a local church service, translated into English by a local guide. After the service we will assist in serving juice to the community while interacting with the local people on a personal level. We then head to the community center where we will work side-by-side with local villagers on various projects, including painting, fencing, planting trees and general maintenance. In between our hard work, we will have the opportunity to play with the local children as they will be very curious about our endeavors. Our first service project experience culminates with a cultural evening of Zulu dances and songs and a traditional meal prepared by the women in the village.

b. Our third day of service takes place in northern Swaziland. Here we will take a walk through the village where we will assist in many projects that the community needs. The projects may involve fencing an area in which to release small wildlife, refurbishing a nearby school, planting vegetables on the school property and much more. During our stay in Swaziland we will also participate in a cultural exchange as the kids from the local village will teach us some Swazi dances and songs. This will be a great opportunity to interact with the local people of Swaziland.

c. Our final day of community service work takes place in South Africa's Greater Kruger Area. We will design, run and oversee safe and fun activities for the local orphanage. We will also be responsible for making and distributing lunch and a party pack for each child. During this time we will have the opportunity to donate anything we brought from home! After a fun-filled morning in the community we participate in conservation work in world-renowned Kruger National Park. We will have the opportunity to learn from another African culture, the Shangaans, and enjoy a local meal under the starry African sky. 

Thailand's best

Service Organization:

- Mae Hong Son Village

Service Credits:

8 hours

North of Chiang Mai lie the lush limestone mountains and our base camp in the Mae Hong Son region. This pristine region is filled with caves that contain rivers, waterfalls and an abundance of greenery. Our hill tribe trek will take us into the remote countryside where we stay in hill tribe villages. We will bring along paper, pencils and school books and materials and spend two half-days working withlocal children teaching them English.

community service overnight camp

China's Best

Service Organization:

- Hutong Charity, Beijing

Service Credits:

8 hours

Campers volunteer at a Bold Earth supported charity for Chinese school kids with learning disabilities. Located in a Beijing 'Hutong' neighborhood, the project gives campers a valued glimpse into the social network of China. We spend the day working with underprivileged youth to gain knowledge and experience of the local children's living conditions (8 hours).

community service overnight camp

Australia's Best

Service Organization:

- Kuranda Envirocare

Service Credits:

6 hours

Toting our shovels and gloves, we give back to the community by planting native trees. Run by a Cairns non-profit group, the tree planting helps to revitalize areas that have been damaged by agriculture or development. By digging, planting, and watering, we get to meet local Australians, help the environment, and contribute to the community.community service overnight camp

 

Language & Adventure PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Costa Rica Classic 21

Service Organization:

a. Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

b. Asociacion Ostional

Service Credits:

20 hours

a. We live with host families for four days while working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (15-18 hours). Our project is to assist a low income neighborhood by building a children's park. We create a playground, plant trees, paint murals and spend time with the local children. For more information on the C.R.H.F. check out: Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

b. With the Asociacion Ostional, we spend two evenings working at a wildlife refuge to protect nesting sea turtles (6-7 hours). We volunteer by patrolling beaches, looking for nesting sea turtles and translocating nests to protective hatcheries. We also volunteer in the hatchery monitoring success rates and releasing baby turtles into the ocean. For more information visit: Ostional Wildlife Refuge

community service overnight camp

Costa Rica Spanish 14

Service Organization:

a. Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

b. Finca Ecologica

Service Credits:

8 hours

a. We spend the day working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (6-8 hours). We share and learn from cultural differences as we help construct and beautify a day care center with Costa Rican "tico" families, and spend time with the local children.

b. The mystical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is the site of our project with Finca Ecologica. After learning about forest systems and the role the Reserve plays in global ecological awareness, we plant trees to enhance wildlife habitats and the natural experience for future generations (3-5 hours).

community service overnight camp

Costa Rica Active 14

Service Organization:

- Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

Service Credits:

15 hours

We spend the day working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, sharing and learning from cultural differences as we help construct and beautify a playground near the town of Heredia. We also give back to the community by participating in various service projects around the area.

community service overnight camp

Spain Adventure

Service Organization:

- Noguera National Park

Service Credits:

4 hours

The rivers of Europe are magnificent with secluded, wild stretches. We give back to our white water rafting environment by participating in conservation efforts along the river. Projects include maintaining hiking trails and restoring sections of the Noguera Pallaresa river sides.

community service overnight camp

USA Programs Project Description

Colorado Challenge

Service Organization:

- Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

Service Credits:

6 hours

The site of our second group backpack, Colorado's Mountain of the Holy Cross, is the perfect place to give back to the areas in which we travel. Already we will have learned new wilderness and leadership skills and it is time to put them to work.

In conjunction with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), we spend a full day working as a trail crew on the mountain. CFI provides the tools and guidance to our group as we volunteer for a project that could not be done without the aid of people who want to make a difference in protecting Colorado's wilderness heritage.Work includes maintaining the standard hiking routes, repairing structures that have deteriorated, and restoring new impacts as they develop. While camping on the mountain, we will wake up in the shadow of this iconic peak which we summit together! To learn more go to: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

community service overnight camp

Ultimate Alaska

Service Organization:

a. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

b. Mountain View Boys and Girls Club

Service Credits:

8 hourscommunity service overnight camp

a.The site of our first group backpack, the majestic Chugach State Park, is the perfect place to give back to the areas in which we travel. Our day of service invovles partnering with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We put in a hard day's work with the goal of helping ecological and conservation efforts with the AWCC. Projects vary depending on the current needs of the Center, but may include gardening, feeding animals, trail restoration or anything else they might ask. To learn more about the center visit: The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

b. We also "give back" to Alaska by volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club in Anchorage. The Club allows youth to have a safe place to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals and to participate in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Boys & Girls Clubhouses are open before and after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive activities. As volunteers, we provide key supplementary support in the areas of club maintenance, administrative support and active participation with club members. Visit the Club at: Mountain View Boys and Girls Club

Ultimate Hawaii

Service Organization:

a. Waipio Cultural Exchange

b. Volcanoes National Park

c. Kohala Center Marine Biology

Service Credits:

20+ hourscommunity service overnight camp

a. We work and stay with a local family in the legendary Waipio Valley, famous for its mystical beauty and the traditional lifestyle. During this cultural exchange, we gather ingredients, such as coconuts and Ti leaves, for our traditional Hawaiian feast of lau lau. We also plant coconut trees as a gesture of good will for future generations to enjoy. (4 hours)

b. Our second project takes us to the unique and incomparable Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The past and present lava flows throughout the park creating a moonscape where the life cycle is forced to repeat itself time and again. We help the park regain its natural state by participating in environmental conservation projects such as collecting seeds, removing invasive species and planting indigenous trees (4 hours). To learn more about the park go to: Volcanoes National Park

c. Beautiful Kahalu'u bay is our home for two days of experiential learning, marine biology, snorkeling, and community service. Kahalu'u is famous for spectacular coral reefs and exotic marine life, including an abundant sea turtle population. Working closely with experienced marine biologists, we spend our days in the water, collecting ocean data, snorkeling, and learning hands-on about reef ecology. By the end of our training, we are certified to educate visitors about human impacts on marine environments across the globe (12 hours).

Bold West

Service Organization:

a. Marin County Parks

b. Sequoia National Forest

Service Credits:

6 hours

a. We will be working with the Marin County Parks on an ecological restoration project. Campers will help remove invasive species that has taken over Hidden Lake Vernal pool.  Vernal pools are rare and uplands vernal pools like Hidden Lake are extremely rare.  Our goal is to aid in restoration efforts of the areas diverse ecosystems. As invasive species grow in the area, native plant populations dwindle. With a tremendous help from volunteers, Marin County Parks are turning the tide and increasing the range of native plants.  To learn more about the projects visit: Marin County Parks

b. We work to maintain trails in the Sequoia National Forest in cooperation with the Hume Lake Ranger District. Our goal is to help provide access to the natural world and provide a beautiful hiking experience in this stunning Sierra setting. We learn how to maintain a sustainable trail system and also assist in removing exotic plant species to promote the health of the native plants. For more information visit: Sequoia National Forest

community service overnight camp

Grand Canyon-15

Service Organization:

- Grand Canyon Trust

Service Credits:

20 hourscommunity service grand canyon

For just over 2 days, Bold Earth campers will be able to experience Grand Canyon in a way not many others do. Working in partnership with the Grand Canyon Trust, Bold Earth will work along the North Rim of Grand Canyon on various ecological restoration projects. The Grand Canyon Trust is dedicated to preserving the ecological, social and historical integrity of the incredible American Southwest. Our projects will vary, but they might incluide building a fences to keep wildlife out of fragile wetlands, trail maintenance and other restoration projects as designated by the Trust. For more information about the Grand Canyon Trust visit: Grand Canyon Trust

Kayak Climb Colorado

Service Organization:

- Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

Service Credits:

5 hours

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) is a partnership among nonprofit organizations, individual volunteers and public agencies to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado's Fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 ft.) and the quality of the recreational opportunities they provide. As members of CFI's "Adopt-a-Peak" program, we put in two days of conservation work on one of these mammoth peaks. Work includes maintaining the standard hiking routes, repairing structures that have deteriorated, and restoring new impacts as they develop. We will also be camping on the mountain, with a dramatic culmination on the third day when we summit our peak as a group! To learn more go to: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

community service overnight camp

California Dreamin

Service Organization:

a. Watsonville Wetlands Watch

b. WOLF Field School

Service Credits:

15 hourscommunity service overnight camp

a. Campers learn about wetland conservation on our first service project with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, helping to clean up and restore the freshwater marshlands crucial to the ecosystems of the California coast. Over the decades, California has lost over 90 percent of its wetlands to development, and the Watsonville Sloughs provide an essential resting place for migrating birds and rare, threatened wildlife. By helping to clean up the wetlands and restore habitat, we are helping to protect and conserve this crucial ecosystem.

b. Waking up amongst giant redwood trees and pristine wildlife, we get the opportunity to give back by participating in a building and conservation project in Big Basin National Forest, helping to build new park benches, paint cabins, and to improve access to this incredible wilderness area. Big Basin is California's oldest state park, as well as home to California's biggest Redwood tree's in the world!

 

USA Younger Project Description

Colorado Discovery

Service Organization:

- Crested Butte Mountain Guides

Service Credits:

6 hours

After Spending an epic day of mountain biking outside of Crested Butte, we are provided the opportunity to give back to this amazing place by helping to improve biking and hiking trails, and reduce invasive species growth along the trails. Crested Butte Mountain guides is a respected guiding service which will teach us about the ecology of the beautiful mountain ranges we are visiting, while teaching us new skills. We help restore trails and give back to the community. For more information visit: Crested Butte Mountain Guides

community service overnight camp

Wild Coast Discovery

Service Organization:

- Washington State Parks

Service Credits:

6 hours

We camp and volunteer for a day in Moran State Park on Orcas Island in Washington state. With five freshwater lakes and more than 30 miles of hiking trails, the park needs our help protecting fragile plant and wildlife habitats and restoring impacted areas. Rangers will provide the knowledge and tools we need to help preserve wilderness characteristics on the island. Past projects have included the construction of foot bridges throughout the park and invasive species removal. To learn more about the park visit: Moran State Park

community service overnight camp

Europe Europe trips include the lowest number of service hours

Ultimate Alps

Service Organization:

- Community Farm, Swiss Alps

Service Credits:

4 hours

Located high in the Swiss Alps, our trip spends an afternoon giving back to the community and learning about Swiss culture. Alongside locals, Ultimate Alps helps to plant crops, pull weeds and get our hands dirty. This fun and very active project is one of the highlights of Bold Earth's Ultimate Alps trip. 

community service overnight camp

Bike Amsterdam-Paris

Service Organization:

- Bruges, Belgium

Service Credits:

6 hours

 

Our ride along the Belgium coast will include a stop to give back to the natural North Sea dune environment. Conservation tasks include trash removal, maintaining hiking trails and restoring sections of natives plants and grasses. Working alongside locals, Bold Earth's active project is organized by a local conservation organization and allows campers to learn more about the ecosystem and about Belgian culture!

community service overnight camp

Bold Europe

Service Organization:

- Roc Roi, Spain

Service Credits:

6 hours

The rivers of Europe are magnificent with secluded, wild stretches. We give back to our white water rafting environment by participating in conservation efforts along the river. Projects include maintaining hiking trails and restoring sections of the Noguera Pallaresa river sides.

community service overnight camp

Ciao Italy

Service Organization:

- Island Coast Restoration

Service Credits:

10 hours

Our opportunities to give back are along the coast, including trash removal, maintaining hiking trails and restoring sections of natives plants and grasses.

community service overnight camp

Greek Odyssey

Service Organization:

- Peloponesse Conservancy

Service Credits:

10 hours

community service overnight camp

Our adventures on the Greek Island coast will include conservation work by land and sea. In Peloponnese our group will lend a hand constructing stairs and foot bridges along local hiking trails near our camp. In addition, following our last set of dive exercises, we give back to the marine environment and future divers by picking up trash from the sea floor.