Volunteering Update from the Maya Universe Academy
We found the Maya School project on GivingWay, a website that connects volunteers and projects without charging any placement fee. This is a rare find and we have been personally in touch with their Israel based community manager. GivingWay does a great job and anyone wanting to volunteer anywhere in the world should have a closer look at their website!
But now more about our actual volunteer project:
When we first read up on the Maya School it said on their website: “It never gets boring here!” This is the best way to sum it all up for there is always something going on. Wether it just be the daily morning circle interrupted by kitten Momo playing around, having to push start the school bus or performing goat castrations. Being the only two volunteers for agriculture AND construction at the moment, this means we help with a bit of everything.
We already mentioned a few of the things we’ve worked on so far in our last blog but here is a summary:
– Dig a 2 m deep hole for a septic tank
– Paint window frames and book shelves
– Build trellises and a shade house for cucumbers, grapes and other creeping food plants
– Put rain gutters on the roof of the goat house
– Clean out the goats’ night quarters
– Push start the school bus
– Carrying about 20 sacks of rice weighing about 30-40 kg each on our backs (Te Araroa luckily made us stronger)
– Build a set of stairs out of stones and lay gravel paths
– Help castrating goats (not nice…)
Not to mention the 50 odd children living in a hostel on the school grounds who are always out and about, asking for cuddles and attention. Entertaining them is very simple – even without a truck load of toys. They are the happiest creatures under the sun if you just throw them in the air, tickle them or simply give them some love. And how could this ever get boring?
If you’d like to consider volunteering at the Maya Universe Academy, please check them out here.
Written by Alyssa Abel, an experiential education writer who talks about study abroad, student opportunities and life experiences. Follow her work on her blog, Syllabusy. The current pandemic might have you even more motivated to volunteer, but stuck inside, you’re probably concerned you won’t be able to keep making a difference. Luckily, there’s an online […]
Written by Ashley Halsey, a professional writer. She is a mother of two and enjoys traveling and reading in her spare time when she is not attending business training courses. You can find her featured at Dissertation Writing Services UK. Looking to help change the world? Donating to charities is incredibly impactful and something […]
While we are all staying safe at home watching these heartwarming videos of dolphins in the Venice canals, a darker story is unraveling in Costa Rica. Several species of sea turtles come to Costa Rican beaches to hatch and nest every year. Local conservation organizations, such as Latin America Sea Turtles (LAST), work tirelessly to […]
Written by Molly Crockett, a marketing and business expert for Ukwritings. She gives managers tips on how to better optimize their business practices. She’s also a writing teacher at Academized, where she teaches young people how to develop their writing and research skills As we feel the strain and uncertainty from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there’s […]