Why to pay for your volunteer abroad experience

Why to pay for your volunteer abroad experience

‘Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’

You are planning to volunteer and wonder why most of the programs are charging program fees? Are you thinking that you are working for free, why to pay?

Well let us tell you that paying to volunteer abroad enables the project to make the most out of your volunteer experience as the program fees will cover all costs that will arise with your arrival.

Whether you’ll stay two days or twenty weeks at the project site – you do cost money. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are a first time volunteer or an experienced one already. You’ll definitely need special training and advising, which here at INLEXCA we gear to the prevailing tasks and project  you will be a part of. To guarantee a successful  and positive experience we do a whole day of induction and assist you in any matters that arise during your stay.

Many of the costs are incurred even before you leave your home country, like administrative tasks, volunteer recruitment, arranging and designing all of our programs, infrastructure, maintaining our website, making promotional material, establishing new partnerships with other organizations, etc…

Once you have chosen a volunteer placement your fees go into paying our kind staff, Spanish Classes (if you are taking) and:

A volunteer and a little girl sitting on the floor in a child care project in Guatemala
A female volunteer sitting with a little girl in a child care project in Nicaragua.
  • Welcome at the airport and private transport to your host family
    • Transport to language school and volunteer project site
    • 24 hour on call support from in country staff and emergency assistance.
    • Program and project orientation.
    • Walking tour of local community
    • Private room accommodation (shared bathroom) with a host family
    • Breakfast and dinner, 7 days/week
    • Volunteering placement
    • Letter of recommendation

Of course there are additional costs that you would never notice like legal fees, taxes, internet, phone bills, other utilities, maintenance, rental space, insurance, office supplies, ect…

But most importantly, these fees go into making sure you have fulfilling and rewarding experience volunteering and that everything runs smoothly.

 

 

Volunteering over 50

Volunteering over 50

Volunteering abroad is a rewarding and life changing experience at any age. We would like to invite you to get to know Inlexca and the number of volunteer placements which are ideal for the over 50s we offer. These include English teaching, medical and health volunteering, women’s empowerment, wildlife or marine conservation and many more.

volunteering over 50
Volunteer in a Welfare Program in Costa Rica

If you are looking to take part in a responsible holiday, travel some new countries, cross off some items from your bucket list, learn new skill or simply want to help others, we can assist you find the perfect project for your time abroad.

During the past 10 years our organization has placed over 1000 volunteers among which many have been over 50. INLEXCA places a great deal of value on our older volunteers, for with age comes a mixture of experience, skills and patience that younger volunteers often cannot offer. We understand that at any age, at any stage in life, every volunteer has his / her own personal needs and requirements, this is why we design each volunteer placement in direct communication with your volunteers taking into consideration their desires and needs.

Our over 50s volunteering placements are designed to broaden your horizons, expand your mind and heart and create life-enhancing experiences. If you’re inspired by traveling around the world and doing great things to give back to communities as you set your own path, we invite you to get in contact with us.

We are also happy to accommodate you with your family if  you want to bring someone along – children, grandchildren or friends!

Remember, it is never too late to make a difference in the world.

Travel with a purpose: how about Family Volunteering!

Travel with a purpose: how about Family Volunteering!

Family Volunteering
Father and daughter on a volunteer adventure in Costa Rica

If you love your family and would like to stick together even during holidays, want to serve others and experiencing your unique bond through the challenges of traveling- why not considering Family Volunteering? Here at INLEXCA we welcome parents with their children and offer a big variety of volunteer opportunities that are enjoyable for the whole family.

Besides the wonderful benefits to the community you will be volunteering in, there are many benefits for your family to. Research suggests that engaging parents and their children volunteering activities together has important positive outcomes for everyone involved.  Through traveling with a purpose, family volunteering and engaging in a foreign culture, kids and teens have the possibility to cultivate positive values, open their minds and maybe develop a commitment to volunteering both now and in the future. Parents on the other hand get to spend quality time with their children, serving as role models and passing on important values.

Family Volunteering with INELXCA

For families with young children, our Childcare projects are generally the most suitable volunteer placements, as these allow children to become involved and interact with the other children. A Conservation project may also be suitable for families with children who enjoy working outdoors and don’t mind getting their hands dirty! The flexibility of our volunteer abroad programs means you can choose to volunteer for anywhere between 1 week and 24 weeks. This allows you to fit a family volunteer vacation into your children’s school holidays or your working year.

You will have your weekends free to explore more of the host country and local culture. The INLEXCA team can help you planning adventurous, fun and educational trips. Check out our Web Page to get an idea of  projects we work with.

6 things you should ask before volunteering abroad

6 things you should ask before volunteering abroad

You are excited to plan your volunteer adventure abroad, but are overwhelmed by the amount of projects and organizations you encounter in your research and wonder how to choose the most suitable for you? The following 6 questions are intended to inspire you to think about volunteering abroad and might help you to choose the right program for you! Questions you should ask yourself before volunteering abroad:
  1. In what field do I want to volunteer? Begin by making a list of your interest and skills, this will narrow down your search to the projects that are most suitable for you. Here at INLEX it helps us a lot if you know what you are good at since we do place a special effort in assisting each volunteer individually and matching him/her with the right project.  For example if you have a background in medicine, our medical projects in Guatemala might be the right thing for you!
  2. How much time do you have? Some people only have time and money for a short volunteer experience, this is why we do offer programs as short as 2 weeks time. However we do recommend to stay at least a month for you to get the real experience in your project placement, we do also have a few projects where a 4 weeks commitment is required.
  3. What do I know about the country? It is always helpful to get familiar with the culture and language of the country you are going to visit. Here at INLEXCA we do provide our prospective volunteers with all information needed to get ready and excited about your trip- including a pre-arrival information packet and a volunteer orientation when you arrive.
Questions to ask the organization before volunteering abroad
  1. What does my program fee cover? Of course you do want to know where your fees go and what is included in your program. This information has to be clear and easily accessible to you. A good volunteer program has a detailed breakdown of their program fee on their website. Fees at INLEXCA directly cover the cost of hosting you, including your home stay accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 staff support. A portion of that fee also goes toward administrative expenses, like marketing and recruitment.
  2. Are there testimonials from former volunteers? Reading about volunteers that have been in the program is always helpful to get an idea about the experience. At INLEXCA we can even connect you with former volunteers if it helps you to decide about the program you would like to volunteer in.
  3. How does a typical volunteering day look like?Before you choose a project it is important for you to get to know your responsibilities and activities on a daily basis. On our WebPage you can find a detailed list of possible activities you will be doing in each of our project listed, of course it can vary depending on your strengths and interests.
Have more questions about volunteering abroad? Contact us through info(at)inlexca.org and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Group volunteering- Women empowerment

Group volunteering- Women empowerment

5 (brave) men and 2 girls came all the way from Spain to volunteer with INLEXCA and work in various comWomen empowermentmunities around Antigua Guatemala in the field of women empowerment. These dedicated and vibrant volunteers are giving talks and workshops to women groups during 3 weeks  across different local organizations.

Their workshops are designed to give Guatemalan women the tools and information they need to become more empowered, believe in themselves and thrive. This is particularly important in a male dominated society where “machismo” is wide spread. In each location the group is giving a series of 3 informative and interactive workshops, each one building on top of the other. These workshops focus on self-esteem, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

In addition to that the group is also working in workshops on gender equality with children inspiring them to eliminate “machismo” stereotypes. The volunteer group is energetic and motivated – you can sense that each workshop is well prepared, informative and fun. Group volunteering

Of course a trip wouldn’t be complete without a little travel on the weekends, which the group has been doing extensively. The magical Lago Atitlan and Tikal have been on top of the long list of places to visit and adventuring around the country is adding extra spice to their volunteer experience.

The group finds their motivation to volunteer in women empowerment through volunteering in a sustainable project, getting to know a completely different country and working towards gender equality through education.

At INLEXCA we are always happy to welcome groups and individual volunteers who want to work towards women empowerment. Drop us a line to find more about how you can volunteer in one of our women empowerment projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about traveling? Check out PeopleAbroad

people abroad

Are you German and do you have questions about how to travel, want to get excited and inspired and would like to find information on flights or anything else related to traveling? This web page is a great platform to find a lot of useful information on traveling and might be a helpful tool for you.

We are always excited when we get to know new organizations that are dedicated to making life as a traveler and volunteer easier. Today we would like to introduce you to:

People Abroad – travel, discover, outdoor and learn

People Abroad is the online community and database for people traveling, living and working abroad – taking into account global, political, ethnic and intercultural relations and backgrounds. They do have up to date information on job search, travel preparations and share many first hand accounts of various experiences abroad.

 

Contact

https://www.people-abroad.de/
whatsapp: +49 0160 98775408

mail: [email protected]

Group volunteering: Nebraska comes to Guatemala

Group volunteering: Nebraska comes to Guatemala

7 eager students and their teachers from the Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska (MCC) have been visiting Guatemala and Inlexca for the past two weeks. Through Spanish classes, Community service and traveling they have spent an unforgettable time in the land of everlasting spring. Their enthusiasm and thirst to learn have led them to get to know in depth Guatemalan culture and its beautiful nature.

As part of their Community Service the group has gotten involved in a local Project in the Community of La Pinada, creating a beautiful art peace right above the entrance door. This Community center was created by a local charismatic Guatemalan that believes in change and especially in the potential of youth. The Community Center has been growing during the past few years and is now an important place for education, art and workshops for children and adults.

The MCC students enjoyed the time they spent in the Community interacting with children and the locals using their recently learned Spanish. In fact, during their stay they have been studying Spanish every afternoon in intensive one to one classes.

Of course, their experience would not have been complete without all the interesting visits to local museums and farms. Also, Guatemalan natural wonders have been explored by the students who particularly remember the unforgettable hike on the active Volcano Pacaya. This excursion was also especially interesting to the few horticulture students of the group that got to study many new and colorful plants.

Group volunteer experiences with INLEXCA are both tailor-made to meet your goals and interests as well as create an impact in the community where you work. The group volunteer program is designed for groups of six or more people who wish to volunteer in the same projects. Please find more information about Group Volunteering on our Web page.

 

 

 

Tips to fundraise your volunteer experience with INLEXCA

Tips to fundraise your volunteer experience with INLEXCA

Are you interested in volunteering with INLEXCA but need a little help financing your trip? No worries, there are many ways to raise money, here are some ideas how to make it happen:

  • Create a campaign on one of the following peer fundraising webpages! It is really simple and can be set up with a few clicks: https://www.fundandseek.com; https://www.fundmytravel.com/; https://www.gofundme.com/volunteer-fundraising; https://www.crowdrise.com; https://www.youcaring.com/
  • Utilize your relationships– think about who you know that could help you. Start by making a list of everyone you know and how they might be able to contribute toward your volunteer goal. For example, if you have a family member who works in a large company, you could ask about being sponsored by them.volunteer posing in front of a wall in a education project
  • Hold a fundraiser! Fundraising events can be fun, creative and inexpensive! For example if you’re headed to Guatemala, make some Guatemalan tortillas, and throw a little potluck for your Friends.
  • If you’re going to write (or type) a fundraising letter, keep it short and sweet, but inspirational. Tell them your motivation, write it as a story.
  • Offer incentives for donating like sending updates on your adventures abroad via email or postcard when you are abroad, or giving a presentation about your experiences when you return.

Here are some links to some web pages with practical fun fundraising tips:

https://www.gviaustralia.com.au/blog/16-best-fundraising-ideas-volunteers/

https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/40-fundraising-ideas-study-abroad

https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraising-ideas/volunteering-for-charity

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/blog/how-to-fundraise-to-volunteer-abroad/

Top reasons why to travel to NICARAGUA and volunteer with INLEXCA

Top reasons why to travel to NICARAGUA and volunteer with INLEXCA

So you know you want to volunteer and you would like to do it in Central America- but are still thinking where…. Let me introduce you to Nicaragua! It is a beautiful country with wonderful people, and a dynamic culture.

If you decide to volunteer with INLEXCA you can work in an educational project, spread smiles among children in childcare projects or work alongside local doctors and nurses to treat different conditions and prevent others in areas with scarce resources.

Nicaragua is known for its beautiful volcanoes, the amazing nature and the great food. Let me tell you 5 reasons which will convince you to book your flight today!

  • You can do volcano boarding! Cerro Negro is an active black volcano located just outside the town of Leon. It offers brave visitors the possibility to hike up and then slide down its steep and slippery slope. You definitely won´t forget this experience!
  • Admire the beautiful colonial town Granada. Besides wandering around looking at the architecture and the colorful streets, you can take a kayaking trip to the nearby islets, enjoy hiking trips to Mombacho volcano, or visit the nearby markets in Masaya.
  • Enjoy the amazing food! Typical Nicaraguan dishes include Gallo Pinto: most people in Nicaragua eat this almost daily and it is considered a national symbol. It’s composed of a mixture of fried rice with onion and sweet pepper, red beans boiled with garlic, which is combined and fried.
  • Spot monkeys on a hike though the jungle on the Isla Ometepe. This beautiful island is located on Lago de Nicaragua and is formed by two joined volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas. Hiking, kayaking, cycling, and healthy food are the island’s main draws.
  • Have an unforgettable adventure in a country far from the beaten touristic paths with highly affordable prizes.
  • Visit the Somoto Canyon, one of the oldest rock formations in Central America. This canyon is 200 m deep and has beautiful epic rock formations. It can be explored with a guide or alone, but in either case, make sure to bring sandals with you, as the stones on the bottom of the river can be painful when hiking, swimming and scrambling.
  • Visit the Corn Islands and snorkel, scuba dive, fish, soak up the sun, and relax with a good book.

Otto Beach - Little Corn Island - Nicaragua

Earthquake in Guatemala

Today´s earthquake in Guatemala

Living in Guatemala you get used that the earth is trembling, it happens all the time. The earth quake last night was different! Everybody wEarthquake in Guatemalaoke up at 1:28 am on June 14th because of the -it felt as ever lasting- earthquake of 6.9 magnitude. The epicenter was 20 kilometers (13 miles) west of San Marcos, Guatemala where some buildings have been damaged and landslides provoked.  Luckily  there have not been any damages in the Antigua surroundings and the INLEXCA office is intact.

For more information on the earthquake in Guatemala please: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/guatemala-earthquake-landslides-mexico/

Nevertheless we all need a little refresher on what to do in case of an earthquake:

  • Stay calm! If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside.
  • If you’re indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.
  • Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don’t mix.
  • If you’re in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
  • Don’t use elevators (they’ll probably get stuck anyway).