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Gap Year Volunteer and Travel Overseas

Thursday 1st January 2009

Volunteer to work as part of community initiated projects in developing countries

Maasai International Challenge Africa (MICA) is a non-profit organisation based in Arusha, Tanzania and run by volunteers spread around the world. MICA coordinates placement of volunteers, from the UK and around the world, committed to social justice who seek to learn and contribute by working as part of community initiated projects in developing countries.

MICA specialises in offering overseas volunteers internship placements and also facilitates opportunities for individuals, students, groups, and gap year travellers. They also offer adventure holiday tours, Wildlife programs, language and cultural experience programs, and other programs such as Swahili Language Study Abroad.

The MICA program features a month long orientation, including intensive language study, followed by a volunteer placement. The projects are hosted by local organisations in Africa and in Asia only. The entire organisation relies on small volunteer contributions (fees) to manage the program for volunteers, and attain their goals - empowering local communities and bringing westerners to meet eastern traditions. With these fees, MICA support their volunteers by covering as much of the volunteers costs as possible.

Each year MICA place over 500 people into volunteer programs abroad and have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities. Volunteer programs are available in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, India, Nepal, Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru - Cusco, Peru - Lima and Thailand.

Maasai international Challenge Africa aims to offer affordable and high quality volunteer abroad and internship abroad programs. In collaboration with local organisations and international organisations their volunteer abroad programs focus on working in orphanages, teaching English and other lessons in Primary and Secondary schools, health projects, research, internship, and conservation efforts.