We are 25 years old! Who would have thought that in two-and-a-half decades we could send over 100,000 volunteers from all around the world on service trips to as many as 38 countries?
Volunteer efforts in Ghana and Tanzania have improved access to educational resources for some. In Ghana, volunteers built seven tables to be used at a weekly reading class for soccer players. Children who attend can now comfortably practice their basic writing skills as well. In Tanzania, our volunteers had 42 children successfully registered at a local school.
Our busiest time of the year is in full swing with more than 3,000 volunteers from around the world currently taking part on hundreds of projects across the globe. As the biggest volunteer organization in the world, we're excited that our projects are currently at the height of their impact.
We have released new dates for our 19+ Specials and Grown-Up Special group trips! If you're 19 years or older, you can still sign up for a group trip this Summer, or choose one of our new dates in Autumn or 2018. Volunteers older than 50 can also start planning ahead for our newly released 2018 dates for grown-up group trips.
Our 2016 Global Impact Report is hot off the press, with encouraging results. Some notable achievements include: 206 local teachers received training in Peru; 14,000 meals provided to at-risk youths in South Africa; More than 17 tons of garbage collected worldwide; More than 500 poaching snares removed in Botswana & Kenya; 25,152 hours of free legal services were provided & 235 cases closed.
Dominga, an endangered spectacled bear rescued from a zoo in Peru, has found a new home prepared by our volunteers at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve. Dominga had lost most of her hair caused by severe stress from living in a small enclosure for many years.
If you want to volunteer as a group, we offer programs that are ideal for groups to make a difference abroad. Whether you are a High School history class learning about archaeology, a university law club, business colleagues, a soccer team, or just some friends who share an interest, you can explore our project options to find the right one for your group.
This year our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji turns three! If you have a passion for marine wildlife, join us and contribute to long-term efforts to protect sharks and preserve vital marine eco-systems. During your stay, you receive a PADI Open Water diving certification.
We are thrilled to announce to announce that this summer we will be launching several new group volunteer trips: 19+ Specials! Anyone aged 19 and older can join these organized trips and participate in worthwhile volunteer work. You can choose to volunteer in several countries, such as Cambodia, Nepal, and the Philippines, working in the areas of child care or public health.