Dream Volunteers is pleased to announce a new, modified WorldStamp Gap Year Program this year. Join us for one semester or two. Visit two countries or four. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will include three key components: Service, Cultural Immersion and Adventure Travel.
Additionally, each segment will have a specific learning concentration. In Latin America, there will be language instruction and development (no Spanish prerequisite). In South Asia, there will be a focus on self-discovery and personal growth.
TWO CONTINENTS. FOUR COUNTRIES. COUNTLESS ADVENTURES.
Our WorldStamp volunteers spend their service hours working with children, on environmental management and supporting community development. There is an emphasis on deep cultural immersion through meaningful travel, home visits, cultural activities, language classes and group discussions.
Perhaps most important is the time they spend with our local Young Dreamers. These local teens are scholarship students in our global service and leadership program called Young Dreamer Network. Together the Young Dreamers and the WorldStamp participants will develop friendships, exchange ideas and work to develop solutions for community challenges. It is an opportunity, not just to collaborate, but to truly understand what life is like for a young person in rural Guatemala or central India. It is a lens into another culture that will fundamentally impact your perspective on the world!
EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
I would recommend this program to anyone looking to find themselves and to become more confident in themselves.
Tyler, WorldStamp 2015-16
If there is one thing [I hope to] remember, it is that life is a lot cooler when you're experiencing it firsthand and extraordinary things happen when you realize time is precious!
Kelly, WorldStamp 2016-17
This exprience has made me re-evaluate my role in the world. I carry the memories of the people I have met with me everywhere I go.
Allegra, India Volunteer 2015
Experiencing the different cultural aspects of Guatemala really broadened my world view. We were encouraged to step outside of our comfort zone during the trip and because I did that I felt that I became a much better person. I am so thankful for Brian and the Dream Volunteers organization for providing me this opportunity. It is definitely an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Harry, Guatemala Volunteer 2017
These trips immerse young adults like me in diverse cultures and inspire us to take initiative and develop passions against racial, gender, and social inequalities. By immersing myself in different cultures and backgrounds it reminds me of the many communities our world is made up of. It is not only important to make a difference in these local communities, but also essential to bring this passion of change to our home communities.
Perry, Guatemala & Costa Rica Volunteer
One of the biggest reasons for my decision to come on this gap year adventure was that I love to travel and sightsee, and while I have definitely enjoyed doing that in India, unquestionably my favorite part is being with my students. I've always loved kids and volunteering but I didn't expect this to be my favorite part of the trip. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine it being any other way.