Workaway Giving Back: Three incredible projects making a difference
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ECUADOR: Expanding the library and building an outdoor learning workshop
Our two weeks stay at the library with our children 10 and 12 years, has been awesome, great, fantastic... Children at the library are very kind and open minded to test new books, new sports, new games, and always with a smile. There is an incredible atmosphere. Rut and Esteban are amazing people. You will have the freedom to make your own project and to develop the library. During your free time, you can go easily to the beach to run, swim, play football. I would definitely recommend to my children (when they will be older) to be volunteers for several months at the library.
What wonderful news you send! Thank you so much, it is extremely gratifying to hear this from workaway. We always are in awe of the amazing volunteers we are able to pick from your plattform. All we have been able to accomplish is greatly due to the positive energy, the youthful altruism and professional commitment of our workawayers. We love them, we become friends and sometimes family, and in return they pour their heart to this project. It's such a happy interaction.
KENYA: Bringing accessible drinking water to the community
The experience with Hella's family at Rusinga island was every bit what we expected and much more. The conditions are basic with no running water and no electricity in the compound but the warmth the family receives you with more than makes up for it. As for the work, the community is open to new ideas and help is surely needed. You will surely have a lot of free time on your hands so it will allow you to proactively offer ideas on how to support the community. All in all a memorable experience which we cherish having and one which we thank the entire family for.
Thank you for the nomination. I'm really happy about it and I'm looking forward to improving more in my community. I'm also going to share with you more pictures of our project and also our upcoming project.
SPAIN: Inspiring the others to help protect our planet through sustainable, conscious eco living
Volunteering here has been one of the most amazing and transformative experiences of my life so far - Barney and Emma are probably the coolest people I've ever met, and working alongside them on the project was inspiring. The work was rewarding, the location was jaw-droppingly beautiful, but most importantly the company was brilliant. I'll forever remember my time here with love and hope to return one day to finally beat them at Tichu! I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering here if you are equipped with good intentions and an interest in bettering our planet, which the inhabitants of the eco village have been doing for years. Bettering the planet, bettering lives.
One of the biggest environmental problems in Galicia is plantations of eucalyptus which burn very easily. This significantly increases the risk of forest fires that destroy the natural habitat of the local wildlife on a large scale. By collaborating with Workawayers and neighbours through their eco village, Emma and Barney hope to raise environmental awareness among the community. From daily habits of how they grow their food and heat their home, to protecting the wildlife and allowing the native woodland to recover, Emma and Barney have shown workawayers a different way to discover Spain, and more importantly how fulfilling it is to lead a more sustainable way of life! With the funding, they hope to build a new compost toilet to continue welcoming more people into their incredible eco village and to spread the message.