Hope International Development Agency is accepting applications for the 2004 overseas volunteer program.
HOPE's UNION (Understanding Needs in Other Nations) program offers a unique and exciting opportunity for Canadians to experience life in the developing world while making a tangible difference in the lives of people living in extreme poverty.
This year's teams will head off to India and the Dominican Republic to work on projects such as: the construction of schools and houses, spring capping to provide clean water, and agricultural support for families in need.
Each summer HOPE sends a group of Canadians to a developing country. No experience is required. Participants are required to raise $3,800 to cover program costs.
Over the past 23 years, more than 400 dedicated Canadians have donated their time and labour in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Odette Ravell has spent three life changing summers volunteering in Cambodia and the Dominican Republic and notes, "It broadens your horizons and lets you see what life is like for most people in the world. You see it on TV but to go overseas and experience it, is completely different. You realize everything we take for granted. It's heartbreaking yet very inspiring at the same time."
HOPE International is a non-profit organization, founded in 1975, based in New Westminster, B.C.
Today HOPE is working with thousands of families to provide access to clean water, education, health care, community development and emergency food, medicine and shelter. Over the past 25 years HOPE has helped more than 12 million families throughout the world.
Interested participants can submit the volunteer information form located on HOPE's website at www.hope-international.com
, or contact Sarah Genovese at 1-604-525-5481 ext. 15, or e-mail her at email@example.com
The application deadline to participate in this year's summer's UNION teams is May 21.
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