Thursday, July 29, 2010

Explore 22 - a Haiti Earthquake production

What better way to get an idea about a what a culture, country, project or need is like than through the lens of a video camera.

Jordan Freda of Explore22 has teamed up with the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) to venture to Jacmel Haiti. This video production enables us to take a look at the devastating damage of the earthquake with our own eyes while Jordan gains insight to the realities of living in the country among it's people.

Jordan Freda says "Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to watch my show Explore22. I have decided to give back to the world in a way which was natural to me; using my media making skills. I have set out to produce an independent travel educational series where each episode I venture to a new country with the goal of learning about it’s culture."

Episode 1 in Haiti is a wild ride as together the viewer along with the show host gets to learn language, experience culture, make friends, drive motor bikes, get stuck in rain storms, cleanup damage sites and explore the vast beauty of this resilient country.

To watch this awesome video go to Explore22, sign up as a fan and be in the know when the next exciting episode is released.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

NEW: Elephant Refuge and Education program in Thailand!

GVN is now offering volunteers the opportunity to work with one of the most magnificent animals in the world! We have opened up a program in Thailand where volunteers have the chance to work hands on with domesticated elephants who have spent their lives working in the tourism industry. The city is a harsh environment for such a large forest animal, they are under constant threat of road accidents, pollution and a scorching heat that can be fatal to a large mammal such as the elephant.

Volunteers are needed to assist the local staff at the Refuge Centre to ensure that from now onwards the elephants have a better quality of life in their natural environment.

The main duties at the centre include:

• cleaning the elephant enclosures
• feeding and watering the elephants
• harvesting food for the elephants
• walking some of the elephants in to the forest at night and
collecting them in the morning
• bathing the elephants in a lake
• maintaining the elephant refuge

To find out more please visit: