New Two-Week Programs

For those with limited time, GSC is now offering two-week programs. Volunteers enjoy full cultural immersion and live with welcoming Thai and Tanzanian host families. This two-week program gives volunteers the opportunity to work on education, health or sustainable agriculture projects.

Thailand Two-Week Program (14 days) - After a one or two day tour of Bangkok, participants travel to their project location in Kanchanaburi. On arrival at the Project site, our In-country coordinators provide an orientation of the area and the projects. Participants may teach English at either a Primary or secondary school, a Wat (monastery) or in a local orphanage (and care for children) More about Thailand Two-Week Program.

Tanzania Two-week Program (14 days) - Participants may work on HIV/AIDS projects teaching students or community members awareness and prevention methods or work on sustainable agriculture projects training local community members. Volunteers enjoy two days of orientation and touring Arusha at the base of Mt. Meru plus a three-day training. The homestay and project follow. More about Tanzania Two-week Program.

Articles relating to the work of GSC in Africa:

1. Environmentalists respond to AIDS - Article by Chris Clarke in the Earth Island Journal about GSC founder Rick Lathrop fighting AIDS by encouraging small-scale, healthy farming. Read Article

2. A Generation Orphaned by AIDS. Washington Post. August 13, 2003.
Kenyan Children Struggle to Survive as Relatives Shun Them or Take Advantage. Read Article

3. On the link between HIV/AIDS and agriculture, food security: Speech by Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, to the Global Health Council's Annual Conference, Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2003. Lewis is discussing the strong links between AIDS and agricultural problems in Africa. “The shredding of the agricultural economy, driven by AIDS, has even spawned a persuasive academic construct called the "New Variant Famine". It's based on an analysis that argues that the presence of AIDS changes everything, and that nothing is as it was before. When the body has no food to consume, the virus consumes the body. That's the essential meaning of the New Variant Famine. For millions of Africans already infected by HIV, the onset of full-blown” Read Article

4. Article on the link between nutrition and HIV/AIDS: Because good nutrition improves quality of life for people living with the disease and helps to improve the performance of the immune system, with better diets, poor farmers with AIDS could extend their lives long enough to pass on crucial skills to their children. Food is the first Medicine for AIDS. November 2002. FAO News. Read Article

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