Island Adventure

ISLAND ADVENTURE

 

Island Adventure is our 1-week programme of voluntary work as you have never experienced before. During 7 days, a group of 45 fellow volunteers from different European countries will join forces in a nomadic journey across Gran Canaria while helping out vulnerable local communities with their own specific needs.

 

Set up a fence around a banana grove, clean up a wild beach, weed school grounds and remote forest areas, plant trees in a barren land, channel water for eco-agricultural communities, build a summer campsite for poor kids and many more. While helping out local communities you will have a chance to interact with each individual, thus learning from their own life stories in a life enriching process of cooperation and solidarity.

 

The volunteers will be coordinated by a team of experienced social workers, free-time and sports instructors who will guide the group across the island –by bus or by foot- and help with all accomodation, food and travel arrangements while encouraging the participants to reflect on their own attitudes towards community work.

 

Island Adventure is a social innovation program developed by the Department for Culture, Sport and Comprehensive Student Service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University, the University Foundation of Las Palmas (FULP) and The Human Tour.

 

 

 

Island Adventure is a non-profit programme funded in a responsible manner and based on bartering with municipalities, businesses and institutions. Media relationships, fieldwork and cooperation are the exchange currency to cover our basic needs.

 

The technical organization team is composed of a group of multidisplinar volunteers, most of them participants of other editions, who have benefited from the advice and counsel of selfless professional experts on different fields of knowledge, all linked emotionally to the initiative.

 

Participants provide a reference monetary amount for part of the maintenance and small expenses as a way of showing their own responsibility with the project.

 

We are proud to carry out this programme on a budget of excitement, involvement, cooperation, work, skills, vision and corporate social responsibility.

 

Gran Canaria is a natural paradise with multiple spaces and inspiring places to be enjoyed. We will encourage Island Adventure participants to interact with them. Sports activities in these environments will provide a different perception of the visited places. Hiking is the main activity and in terms of the posibilities we will also practice, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, etc.., Promoting healthy habits and practices is essential to the programme.

 

 

On Island Adventure the participants live through different experiences that encourage proactivity, creativity, effort and teamwork and foster new insights into empathy, altruism and democracy. Rather than mere spectators, participant becomes the protagonist and responsible for the action during a life changing process while taking part in Island Adventure. It is all about experiencing situations, contexts and tasks that will lead each participant into a transformative learning experience.

 

Depending on the capabilities of the group, specific features of the visited places and feasibility of the proposed actions there will be different types of activities. These may belong to one or more of the following areas:

 

Adventure

Living with the basics, separated from the conditions of daily life, be independent: cooking, washing, make responsible use of resources, reduce waste, clean clothes, carrying out activities involving physical labor, sleeping when exhausted, eating when hungry ... learn how to deal with changing environments and experiences that will put you in touch with your vital needs and will help you to enjoy life from a different perspective.

Creativity

In order to encourage creative thinking, entrepreneurship and project development. We will set up different theme laboratories: photography, art, video, music and writing. Organized into working groups, dealt with and established according to the skills and potential of the participants.

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups will be formed and they will deal with the following topics: local people and their enviroment, participants opinions and experiences, friendship, advice and insights. We will also have the privilege to count with the visit of local experts on different social, enviromental and cultural issues who will share their knowledge with us in a fre-thinking, dynamic and respectful atmosphere. Visitors come from different backgrounds: environmental specialists, volunteer doctors, musicians, writers, athletes, academics, artists, journalists, travelers, photographers ...

Nature

Gran Canaria is a natural paradise with multiple spaces and inspiring places to be enjoyed. We will encourage Island Adventure participants to interact with them. Sports activities in these environments will provide a different perception of the visited places. Hiking is the main activity and in terms of the posibilities we will also practice, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, etc.., Promoting healthy habits and practices is essential to the programme.

 

Cooperation

According to the needs of different municipalities and the visited environments, cooperative activities are performed with the intention of addressing local problems and promote joint action, developing social awareness and civic responsibility: clean up natural environments, decoration and restoration of public spaces, activities for disadvantaged populations, etc..

 

Community

A nomadic journey is a society in itself andi t must be organized in a diligent and efficient manner. Work division, responsibility, action groups... Get organized, seek relevant information, work independently ... All this skills are necessary to form a sustainable community where cooperation is the best way to meet the daily needs.

 

 

Objectives

Cooperate in actions with a direct positive impact on the environment and its inhabitants, increasing social awareness and the ability to work in teams.

Share experiences with society in different ways through your own personal experiences, reflections and learning on this journey of transformation .

Promote the concept of Gran Canaria as a natural tourist destination and project a unified image abroad.

Promote social responsibility in a model of cooperation between institutions and social entities in projects with values.

Training skills and attitudes towards change management, encouraging critical thinking , decision making, the culture of effort and conflict management

Promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity in college students , assessing the importance of new ideas in times of economic crisis.

 

Justifications

Traveling is socially recognized as a means to open your mind, broaden horizons, increase human knowledge, clarify uncertainties and heal the soul. The term "journey" has strayed far from its original romantic conception andi t has become an impersonal and standardized practice.

On Island Adventure the trip is understood as an experience of change, by which the traveler, in close interaction with the environment and its inhabitants, is the protagonist. A personal and reflective experience that goes well beyond the traveled distance. To be faithful to this commitment we have devised an innovative process of collective planning and development of specific activities. "Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living " Miriam Beard.

 

The program philosophy is based on four main principles:

 

Educational

Island Adventure´s transformative learning process consists of confronting circumstances, projects and real problems. We trust in the potential of participants to direct changes by themselves, in the systems, policies, strategies or culture they may belong to. This experiential training focuses on the development of important human values ​​and core competencies that are difficult to acquire in a classroom or through a textbook.

Institutional

The media potential and flexible forms of collaboration allow Island Adventure to be also a corporate social accountability program, versatile and innovative. In times of change, the ways of working are different. This is an ​​initiative based on values, developed in collaboration with individuals and institutions and where relationships are tailored to the circumstances, interests and contributions of each of the parties.

Tourism

Island Adventure is presented as a program that regards Gran Canaria as a World class destination. Beyond conventional claims, Gran Canaria contains infinite travels within itself. Through the actions developed during the development of our programmes, we draw international attention on Gran Canaria with the intention to encourage our potential visitors come and visit the island, the territory and its peoples through responsible attitudes, informed and in harmony with an environment that has a lot to discover and preserve.

Social

The spread of ideas, initiatives and values ​​are an integral part of the process. Participants interact and cooperate with the environment and its inhabitants, causing a positive impact. The experiences and philosophy are shared in person, on social networks and in various media channels.

 

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    Island Adventure is our 1-week programme of voluntary work as you have never experienced before. During 7 days, a group of 45 fellow volunteers from different European countries will join forces in a nomadic journey across Gran Canaria while helping out vulnerable local communities with their own specific needs.

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