From: Global Service Corps [gsc@globalservicecorps.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:15 PM
To: gsc@globalservicecorps.org
Subject: New Low-Cost Volunteer Vacations and Website Launch
New! GSC Volunteer Vacations and Website
Global Service Corps Launches Volunteer Vacations and New Website
Low-Cost Volunteer Vacations NOW AVAILABLE in Thailand (and soon in Tanzania)
Global Service Corps (GSC) is pleased to announce the launch of our new highly affordable volunteer vacation programs to augment our popular service-learning volunteer programs in Thailand. GSC Volunteer Vacations are designed for travelers who wish to participate in a cross-cultural learning vacation experience while also doing some volunteering in a Thai elementary school or orphanage. TWO-WEEK PROGRAMS START AT $975!

With over fifteen years of experience operating overseas volunteer programs for students, active retirees, mid-career professionals and families, GSC has successfully leveraged best practices in international volunteerism to launch our newest volunteer offering, GSC Volunteer Vacations. Beginning now in Thailand, with subsequent expansion to Tanzania in August, GSC Volunteer Vacations are designed to be affordably priced and flexible volunteer abroad experiences in comparison to GSC’s more intensive two-week to six-month long service-learning programs.

GSC Volunteer Vacations in Thailand are offered year round with weekly start dates and program lengths of two or more weeks. Participants begin their Thailand Volunteer Vacation experience with a two night stay in Bangkok to get acclimated to the time change and climate, tour city sites, and get their first taste of authentic Thai cuisine. This is followed by a one-week cross-cultural orientation and learning experience which explores Thai history, culture religion, language and cuisine. Volunteer vacationers then have the option of teaching English in a local school and/or working at an orphanage for one or more weeks. Both Thai schools and orphanages offer volunteers the opportunity to provide much appreciated services to poor and rural children with no special advance training required. For vacationers signed up for three weeks or longer, there is also the option of a week for more-in depth study of Thai Buddhism and culture during the third week of the program including an overnight stay and additional day visits to local wats (monastery temples).

Stay tuned for more details about The Tanzania Volunteer Vacation Programs being launched in August.

For more information about Global Service Corps Volunteer Vacations, please visit www.globalservicecorps.org.
Global Service Corps ReLaunches Website
In support of its expanded options for overseas volunteering, GSC has relaunched the www.globalservicecorps.org website as a new portal with expanded content, features and functionality. With the help of LeapUp Marketing Solutions and Zee Creative, the new GSC website has a new look and feel bringing to life the programs and people, which have made GSC a leader in international volunteerism since 1993.

The new GSC page layout makes navigation simpler and more user-friendly with “one click” access to volunteer information for students, mid-career professionals, active retirees and families. Visitors can browse through GSC service-learning programs, internships, fellowships and new volunteer vacation options based on the duration of time they have available, by destination, or by specific program type. The new GSC site allows quicker more automated enrollment. Once enrolled, participants can access their own personalized “MyGSC” page where they can upload enrollment materials, access pre-departure preparatory information and download useful information about their specific GSC program, fellow volunteers and their local community. A new set of “Live in the Field” blogs will unite volunteers and local program communities in both Thailand and Tanzania by program and allow them to share information, news and learning before, during and after their service-learning program experience. These blogs also give prospective GSC volunteers a first hand feel for what it is like to be a GSC volunteer ‘on the ground’ in both Africa and Asia.

To visit the new GSC volunteer abroad portal to learn more about GSC’s international volunteer programs, visit www.globalservicecorps.org.
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