Unfortunately, due to lack of enrollment, Tina and Pam have had to cancel their 2010 departure for this trip. Keep an eye on their site for details about their 2011 trip, or sign up for their mailing list.
Our friends Pam from Adventures in Rock and Tina from Women Worldwide have once again teamed up (as Give Back, Kick Back Travel) to put together their second annual volunteer vacation to Mali in January, 2010. They will be helping to create a school garden in the Dogon village of Tireli, so that the students can raise produce and sell it in local markets to raise money for school supplies. After the fulfilling volunteer project, they will tour Mali and spend three nights camping in the Sahara at the world-famous Festival au Desert in Essakane, enjoying live music on the dunes under the stars each evening.
We can't recommend this trip enough! We went on their inaugural Mali trip in 2009, and it was fantastic! Now that they have been on the trip once already, they were able to fine-tune the itinerary to make it even better (better accommodation in the Djenne area, three nights at the Festival instead of just two).
If you're looking for an adventure, with a chance to really connect and make a difference in the lives of local people, then this is the trip for you. We wish that we could join them again.