Details about Ecoventure 2019 will be posted here once they are ready.
Check back this page in September 2018! 🙂
Ecoventure, an annual youth overseas community involvement programme (OCIP) by Earthlink NTU, serves as a platform for participants to experience a different environment and be inspired to make a difference.
Ecoventure was started in 2004 as an overseas learning trip for Earthlink NTU members, bringing us to places like Taman Negara, Kenyir Lake, Mount Kinabalu, Daocheng and Sichuan to learn about the environmental issues that these places face. Since then, it has evolved into an overseas community involvement programme where a team of NTU students go beyond our shores to promote environmental sustainability.
2014 to 2016
From 2014 to 2016, Ecoventure focused its efforts in introducing renewable energy to different rural community schools in the northern regions of Lao PDR with the partnership of Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Singapore.
Over the three years, Ecoventure installed 3 kW, 2 kW and 1 kW solar panel systems in three different primary schools at Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR. In the later trips, visits were made to the previous villages to check on the condition of the system and to evaluate whether it has improved their standard of living.
For the sustained effort and long-term vision the project has, Earthlink was awarded the prestigious Nanyang Award for Humanitarian Work in 2016.
In 2017, the Ecoventure team went to Phong Thanh, Cau Ke district, Vietnam. Working with ECO Vietnam Group, they helped to install a water filtration system at a primary school to provide clean drinking water for the students and the community.
Water conservation and basic English lessons were also taught to the children in school.
In 2018, the team partnered with YMCA for the fourth time to install a 2 kW solar panel system with lights and fans at a primary school in Ban Lad Kuem, Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR. In addition, the team also introduced a social entrepreneurship programme to the community to bring light to their homes. On top of developing new infrastructure for the community, enrichment programmes were conducted for the local children to cultivate greater interest in learning and to impart skills that may be useful in their daily lives.
Because to that one person, it made all the difference.
2019 and beyond…
If you feel inspired to make a difference, teach and be taught in a global context, do consider signing up as part of our Ecoventure team in 2019. 🙂