Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Programs
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation invites you to join us by volunteering for a 9-day fruit tree planting & safari eco-adventure. Activities include planting trees with schools,...
Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Reviews
An older woman in El Salvador
Submitted by Cathleen Rainey - Prescott United States | February 17, 2017
I volunteered in June of 2015 to help plant fruit trees in the area surrounding San Salvador. What a unique experience! We stayed in a hotel run by women in San Salvador. We planted in schools and co-ops in the surrounding towns. What a way to really experience a country's people and culture than by working hand in hand with them, being invited into their homes, meeting their families and being in towns that see few, if any, tourists. I watched futbol in a local bar, marched in a Environmental Day Parade, at the local food and, best of all, saw the results of previous plantings. I heard people tell of how having a local food source and the opportunity to sell the results had helped better their lives. It was truly a wonderful way to see a country and feel the satisfaction of knowing you are helping others and the environment without asking anything of them but to sustain the trees. I would recommend this chance to anyone, of any age, who wants to give back and gain real insight into a country and its people.
Unforgettable & life-changing travel and volunteer experience
Submitted by Adrian Frieg - London England | January 17, 2017
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) volunteer program to Uganda was my first volunteer trip abroad, and it was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life. Being able to interact with, teach, as well as learn from children of all ages while planting fruit trees at multiple schools (which I had never done before, but the FTPF has very friendly expert staff who show you everything you need to know), and experiencing the warmth, friendliness, and curiosity of locals in the communities we visited throughout the Jinja area, made this a very unique, enlightening, and rewarding experience which combined travel with giving back to the earth and its communities. The FTPF and its partner organizations in Uganda have a love and dedication to what they do which I found inspirational; I will undoubtedly join them again in the future on another trip. As a cherry on top, the eco-adventure activities (safari, adventure activity options, etc.) were truly unforgettable; Uganda is a unique and worthwhile visit in East Africa, and seeing it through the eyes of a FTPF volunteer is the perfect way to experience it!
Uganda Holistic Health Crusade
Submitted by Dr Ren - NJ | January 13, 2017
I have volunteered with FTPF in various locations throughout the US and abroad during the past half decade, however the 2016 Uganda trip was my first time joining them in Africa for their ongoing project. I feel the itinerary was very well outlined and felt safe and supported in my decision to volunteer so far away from home based on the professionalism, communication, and adaptability I have experienced with the organizers as well as the receptiveness and hospitality of the communities they choose to partner with. I would highly recommend the Uganda trip and any trip FTPF organizes for that matter to new volunteers because although each one is hard work, they are each uniquely a once in a lifetime, life changing and planet enhancing experience!
Submitted by treeplanter4life | January 11, 2017
This trip was the gateway to quite literally changing my life. It was the first trip I took with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation back in 2014. I had lived and worked abroad before, yet I had never done a volunteer trip such a this one before, and boy, were my expectations met and surpassed.
For 10 days, we traveled around rural El Salvador, from the city to the mountains to the beach, planting thousands of fruit trees with hundreds of people. Afterward the plantings, we often spent time with families in their homes, sharing meals and conversations about the challenges facing their local community, their country, and the world at large. It was inspiring and challenging, and from then on I continued volunteering with FTPF an entire year, following them all over the world on projects that taught me not only about plants and trees, but about people and our world. A sincere thank you to FTPF!