Posted by: v500 in Volunteering on January 15th, 2013

volunteers_buildingIf you want to offer your time and skills to help other people, then volunteering abroad for building projects may sound appealing to you. Roll your sleeves up and get involved in different programs that reach out to some unfortunate people in some of the most beautiful travel destinations abroad.

It will not be easy manual labor but every drop of perspiration will be worth it when you know that you will be enriching lives by developing one’s community. These projects will directly affect orphans, disadvantaged children, and underprivileged families.

Reach out to poor communities in Costa Rica

Join other people and head to the rural corners of Costa Rica. Be alongside locals and other volunteers and help build houses to uplift the conditions of people there.

Help build communities in Thailand

Join forces with other people who want to help change and build communities for the homeless, orphans, and the underprivileged people belonging to local tribes. Discover Thailand beyond the beautiful beaches and know that you are taking part in a very worthwhile cause.

Help construct homes in Swaziland

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Posted by: v500 in Charity,Children on November 28th, 2012

volunteer-opportunities-for-kidsThere are a lot of lessons to be learned involunteering. Doing charity work is not just for older people but kids will also pick a lot of lessons in life that they can use in the future. Involving children helps them to be aware of what is happening around them. Voluntering can teach kids how to be responsible, be grateful for what they have, and understand why they need to reach out to help others.

Volunteering also helps kids develop essential skills such as critical thinking, working with others, and organizing things.

Exploring the interest of your teens

Parents should find out the fields of interest of their kids. Volunteering will help kids gain knowledge about different things. They will learn a lot from the experience and this will help them go to the direction that they want in the future. The little ones can improve their skills through volunteering and parents can help them build their dreams from there.

Bonding time

There are volunteering opportunities where parents can work side by side with their kids. These kinds of program even make kids more excited as they will share memorable moments with their dad and mom. Kids will also gain more confidence as they know they are doing something worthwhile.

Make it a routine for the family

Parents can encourage volunteerism in the family by making it a part of the family’s schedule. It should be a family decision though, involving the kids in the decision making process. Parents should also consider the kind of activity that the kids are interested to help with. Involvement in community services will teach them the importance of helping other people who are in need. Incorporating volunteer work into your family’s schedule will help develop good habits that will eventually turn to great virtues.

Posted by: v500 in Volunteering on September 18th, 2012

If you are into traveling and volunteering, then you might be interested in programs that let you do both. These volunteer opportunities require your hands to get a bit dirty though. They are building projects that reach out to the needy communities in different countries like Vietnam, Kenya, and Costa Rica.

Volunteering in building projects will bring you to some of the most wonderful travel destinations and also let you contribute to the development of communities. These projects will help families, orphans and children. You do not need any experience in building houses or schools but you just need to pack your appetite and enthusiasm to dedicate your hours to some hard work. Here are some ideas on how you can do volunteer work abroad:

Building homes in Costa Rica

This experience will be an immersion in the rural areas of Costa Rica. You can help make a real difference in the lives of underprivileged families as you help build homes for them. You will work along side the locals and help them improve the quality of their everyday life. You can stay for a bout a week to roughly two months, staying with a foster family so you can understood more the conditions they are dealing with.

Help abandoned kids in Thailand

If you are looking for a worthy cause to support and at the same time see the beauty of Asia, you cn extend to help a local community in Thailand build a haven for orphans and abandoned kids. They already have the land but need the manpower to accomplish their goals.

Volunteer to construct homes in Kenya

Put your handyman skills to good use and volunteer to build homes and other community projects in Nakuru,Kenya. It is a great way to help the poor communities in Kenya. Your efforts will be focused on reaching out to improve lives in this corner of the globe. It will not be all work for you as you will have a lot of free time to visit the stunning national parks in the region.

Posted by: v500 in Teaching on May 25th, 2012

Volunteer teaching is a good way to share your expertise and see the world. It is also a great way to know different cultures and have a good teaching experience. There are groups that can help you prepare for the volunteer teaching in case you do not have an experience yet.

Volunteer teaching in a country where you can reach out to children and other people who need your help is very rewarding and fulfilling. Here are some teaching destinations you might want to check out:

Monasteries in Nepal

Monasteries? Yes, you will be teaching the monks in this corner of Nepal. For sure you will have well behaved students who will attentively listen. These are young monks between the ages of 7 thru 12. In between classes and during holidays, you will be able to do some trekking and enjoy the most wonderful sceneries in the world.

Children of Kitengela in Kenya

Kitengela is a small town in the historic district of Kenya. Aside from helping the kids develop their English, you will be exposed to the traditional culture of the locals. The people have suffered under the hands of owners of big lands. The people are trapped in between their traditions and the modern world.

Locals of the Galapagos Island

The Galapagos Island is considered among the new wonders of the world. Teaching English on this island will help the locals connect with the rest of the world. In the first place, who will be the best people to explain what Galapagos can offer.

The underprivileged in Swaziland

A big chunk of the population of Swaziland is unemployed and sending their children to school is the least of priorities for a lot of families. Imagine how teaching them something to enrich their language will be an advantage when they step out of their homes.

Posted by: v500 in Volunteering on March 7th, 2012

Asia is a fascinating place with a very dynamic culture, warm people, and irresistible charm and choosing to travel to this corner of the globe to do some volunteer work will allow you to reach out to a lot of people who are in need or help with something worthwhile. Aside from that you will be able to see a lot of beautiful sites.

There are a lot of options if you want to do volunteer work in Asia. There are a lot of organizations or groups you can join to make most of these opportunities. A lot of people are needed to do volunteer teaching or maybe do conservation work to help with the environment or endangered animals. Here are some of your best options for Asia volunteer work:

Panda conservation in China

This is a very unique volunteer work where you will have a rare opportunity to get close with the giant pandas of China in the wilderness. These creatures are already in the brink of being extinct and so a lot of organizations are trying their best to help slow down their decline in numbers. You will also be able to meet other species like the red panda, Taikin, and golden monkey.

Teaching English in Nepal

Head to the city of Kathmandu and help the locals have a good grasp of the English language. Along the way, you will also be learning from your students. In between classes or during your rest day, you can do some trekking and discover the mountains.

Mountain adventure and Elephant conservation in Thailand

This journey will get you up close an personal with the Thai elephants. You will tandem with other volunteer workers and help feed the gentle giants. In between your chores, you can trek to the mountains and enjoy the rustic view in the rural parts of Thailand.

Join a theater group in Jaipur, India

If there is a thespian in you, this volunteer work in India will be a perfect choice. There is a group in Jaipur which reaches out to children by helping the channel their energies to the stage. You will also be able to learn about the local culture, truly a journey that will open your eyes and heart.

Posted by: v500 in Volunteering on December 5th, 2011

unity and strengthPeople volunteer for several reasons. Fulfillment can be found in volunteer work as people look for fun, look to travel, or look to make a difference in others’ lives. You might be going out of your comfort zone but here are the reasons that make volunteer work worthwhile:

Giving Back

People want to do something that they are passionate about and be of service to other people by sharing these talents. Most people want to volunteer in their community to make the place better for their family and others.

Unique Opportunities

If you travel to a destination as a tourist, you do not get to see as much compared to what an insider will know. Doing volunteer work like for conservation projects and animal rescue will give you unique experiences that you cannot find unless you have a special educational background or training.

Seeing the culture as an insider

Volunteerism can give you the opportunity to stay in a country for an extended period in a certain country. You will be able to interact with the locals, immerse in the new culture, and become a traveler instead of just being a tourist.

Personal Growth

Volunteerism has a lot of positive effects in one’s life. Most volunteers will tell you that they are a better person after the volunteer work. You also become more aware of the issues that need to be addressed.

Learning experience

Every volunteer work means learning a bunch of new things. Your eyes are opened to reality when you are fielded in a very poor country, in a population that needs a lot of care, or an environment stricken by disaster.

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Posted by: v500 in Family on May 31st, 2008

You are at home alone and your spouse could not make it this Christmas, you are feeling lost and lonely with the kids and you really want to do something to feel better. Why not try a family volunteering exercise, this would make another lonely soul feel better and you would feel awesome too. By volunteering as a family, it teaches the children respect kindness and compassion, deepens family relationships by giving children a sense of empowerment and makes children know that there is homelessness, hunger and poverty around and all is not rosy always. Volunteering together may not require too much of time and is surely great fun.

Some ideas for volunteering as a family would include preparing a meal for a homeless shelter…this could involve all the children and they will help you shopping, cutting vegetables, and wrapping gifts if it is a festive season and so on. It is a very special time together and the children at the home would enjoy it too. You may also go on a marathon walk, run or even a swim for a good cause like AIDS or Cancer. You can take the smaller kids in a stroller or back carrier with sunscreen if they would find it difficult to walk. You may also engage your children in e-activism wherein they can contact heads of Government through fax or email to help a particular cause or you could add one click charity websites to your favorites where if you just click someone’s needs are catered.

Posted by: v500 in Children,Community service on April 5th, 2008

Children are the pillars of our nation, the back bone of our society and they need to be nurtured and taught to be bold responsible citizens of tomorrow. Children are bright, active and full of energy so use their energy creatively and in a resourceful manner. You can first explain to your children the plight of many other children around them and how many do not enjoy the comforts that they enjoy. You can involve your kids in a lot of creative activities and if you are at a loss of ideas we have the ready resource of the internet to refer to.

There are a number of organizations that send knitted bags and hand made cuddly dolls to children who are sick in hospital or in some difficulty. You can also encourage children to make teddy bears or collect teddy bears from neighboring children with a Bear making event or Teddy bear party and send it to organizations who will send your cuddly teddies to put a smile on a sick or needy child’s face. Instead of hosting a birthday party at home with children who have everything, you can host a party at a homeless shelter and brighten the faces of many children and give a sense of achievement and empowerment to your little darling. You can get your children to paint cotton bags with fabric paint, host paint-a-mural events and make as many as possible and also create hand made greeting cards and pictures. These may be small things but can surely brighten some child’s life and that is surely worth all the trouble. And to top it all you will see your little kid grow up into a thoughtful and responsible individual.

Posted by: v500 in Benefits,Personal stories,Volunteering on March 22nd, 2008

At the end of each day when you just look back at how the day was spent do you feel a sense of satisfaction or is it the same old routine? Life is just moving on and lots of things are happening around you and you are vexed …you really would like to do something worthwhile. It is very important to find peace and happiness in life and believe me; you get a lot of satisfaction and a sense of achievement when you volunteer.

There are numerous benefits of being a volunteer firstly you tend to meet a lot of new people, you learn new skills, you tend to be interested in a lot of things and you have a sense of being a part and parcel of the community and the society as a whole. You have the satisfaction of being a responsible citizen contributing to the well being of the Nation and if you are a global volunteer contributing to the cause of peace and well being in the world.

By volunteering you grow personally in the sense that you increase your social awareness, gain a lot of self confidence, become independent, expand your contacts, discover your talents and strong points and learn a lot through service. As a volunteer you also gain work experience and attract potential employers who get impressed with your voluntary work. Unknown to you, you begin developing a job finding network and you will have a really strong resume in hand. You actually get much more than you invest…it is a wonderful thing to do so do not miss it.

Posted by: v500 in Employment,Volunteering on March 14th, 2008

Employee volunteeringThe corporate world also owes a lot to society and needs to give back what they have received and obviously the best possible way is volunteering. It does not really matter if you are an entrepreneur or a very large organization, it is very essential to have an employee volunteer program An employee volunteer program should be simple, understandable and in line with the company’s mission statement. When you choose activities that are closely aligned with the company’s giving mission statement, great benefits are generated for the company, the employees and also the community as a whole. You will have to develop a program structure and define policies clearly so that the program is focused and manageable. The company needs to decide on how much time and money can be invested in the volunteering activity.

You would need to clearly state to your employees your volunteer efforts so that enthusiasm is instilled and there is good will formed within the community. Also keep in mind that this is an indirect way of maintaining smooth public relations and marketing your company. Reward the employees who involve and take interest and appreciate their effort. When you have a recognition program others are also inspired to take it up and venture. Finally it is very important to evaluate because without that you will never know whether the exercise was successful. You may evaluate based on employee feedback i.e. their satisfaction about the program and whether it meets your overall mission.

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