Posted by: v500 in Internet,Online,Social networking,Volunteering on December 30th, 2007

virtual volunteering picThe world has truly become small because of technology advancement and things we never even would have imagined 50 years back, we cannot live without them today. Virtual volunteering is a relatively new concept that is gaining wide popularity as you can offer your services to non profit organizations all over the world from the comfort of your home. All you require is an internet connection and a home or work computer.

One may opt for virtual volunteering due to time constraints, inability to commute, disabilities or personal preferences. Through virtual volunteering you may offer your expertise to hospitals, schools, government organizations and non profit organizations. It is not necessary that virtual means only online, the person may work virtually as well as in direct communication, it varies according to people’s preferences.

While volunteering virtually it depends on what is your area of expertise. If you are a freelance writer you may offer to write content for these websites or write proposals or any writing job. In case you are a doctor and would like to work virtually there are a number of websites willing to hire your services wherein you can enter chat menus and speak to patients online. You may opt for data entry, filling forms, recording CD’s for the blind and so on. Virtual volunteering is truly a boon to those who have a desire to work online and cannot commute. You may also be a volunteer by rendering prayer support online; speaking in chat menus, be a virtual assistant…the list is truly endless.

You love traveling and seeing new people and also you enjoy learning new languages. You love seeing the beautiful historic places all over the globe and you are truly enthralled at beautiful scenic sights all over the world. At the same time you are aware of the hardships that many persons in the underdeveloped nations are suffering and your heart goes out to them. It may not be sufficient to just express compassion but you can take some time off and offer to volunteer abroad. Volunteering abroad is generally associated with social causes like rescue work during natural calamities like earthquakes, war, Tsunami, creating eco friendly habitats, teaching slum children etc. Do you really gain something…yes a lot of experience, a good understanding of different cultures, traditions, languages and a sense of satisfaction and pride about contributing globally.

The types of volunteering opportunities available abroad are teaching English to underprivileged children, helping in procurement of good drinking water for the village as a whole or even caring for rare species of birds and other wild life in nature reserves. You may feed the hungry in homeless shelters during natural calamities, help the sick in hospitals if you are a medical practitioner or a nurse and probably just show love and compassion to children in need. The need is truly great out there probably much more than you can actually imagine so think about it, if you truly have the inclination and the strength to bear any hardships that you may encounter this will be a road to a bright career and future for you.

Posted by: v500 in Careers,Social networking,Training,Volunteering on December 23rd, 2007

Let us assume you are in a totally new country due to your spouse’s job and you are highly qualified though not as per the norms of the country you have moved into. It is a difficult situation and you are desperate to find work and you have no idea where to begin. Do not panic, volunteering is the best option for you and it has yielded results or many and will do wonders for you. As you volunteer you can acquire training and knowledge that is recognized in the place you are residing and with those credentials you may be offered a paid job.

In such situations it becomes very important to develop a strong network with people you meet because each one of them may be instrumental in finding you your dream job. As you volunteer you will meet all kinds of people from different communities and walks of life. Be friendly to all and be sure to make a lasting impact, so always warmly introduce yourself and let them know what you are interested in. You may need to pay special attention to building relationships or otherwise it may not happen. The more people you positively interact with increases your chances of finding the kind of work you are looking for.

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Do not miss any chance to network, the reason being that every new person you meet through your voluntary work whether it is a supplier, client or a supervisor may be your pathway to a brighter career opportunity.

Posted by: v500 in Community service,Public service,Religion,Volunteering on December 20th, 2007

Volunteering may seem to some as a service to society for which they do not derive any benefit. volunteerYou may feel why waste my time, energy and resources when I am not going to get anything in return. But that is not the case. Whatever the volunteering opportunity be, you are definitely benefited in several ways. The first reason why a person should offer to volunteer is because all that we have and are is by the grace of God and the more you give, the more you will receive. If you are at a crossroad and looking for some good job opportunity you may offer to volunteer for some time so that someone seeing your skills and expertise may offer you a good paid job.

You may volunteer in your free time. If you are free during weekends or evenings or your job gives you some time off, you may volunteer to do something for society. It depends on what you love to do and where you have the inclination. Volunteering to be precise comes from the heart, so do something very close to your heart, something you always longed to do but could not accomplish in your regular job. The satisfaction you derive from doing good is worth millions of dollars and the joy you see on a person for whom you willingly worked is really worth the effort. You actually feel nice about yourself and have the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile. Otherwise we just go on with our regular routine and do not stop to think of others…volunteering gives you an opportunity to think of others, serve society and as you pass through this life only once you make sure you are remembered warmly and with all respect.

Just imagine a world where no one volunteered…think of what would have happened if after the Tsunami hit the coasts of Asia, nobody bothered and everyone refused to help, if there were no voluntary doctors, no voluntary help rendered. It would truly have been a sad state of affairs. Volunteering has become a part and parcel of society and it is truly unimaginable to think of a world without it.

Let us consider some scenarios without volunteers. If there were no volunteer coaches or organizers, social and sport activities would be largely affected and there probably would be no sporting events, rugby matches, athletics, no Olympic games, the list is surely endless. Without voluntary fund raisers and organizers would it be possible to host music events, pop concerts or festivals? Imagine what we would do without the free medical advice available to people around the world with so many doctors volunteering? People would die in large numbers if we never had the Red Cross, cave and mountain rescue teams and the Samaritans. We may not have such a beautiful environment if people refused to volunteer and landscape, beautiful places and wildlife would surely be neglected. Huge numbers of old and disabled people and destitute children would be lonely and depressed.

Volunteering is important also because it helps you personally. Volunteering helps to alleviate stress helps you enjoy good health since you have a sense of achievement and satisfaction and studies have even proved that you get a peaceful night’s rest.

It was a bright day, all seemed great…but then I saw a little child peeping through the window of a toy shop with eager eyes looking at that lovely doll…I knew she could not buy it, but I could and then I found myself counting notes over the counter and believe me the ecstasy on that little face was invaluable…worth millions of dollars. This may not be called volunteering but is a small act of kindness to a little girl and when you commit your time, energy and resources to help and provide support to people in need and to organizations with no financial benefit to yourself it is called volunteering.

You may also say that by volunteering you express your citizenship and your commitment to the society as a whole. You commit your time and your energy for the benefit of society and the community as a whole. Volunteering is generally undertaken freely and by personal choice without any concern for financial gain. Volunteering may include a wide range of activities like self help, charity, citizenship, community service, public service, environmental awareness, trustee, member and helper.

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Each one sees the act of volunteering in a different way…some feel they are doing an act of kindness, some feel that they should set things in place in society and still others do it to gain new skills and increase job prospects. Whatever it is, volunteering is a noble act where you part with your services free of charge with the goal of brightening someone else’s life or doing something good to society.

Posted by: v500 in General on December 16th, 2007

We’re just getting settled — so don’t expect too many updates today. In the next few days though, we’ll be starting this website off with posts about volunteer work, how to get started, and hints on how to be the best volunteer you can be! Keep your eyes peeled! :)