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

A lot of people have been affected with AIDS in Swaziland. These are parents who succumbed to the deadly disease and living a lot of children with no parents to take care of them.

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 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.

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.

Posted by: v500 in Citizenship,Doctors,Hospital,Medical,Public service,Volunteering on March 6th, 2008

Just imagine a little child suffering from a complex heart disease about which doctors have virtually given up hope but are trying their very best at the same time. He lies there cheerful and happy not knowing what is going on surrounded by disturbed parents and relations. Does not your heart go out to help…to just brighten his day by playing with him or telling stories or even raising funds for a very expensive surgery. If that child survives the trauma and comes out healthy would not the joy be tremendous but even if the outcome is disappointing, you will have the satisfaction that you did your best.

Volunteering for hospitals is a very satisfying job and you will have many opportunities available. You may even use it on your resume or college application as proof that you are a compassionate and caring person. If you need a reference like that, you may ask for a letter of recommendation from your volunteer supervisor. You may call or visit your local hospital to find out about their volunteer program and probably fill an application and a background check would be done. After approval you may sign up for volunteer shifts as per your convenience. You may also provide dolls or blankets for deserving patients and could also plan a one day visit as a group or with your family to brighten someone’s day. The stress of illness is truly very frustrating and the aid of volunteers is really appreciated and gratefully accepted. If you can put a smile of hope on a saddened face…the satisfaction you receive is truly invaluable.

Posted by: v500 in Internship,Teaching,Volunteering on January 4th, 2008

You are at the crossroads…you need to get focused in your career and begin working. You have a number of student loans to close so you only feel like going for paid jobs. But in many cases paid jobs may not come along unless you have sufficient experience. It is always a wise thing to do some volunteering or take up an internship with an INTERNSHIPorganization so that you can show it in your resume and let people know about your talents and capabilities. It is an added bonus to your resume so even a period of 6 months should do, you could work during your last semester and then show it in your resume. A bit of planning and focus could ensure you get a job once you are fresh out of college.

Internships are generally taken up by students who need experience in a specific field or for those who want to switch careers. Generally intern students are hired as replacements and may work for a very less pay or no pay at all. Internships actually offer a lot of education, learning and experience in a specific field which you can show in your resume. There are several types of internships and they are many times volunteering opportunities. There may be paid internships too but do not hesitate if you get an unpaid one only because it will give you the same expertise and experience and the prospects of a better job. Internship can be termed as a pre-employment opportunity wherein you get a feel of what work in the real world is like.

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.

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