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 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.