November 19, 2015
Preparing For Your First Volunteering Project Abroad
Heading out for your first volunteering project abroad is an exciting time, which many volunteers look forward to with mounting anticipation for months. However, it can also be daunting  - particularly as you may never have done something so independent or far-flung before. Knowing quite how to prepare can be a tricky task - so here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Do Some Research
Assuming that you have already chosen a project and your fundraising is proceeding according to plan, you’ll probably have a...
November 05, 2015
Volunteering as you travel is a wonderful way to see the world, learn more about different cultures and ways of life, and really make a difference to the lives of individuals in the countries that you visit. Volunteering abroad is an incredibly worthwhile thing to do, both in terms of the help and support you can provide to communities in need, and your own enrichment and development. However people are often surprised by just how costly choosing to volunteer abroad can be: volunteers are generally responsible for funding their airfare, their accommodation costs, and any other living...
October 08, 2015
Volunteer is a person, who works not for the money, but because of the desire to help and enjoys helping those who are in need. Volunteering is never an obligation; it is always an act of free will.
[Alex Karlov, a blogger]
In my previous post, I described 5 reasons why volunteering is especially useful while you are young. And today I would like to talk about the most important things for every volunteer...
September 28, 2015
People volunteer for many different reasons, especially wanting to help others in difficult times, or when they have experienced something themselves and this knowledge could be useful for those in same situation. But it is also OK to want volunteer for self developing and personal education.
“Volunteer is not a job, nor a hobby, it is a calling.”
- Helen Keller
Being a volunteering student, most of all I wanted to be useful and help...
July 04, 2015
10 minutes after landing in Bagdogra, Anna (my fiance) and I found the airport to be gently swaying, moving side to side, almost peacefully, so it didn't raise panic immediately. We had just arrived 10 minutes earlier and climbed to the second floor of the airport, awaiting our friends and ready to exit. At first I thought the swaying was because of the wind, blowing the structure, or maybe from the jets of a departing plane.
It didn't matter that I had never felt an airport swing before because my mind was not fully focused on the movement. Only after...
February 12, 2015
The hardest goal I have ever set before myself was to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. I had no previous climbing experience, but I saw Kili as an opportunity to achieve greatness.
After four days of climbing for eight hours a day, day five started at midnight in order to reach the peak by sunrise. Only the stars in the sky and the snow around us were visible. I remember singing with our guide “Jambo Bwana, habori gani?” to stay awake and moving.
Around seven in the morning, I slowed down. I was barely moving my feet from exhaustion and...
November 09, 2014
Upon the first day of orientation in Ankara, the Fulbright Commission gifted all of the English Teaching Assistants with a book, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of An American Teacher in Turkey by Kevin Revolinski. I found tremendous comfort in Revolinski’s words. As the craziest and most bizarre stories began happening to me I thought, “How will anyone believe me? Is there anyone who will understand?” Revolinski understood.
In fact, after finishing the book, I wrote to Revolinski requesting an interview. Revolinski’s book aided me; therefore, it can surely serve the...
June 22, 2014
During my travels, I have had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Sellers. He is 27 years old and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He works as a freelance graphic designer in Detroit and at restaurant in the area. Following high school, Dan began to travel and volunteer around the world. His travels delayed his graduation from college, but Dan was able to venture to South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While visiting the far corners of the globe, Dan volunteered. Seven years later, Dan is still volunteering abroad. He is THE voluntourist. Below, is my interview with Dan where...
June 07, 2014
Do you ever feel completely alone, without the willingness and energy to follow a sunny day?
No? Well, I do.
It was the 27th of May, I was on my way back home from work. Because of walking next to the Cathedral of Vic, after seeing its main entrance opened, I decided to enter and enjoy the atmosphere there. After a few minutes of contemplation, I realized that all doors are closed. I saw one nun and asked her about any possible exit. We started to talk and finally we got to the conclusion that because of the fact that I love trekking, I...
June 03, 2014
A gap year can be defined as a break from the professional world to pursue other interests. Often, this term is associated with volunteerism. Although intimidating, a gap year can provide an abundance of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that can help an individual excel once returning to the professional world. Here highlighted are three brave young women who took a gap year after high school, before college, and the advantages they gained from the experience.
Callie Orsini (University of Georgia)- For Callie’s gap year, she traveled to Central America. She...