Whether you are volunteering, traveling, or studying abroad for any length of time, you will most likely encounter culture shock at some point. Here is a look at what you will be feeling during each of the stages.Excitement/Honeymoon Phase
You have just arrived and are ready for adventure. Everything is new and exciting, and you wish you had an eternity to live and learn in your new environment. Small differences in customs seem insignificant and you can see no potential problems.Withdrawal/Frustration Phase:
Peace, education, justice, and the welfare of youth have long been recognized as the foundations of a thriving society. While conflict and poor economic conditions have left many in a sense of hopelessness in the Middle East, two great organizations have provided relief and promoted peaceful solutions in Lebanon and the U.S.: Dar Al Ayatam Al Islamiya and the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation.
Here is a look at the great work both do individually, and perhaps more importantly, what they do together!
Dar Al Ayatam Al Islamiya
The Social Welfare Institutions in Lebanon was founded in...
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.—Frederick Douglass
According to UNESCO, global illiteracy hovers at approximately 1 billion people, two-thirds of which are women. While acknowledging the correlation between income and illiteracy, in 2012 this statistic has driven countless volunteers to promoting literacy both in the U.S. and abroad. Volunteers and development experts alike have agreed that the key to solving many of the world’s socioeconomic problems begins with addressing the need to build a more literate adult population.
Located in the hub of three worlds, Morocco is part of Africa, the Middle East, and just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Europe. While this has promoted some degree of cultural diversification and an outlet for modernity, today Morocco is ranked 130th on the UN’s Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed countries of the world.
Volunteering opportunities in Morocco exist all over the country, and many organizations have identified three main areas of concern: language acquisition, poverty reduction, and women’s empowerment.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ---Mahatma Gandhi
Can you honestly say that you don’t love animals? Neither can most people, which is why volunteering in animal shelters is one of the most popular forms of service both domestically and abroad. No matter what area of the world, shelters rely on volunteer assistance to improve the living conditions of the animals they house. Whether sifting through files or developing an exercise regimen, volunteers improve the lives of the animals they work with in unimaginable ways.