Why Become a Volunteer?
Have you come to the end of your rope with all of the economic turmoil, social unrest and general malaise that invades our daily lives? Many people have become frustrated with the “system” and with the pervasive greed that appears to have firm control of our planet. And they are no longer standing by, hoping it will all get better. They are doing something about it themselves by finding opportunities to help society at large by finding opportunities such as becoming a volunteer in Guatemala, or elsewhere. They are stepping beyond themselves and their material comforts to reach out to the less fortunate in the world. They are giving of themselves to improve the quality of life on this planet one family at a time.
People from all walks of life have discovered a tremendous dissatisfaction with what their lives have become.
Being wage slaves to mortgages, car payments and excessive taxation, they are realizing that the life they spent in pursuit of material satisfaction was in vain, and they are taking steps to rectify that. With the help of Aid organizations all over the world, volunteers are stepping up and stepping forward by the thousands in service to their fellow man, and they’re finding that the rewards are greater than any material success they would enjoy living in comfort. They are making sacrifices in their daily lives to help improve the lives of those born into less fortunate circumstances than their own, and many of them are finding true happiness for the first time.
While aid organizations are able to help organize and focus the efforts of traveling volunteers, the costs of these ventures are such that individuals must be able to provide their own transportation and housing. Even so, most find that this is a small sacrifice to be able to truly reach out and help those most in need. The organizations are the most helpful when it comes to pairing a volunteer with certain skills with an area, locale or population that is lacking in what that volunteer can provide. For instance, volunteers with dental experience are encouraged to volunteer in Guatemala where rural dental care is nearly non-existent. And those with construction and agricultural experience are encouraged to volunteer in Costa Rica to help local populations with housing and cutting edge farming techniques to make the most of limited resources. One thing is certain, when volunteers offer their time and talents to those less fortunate, everyone wins.