Archive for June, 2012
Volunteer abroad: pre-trip planning
There are around 1.6 million volunteers who have left home to go and volunteer in different parts of the world. Some of them planned as early as two years in advance on when they are going to volunteer and what they would do. While for some of them it took less than two weeks to plan and leave home. Depending on the individual, early planner or late planner, it is advisable to plan in advance for a volunteer abroad trip. Advance preparation helps the volunteer to: make everything ready before leaving; taking advantage of budget deals; get time to sort out finances; have more options and avoid last minute problems. Volunteers who use volunteer travel organizations don’t have to plan much as they are helped by the organizations and they oversee everything. However volunteers who are travelling independently will be forced to plan in advance so as to make the most of their trip.
Here are a couple of more reasons to plan in advance:
Every country has travel advisories on various destinations. The countries use their embassies to get information of the country they are in. The embassies provide their governments with regular advice about travelling in that country. These regular updates are used by the governments to warn its citizens about traveling in a particular country. They warn about the safety of travelling in a country. They warn against terrorism threats, government being overthrown and natural disasters. Volunteers should pay attention to these warnings especially during these times when many of the governments in Arab nations are being over thrown. The travel warnings also help avoid natural disasters like the one in Japan and New Zealand. With these warnings the volunteer could have adequate time to change the country in which they are planning to go to.
When the volunteer has picked a program months in advance of their departure date they can find out as much as possible about the volunteer abroad program. They can talk directly to the organization that is providing the program. They can find out exactly what they will be doing; the expectations; rules and regulations; dress code; and what they can bring. There will be adequate time to find out about the country. During this time they could research about the country find out about: currency; culture; national language; norms and population. They can time to read through guide books and look at maps to know how to move around.
During pre-trip planning the volunteers will look at where they will be staying. They can find out about the accommodation that will be available to them, form homestay, hotel, hostel, dormitories and group homes. They can also decide which option is the best accommodation that will fit in their budget. If they are going to stay in a homestay they can communicate directly to the host and find out if the home is a perfect fit for them. During this time they can find out what is being provided in each hotel, hostel and group home.
Pre-trip check list
The checklist is prepared to make sure the volunteer will have gotten everything they require for their trip. The list could include: things to buy; vaccination required; passports visas and flight insurance; air tickets and many more. Making a list will help be organized and help them to prepare for everything in a timely manner. This way they will be able to deal with unexpected issues that could crop up on the way.
Job Volunteering 16-25
Among those businesses you may want to consider charity work in are hospitals, some long term care facilities, grocery stores, charity groups, and many other establishments as well. This can also allow people to gain new relationships and earn a good reputation for when they are ready to go out into the working world in the future.
Volunteers are a great help to businesses. For instance, those who work as volunteers in hospitals help patients to have a more tolerable stay while they are ill. Nursing home patients may enjoy having a volunteer come visit them from time to time just to keep them company. Volunteers in grocery stores can be helpful by carrying bags out for customers or helping them locate certain items in the store.
Volunteering your time to help charity groups can also be an enjoyable thing to do. Knowing you are helping those in need can be a rewarding experience that you can be proud of.
Many elderly people who are shut-ins need volunteers to run occasional errands for them. Having trustworthy people who can go pay their bills or make trips to the store for them when needed can be a tremendous help.
Another benefit of being a volunteer is how you are perceived by the public eye. Most likely if you do well at job volunteering, you will be considered strongly should you ever want a permanent job at that particular business. When business managers see they can depend on you as a volunteer your reputation as a good worker will be set in stone. It is also a nice addition to have volunteer work listed on a resume as experience working with others in your community.
Volunteer Recognition Lapel Pins
Volunteers are a wonderful and necessary part of every organization. If it wasn’t for their commitment, businesses and organizations wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything that they set out to do. That’s because many times, there is such a demand on a non-profit, foundation or charitable organization’s resources but not enough employees to make everything happen. That’s where volunteers come in. They donate money and time so that things run smoothly.
Lapel pins go a long way in offering volunteers recognition for all that they do. Small yet complete with a positive message, they have a way of encouraging people better than other types of award items. Have you thought of offering a lapel pin that says “Thanks for all you do”? What a great way to give a little something special to each and every person that helps out your organization or cause.
Volunteers around the country wear custom lapel pins for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few to think about:
To establish identity
To show pride in the group or organization that they are volunteering for
To demonstrate different levels of achievement
To highlight different sets of skills
To provide support for others in need
To educate the public about the different things a group or organization does
Volunteers love recognition. That’s why you should create custom lapel pins just for them. Classic and considered a true value, they have a way of making the men and women that help out your business and organization feel like a valuable part of your team.
Visit http://www.lapelpinsrus.com to get to know more about the different styles of lapel pins that we have to offer. You can also see if there are any types of presentation options you want to purchase with your order as well. Call 1-800-480-6822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas today. We’ll get started on your free price quote right away.