Archive for July, 2012
Volunteer in Africa
Volunteering in Africa is a new trend that is rising in the world. Many people are looking to Africa and find ways to help the local communities. Volunteering in Africa provides a host of new opportunities and challenges to whomever who wants to volunteer abroad. Africa is the second largest continent in the world. Second to Asia, it has a billion people with a diverse set of cultures. There are over 1000 languages spoken from Kiswahili to Arabic. Sudan is the largest country while Seychelles is the smallest. The main official languages spoken are English, French and Spanish. There are also two main religions which are, Christianity and Islam, although there are many more traditional religions or folk religions. The African continent lies on the equator, making most of the countries in Africa being tropical. The main seasons in Africa are mainly summer and autumn.
The rainy seasons are mainly in June to July and November and December. During the rainy seasons there could be flooding which occurs in areas near rivers and lakes. Other than that it’s usually sunny all throughout the year. Except from the southern African countries, where they experience winter in the middle of the year. The African Geography is also unique with the highest point being in Mount Kilimanjaro, the second largest mountain in the world, while the lowest points lie in the Rift valley in Kenya. The largest desert in the world lies is the Kalahari Desert which cuts across several countries. The longest river lies in Egypt, River Nile. All these make volunteering in Africa to be a unique and a beautiful experience.
Volunteer programs and projects
Despite the rich beauty and the bountiful resources that are available in Africa, there are a number of problems that continue to plague the continent. One of the main problems that Africa has is unstable governments and human rights abuse which are seen in a couple of countries. For example in the democratic republic of Congo, it is referred to as the rape capital whereby 1 in 5 women have been raped. But in the stable democratic countries in Africa, they have unique volunteer programs and projects available for whoever wants to volunteer. Depending on the country you go to you will find a project where you can be useful. The programs and projects include: orphanage work, teaching kids in primary and secondary school; teaching English as a second language; Health/ Medical work; HIV/AIDS work; community development work; care for the disabled work; conservation work, working with wildlife; teaching basic computer skills; teaching sports; work on marine conservation projects and preserving habitats; help build homes. The opportunities are all different in the countries, like teaching English in Kenya is very different from teaching English in Ghana. The programs prices differ greatly depending on the living standards and the volunteer travel company you use.
Wildlife and tourism
There are over 50 million tourists who visit Africa to see the beautiful landscape and the wild animals. The most popular places visited are the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the azure waters in Mauritius, Cape Town in South Africa and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. In Africa there is the largest diversity of animals and plants. It the best continent to tour if you are looking at adventure tours. The best time to come to Africa is between Julys to December but unfortunately it is the high season. Africa boasts the great wildebeest migration where they move from Kenya and go to Tanzania across the Mara. Africa is the host of the big five animals which are lions, buffalos, elephants, rhino and leopards. For bird lovers, there are ornithological tours which you get to see a great number of species and variety found in certain areas. There are a great number of beaches available to those who prefer lying on the coast. The tour prices range between the travel agent you are using and the season in which you choose to travel.
When you really want to visit and experience Africa then you should see the African culture. With over 1 billion people; 3000 tribes with the Bantu being the largest; 1000 languages, and 1000 folk religions. Africa is said to be the cradle of mankind with most of the early man being found here. And with the oldest civilization being Egypt, there are many unique and beautiful cultures in Africa to see from sharing a meal in Morocco with a family and doing chores in an orphanage in South Africa. Most African cultures are welcoming and love seeing new people. There are many cultures and tribes which vary from each other across the continent. For example the Zulu are the largest tribe in South Africa; Luhya is the second largest tribe in Kenya. These two differ greatly not only in language but in how they do most of the things but they also share some common habits.
Volunteering and adveunture in Nepal
Volunteer will be teaching English Language to Buddhist Monks at the monasteries. There is no any specific curriculum for teaching has been set up; volunteer will help them with focusing to enhance English speaking knowledge of monks. Most of the monks have communicative English language with moderate pronunciation and accent.
Most of the monks are between 10 to 16 years of age, depending on monasteries size it varies numbers of learner’s number 15 to 70. Volunteers teach them 1 to 3 hours a day five days a week. The monasteries locations are situated in rural, urban and semi urban settings. We accept application for one week to three months and possibly extend more.
We accept volunteer through all discipline, volunteer do not have to be native English speaker as well as trained.
But as an English Language Instructor they most have basic knowledge about grammar. Further more volunteers have to be with strong zeal and opened mind.
Volunteer will be placed as per project need currently we run this program in Kathmandu, Pokhar, Pharping and Lamjung.
Volunteer will get meal three times a day that can be expected rice lentil soup with vegetable two times a day and once a snack in noon that would be instant noodles, beaten rice and popcorn etc. Sometimes monastery from Pharping and Pokhara provide you with Tibetan food noodle and soup.
During volunteering you will be placed in a room inside monastery you will get you own room but apart from Pokhara monastery you have to share wash room with other monks.
There is program fee involved with our program please have a look on our web page we have clearly quoted that covers your food, accommodation, orientation, mini sightseeing, transportation and project support.
Interested ones can apply along with recent resume at following email add. We welcome all queries if you require any further information.
if you need any further questions then please visit our website http://handsforhelp.org.np
Getting Your Family Organized
Getting organized is not just about organizing yourself. It’s about organizing your family as well. No man (or woman) can do it alone – at least not without driving themselves crazy!
From time to time, I have been asked by my clients to help them not only get better organized around the house but get the rest of the family involved in the process. It is vital that every member of the family participate in creating and maintaining an organized home.
I have worked with large families, small families, single parents and blended families. With each family comes different challenges but when working one-on-one with the family, I am able to create a plan that works.
Here are some suggestions that you can incorporate into your family plan:
HOLD FAMILY MEETINGS One of the best ways to keep the communication flowing with your immediate family members is to hold weekly family meetings. Set aside one day each week to sit around the table with everyone to discuss upcoming plans, fill in the family calendar, review upcoming family vacations, decide on weekly meals, address school issues, etc. Make this mandatory, even if your kids sigh at the thought. Keep it positive. Try to keep the meeting under 30 minutes.
GIVE EVERYONE THINGS TO DO The household chores and errands should never fall on one single household member’s shoulders. Most often they fall on Mom. Make a list of everything that needs to be done each week. Then assign tasks among all of the family members. (See information on creating a Weekly Responsibility Chart below.) And remember, even toddlers can help in one way or another. The responsibilities assigned should be age appropriate. It’s best to teach family responsibilities from a young age.
GET ON THE SAME PAGE WITH YOUR SPOUSE Children need consistency. If you’re always telling your kids to pick up after themselves, and your spouse lets things slide and either picks up after the kids or doesn’t even pick up after themselves, then your kids are going to get mixed messages. When husbands and wives make rules that they both agree upon, then the kids must adhere to them also. You will find that there will be much less resistance and frustration this way.
MAKE IT REWARDING If there’s never a reward for doing something, what’s the fun in that? Some families give kids allowances for doing their chores. Other families clean and organize together and then celebrate with a pizza party or a movie when everything is complete. Younger children are generally thrilled to build up “stars” or “stickers” for jobs well done. They can then turn them in for prizes, like helping Mom bake cookies or going to the park with Dad. Older children tend to work better with either an allowance or the promise to be able to do something special. It’s best to build up towards the reward as opposed to taking away from the reward. Remember, keep it positive!
When I work with families, I start by conducting the first family meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to get everyone together and focused. I provide the parents with some guidelines to create a list of all of the responsibilities involved in running the household.
I help the family create a Weekly Responsibility Chart. The purpose of the chart is not only to put the chores the children need to be responsible for, but also include the parents’ responsibilities. It is important for the children to see that everyone is involved in the process.
The list is then divided up among the members of the household, keeping in mind the chore or responsibility needs to be age appropriate. The tasks are then added onto the Weekly Responsibility Chart.
The next step is to create the Reward Chart. The children will be able to see, on a weekly basis, how they are progressing towards their rewards.
Both the Weekly Responsibility Chart and the Reward Chart should be prominently displayed either on a kitchen wall, in the mud room, on the inside of a door or any central location in the home. The goal is to create an atmosphere where the entire family functions as a unit.
The parents should make sure they get together with each child, one-on-one, so they can discuss which chores they will be responsible for on a weekly basis and how the reward system will work. The parents will also have their responsibilities listed on the chart. Remember, it is important for the children to see that the parents are also participating, not just giving orders. The children can clearly see what those responsibilities are.
Consistently keeping the family unit working well together takes some effort but everyone involved will benefit.
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Volunteer Abroad Organizations Review
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew. There are so many organizations out there that a volunteer can choose to use. It sometimes gets hard to choose which organization to use and to find reviews about the organization the volunteer has chosen. Although, there are websites which review and rate organizations depending on their clients experience. Some of the websites are abroad review and review centre, they get views from past volunteers and publish them on their site. This information is useful to find how the organization treats its clients. Here are some of the reviews from the websites:
Volunteer Capital Centre
I was a bit skeptical about using Volunteer Capital Centre (VCC) as I was unsure what goes on while you are abroad. But when I arrived in the country I was welcomed with so much love and care. They were waiting at the airport and took to me to a wonderful homestay. I immediately bonded with all the family members and they made me feel so welcomed. I was taken to my volunteer project and had the best time of my life. I worked in a community development program and it was hard and fun at the same time. I highly recommend this organization to anyone and I cant wait to go back.
Volunteer HQ review
I Spent 3 weeks working with IVHQ in Nairobi. Best experience of my life and still upset at having left over 4 weeks later. The country and children I worked with really tugs at the heart strings. Already planning my next trip back there in 2012 hopefully. Had an amazing host family with grace and her two little ones and James from Fadhili ensured we were always happy. Cannot speak highly enough of the Kenyan people. Highly recommend as a destination.
Global Crossroad review
We (me and my wife) undertook a 3-Week Volunteer program (teaching) at an Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. This was our first such initiative in global volunteerism. From the very beginning Global Crossroads (Mr. Mohan) guided us in selecting the program, making local arrangements (and providing specific/ detailed info of Dos and Donts), calling the host Family, and list goes on. All the arrangements were as outlined and it turned out to be one of the life-time experiences (which we share with everyone and the listeners are surprised at our enthusiasm for such a positive view considering our age and food restrictions – Strict Vegetarian). We will be happy to provide/ e-mail correspondence with anyone who may have Qs. We are now ready to plan for next exotic country in 2013.
I think this organization probably used to be good. There was a change of management 6 months ago and since then the place has fallen apart. Volunteers get barely any support, the management team is unacceptably rude, and some placement hosts have accused Ikando of not paying up the promised donations. During my recent placement I saw several volunteers cut short their time with Ikando and return home early. I would recommend you find another organization to volunteer with.
Global vision International review
My time spent in the small hill tribe village of Huay Pakoot was among the most memorable experiences I have had up to date. Not only did the GVI staff offer help and guidance, but they also all exhibit the same passion and motivation that I aspire to emulate. I cannot emphasize enough how important the Thai Elephant project and the Elephant Vet Aid Outpost (EVAO) are in the fight for saving the critically endangered Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) from the brink of extinction. The accommodation in Huay Pakoot is basic at best, BUT it is equalized by the hospitality provided by your home stay families, who cook and cater three meals a day for each volunteer. I am a vegetarian and had no dramas in having my home stay meet my dietary requirements. In saying that, the food that the locals cook is AMAZING! All produce is grown and harvested in the local area, so if you like fresh food, Huay Pakoot is the place to be.
A broad view review
Thanks again for making this happen for us, it was a life changing trip and hopefully the first of many volunteer abroad trips for me personally. I wouldn’t hesitate to use A Broader View again, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me in the future to help me coordinate another journey.