Holiday Gifts for Parent Volunteers

Holiday Gifts for Parent Volunteers

Teachers, as the holidays approach, may be thinking that there is a parent or two who has been especially helpful in the classroom.  In such instances, the teacher may feel prompted to show appreciation with a small token during holiday time.  
With times tight and school budgets affecting teachers, gifts should be meaningful without breaking your budget.  Not to worry this year, for ID lanyards actually make ideal gifts for parent volunteers.  It is quite possible that those who regularly help in your classroom are required to wear some form of identification given to them by the school office.  This may be a simple “parent volunteer” sticky badge that they wear on their clothing.
For the parent who is in your classroom often, you can treat them to a great way to wear even a sticky badge ID.  ID lanyards, such as those typically worn by teachers, make the ideal gift for parent volunteers, too.  Sticky badges can wear off and curl up at the ends.  And although parent volunteers may not be professional teachers’ assistants, they are appreciative of whatever encouragement they get from those they work closely with.  While their ID badge may not be the same as those employed by the school, they can take advantage of ID lanyards to wear whatever identification they do show.
ID lanyards are highly convenient and now highly stylish as well.  In years past, a lanyard may have been a simple nylon rope.

Today, however, jewelry lanyards are all the rage and totally in style for every personality.  Teachers are just some of the professionals that love the convenience and style of the new jewelry lanyards.  
Although they may look delicate due to beaded designs, jewelry lanyards are actually quite strong and able to hold keys and other small items.  Giving this type of gift to your parent volunteers may lead them to use their stylish new lanyard both at home and when they are working in the classroom or in some other area of the school.  
A lanyard makes a great gift for not only parent volunteers, but may also be quite handy as a gift for students as well.  If students also wear identification at school, then ID lanyards are as useful for them as they are for the teachers who teach them.  
Going beyond the classroom, teachers may also have a person in administration who has proved to be an invaluable help to their day to day operations.  If you are a teacher who has someone like this, you once again can reach towards jewelry lanyards to provide you with the ultimate affordable gift for your special helper.
All in all, the gift of a lanyard is ideal for very many uses and settings.  With the holidays fast approaching and many people to buy for, this one item can meet the needs of the majority of people on your shopping list.  When time and money are valuable resources, which they always are, affordably priced gifts that wow the recipient are your best friend!

Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador

Ecuador is located in the continent of South America, where it borders the Pacific Ocean at the equator, in between Colombia and Peru. With its capital at Quinto, Ecuador boasts an estimated population of 14 million persons, who are mostly a mixture of Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) and Amerindian. The official language in Ecuador is Spanish, while the pre dominant religion is Roman Catholic.

 

Ecuador has a democratically-elected government and national assembly, the current president being Rafael Correa who was elected in November 26, 2006. The country has used the U.S. dollar as its official currency since 2000, ever since its currency collapsed in 1997. Both U.S. coins and Ecuadorian coins, which are equivalent to the value of the U.S. coins, are used.

 

The climate and weather in Ecuador is mainly tropical, but if packing for specificity, then a basic idea is thatthe weather is tropical along coast, it becomes cooler as you head inland at higher elevations, and tropical in the Amazonian jungle and lowlands.

For a volunteer one should know that Ecuador has 4 diverse regions: the Amazon Rain forest, the Coast, the highland Andes, and the Galapagos Archipelago, but as there may be some differences in cultural practices within these regions, mainly evidenced by mode of dressing, the Roman Catholic Church has a strong influence on personal and social behavior, making it part of national identity.

Most holidays and celebrations are based on Christian festivals. Due to historical circumstances the Church is also wrapped up with the process of government, however, traditional gender roles still remain, the man is the breadwinner and the wife looks after the home. Therefore from birth, children are raised to understand that they will have different roles and expectations in life, remember this while dealing with local volunteers to avoid meeting cultural barriers.

 

Ecuadorians are known for being warm and polite. They can be quite tactile and tend to stand much closer to each other when speaking than in many other cultures. As a result they are highly tuned to body language and non-verbal communication, so if you are from a culture that is less reliant on relationships, trust and non-verbal cues then you need to watch what messages you may, or may not, be giving, in order to have an easier time communicating with the local people.

There are many volunteer opportunities that exist in Ecuador include sports coaching, animal conservation, teaching, orphanage work, social work, HIV/AIDS etc. It is also a great place for volunteers or students who want to learn to speak Spanish. They can improve their Spanish by living with the local people and being immersed in their culture.

 

 

 

Volunteer abroad programs for teens

Volunteer abroad programs for teens

There are teens who want to give back to the society and some want to travel abroad to help those with needs. Teens who want to volunteer abroad could be the age of 13 to 19 years. Teens bring incredible energy and enthusiasm to the volunteer programs. There are many volunteer abroad programs which include: teaching, orphanage work, HIV/AIDS work, Community development, health or medical programs. Many of these programs don’t require any qualifications and anyone can apply for them. Choosing a program depends on the volunteer likes, skills, qualifications and strengths.  Although there are various options available for the teens there are some which are best suited for them. Here are a couple of programs that are popular with teens:

 

 

Volunteer sports programs

 

Depending on the country they are going to, there are a number of volunteer sports programs.

In the sports programs the volunteer could be expected to teach various sports to the participants. The participants are normally kids and other teens. The sports include football, rugby, extreme sports, basketball, tennis and other sports. . The main role for the volunteers will be acting as a coach, and they will be responsible for teaching the rules of the sports. Other roles will include: preparing and implementing sports camps, planning sports lessons, fostering local talents and preparing tournaments. Anyone can volunteer in these programs, but athletic ones and those who love sports are the ones who are better placed for such programs.

 

 

Volunteer teaching programs

 

Volunteers will teach public schools, orphanages and community schools.. The volunteer will be involved in teaching English, Math, Science, Music, social Studies and physical education. The volunteers will partner with local teachers and other volunteers to provide proper education to the children. The teens who are best suited for this program are the ones who like kids; enjoy teaching, and prefer certain subjects. The roles and responsibilities include: Spending time with the kids; Work as a teaching assistant; Work as a social worker with the Administrator; Help in cooking and cleaning; Help in sports activities; and Playing with the kids

 

 

Volunteer orphanage work

 

Volunteer orphanage work involves working with kids who have lost their parents or have a single parent but the parent can’t support the family. The kids in the orphanage range between the ages of 3 to 18 years. The volunteer will be expected to help out in the orphanage. Most of the work that will be done will be early in the mornings and in the afternoons, during the day the children in the orphanage will be in school. The main roles and responsibilities include: taking care of the kids, feeding the children, playing with the kids, washing them, helping out with their homework and mentoring the children. The volunteers who do this work are the ones who love kids, patient and fun loving.

 

 

Wildlife programs

 

Wildlife conservation programs deals with a host of animals. The programs could include land animals and marine life. The programs are in the animals habitats meaning in some programs the volunteers will be working in a jungle, in the ocean, game parks and deserts. The main roles and responsibilities include rescuing animals, help in making censuses, researching on the wild animals, prevention of poaching, rehabilitation of the animals, study behavioral patterns of animals. These programs are for volunteers who love working with animals; don’t mind basic conditions and can stay in the wild for long periods of time.