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Virtual Help by Online Volunteering
Online Volunteering is the term used for volunteers who work online without pay to help others or share their knowledge to a community. If you have a computer or a laptop at home with an internet access you are eligible for anything which can be done online. The only thing you require is right knowledge and skill to perform that job based on web.There are many organizations that look for online volunteers for their work. A work of an online volunteer may range from developing websites of non-profit organizations or it may be some legal advice given to a particular welfare community.
According to the above description, anybody whether it may you, me or anybody can be an online or you may say a virtual volunteer. An online volunteer should be skillful about the job he is going to perform in the web for any organization.
Skills may include good programming knowledge, good content writing ability, legal advices, knowledge and understanding of different foreign languages. It can be an expert advice to a consulting job and whatever can be possible through the World Wide Web.
The concept of online volunteering is best for those who have the limitations in terms of transport and time. So it creates a world of opportunities for people who are disabled by any way. Online Volunteers always have different types of work to deal with in diverse fields. Some of them are data analysis, internet research, different types of translation jobs, website design, expert advice etc. which are done based on the web and without pay. There are many benefits of being an online volunteer. You as a person can have a great knowledge database of different countries of the world, their diverse culture and languages. You can learn extra skills which you may not learn in your standard workplace.
An online volunteer can work at any time of the day. He does not have to change his clothes or travel somewhere to work. He can work in the comfort of his house and do the work. It is not possible for all organizations to recruit people for all specializations. So organizations recruit online volunteers who possess those skills and in turn they get more experienced that field. People who faced one or more types of disability can also enjoy the benefits of work which is far better than sitting idle at home.
This will not only help them to have a confidence on themselves and also pass the time in a better way. This will help to gain access to the hundreds of resources who are generally not seen in physical corporate offices.Online volunteers help an organization to increase the employee strength that are virtual and can carry with them a lot of knowledge base. People from all parts of the world and diverse work culture meet here sharing one global umbrella.
Volunteer in Spain with Volunteering Solutions
Volunteering Solutions just started providing placement in one of the Europe’s most traveled country that is Spain. Volunteer in Spain and experience a once in a lifetime, fun and challenging experience where you can get immersed in the local culture, learn new skills and meet new people. Our volunteer programs in Spain are suitable for anyone on a Gap year, career break, families looking to volunteer together or anyone interested in short term volunteer project. We offer programs in partnership with local organizations in the Valencia Region in the Eastern part of Spain. Valencia is a coastal city with almost one million residents.
If you want to Volunteer Abroad in a structured, organized program, it is often a good idea to arrange it before you leave home.
Planning ahead also gives you the opportunity to decide exactly what kind of volunteering you would like to do. There are so many different options, from placements that focus on interacting with people such as teaching or childcare, more physical work in construction or sport, or working with animals. Those who look for volunteering opportunities while abroad are likely to have less opportunity for choice in choosing how to spend their time as a volunteer.
A volunteer placement also allows travellers the opportunity to spend a solid amount of time in one place, which can be particularly appealing to travellers who have spent months living out of a rucksack. By committing yourself to a volunteer placement, you can really experience daily life in the area you are working in, perhaps staying with a host family, and gaining a cultural insight that is often hard to achieve if you follow the standard travellers’ routes. Choosing to volunteer abroad not only gives you the opportunity to make a positive influence on the country you are travelling in, but also allows you to gain an authentic experience that would otherwise be impossible.
In Spain, we provide program placement in 2 different programs, that is: -
1. Marine Conservation Work
2. Volunteer with Children
Marine Conservation Work: – The Conservation Project is located in Denia, a traditional fishing town 100 kilo meters south of Valencia and home of the Marine Reserve in the Cape of San Antonio. Volunteers participating in these projects will learn new skills and contribute to minimize the environmental impact of their travel and get involved in important conservation and research programs. Volunteer tasks include underwater cleaning; learn to accurately identify the targeted species, survey and data collection of underwater habitats in danger and helping with the logistical operations.
Volunteer with Children: – Volunteers will help supporting a playing and learning area for children at risk of social exclusion and also contribute to create helping network for marginal neighborhoods. Volunteer tasks include helping primary and high school students with their homework, teach English, play games with the kids, organize all kinds of cultural activities, serve as mentors and role models and are an international friend for the children.
The Benefits of Volunteering Abroad
Volunteer work means giving your time and energy to work in a project without getting paid. Volunteering Solutions provides program placement in different countries and in different fields. As you will be putting in your time, energy and money, the volunteer programs available are flexible. The flexibility comes by choosing the numbers of hours that you are willing to work in a day and the duration of the volunteer program.
Also most of the work that you will be doing does not need any academic qualifications, which means anyone can apply. So if you are willing to help and care you are most welcome to join our programs in 19 different countries worldwide. Most volunteer abroad programs involve a lot of traveling, so we don’t want you to go to another country and find yourself being ineffective. You should put considerable research in to the work that you will be doing abroad. In that, you want to choose a program whereby it emphasizes on your strengths, skills and abilities. Here are examples of the most popular volunteer abroad programs that are available with Volunteering Solutions: -
Volunteer Teaching programs
This is the most popular volunteer program. Volunteers will work in private, public schools, orphanages and community schools. The volunteer work involves working with kids who are 4 to 16 years old. The volunteer will be involved in teaching some of the subjects like English, Math, Science, Music and physical education. The volunteers will partner with local teachers and other volunteers to provide proper education to the children. The main duties involve Work as a teaching assistant: teaching classes, looking after administrative tasks, help in sports activities and playing with the kids. For this program, you will need to love kids, teaching and to be patient with the kids. Sometimes some training for this program is needed but it’s not mandatory. Schools are not open throughout the year; you should time your volunteer work in order to coincide with the school calendar. We have Teaching program in also all countries where we provide volunteering opportunities, so just be sure which program destination interests you the most so that you can start your program at the earliest.
Volunteer orphanage work
Working in children’s orphanages is very popular, and it’s the most fun and engaging. If you like kids and want to change their lives for the better, then working in an orphanage program is the best place. The kids are active and love the attention they get from the volunteers. A typical volunteer helping in an orphanage would help the children with their day to day activities such as: doing homework, making notes, playing with children, helping staff organize the orphanage, exchanging cultural views and teaching them about health and hygiene. You can also take the kids out for picnics and for excursions. Most of the programs activities are already arranged and you will have a supervisor to help you all the time. Orphanage program is also available in almost all countries where we provide volunteering opportunities, so just be sure which program destination interests you the most so that you can start your program at the earliest.
Volunteer Community development work
Volunteer work involves education, empowerment, construction, and vocational training; providing sex education to the girls and the local community which you can assist with. Volunteers working in the Women Empowerment program work along with women from poor areas within the capital city of Delhi. All the women come from poor family background and have poor or very little education level. In some projects volunteers also provide counseling and monitoring and help women by teaching English, helping in different vocational courses such as beautician work, stitching and handicrafts work. They make a big difference in their lives by sharing their love and warmth with these women.
Volunteer Health/ Medical programs
The volunteer work will be done in hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, and public health offices. The volunteer health programs target the poor and those who don’t have access to medical facilities. We have tie ups with different hospitals and clinics worldwide which offer medical help to the poor. Interns and Volunteers are placed in hospitals and clinics in the region where they work alongside the medical staff and attending to the needs of the patients. Students mainly shadow and assist the medical staff depending on their level of experience and the skills they possess. Other duties include filling in forms and charts, diagnosing diseases, giving out prescriptions and consultations. In this, the volunteer will need to have a medical background in order to work with the patients. This program is best for health professionals like: doctors, nurses, medical students and clinical officers. If you are interested in volunteering in Spanish Countries then we require intermediate level of Spanish knowledge.
Volunteer HIV/ AIDS program
As a volunteer you will be asked to help in the outreach programs to help educate the members of society and create awareness about the disease. The volunteer work involves supporting the infected and affected through provision of food and medical supplies. As a volunteer work, you will be counseling them, encourage and help empower them. For this volunteer program, you will need to be compassionate about the disease and understanding to those who are infected and affected. There are no academic qualifications that are needed to work in this program.
Obstacles to volunteering abroad
Many people want to travel and volunteer abroad. It is their dream to go, see and experience the world. Most of the potential international volunteers don’t leave home because of the obstacles they see. As they start planning their dream vacation to volunteer abroad, or gap year, round the world trip backpack and intern abroad they are overwhelmed by the obstacles that they foresee. They look at their problems facing them and say “if only” or “I wish” this wasn’t there or if I had this or that. Due to the obstacles they face, many international volunteers stay grounded and don’t leave their homes. Obstacles and challenges are there in everything we do, to get over them we need to look hard at them and come up with solutions. Here are some of the obstacles that many people face and their solutions: Fear Fear of the unknown is what scares most of us from leaving home. This is true especially for first time international volunteers who don’t know what happens while they will be abroad. They are afraid of anything and everything that they can think of. There are many questions we could be having and many of them don’t have answers that keep us from volunteering overseas. Also to increase the level of fear, many government bodies advice international volunteers not to go to certain parts of the world due to terrorist activities. We encourage governments to warn their citizens and we should heed terror warnings. We should use this advice but not to cripple us not to travel. To tackle this problem is by doing what we are afraid of doing. Another solution is to get as much information about where and what you are afraid. With more knowledge you will be able to make a more informed decision. We should follow this saying on our lives “I will go where fear won’t let me.” Responsibility Many international volunteers have certain responsibilities. It could be that they are in school, college, university; at work; and have family responsibilities. Many international volunteers could be parents or soon to be parents. These responsibilities keep many of us from traveling abroad. To travel abroad we could come up with solutions that keep us from abandoning our responsibilities. For student international volunteers they could travel during their summer breaks, or before and after they join universities or colleges. For career international volunteers, they could take a career break to volunteer overseas or use their short vacation period. There are short stint volunteer programs which run from a week to a month. For parents or soon to be parents they can volunteer abroad if they take their kids with them. This will involve looking for programs whereby they can volunteer with their kids. They can also travel during the summer vacations in order to make sure their children don’t miss out on school. Money Many people assume volunteering abroad is an expensive endeavor and they avoid doing it. There are many ways to make your money work for you in order for you to volunteer overseas. There are many volunteer service organizations that are expensive while at the same time there are other organizations that are affordable. To reduce the cost of travelling, one could take advantage of flight deals by booking in advance or during off seasons. Travelling in group also reduces the price drastically. If you don’t have the money available for your volunteer abroad program, you can fund raise or look for sponsorship. While you are abroad you can live on a budget to take care of the money that you have. Bureaucracies There are countries where by you can’t get in to easily because of your nationality. For example an American citizen could face extra restrictions if they want to travel to Cuba and some Middle East countries. When you are in one country and you want to move on to the next one you may not be granted a visa to go to that country. To tackle this, apply for visas early in advance, to take care of problems that you could face. In some occasions ask for an invitation letter from the volunteer service organization that you are using to help with processing your visa. Another alternative is to travel to another country as opposed to your first choice country. All in all we should not look for excuses not to travel but solutions to our challenges. Happy Halloween every one.
Volunteering Abroad And Relationships
Distance doesn’t matter if you really love the person, what matters most is your honesty and trust for that relationship to work out – Trish. The second international holiday celebrated after New Year is Valentines Day. History has it that Valentines Day came from St. Valentine a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and he attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time. He believed that marriage made the men weak. So he issued an edict forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers. Although it was forbidden, St. Valentine being a bishop, held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers and young men. This was in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited it leading to his execution. Before St. Valentine was executed he wrote a letter to a daughter of his jailer with whom he had a deep friendship. In his letter he signed: from your valentine. When a volunteer goes abroad for a while it means they will be cut off from their loved ones for a period of time putting a strain on their relationship. Or when they are abroad they could fall in love with one of the local people and after their work is done will have to leave. The volunteers will be forced into a long distant relationship. Here are a couple of tips to help your relationships survive when you are abroad:
The volunteer and their partner should sit down and talk about the upcoming adventure. They have a meeting and define their relationships. They should define if they just have fun, if they are serious and if they are ready to go to the next level to engagements or marriage. For those who are already engaged or married should discuss the effect of the long distance will have on their marriage. One of the strains of the relationships will be lack of intimacy, no hugging or kissing or physical contact. Being miles away from each other compounds the problems that they could be having while they are together. Also while they are away they should promise to remain faithful to each other during the duration of the volunteer abroad work.
Due to technology the world has been made smaller and smaller. There are numerous ways to stay in touch with each other. The various ways of communications are through, calls, internet calls, text messages and the use of social media (facebook and twitter). These are great ways to communicate and they are also mostly inexpensive. In a relationship, quality and quantity communication is very important and it ought to be frequent. Written communication should be intimate and extensive to give the other partner a good picture of what the other is feeling. Although there could be nothing new to talk about just staying on the line while hearing the other person breathe does wonders. Due to the different time zones that the volunteers and partners are in they will have to schedule when to talk. They could talk once a day, three times a week or once a week, depending on the schedules.
If the volunteer is planning to go abroad for a long period of time like six months to three years, then they will have to schedule to meet with their partners. Extended absence could lead to the death of the relationship. They could organize to see each other after every two or three months. Visiting each other shows that you still care. The volunteer and partner could both go to a mutually exclusive place and enjoy each others company. It is said real connections are made through touching, feeling and smelling and has strong ties to memory; it will be easier to keep the relationship going if they see each other at some point. When the couple is away from each they could still schedule to do some things together, for example even though they are separated by distance they could still watch movies together, and listen to the same songs
The biggest killer of all relationships is the opinion of others. When the volunteers friends weigh in their opinions about the relationship they will often be negative. This negativity adds more strain in the relationship and the couple will lose faith that they can keep the long distant relationship. They could ask for advice from other people but be objective on taking the advice.