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Family Volunteering Abroad Tips
Families who take vacations together are added meaning to their holidays by adding volunteering to the vacation. The family volunteering abroad could be made up of children, teens, young adults and grandparents. Family volunteer abroad work includes: construction projects, orphanage programs, conservation projects and mentorship programs. The advantages of family volunteering overseas are great rewarding experience; forming the childrens world view; empower the kids to see they can change the world; expands the childrens insight; gives families time to bond; and exciting travel opportunities. Volunteers who want to go abroad with their families should look for organizations that can accommodate everyones needs and wants. Family volunteers should look into the following when planning their volunteer abroad trip:
If the volunteer family has young children between the ages of 6 to 14 years extra precautions should be taken. Before leaving home, the parents should explain to the children what they are going to do abroad and inform them of safety precautions. With older kids, they should inform their parents where they are going and what time they are coming back. As parents, they should: get bright colored clothes for their kids for them to be noticeable in a crowd; stitch the names of the children on the inside of the clothes; keep a recent photo of the kids; one parent should always keep an eye on the kids while the other parent is doing something else; know what to do in case of an emergency; and keep medicines and other harmful objects away from kids.
Attitude is like expectations, explain to the children what they are going to do and what to expect. The volunteer parents should not give the kids false expectations and hopes; they should be honest with their kids. Also parents should find ways to change the attitude of their children. When the parent sees the child is developing a negative attitude they should try and improve it as quickly as possible. When the child gets a negative attitude, it will affect everyone elses mood and make the work twice as hard. The parents should find way to make the volunteer work more engaging or stop working when they see the child has become too uncomfortable. During long flights parents should buy extra toys that would distract their kids. If there is something that is stressing the parents they should find ways of hiding their frustration from the kids. One way to change the childrens attitude is by engaging them in the planning process making them feel more important in the vacation.
The volunteer family should choose a volunteer program that suits the needs of ever member of the family. There are various programs available to choose from for example: conservation, orphanage, mentorship programs, sports, building and construction and agricultural programs. Depending on the age and desires of the family members they should choose programs that will work for everyone. For example grandparents may enjoy orphanage work more to sports activities, while the children could prefer the opposite. The family members capabilities should be put into consideration when choosing a program. Take note that overly physical jobs will be hard for the younger and older family members. Parents should involve their children when picking volunteer work in which everyone can enjoy them. Another option will be to different family members involved in different programs but in the same location.
Lastly, when planning for family volunteering abroad the volunteers should look into where they are going to stay. The options available to volunteers are hostels, hotels, dorms, homestay and couch surfing. The different accommodations are suitable for different type of travelers. Younger children will require more private accommodation while older kids would be better placed in less private accommodation like hostels. When volunteering as a family the accommodation options are homestays, hotels and hostels. If the volunteers have very young kids they should pick a place which has few potential hazards. When the parents arrive at the hotel or hostel, they should try to make the place child proof. They should teach the kids of emergency procedures just in case something happens and the children should be supervised throughout the stay.
Training for volunteering
We all know very well what is volunteering but at the same time we also need to understand the concept of every volunteer project. It is equally significance for the people to understand this concept. Let us understand these sentences with the help of a simple example. Lets us say that there is some health problem and people need to be aware about that health issue. Thus, it means that one needs to have an awareness program about the mentioned health issue. Name of the project would be given after the name of the health issue. When this project will be carried out with no personal or self interest then it is termed as volunteering project. It is worth mentioning here that a volunteer program as well as the volunteer projects abroad is almost the same. Whenever a volunteering need arises thus volunteer organizations do not send all the volunteers.
In the beginning, those volunteers are sent to the required place that are capable of taking control of any kind of situations. Most of the times people need these volunteering services to teach various foreign languages to the people of all ages that includes kids as well as older people. Most of the times volunteer projects abroad focus on the teaching of English language. These are older people who must have left school due to some financial crisis or any other inevitable situation. These programs teach such people as well.
Volunteers have to adopt leadership development course that will facilitate you in understanding the behaviors of the people, to study leadership qualities and other same kind of stuff. This course allows people to judge different people with whom a volunteer may have to work. These leadership training courses are pretty much dynamic and a volunteer participating in these programs builds interpersonal skills in him that facilitate him in performing his assigned tasks in a better way. These courses also enable a person to know his strength and weaknesses and to improve them.
Once a candidate is successfully gone through the courses for leadership training then the next course for which he is provided learning is the leadership skill development course. The aspects that are covered in skill development courses include developing an understanding for the communication skills, getting familiar with personal understanding skills, the meaning and importance of attitude. Other than this, the session also teaches that if you have started to accomplish anything then you stay committed with it and produce the best outcomes.
After this, gap year volunteering is highlighted. Before you learn what this term is let me make your familiar with gap year. It means the time period for which you take gap. It is calculated within 2 life stages. Gap year volunteering is the time for which you have to travel and get some education and learning for the volunteering work. This is the time in which a volunteer does researches and gets more and more knowledge on this field. The gap year programs aboard enables the volunteer to polish his skills by learning through practical implication.
Fundraising and Volunteering Abroad
“Donors don’t give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe.”
- G.T. Smith.Volunteering abroad can be expensive to the individual; most people use their own money to cover expenses while they volunteer in a foreign country. Especially, if you want to volunteer and you are either in high school or college, with no source of income. To decrease financial burdens on yourself, you can carry out some fundraising campaigns maybe from organizations or even from other individuals. Fundraising is not necessarily an expensive process, it’s simply a process to solicit and gather money, by requesting for donations from organizations or individuals.
As an individual you may need some key principles as to how you may approach potential donors. The first thing is that; you need to ask clearly for what you want or expect.
In this regard you also need to have some knowledge towards the donors’ ability and willingness to give. With this information it’s easier for the donor to spend money on you.
As a fundraiser you have to make use of the personal approach. Remember that the more personal your approach is, then the more effective it will be, asking a person for funds face to face will be better than even giving a presentation to a group of people. Using the phone or letters to ask for funds are not effective way to go about getting funding. You are always the best person to do the asking.
Whenever you approach a new or potential donor, try and understand the donors view point. A donor being an organization or an individual does not mean that they lack personal inclinations toward some causes. Donors might have personal reasons for wanting to give or build on whatever you are interested in doing while volunteering abroad. In such a case then you need to remember that in supporting your cause then they are supporting their own causes as well. The situation may also work against you, if the cause you are working towards is one that the donor does not particularly care for. In this case then you need to be careful how you approach the donor, and avoid any mention of what may a affect the donor negatively, which may lead to the donor turning you down.
Keep in mind that fundraising is a peoples business. You need to show the donor how you are helping people with your volunteer work, show them how you are going to change peoples’ lives. You can illustrate this through photos or even some statistics, but always try and focus on a specific project where you are planning to do the most good. It will be easier to excite the donor with one particular project than other several achievements that you would like to accomplish while volunteering abroad
When fundraising remember that as much as you are asking for money, you are also selling an idea to the donor. You need to convince them to contribute to your volunteer work. Remember that you are trying to persuade people and organizations to help you, so you have to give them reasons as to why their donations to you are important, and how in some way they will also be doing some good. It will help you much if you guide the donors on your expectations, you do this through asking the donor for a specific amount for a specific item or for a specific expenditure you will have during your volunteer work.
After all this is done, thank your donors for their contributions and try and tell them how you plan to use their money. You can do this through sharing correspondence with them on how your volunteer work is coming along, and if it’s possible you can report back to them specifically how you have used the money they gave to you.
Volunteering abroad: fitness first
A major concern for many volunteers abroad is that they may fail to keep fit while they are in a foreign country; a lot of concerns come into focus in a different environment, top of the list being climate change. Once a person is used to exercising and keeping fit in a new climate, it takes a while for a person to get acclimatized in a new place that has different weather patterns that they have gotten used to. With regard to the climate change, your best weapon is timing, coupled with starting your exercise routine in small/ shorter bits, this means if you come from a place where the weather is a bit cold, then the best time for you to exercise in a tropical area would be early in the morning, similarly the best time for someone from a tropical country to exercise would be in the late afternoon. With this in mind here are a couple of ideas that can help you keep fit while volunteering abroad.
The first and simplest way to keep fit is to take a short run or walk around your area of residence while you are volunteering, this can be a simple short 15 to 20 minute run or walk.
Be sure to talk to your host or any locals you are familiar with to help you with directions or a map if possible, also try and find out if there is a good and safe area around your residence where you can have your run without any risks.
Swimming regularly is another good way to keep fit. This helps in building endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. You can also use swimming simply as a warm up session before you get into your more rigorous exercises, this is one way but another good use of swimming can come After a land workout a few laps in the pool can help you cool-down, and it moves blood through your muscles to help them recover.
Research is your best tool when travelling abroad, if you like running, find out the best trails to do so, along the same line if you are used to keeping fit through aerobics, then you need to find out where the best fitness gyms are located in the area where you are residing during your volunteer experience, bear in mind that you may not necessarily find an aerobics routine that is the same as that you are used to at home, so it will help you to speak to the locals and any aerobics instructors you come into contact with to find an aerobics class that is most similar to what you are used to, doing what your body is already familiar with is much easier than starting up with a whole new workout routine.
One thing you need to remember when going abroad for a period of time to be spent volunteering, is not to be afraid of carrying your workout gear, it may add a few pounds to your luggage but it is worth it, your body produces endorphins from a good work out, this will help you keep your stress levels down while at the same time making sure you are not worse off in fitness by the time you get back home
Finally, try and have fun as well with your work out, the point is to keep fit and stress free, so you can invite your friends and some of the locals to join you, this will help keep you motivated and act as a way of staying with your work out to the end
Volunteering Jobs For Young People
Anyone who has ever been a member of an organization that requires job volunteering knows one of the best advantages is enhancement of their work experience. As an example, volunteering for the handicapped such as the blind and deaf, through organizations like the Rotary, Moose, Lions or Elks Clubs has the benefit of providing the volunteer with a better understanding of the needs and potential of handicapped individuals. This type of volunteer work, when it includes group volunteering, also provides a sense of “teamwork” so necessary in the work experience. The simple act of volunteering for fund raising campaigns for these types of groups has enormous value to work experience, particularly when charity work involves fund raising. It provides experience on types of funding sources as well as how to raise funds by networking with other volunteer groups.
Many social workers understand the difficulties in dealing with their casework.
In volunteer jobs, although there isn’t a financial reward of a salary attached to the responsibilities and duties, the rewards are exposure to agencies and supervisory staff where, by observation, work experience is increased. Gaining knowledge of the type of volunteer opportunities available is readily accessible for those who are interested in pursuing this course. Volunteering for local community service is nearly always welcomed and appreciated. This can take the form of “Meals on Wheels”, “Literacy Aides” or community activism in areas of special community needs or interests. In addition, it isn’t always necessary to look for a specific group or volunteer organization.
Any individual is always capable of enlisting a core group when the need arises for action for a special program or activity within the community. Engaging a core group is highly valuable to work experience in terms of management skills that are gained, use of media to promote group action and attracting new members to a group. Such experience falls into the category of human resources administration skills.