[NEWS] Volunteering – 2015-03-06 Update #9

Two months in and we’re loving it! Life and work experience all to be gained in Malawi. Spending time with fantastic people here…..enjoying the sundowners after circuits and work at the chipitala.


[NEWS] Volunteering – 2015-03-06 Update #8

Rescue Aid Foundation
By Jennifer Tram

“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” –Albert Schweitzer
Over the course of the last few months, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Rescue Aid Foundation (RAF), a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization that is based in Ghana. RAF has set several lofty goals for itself, to say the least: the organization strives to provide educational supplies and materials to rural schools in Ghana and to provide households with access to water on a daily basis.
Before I began volunteering with RAF, I truly had no understanding of how difficult the water crisis in Ghana was. Having grown up in California, I was familiar with the terms “drought” and “water conservation,” and yet, I can never remember a time in which my family did not have enough water to cook or clean our clothes. In short, water is something that we have definitely taken for granted, and yet, it’s a precious resource that some people in Ghana don’t have access to every day. It’s humbling to consider how different our lives would be if we were unable to access clean water when we need it.
Currently, approximately 46% of Ghanaians have access to clean and adequate water. Conversely, more than half of Ghanaians lack access to clean water, though water is an absolute necessity for survival. I have been amazed at some of the things that RAF has already done to bring water to impoverished Ghana citizens: RAF volunteers have adopted novel technology for hand drilling water as well as partnered with Water Aid Ghana to drill wells in the region. An even more effective and long lasting plan is currently being implemented to process water with chlorine, store the water in a reservoir, and then distribute the water appropriately to areas in need of the water.
There’s many ways in which you can get involved with RAF and help the people of Ghana obtain access to education and water. One of the ways is through a monetary donation, which will help support and maintain the services and projects RAF has initiated in Ghana. All donations can be made at http://rescuesouls.org/donation. For those people who prefer an administrative role, we also have a need for people in our fundraising and administrative sector. And finally, you can include RAF in your prayers that RAF may continue to help the people of Ghana.

Volunteering with RAF has simply been eye-opening and has given me the opportunity and privilege to help people thousands of miles away from me. I hope that you too will decide to contribute your time or resources to this organization.


Author: rescuesouls

5 Things to Know Before Volunteering

Marilyn Gardner Milton’s Latest Blog Post

Volunteering is, without a doubt, a very good thing for both those being served as well as for those who are volunteering their time. That being said, volunteering can bring more difficulty and stress on those who end up giving their time than they may have thought. There is also the overwhelming options for volunteering; the importance of choosing the right thing can’t be overstated and can directly affect whether someone might volunteer their time again. With that being said, here’s a list of 5 things to know before you decide about volunteering.volunteering

  1. Know what you want to get out of it: This one can’t be overstated enough. Just like doing anything, jumping into a volunteering situation without any clear idea of what you’re doing or what you want to accomplish is going to lead to frustration and disappointment. Knowing your skills and how you want to help will help you choose the right project so that you can be the most efficient and effective volunteer you can be. People always worker harder and are happier when doing things they’re interested in.
  2. Know what you want to give: How do you want to get involved? There are so many different ways and things to volunteer and knowing just how you want to volunteer is important. If you’re only looking to donate money, why would you sign up for a soup kitchen? If you really like writing and want to use that, find a charity that will speak to your specialties so that you don’t get discouraged throughout the process and regret your decision.
  3. Know what you can commit: Why would you sign yourself for a series of midday volunteering activities if you work a 9-5? Knowing just what you can volunteer is important to finding a niche that helps motivate you to work. The initial rush of excitement might end up with you signing up for more than you can do and so it’s important to be intelligent about your efforts and where/when they happen.
  4. Learn about what’s out there: There are so many incredible philanthropies and charities that serve a huge number of different causes and needs. Do research so that you can choose both the cause as well as the charity to support that most fits your beliefs and ideals.
  5. Know who’s out there: One thing about volunteering is that you’re going to be with other people and you probably have friends who have experience in what you’re thinking of doing. Ask them for advice and for names and anything else that will help you get more comfortable and motivated. They might know someone or something you don’t that could be exactly what or who you’re looking for.

Volunteering is easily one of the best things a person can do with their life and time. It’s best be educated about all of the opportunities and what you can and want to offer so that you can help the most people possible. If you’d like to read more, the link is here.

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[NEWS] Volunteering – 2015-03-06 Update #2

New report finds that millennials don’t volunteer. New report is wrong.

Data released last week shows that only 18.7% of 20- to 24-year-olds participated in volunteer work
between September 2013 and September 2014, with those aged 25 to 34 not
far behind at 22% participation. Percentages rose considerably among
those aged 35 to 44 before tapering off among successively older groups. It would be easy to say millennials are lazy and selfish, but that’s not actually the case.


Author: micdotcom

Volunteer, It Makes You Live Longer

Volunteering is seen as a good cause, a way to help those less fortunate than ourselves, but have you ever considered the impact volunteering has on the volunteer? We have decided to find this out on International Volunteer Day 2014. Various studies argue that working to help others is good for our health and happiness  it even reduces mortality risk… So while city high flyers fight to win more money, the real win could be found in acts of selflessness.

Image courtesy of Frontier Cambodia Island Community Development project

Volunteering to help others rather than ourselves could lead to a longer life, suggests a study from American Psychology Association. Researchers linked volunteering to health by conducting a study with several older adults, both volunteers and non-volunteers, and then comparing their mortality risk four years later. Surprisingly, there was a clear connection between volunteering and health. Those who volunteered frequently and for selfless reasons ended up with reduced mortality risks four years later, while non – and self-centred volunteers experienced no such change.

Giving to others makes us less likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, it lights up our lives and improves our physical functioning, and this is especially the case for older adults. Being around other people fights off loneliness and keeps us on our feet, so no wonder it’s a win-win.

Motives matter

Image courtesy of Dilara Pars, Frontier South Africa Veterinary Internship

But one thing is what’s going on with our body, another thing is the mind. Volunteering and giving, it turns out, is all about your motives and goals. We all know that people sometimes volunteer for slightly more self-orientated reasons – to network, to get a better CV or to feel better about themselves. However, if we are to believe the studies, being self-focused won’t win you any extra years on the planet, nor will it deliver the happiness we so crave to grasp. As the studies suggest, true joy and a long life are empowered by the joy of helping with the sole goal of improving the lives of other beings on the planet.

Personality holds the answer

Image courtesy of Frontier South Africa Sports Coaching project

But is it really that simple? Maybe not. Another study, from Washington University, dismisses the idea that volunteering itself holds some sort of key to a better health and argues that it’s specific personality traits in the volunteer that causes the good health – not the actual work. This can be linked to our motives for volunteering, as it’s often personality traits that determine the reason behind getting involved in charity work in the first place. So where does that leave volunteering? Can you just change your personality type and become a true giver?

Image courtesy of Rhianna Edwards, Frontier Central America Ethical Trail Adventure

We say yes. Change is always possible and no matter what the studies say, volunteer work still helps those it’s supposed to benefit, so even if people decide to volunteer for their own good, the work itself is a help. Furthermore, motives can change along the way and a volunteer fuelled by selfish motives could transform as a result of the work and come out as a different person. Nothing is given, change is always possible… And maybe volunteering is the perfect way to get rid of selfishness and learn to care for something bigger than ourselves?

By Caroline Edwards

Volunteering is always a great way to get more involved in your local community and give something back, but have you ever considered going abroad? The world is a big and as depressing as it may seem, there are a lot of suffering on the planet: poverty, violence, climate change, decline in wildlife species… Take your pick. Volunteer on one of our development projects or take part inwildlife and marine conservation. If you are lucky it will increase your life expectancy, bring joy to other people, and teach you a thing or two about being selfishness. 

Frontier runs conservationdevelopmentteaching and adventure travel projects in over 50 countries worldwide – so join us and explore the world!

See more from our volunteers #Frontiervolunteer

[NEWS] Volunteering – 2015-03-06 Update #1

4 years later, still so fond of my wonderful time at Special Olympics. My team was AMAZING, not to mention we got the gold medal after never winning a scrimmage!! #specialolympics #tbt #goodtimes #highschool #volunteering #amazing #soccer #goforgold (at Special Olympics Virginia – Potomac Region)


Infographic Volunteer Abroad Guide: Which Project Should I Choose?

Are you interested in volunteering, but overwhelmed by all the different opportunities? No need to worry any longer – we have created a special epic guide for you! Whether you are an environment, marine or animal lover, a true adventurer, a people person or if you wish to get qualified while doing something worthwhile abroad, we can help you find just the right volunteering project for you.

So how about it? Are you ready to take on the world now? Read more about all of our exciting volunteer opportunities here.

By Nanna Påskesen

Frontier runs conservation, development, teaching and adventure travel projects in over 50 countries worldwide – so join us and explore the world!

See more from our volunteers #Frontiervolunteer

Goodbye for now, Tanzania

Author: mappedbyjenn



Three months ago, I came to Tanzania to teach math and English. Three days from now, I will be leaving with lessons of resilience and gratitude. These kids have no idea what phenomenal teachers they were.

Author: mappedbyjenn


Author: voluntree

1.  Volunteeringis an internship to LIFE.

2.  Volunteering
is free but the memories are priceless.

3.  Volunteering
is experiencing freedom.

4.  Volunteering
is “like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get”, like from a
quote a from a movie. J

5.  Volunteering
is an adventure.

6.  Volunteering
goes both ways…giving and receiving. More than often, you get more than you

7.  Volunteering
makes your CV hot.

8.  Volunteering
is amazing.

9.  Volunteering
is cool.

10.  Volunteering
is a good gap year activity after graduating college.

11.  In
volunteering, you have nothing to lose.

12.  Volunteering
will make you a better person.

13.  Volunteering
is a learning experience. The lessons you will learn will make you wiser in

14.  Volunteering
is an act of goodness.

15.  Volunteering
is something you can be proud of for the rest of your life.

16.  Volunteering
gives you the feeling of fulfillment.

17.  Volunteering
can be difficult but afterwards everything will be easy.

18.  Volunteering
teaches adherence “malasakit” and
compassion for others.

19.  Volunteering
strengthens unity and solidarity of the community.

20.  Volunteering
is meeting friends and family.

21.  Volunteering
is living life to the fullest.

22.  Volunteering
teaches how to build and keep relationships.

23.  Volunteering
is one of the happiest things to do in life.

24.  Volunteering
is happiness.

25.  Volunteering
is a way for you to find yourself through others.

26.  Volunteering
is building a community.

27.  Volunteering
is LOVE.

28.  Volunteering
is cheezy.

Continue the list! Share your thoughts about volunteering,
complete the sentence – “Volunteering is __________________ .” or make your own
shout out about volunteering.

Let’s all be volunteers! Be proud of being one!

– Vincent Paul Borres Ontolan (VSO – ICS Team VI100)

Author: voluntree

So I volunteer at Shepreth

So I volunteer at Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital which is about half an hour away from where I live. Both us and the public bring in hedgehogs that we have seen out and about that are not healthy and need care and attention. Then we nurse these poor little things back to health, take them to our local vet if they need medical attention, ensure they are a reasonable weight then release them back to either where they came from if it is safe or to one of our release sites. We rely completely on donations and are grateful to each and every person who gives us a helping hand, be that a money donation, dog and cat food or even just old fleeces that we can cut up into blankets. It is very tiring working all day in a stuffy, hot little building with 70+ hedgehogs but extremely rewarding in the end when you know you have given a little creature a better life.

If you find yourself with spare time in your week and you love animals, please consider volunteering! It doesn’t have to be with hedgehogs, there will be many rescue shelters around with dogs, cats, small animals etc that I’m sure would love some help – even if you can only spare one afternoon a week. It will be one of the best things you could ever do!

Oh the photo is one that I took of one of our adorable babies that came in after being abandoned by his mother, he was so friendly and cuddly!


Now… What does this mean

Now… What does this mean, exactly?

Well, for those of you that don’t know, next year once I finish school I am going to Guyana (in south america… Right next to Venezuela) to teach for a whole year! This fancy little map is showing where the virtual version of myself is if the percentage of money I have already raised is directly proportional to miles.

As you can see, I still have far to go.

My role as volunteer in Guyana is to teach maths and science to secondary school pupils. My pupils will be the native Amerindian people, and likely of a similar age to myself. These people will rely on me to get them through their exams, equivalent to GCSEs…. Gulp!

I will live far in the rainforest, with radio being my only means of day to day communication with the outside world. I will be entirely immersed in the culture, which I am very excited about.

I am doing this with educational charity Project Trust. They have been established since 1967 and are one of the UKs most trusted voluntary gap year organizations. They ensure all work volunteers do is much needed and cannot be done by locals, so they are not detrimental to the local economy. For example, in Guyana, there is a void regarding maths and science teachers… Which is where I come in.

It has been my dream for many years to do this. I am so excited about this opportunity and to see it becoming reality is absolutely incredible.

So I beg of you, please support me in any way you can. It would mean the world to me. Here is my fundraising page, where you can donate online if you wish:


Here is my blog:


My blog contains lots of good information, such as what I am up to regarding fundraising, and links to my Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me this far, and to anyone who will help me get further!

If you have any questions or want more information, please just drop me a message or an ask. I will be more than happy to answer.


Author: curlyvieira

The Power of Volunteering

Learn how volunteering can benefit your community and change lives – including your own! Real volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area give advice on how to overcome barriers to volunteering and finding the right volunteer experience for you.

Anyone can volunteer!

Produced by Mark Woloschuk / www.shtooky.com

Benefits of Volunteering

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TEDxCalgary – Louise Gallagher – Lessons in love: how volunteering saved my life

Louise Gallagher has a remarkable personal story that has turned tragic circumstances into a life filled with passion and joy. Her book The Dandelion Spirit was turned into a documentary for the Oprah Network and has touched people’s lives across North America.

Louise’s work at the Calgary Drop-In Centre includes inspiring efforts like the development of the Possibilities Project that uses art in its many forms to keep people of the streets.

She has the soul of a warrior poet and her story is transformative

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

The Volunteer Experience

Learn how volunteerism creates community.

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

http://www.ted.com Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.

September 26 – Brief Update

September 26 – Brief Update

Anne says:
Another brief trip to Coroico, the tiny town kind of close to La Senda Verde where we already spent three weeks – unbelievable! Working with all the animals is awesome and brings with it new surprises every day. It is much more exhausting than expected, too. Every night we fall into our beds supertired. It is such a huge difference listening to all those different animal noises instead of the big city noises from Medellin. We will definitely upload a video of Canelo the alpha male of the Howler monkey group when he howls. For me having the chance to spend a lot of time with the monkeys is awesome as I really get to know their individual characters and special features and they are simply amazing! This post gives you an overview over a wild mixture of animals that live at La Senda Verde. In one of the future posts I will introduce some in more detail. In the meantime I hope all our readers are healthy and happy! All the best from the jungle and hopefully until soon!


Author: a2research