Want to know about volunteering

#1 Apr 17th, 2014, 12:17
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Friends,

I want to know about volunteering, what is volunteering, why we do and where?
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/volunteer

http://www.volunteering.org.uk/iwant...s-volunteering
We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteer
#3 Jun 9th, 2014, 14:27
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Volunteering is a rewarding way of giving something back to the community where you get to be personally involved in the cause.

Volunteer work thatís available in India is so diverse that thereís something for everyone.

Working with underprivileged children, such as teaching English and helping with their schooling, becoming aware of the suffering of less-fortunate people, working on environmental conservation programs, working on rural development programs, working on health programs & many many more projects dealing with health, community development, child education, disadvantaged residents and many more.

Volunteering is an delighting & a lifetime experience.
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My initial reasons for volunteering to teach English to Tibetan adult refugees in Dharamsala were 1. I sympathised with the Tibetan cause for a free Tibet and wanted to do something useful to help. 2. I thought it would be a good way to get to know individual Tibetans 3. It sounded like a good way to spend some time in a community, which is a different way to get to know a country than if you pass through as a traveller. 4. It sounded like fun.

All these things came true. I learned far more than I taught and loved living in Dharamsala. I made some good friends, too. I've since gone back two more times, and hope to go again next year. It's well worth while, and if you volunteer in India it works out very cheaply. (I paid for my own accommodation, food etc. That was the agreement with the charity I worked for.)
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Its also used to bolster college applications. However, the eccentricity of the reader always comes in. I looked at the date and if it was too close filed it in the reject pile. The sincere people seem to get a lot out of it. I hope a particularly well experienced commentator will respond..
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Originally Posted by Richard Paul View Post Volunteering is a rewarding way of giving something back to the community where you get to be personally involved in the cause.

Volunteer work that’s available in India is so diverse that there’s something for everyone.

Working with underprivileged children, such as teaching English and helping with their schooling, becoming aware of the suffering of less-fortunate people, working on environmental conservation programs, working on rural development programs, working on health programs & many many more projects dealing with health, community development, child education, disadvantaged residents and many more.

Volunteering is an delighting & a lifetime experience.
Foreigners working with kids always concerns me, I say work with underprivileged children in your home country, after all due checks.

Although you are probably decent you just have to look in the papers to see how many westerners get caught.
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Yes I agree that it is very important that people realise that more and more children's rights ARE being recognised in countries like India... Particularly Kerala perhaps. Therefore it is also right that volunteers should be asked for references police checks from their own countries and so on. The institutions that use volunteers MUST be vigilant in ensuring other adults present. There is still a long way to go though and it makes me sick that people can use the brilliant possibility of teaching and learning, to abuse.
Helping young people speak English seems to be what is needed and it would be a shame to not offer this if we are able to. I do agree that there are equally valid possibilities in our own communities however.


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