Turning Disaster into Opportunity
You're going on holiday, but you've already been there and done everything you wanted to see. Perhaps you've accrued a significant amount of leisure time and recognise that you've been blessed with material assets that some lack. If that's the case, you may want to consider taking a Volunteer Vacation. There are ways to have an interesting holiday while also making a difference in the world. You will participate in a partner programme, in which you can collaborate with local residents to better their neighbourhood. You should work in the field that interests you the most. Do you know how to build things? Are you a doctor or a nurse? You can be found in a variety of countries, both here and overseas, to assist the underprivileged in receiving the medical services they need.
Other options are available all over the world. You could work in an orphanage, a hospital, with the elderly, or with people with disabilities as a volunteer. Whatever your passions are, there are ways to make your holiday a volunteer experience. It will motivate you and make you grateful for what you have.
Lessons we can take from past
Following the natural disasters of the past year, many areas could use assistance in reconstruction and cleaning up. The tsunami relief effort is still in its early stages. Many miles of beaches remain unclean, and many people remain without shelter. Put your construction skills to good use by assisting the affected countries.
Do you prefer to work on environmental projects? This can also be found. A volunteer organisation has spent the last year rehabilitating injured penguins in order to release them into the wild in South Africa. In Costa Rica, turtle hatchlings were released, and in Sri Lanka, vast swaths of beach were cleaned. You may be able to assist with teaching English as a second language if you choose to interact with people. A camp has been organised by one group to assist children in their battle against opioid abuse. Another has taught children in underdeveloped countries basic sports skills and assisted with their educational growth.
On the Internet, I discovered a variety of sites that allow you to choose where you want to volunteer. Is there a place you've never considered visiting? Perhaps a news article piqued your interest in a subject or moved your heart to want to make a difference. Is it possible for one person to make a difference? The response is an unequivocal YES.
You can work on projects for as little as one week or as many as twelve weeks. You get to pick what interests you and where you want to go.
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to travel to parts of the world you would not otherwise see and make a difference in the lives of those who live there? You will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a holiday to remember, and contribute to world peace and understanding.
© 2021 Ravi Ranjan