My Volunteer Experience with Embrace Tanzania

By Nicola Da Silva  The phone buzzed and it was my mom. “Guess what? Nic, Andrew, and Lex booked a trip to Zanzibar and invited me to join. We wish you and Daniel could join to – any chance of that??” Sometimes you get invitations to events and you weakly offer to try your best to make it happen and other times you get an invitation to something and you know that no matter what you will be going! This was one of those. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about going on this trip, but as soon as I knew…

Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand

UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project.  One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand.  But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities. Sound appealing?  Looking for adventure?  Here are some top opportunities to volunteer in Thailand with UniversalGiving’s vetted NGO partners: Volunteer with Community Projects Work with Wild Animals Empower Single Mothers Help Elephants Volunteer to Teach in Thailand And if you can’t resist the lure of winning a free volunteer trip…

How to Use Technology to Recruit Volunteers

Today’s guest post is from Clarissa Meyer.             There are hundreds, if not thousands, of non-profit, charity, or community organizations in the world. And while some have paid positions, most rely heavily on volunteers to keep their operations running. Girl Guides of Canada is nothing without adults running camps and meetings. Habitat for Humanity cannot survive without people willing to lift, tote, and hammer boards. But how do these organizations find and keep volunteers? In the old days it was through bulletin board notices and phone calls. But in our fast-paced, modern world those strategies are not feasible. The volunteer market is…

Selfless Venture: 7 Traits a Bona Fide Volunteer Should Possess

Today’s guest post is from Tess Pajaron. Volunteering, when done for the right reasons, is one of the best ways you could ever spend your time, and Mother Teresa, possibly the greatest volunteer of all time, said it best when she said: “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Volunteers are a rare breed, and without them, the world would be a very different place. But what does it take to be a great volunteer? There is…

Start Your Own Volunteer Group

Today’s guest post is from Aniya Wells. People who are passionate about helping others are unique in that they are able to see solutions to problems. Society, however, sometimes makes it easy to ignore or overlook problems like poverty, homelessness and hunger. When confronted with these issues, certain special people ask, “What can I do to help?” Sometimes, there are huge organizations that are already working on solutions.  Other times, we notice things that no one else is talking about. If you see a problem, you can help be the solution. All it takes is a pinch of creativity, a lot of…

What You Should Know About ABE Tutoring

Today’s guest post is from Mariana Ashley. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer as an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Tutor in my local community for a year, and it was truly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I tutored a class of four students that met twice a week for two-hour sessions. Although some Adult Basic Education programs involve teaching both literacy skills and basic math skills, the program I volunteered for focused solely on literacy instruction. Each of the adult students I tutored read on a second to third grade level. Surprisingly, one of…

Five Questions To Ask Before Joining a Construction Project Abroad

Today’s post is from guest blogger Kristie Lewis. Dedicating one’s time and muscle power to go help construct new dwellings for communities overseas is a very popular choice for many volunteers—after all, volunteers get to help others while simultaneously experiencing an entirely new world. It’s a win-win situation. However, traveling abroad does come with some risks. To makes sure that you are well prepared for what you’re about to get into, make sure to ask your program director these following questions before committing to a volunteer project abroad. 1. How many full time staff members will be in the area? How often…