Dianne Sharma-Winter runs Women Travel India and here she writes about voluteering in India:
Hot on the heels of a recent article I wrote about why India doesn’t need you to volunteer, I was lured into doing the very thing I advised against! For the next three months I have committed my time and energy to volunteering at Sambhali Women and Girl Empowerment Centre in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and am currently living with 15 rambunctious girls in a boarding house. Read more
Women Travel is committed to sustainable living and sustainable travel, one of the ways of living this out is to travel with a purpose, and Travel2Change is the latest network we have come across that help to make this possible, through their commitment to connecting travelers with locals to create change. We have just added them to our Volunteering links page Travel2Change on Twitter on Facebook Read more
Once I finished my studies in Australia, graduating with a degree in English Language, I decided I was finally going to pursue a dream that I had for some time. My dream was to go to another country and teach. I have a strong belief in doing something that makes a difference in the lives of others. What I didn’t realize is what a difference the experience would make in me. Read more
Susan Taylor writes:
Donating your time to a worthy cause provides you with a sense of having a higher purpose, and can be very gratifying. While many volunteer opportunities exist across the United States, you may choose to volunteer abroad instead. Not only do many countries rely on the assistance of volunteers, it will give you the chance to visit a foreign country, interact with people of a different culture, and gain a unique experience. Several organizations offer overseas volunteer opportunities. Here are three that manage their programs differently, allowing you to choose which works best for your volunteering goals, and your budget. Read more
Thinking of traveling abroad? Would you like to do more than sample new tastes and soak in cultural landmarks? Suppose you could make a difference to other women whilst traveling through another part of the globe? Well, you certainly can, and you’re spoilt for choice!
As Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American female congresswoman, has said, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” And, perhaps, for an enriched traveling experience upon it.
Opportunities exist to engage in meaningful volunteer work particularly in the field of women’s health, enterprise, justice and social programs across the globe. Here are a few (of many) not-for-profit and charity organizations which offer on-the-ground, functioning programs where you can contribute your skills and passions to a worthwhile cause: Read more
The idea of volunteering in another country has long been considered the province of students and recent graduates; images of intrepid twenty-year-old Peace Corps workers in a remote Sierra Leone village might spring to mind. Today, however, the idea has reached far beyond that to become accessible, and highly popular, among travelers of all types and ages. Volunteer travel has grown so popular that a term has even been coined for it: Voluntourism. Read more
Have just been searching You Tube for Women travel pieces – and discovered this YouTube Channel – Women Travel for for Peace,
Women Travel for Peace brought five intrepid women to Senegal to work with local farming women. Together we built a well for the women’s farming plot. As a result of our contribution, the local women now have water year-round to farm their crops, and they are able to work a shorter workday. When you work 365 days a year under the African sun, a shorter workday makes a vast difference.
There is no easy solution – simply to stop travelling will have enormous economic impact on small communities for whom travellers provide a major economic boost to the local community. In New Zealand – tourism is set to overtake exports as New Zealand’s top export earner. There is also the potential to put an economic benefit to forests not being cut down, because of the benefit in terms of tourism.
Canadian Kathleen Hay writes about local young woman Jasmin Paschek who got the travel bug and ended up volunteering for NGOs in Asia – what a life changing trip.
“Parents should encourage their children more to travel and volunteer, and there are so many opportunities for all age groups to do so. We have an ethical response as humans to help the less fortunate, Paschek said.”
Read about it in the link below
The Cornwall Standard Freeholder – Ontario, CA