How long is your bucket list? Mine is fairly long. I am about to kick one item off of my bucket list :) and thought I would share my next adventure in case you are interested or know anyone who would like to start the new year in such a phenomenal way! My next trip is to Kilimanjaro. I am going with a group of adventurers to raise funds for the PCRF. We will be on the summit on 1.1.2015. We are so looking forward to this adventure! If you would like to join us or know anyone else who does, please check this site that has the information about the climb, PCRF, a Q&A page and a link to the registration form
The climb is going to be 26 Dec – 2 Jan 2015. The summit day is going to be on 1.1.2015 which is a great way to start the year! Check the site for information about the cause, the fundraising and the tour company.
So what do you say, start the new year on top of Africa and help heal children, who can say no to that? :)
In the wise words of Jon Stewart “The world has gone mad”. Let’s bring sanity back: help someone, stand for a cause, do something today !
In discovering what makes my heart dance with joy, I have found that I am most alive when I am helping people. I get a high out of solving a problem and helping someone achieve or open new doors. I often seek opportunities where I can help people, so I volunteer with organizations. One of those organizations is Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) which is based in Doha, Qatar. I went with them to Indonesia and to Nepal to help school children in rural areas. A friend of mine approached me to write a blog post where I share tips for volunteers. Here is a link to the post titled:
Five tips for volunteering abroad
have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live.
My trips to Nepal and Indonesia were both to support schools in rural areas of these two countries. Each trip was ten days long where we worked every day for the full school day. We would teach classes on the topics requested by the school (English, Music, Computer Skills, Environment, Sports, Cultural Exchange). In Nepal, we also set up a computer lab of four computer donated by one of the ROTA sponsors. It was very gratifying to see the look of satisfaction and pride on their faces when they typed their names for the first time using a computer keyboard! The class congregated around the table where we opened up one computer case to show them the internal parts and explain the function of each part. Our approach was to include less theory and more interactive two-way learning. We would bring with us maps and globes and would show the students the countries of our nationalities, and the counties that we live in (could be different). Their cute little faces will light up in a smile of surprise when we tell them that we got on a plane for 9 or more hours to come see them. Our objective was to show these children/students a glimpse from the world beyond their little village, to demonstrate how we as human beings have more similarities than differences, and plant a seed in their minds that what they dream they can reach.
While there isn’t a blue book or a red book to summarize the wisdom that one needs to know before embarking on such life changing activity, here I highlight five tips that will help you in your next volunteer trip.:
- Be Flexible: To enjoy the trip be flexible in your expectation. Do not expect that you will live the same quality of life that you are used to. Take this as an opportunity to discover and live a new experience. Take it all in and appreciate that there are people who live this type of life on daily basis. Equally true, appreciate that there are people who wish they could be in your place having the same experience and this would always be me!
- Make friends: Whether you are volunteering in a school,….to read more Click Here
This post was published in the Grow Hope blog. A blog for Raintees, a sustainable and eco-friendly business that plants trees and donates school supplies to children for every product sold! Read more about Raintees here.
The Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRF) is an noble organization working for a noble cause. Think of the innocent bystander of any war or conflict and you will immediately think of children. The PCRF, working through its many chapters throughout the US and the Arab world, takes critical cases of children injured in war zones and provides medical care. Due to the time of recovery of the injured children, many miss months and years of school. Their only hope for an independent future is education, as many suffer permanent injuries, like amputations. The PCRF is now taking on their noble cause one step further by setting up a fund to provide special tutoring for children who have been injured to get them back into school and to ensure that they do not incur compound losses in their health and also their education. If you would like to contribute or start a funding campaign, here is the link. Make sore to re-tweet, re-post and spread the word. For the children who are hungry for learning!