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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Volunteer Around the World

Two people I met during my time at the Northern Studies Centre are volunteers in the kitchen. Lucy and Steve have both had very interesting experiences traveling the world, volunteering on research projects, getting paying jobs to fund their travels and then heading out again to volunteer and travel the world. Their experiences have been fascinating......

Lucy started her international travels when she was only 18 years old. She became an au pair (a nanny) for a family in the Boston area. Lucy grew up in England so the journey to the States was quite an adventure. While in the States, she also travelled to the West Coast. Afterwards, she went back to England to take her A Levels (the exam that gave her high school credit and was required to go onto university). After a bit of time, Lucy found herself ending a relationship, losing her job, and having to give up her house. If this sounds bleak to you; it wasn't for Lucy. It was the kick in the caboose for her to do the traveling that she had always wanted to do. She decided to go to Australia through Thailand, but once there ended up in Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Once in Australia, Lucy had a variety of jobs including grape harvesting, working at a outback bar, cleaning, and massage. In all, Lucy ended up spending 18 months in Australia before she went back to England to work and earn more money to travel back to New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Lucy worked at a dairy farm, and a sheep ranch. Lucy found out about the job at the Northern Studies Centre in Churchill by randomly searching on the Internet. She will work here for a little over 1 month and then continue her travels to the west, maybe to Alaska.


For Steve, he has always felt that animals need a voice. Many of his travels and volunteer experiences revolve around caring for and rehabilitating animals. But he also done a variety of humanitarian related work. His experiences include hands-on work with animals, construction as well as cooking for guests. He has worked with gibbons in Thailand, orangutans in Borneo, and rehabilitating dancing bears in Agra, India. Steve has also done humanitarian work in Nepal at an orphanage for street children. He will continue his humanitarian work by next travelling to India to help build homes for people displaced by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Steve says "There is no better way to see the world than through volunteer work."
Steve recommended the book, The Lonely Planet's Guide to Volunteer Opportunities. I found an Internet link to some of the same information: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/volunteer/index.cfm

Tuesday's assignment:
Go to the Lonely Planet web site and look at volunteer opportunities that interest you. Pick one and write a paragraph (at least 5 sentences). Tell me about the volunteer position AND why you are interested in the job. Please remember to use Spell Check. Again, if you are having difficulty posting the assignment to the blog site, please print off a copy and give it to Mrs. M.

12 Comments:

At February 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM , Anonymous xJDx/2 said...

Tuesday's assignment:
Go to the Lonely Planet web site and look at volunteer opportunities that interest you. Pick one and write a paragraph (at least 5 sentences). Tell me about the volunteer position AND why you are interested in the job. Please remember to use Spell Check. Again, if you are having difficulty posting the assignment to the blog site, please print off a copy and give it to Mrs. M.


If I had a volunteer opportunity I think I would travel to New Zealand. I would want to go to New Zealand because its warm there. I think there would be a lot to do there also. I also think that there would be a lot of sights to see in New Zealand. I would like to see the animals that are there too. I think that all the foods would be very good. I also like the way that New Zealand is surrounded by water.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous ba-2 said...

1)A volunteering group that I am interested in is the wildlife volunteering. It allows you to watch and take care of animals. You can watch sea turtles in Costa Rica or the migration pattern of the grey whale in Canada. Also it includes underwater studies and diving with whale sharks. It interests me because I like to help out the environment and the animals in it. I would work willingly with any place or animal they wanted me to. I would help study the plants and environment around the animals as well. Greenforce offers marine journeys at the Bahamas, Borneo and Fiji. They also offer terrestrial journeys in Africa, Ecuador and Nepal.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM , Anonymous 2-JC said...

I would like to volunteer for Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) in South America for the Youth Empowerment Program. SPW volunteer Educators teach kids about Health and have sports clubs, entrepreneurship clubs, craft classes, and help kids develop leadership skills, critical thinking, self-esteem, and self-confidence. SPW also establishes libraries, and science and reading clubs. I’m interested in volunteering for this because I love kids and teaching and helping them out. I could really help with the sports and craft clubs. Plus I’ve always wanted to see South America. It seems like a great opportunity to learn about different cultures without just reading it from a book.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous 2-SB said...

I would like to volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF)/Doctors without Borders. The volunteer position is a well recognized international voluntary medical relief organization. You have to be available for a minimum of 6 months or shorter assignments thought surgeons and anesthesiologists.
I am interested in the job because I am very interested in the medical field. I would like to see how other countries operate in their medical field, what is different form our way to theirs. I would like to do this because I would like to become a surgeon when I’m older and it would be an experience to see what is out there how to cure it and become failure with the medicines and diseases out there.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 10:55 AM , Anonymous 4th+5th VP said...

For my volunteer opportunity I chose the organization Green force which is a wildlife conservation organization. The job that I would like to do is going to the Bahamas to check out marine conservation. I would learn how to scuba dive on Andros Island and you will be carrying out survey dives and some days you will have a free dive day will after you dive the will be a BBQ. You would also go to the nearby school and talk about the importance of marine conservation.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM , Anonymous 5-dk said...

I would be doing building homes for underprivileged families in Vietnam. It would be form 2 to 12 weeks. The people are great. I always wanted to go to Vietnam. I always wanted to try there food. It is cheep to.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM , Anonymous 4th 5th period CH said...

If I had to volunteer my opportunities that had interest I was health and nutrition because I like to cook. I would like to help people eat right. I would like to stay in the United States because there are a lot of things I can go see. I would like to stay in the United States because I would like to cook for the people that had been through the worst and the people could have a free good food.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM , Anonymous A.G/andy said...

I would like to volunteer for teaching young kids in Costa Rica to surf and save the turtles. I would want to go and volunteer for this because I will get a chance to explore the world and it would be awesome to learn to surf. I also want to go because I would like to see the ocean. This job interests me because I would love to teach young kids a sport. It would also give me a chance to meet people from all over the world. These are some reasons I would love to come to Costa Rica.

 
At February 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to volunteer in mongolia,to protect the cultural heritage,so I can support mongolian art institutions,in advocacy,art education,grants,and their cultural heritage.They are currently looking for a programme manager and proposal writer,who would be working closely with executive director.If i go over there my choices would be project management of short-term arts and culture projects,involvment in strategy,planning and reportage for arts council projects and events,and some English language editing of proposals written by other arts council staff.They stage several events,including the annual international art forum.Their partners include the soros foundation,the Swiss Agency for development,World Vision,and USAID.This partner,formed in 2002.I would like to work in mongolia and help people with art and thier art skills and mabye teach them with certain things.I have always had a passion for art,and mabye they can fall in love with art and have a passion for it to.

 
At February 26, 2009 at 8:36 AM , Anonymous 1-D.A. said...

I would like to be working with Aotearoa New Zealand volunteer vacancies. On this volunteer trip I will be working with plants. I will help them figure out why certain crops are not growing right and where they are and why. I would like to go to BOCES next year and go into Horticulture. I mostly would like to be a florist. I don’t want to take care of the earth and its plants for me or the environment per say; But I believe God has created the earth and needs our help taking care of it. Flowers and plants are a gift, they make people smile and God didn’t have to give them a good smell but he did. Plus I will be helping people and God calls us to do that as well. So, if I were to volunteer it would probably be here, if God set me up to it.

 
At February 26, 2009 at 9:16 AM , Anonymous 2-MJ said...

Student partnerships world wide
I would help out in India. When you volunteer for this job it usually takes 4-9 months before being sent back home. For volunteers you are asked to raise at least 3,600 dollars that covers your airfare and your food etc. You must be between the ages of 18 and 28 to volunteer for this work.

 
At March 2, 2009 at 9:40 PM , Anonymous 2-JY said...

I would be doing building homes for underprivileged families in Vietnam. It would be form 2 to 12 weeks. The people are great. I always wanted to go to Vietnam.i think i would really enjoy building homes for the needing of the vietnam people bc i like to help the needing and i like to build things and i now it would help them with their lives.

 

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