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Teacher Trainer

Organisation: timebank Birmingham
Date: 15 December 2016

Activity:
Teach English
Comments:
Before I joined TimeBank I was working in various roles such as Customer Service, Interpretaion, Payroll etc. I was really looking for something different because I wanted to put all my skills together and do something I really enjoy.

Then my daughter found TimeBank on the internet search and said ‘Wow Mum why don’t you try this?’ I wasn’t really sure because I thought it was only for experienced Teachers but I decided to give it a try and guess what I couldn’t believe that I got involved with such wonderful people. It didn’t really take long before I was contacted and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I was a little anxious because I thought I would be rejected but no the Project Co-ordinator Leanne Ashton gave me a great big welcome. When I went home still thinking this can’t be true I got a call asking me to start on the Tuesday.

Everyone who joined was just as keen as me and all coming from different backgrounds really helped me.

TimeBank is a volunteering charity who help individuals to improve on their skills in many different aspects and areas throughout the UK. From mentoring programmes to youth projects, its work is invaluable to the community. Talking Together is a Government-funded volunteering project, taking place across London, Birmingham and Leicester. It offers language courses to residents who have little or are not native English speakers.

Since joining Time Bank I have now found my real and true skills. My experience here has been phenomenal. Being able to work with different people it has been just amazing. I have also been placed at different centres and this has increased my motivation to continue with the organisation as it has provided me with the opportunity to challenge other sites. I worked alongside Rukhsana who also joined the group at the same time but was a fantastic person to work with and I wish her the very best with TimeBank.

The ladies I have taught, I have watched them grow over the weeks, there has been a massive improvement in their confidence, majority have shone through the course and still are hungry for more.

I am now an official Teacher. I am a lot more confident in believing in myself and really enjoy what I do. I certainly would not change it for the world! The people are great to work with and the environment and atmosphere is so welcoming. What more could you ask for!! If you are wanting to volunteer with Timebank please email Leanne@timebank.org.uk.
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Work-Study Volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 13 August 2015

Activity:
I spent half my time doing local work at the center, which involved teaching and carrying out special activities. My job scope as a work-study volunteer also entailed international online tasks, that included media reports and securing sponsorships.
Comments:
I am Ilya Katrinnada from Singapore and I am a student at Yale-NUS College. Over the summer, I interned at the IHF Banda Aceh center in Indonesia as a work-study volunteer. Since I was in elementary school, I have been wanting to work at an international NGO that deals with poverty, and being there meant that my childhood dream had come true. I decided to apply for an Indonesian center because I can communicate in the local language, and also because I wanted a place to comfortably experience my first Ramadan (the Islamic month during which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk) outside of my home country. And also because Indonesia, for various reasons, has a special place in my heart. Three months ago, when I first told some of my friends that I was heading to Banda Aceh, I received mixed reactions. A handful warned me about the strict enforcement of Shariah Law, some told me that there is nothing much to do here, and many others were really excited for me. Regardless of what people had said, I was very happy to be spending my summer break with IHF Banda Aceh. From teaching introductory sentences to kids as young as seven years of age and facilitating intellectual discussions amongst high school students, to receiving an Acehnese birthday bash involving flour, bird eggs and water from the drain, and smiling at passers-by while riding through the countryside en route to watching the sunset at the beach, my days were nothing short of amazing. My experience had taught me so much. Firstly, I learnt the intricacies of running an international NGO. My online tasks exposed me to what occurs behind the scenes, such as promoting IHF to people all over the world and finding sponsorships for deserving children (which is always very rewarding). On the other hand, my at-center tasks showed me the importance of being spontaneous and flexible – no matter how many students turn up for lessons or activities, the show must go on. Secondly, I learnt that in order to win a child’s heart, it is important to know how to play his game. During my time there, I taught taekwondo to some of the younger kids. Some of the boys already had some knowledge of martial arts, and I feel that this common ground really helped me establish a connection with them. We moved from martial arts to playing football and volleyball, and just talking about life. Thirdly, I learnt the value of community. There was a strong sense of community in Aceh, and this was portrayed every day when kids and volunteers from various ages and backgrounds walked through IHF’s gates. We taught each other and learnt from one another. We always had a good time together, and the more people there were, the merrier it was. To me, IHF was more than just a center – it was indeed a family. And the moment you decide to join us, you will immediately be welcomed with open arms.
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work study voluneer

Organisation: IHF
Date: 3 August 2015

Activity:
Taught English to kids, along with other admin tasks for the organizaion
Comments:
I am a rising senior at a college in New York, United States, who is nearly finishing her volunteering time for the International Humanity Foundation in Bali, Indonesia.

At school, I am studying politics, with an international focus so traveling experiences are a huge supplement to my education. I decided to volunteer for IHF to learn more about the running of NGOs, live in a different part of the world, and contribute my time to the betterment of others.

IHF is an international NGO that has education centers (Indonesia) and children homes (Thailand, Kenya) where people can volunteer and donate money towards improving the lives of young ones in need. The IHF Bali location hosts activities and supplemental English, math and computer classes for locals in the neighboring areas. As a volunteer, I am awarded the opportunity to help teach these classes and host activities to have fun with the kids.

It has been an enjoyable experience to interact with so many sweet kids. Everyone in the community is so friendly, as it is impossible to walk past someone without expecting a greeting. I have learned that, despite cultural difference, the Indonesian children are very much similar to ones back in my country. Indonesian kids love to dance, sing, play around, and learn from volunteers, such as myself, and others of IHF. Overall, I feel that I have learned a lot from the experience and appreciate the chance to have lived in such a nice community in Bali.

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Work-Study

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 29 May 2015

Activity:
Education/Administrative Tasks/Fundraising/Proof-reading
Comments:
Already finishing up my third week volunteering with IHF, it's today I officially start counting down the last week. This work-study volunteer opportunity is a life experience I will never forget. The welcoming Banda Aceh community, loving children, beautiful scenery and fascinating attractions are just a few of the reasons I will really miss this place once my time here is done.

I've always thought it would feel great to volunteer for an NGO overseas whether it be administrative work, natural disaster clean-up, building or teaching but could never find a short-term opportunity. Knowing I was not in a position to leave for more than a couple months at the most, I left the idea on the back burner. Then I came across International Humanity Foundation on the Volunteer Canada website. Now, instead of having no option, I had 2 short-term options to choose from!

I knew two weeks would not be enough time for me to get an experience which would fulfill my expectations (IHF's voluntourist program), so I chose the four week work-study program; I am so glad I did, and part of me wishes I could stay longer. Although three weeks is a relatively short period, it's enough to give me idea of what it's like to life with less at my fingertips and in turn have such an appreciation for what I have.

The families here are so friendly, always wanting to take the international volunteers around to show Aceh's attractions; museums, shops and beaches to name a few. They enjoy hearing stories about where the volunteers are from, their culture and stories from back home. Wanting to introduce us to their friends and expose us to much of the beautiful Aceh life as possible in the limited times we are all here for.

Along with the local volunteers, the other international volunteers here at IHF Aceh make this a really comfortable experience; I've never had a moment where I didn't feel safe or taken care of. We spend most of our days in each others company and really look out for one another. I could not have asked for a better “fill-in|” family to spend these last three weeks with.

Not only are the people here amazing, the experience in itself is what makes this so memorable. Teaching these passionate, dedicated students to piece together proper English sentences, making new friends from different parts of the world, eating authentic Indonesian meals and even learning a bit of the Indonesian language along the way is just a small slice of my Aceh life list.

Now having a better idea of what's it like to be more involved with IHF; how they operate, spend their money, connect with the community and recruit for volunteers (international and local) and students, will give more confidence in applying for the next short-term volunteer opportunity which comes my way. My passion for volunteering for those in need has increased over the last three weeks thanks to the experience I'm having here. Fundraising, recruiting and forever telling stories about my life changing adventure with IHF Aceh will continue on for a very long time.

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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 9 December 2013

Activity:
Helped prepare food for people and serve up
Comments:
Would like to do some voluntary work. Have been in the catering trade 32 years. I have three girls and would to put back into society
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Fundraising

Organisation: Children 1st
Date: 27 November 2013

Activity:
Various anything I could help with.
Comments:
After volunteering with this organisation for just under 2 years giving a lot of time and effort and financial help asking for nothing in return when a new member of staff started and didn't bother doing things to support me only jumping through hoops for managers when I went through the official channels to complain it was all ignored.

I did receive a apology from the Director of Fundraising after complaining to the C.E. and was told it shouldn't have went this far as procedures were in place.

But in the end the full time member of staff covered there tracks and the organisation lost a very loyal and productive volunteer.
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Work-Study Volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 12 November 2013

Activity:
Teaching English and computer classes, fundraising, recruiting, blogging
Comments:
I was waiting for this moment for years. Being a volunteer outside Romania. Wanting to save the world. A naive dream, but for a 17 years old girl it's normal to crave for it. I won't save the world, but I can be part of what makes it better. When I started volunteering with Red Cross during the floods in my hometown, I realized that this is what I want to do. Volunteering. And if possible, being a volunteer 'until Death do us part'. But of course, when you are 17 years old, you still have your parents' financial support and there is no need to work and earn your own living. And then you start the university, you finish the studies and start looking for a job, trying to make your parents proud. You've got the job. Good job, actually. Your parents are proud. You are feeling relieved that you have your own money and can live independently. Everybody is happy. Until a certain point. You stop a little bit from your tumultuous life as a corporate employee and you have an epiphany (usually you have it in the metro while you are going to the office at 7 am, listening to the music and looking at the people around you..a cliche but c'est vraie!): 'and what about my dream? wasn't I supposed to save the world and give joy and care to the people?' . You feel happy and excited that finally you remembered what was the meaning of your life, but then you hear the 'voices in the deep' :' Attention please, next station -Your Office-, transfer with line number 3'. Suddenly your silly smile disappears and you have to figure out the fastest way of getting out of the metro. You arrive at the office grateful that you weren't late and just begin your daily tasks, forgetting about your early revelation. But don't worry, this will come to you over and over until you finally find the strength to let go your fears and decide to pursue your dream. And here I am, in Bali, Indonesia. I know, it sounds fancy, but I am not here for holiday. Ok, maybe just a little bit. International Humanity Foundation brought me here. The desire of working with unprivileged children from rural poor areas, and learning how a humanitarian organization works. All these things made me choose this NGO. I will be staying here 5 more months, in a very small village with nice people and many dogs.. good dogs.

Usually at the Bali Center all the doors are opened for everybody. Even for the frogs, the lizards and also for our good friend Arthur, the big lizard, who might actually be an iguana, whom we have the privilege to see from time to time walking like the king of the place. But don't worry, you are safe. The center is a really noisy place. But not in a bad way: from 12 to 5 pm when the kids arrive you know that your day is just becoming better and better. You forget about the hot, too hot weather (for a girl from Romania) and about your fear of tsunami ( I know, you are it's pretty embarrassing to still have these kinds of fears). I just wished I knew their language. To play with them as I would play with the kids from my country and to contribute to the noisy atmosphere.

I always hated to take off my shoes when entering somewhere, but here it's just so funny to see all the children's flip flops and shoes at the entrance that it makes you want to go barefoot everywhere.

And then, when the night comes, you just have to enjoy the concert that Mother Nature gives you: in the front line the frogs' quartet (the noisiest in the orchestra), that perform at the unison of the waves' movements (which are loud too) and then, just when you think it's over, the roosters are taking over control and starting their 'daily task'. I would say they are working too hard. They start at 2 am. But you will get used to this, too. Just close your eyes and enjoy it.

I always wanted to live near the coast, have my own private time watching the waves and the sunset whenever I feel like it. I didn't actually look for it. It just happened to be Bali and IHF and now I have the advantage of helping others and learning so many things from the children while having my dream come true.Actually both things are dreams came true. We come here to help the children, but I think in the end they are the ones who are helping us. I would like to give them as many great moments as they are giving to me. They are very joyful almost all the time. And when they are not, they pull so funny faces that it's impossible not to smile. Some of them act bossy, some of them are just sly and the oldest ones very caring with the smallest ones. They come from different villages, from different backgrounds and different religions. But they just seem to get on so well and help each other when they don't understand something. Having them around me..this is all that interests me now. Bye bye sleepless nights! Welcome 'great people that have entered my life', welcome 'better teaching classes'. Welcome Noroc, our little white visitor that is not a ghost but only a cute dog, playful and naughty that makes us smile every day. Even when she smells like fish.
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work-study volunteer

Organisation: IHF
Date: 11 November 2013

Activity:
-teaching English

-fundraising

-media

-volunteer recruitment
Comments:
My name is Katarina and I come from Slovakia. I am a volunteer at IHF Centre in Bali. I am a social worker and I love travelling, so a few weeks ago I decided to do something for the community but at the same time to do it abroad. And Indonesia has got a pretty high number on my list of countries I would like to visit. I have already done some volunteering in foreign countries and I think that there is something special about being a volunteer abroad. It gives you this experience of being with different people from different countries, sharing the cultures and language, learning something new in a very informal and welcoming atmosphere. I guess, this is what I love about volunteering abroad, when people are truly interested in other people´s experience, culture and perspective. I find this a really good way of learning something new and also offering something from me and my culture to other people. I believe that you can grow a lot in many ways while travelling and volunteering at the same time. You will look at the world from a wider perspective. The world can become more colourful to you and you can see more beauty and diversity among people with every new experience abroad. You can also become more adaptable to different situations and even more curious about different ways of living. One of the beautiful things about volunteering is, that even though we decide to give our time, our smile and our effort „for free“, actually, it is never really for free, because while volunteering we obtain so much that it is not possible to put a price on it. IHF is giving me all of this!

Bali centre is placed in a beautiful environment by the beach, so if I need some rest or some time to myself, I simply go out and have a walk listening to the waves. The centre is very cosy, full of pictures drawn by the children and most of the day also full of the kids’ laughter. They come every day except Sunday and we teach them English, Maths and computer classes. They try hard to improve their knowledge but at the same time they enjoy the lessons, too. Apart from teaching we also do art workshops or any other interesting workshops we can think of. Some part of our work is also to promote our centre in various social media and among the local community. Any talent or skill offered is utilised in this centre. Every volunteer has got a lot of space to put their own ideas in place, so they can easily see the fruits of their hard work. The time passes by really quickly here, as we have a lot to do but after the hard work we always reward ourselves with a nice trip to some beautiful temple or exciting city. Volunteering at IHF gives me a feeling that I am part of something bigger that can make a real difference to these kids' lives. In return, they are giving me a lot of memories that I will cherish forever.:)
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nursery assistant

Organisation: Child care
Date: 29 October 2013

Activity:
Hi,

I am looking for HR volunteer job.

I am science gradute and i am doing cretificate in human resource practice course level-3. Next month my course will be complete.

Thanks & Regards

sampa.
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Gained good knowledge and experience
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teaching English and computer classes and doing online work

Organisation: IHF
Date: 14 October 2013

Activity:
I teached 5 English and computer classes in the morning and did online work for e.g. the fundraising and media team.
Comments:
My name is Sina, and I am a psychologist from Germany. I was interested in volunteering for many reasons, but mainly I was searching for an opportunity to be part of a great social project and to get to know the Indonesian way of live and the culture of the people at the same time-that’s when I found the International Humanity Foundation online. Therefore I decided to go to the IHF Center at Bali to do voluntary work as an English and Computer teacher in 4 classes and to do online work e.g. for the Fundraising and Media team for 4 weeks.

The IHF Center itself is a beautiful Balinese-style house by the Indian Ocean nearby a Muslim and a Hindu village with a big green garden with water fountains and 4 big classrooms plus a separate guesthouse for the volunteers. When I taught my first lesson in English I got a warm and pleasant welcome and the great opportunity to learn my first Indonesian words from my pupils: “Saya Sina! Umur saya 25.” Which means that my name is Sina and that I am 25 years old :) It really was an amazing experience to meet the pupils and they are very open-minded and inquisitive.

And whether you’ve had experience with volunteering or not, since the day I arrived, I felt that joining IHF was the best choice and I love the work and especially the wonderful and lovely Indonesian children - I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I am really deeply touched by the passion of the other volunteers and the co-ordinator here at the Center- everyone is working so hart to relieve poverty and cares about every single child! I am so grateful for all those nice people I got to know here during the last couple of weeks and of my new experiences and impressions which changed my way of seeing life and what is really important to me!

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