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Work-study volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 20 December 2012

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I taught English, helped with cooking, arranging the garden, played with the children, etc.
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I have been a volunteer at the IHF center in Chiang Rai for three weeks now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Most of the kids here are teenagers, so it was a bit of a struggle at the beginning to get their attention, but the more I get to know them, the more I realize how amazing they are. The children live at the center and we spend most of the day with them, we work, play and cook together, so you get to know them really well. IHF is doing some amazing work in helping these children and it is a privilege to work for them.
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Teaching children English and Computer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 19 December 2012

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I have volunteering for one month.
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I have been volunteering at the IHF Bali Centre for one month. Everything is just so interesting to me: the beautiful garden wiht all kind of plants and flowers, fishes in the ponds, the cows, chickens, bugs etc..

The center is located by the seaside and there are two small villages nearby. Although one is a Muslim village and the other one is a Hindu village, all the residents seem to live in harmony. Most of our children come from these two villages. Every time we pass the village or buy something from the stores there, everybody will just try to greet us and speak to us. I found that they really have a simple and yet contented life.

The children here are mostly very enthusiastic and active. I have been teaching some classes and I was always encouraged by the children’s laughter. I am trying my best to teach them English and Computer, they always turned up so eager to learn and improve themselves.

When I decided to join IHF as a volunteer, I just hoped that I could get some good experience while teaching the children and mixing with them. Other than that, I have been assigned for some international task work to do as well and these were another good experience to me. So far, I really have a fulfilling and enjoyable life here.

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Intern

Organisation: Employability Forum
Date: 11 November 2012

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I interned with the Employability Forum three days a week for four months, working on a variety of projects: assisting with the Refugees into School project, conducting desk-based research, writing short texts for publication, and more.
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As other past volunteers have mentioned, there's a very good and supportive atmosphere around the office. I always felt included and comfortable with contributing my opinions and suggestions. Given the size of the team, there is a good opportunity to work on a variety of issues, and everybody is keen to ensure that interns come away with diverse experience. The projects that interns work on largely depend on what's going on at any given time, as well as the individual's interests; I'd recommend anyone thinking about volunteering to reflect on what aspect of the organisation they find most compelling, and to feel free to suggest what their particular contribution might be.
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WRVS Anglesey Meals On Wheels Volunteer

Organisation: WRVS
Date: 6 November 2012

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Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to older people in the community who want to stay independent in their homes but have difficulty with shopping, carrying heavy bags or cooking for themselves. Volunteers provide friendly social contact and a regular check that service users are safe and well. Drivers are particularly desirable. Relevant training will be provided by WRVS and you will be reimbursed of out of pocket expenses.
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Im spanish and in my country, normally i helpped to the old peple,, and here i need feel this again, im a chef and now im learning english here and i think is good for me and for they
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University Volunteering with READ International

Organisation: READ International powered by vinspired.com
Date: 26 October 2012

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Volunteer with READ International and you will get the opportunity to 'give something back' and help thousands of children both in the UK and East Africa.
There are many different ways you can volunteer with your university Book Project whether it be through fundraising, book sorting or helping with our sixth-form Young Leaders Project. You can volunteer for one-off opportunities or commit to being a regular volunteer.
In order to find out where your nearest project is, and how to get involved with them, please contact info@readinternational.org.uk.
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english teacher

Organisation: Green Life Volunteers
Date: 9 October 2012

Activity:
I helped an english teacher at a public primary school in Costa Rica with his classes and his english
Comments:
In july and august of 2012 I did volunteer work via the organisation ‘GreenLifeVolunteers’ (http://www.glvolunteers.com/). I’ve helped an English teacher on a public primary school in Costa Rica for three weeks. Three weeks actually was too short for a project like this, but I believe that I, together with volunteers who’ll go there after me, can make a small improvements. I think that’s what matters, helping the English teacher to improve his classes (instead of just teaching English yourself); he’s the one that needs to go one giving to classes, you’re only there temporarily. Therefore, it’s not only the English level that matters, but also the way of teaching. That’s also what GLVolunteers thinks; they work with part-by-part (but effective) improvement. They actually care; they don’t send you to a project that doesn’t need you and just lets you do ‘useless’/invented activities that actually aren’t necessary. I’ve always felt well informed and well taken care of by them. They often check and reflect on how you’re doing on a project and ask for an evaluation afterwards. For me, that’s actually what shows that they care about improving a situation and that they care about you. It’s not a big money making organisation, but a smaller, really dedicated one. They’re not highly expensive, they inform you well (and they are quick with answering questions) and you’re actually needed in their projects. I’m really glad that I went do to volunteer work via this organisation and I would definitely recommend them!
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Assistant Manager

Organisation: Wightlink Tigers Ice Hockey
Date: 7 September 2012

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The role was to help run and manage the club on a purely voluntary basis.

Tasked to help raise membership (spectatory to the games), enhance local marketing and secure sports funding via grants, basically to lift the image of the club.
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After clearing a number of positive measures with the club manager to sell more tickets, provide advertising and have the club appeal to more members of the public I went ahead and begun the process of making this happen. (at personal expense).

After working with them for only a a month, on the 6th September the manager sent me a text (out of the blue) telling me my services were no longer required as my approach with the club did not fit in with theirs. I have been banned from games and blocked from the clubs facebook page too.

While I understand that volunteers have zero working rights, I do firmly believe that volunteers should be treated with dignity and respect, I was after all working for free and for the good of the players and success of the club in general.

Areas i set to work were met with a great deal of resistance from the club as you will see as follows ;

Finances - Met with resistance from management

As soon as I started, myself and the person who acts as a signatory for the club set to work on getting into place a number of national and local sports grants to lift the club in an effort to drastically improve there dire financial situation.

The manager stated this was not possible and lied about previous applications to gain funding, when that was challenged he refused to provide any accounts to support the applications, this was challenged again and I was then provided a rudimentary statement of accounts which highlighted a number of financial complications and it is this financial mismanagement which can only be detrimental to the future security of the club.

Player fees - Met with resistance from management

I felt were high, the various sports grants would have meant the players were not tapped for money at every opportunity. Keeping the fees low or removing them completely would open up the sport to many more people. The current management seem perfectly content with a structure that clearly alienates some current players and ‘puts off’ many people from entering the sport.

Public awareness - Met with resistance from management

Not many people on the Isle of Wight were even aware that the ‘Tigers’ exists, let alone as a competitive sports club which is open for everyone to watch. This is due to what I can only term as agonisingly poor marketing, I set to work on a marketing campaign to increase spectator numbers and thus improve the financial situation of the club - in context, the arena holds 1000 people, they currently have 75 fans.

At personal expense I had started the process of building marketing campaign ranging from flyers, posters and even a friendlier site with the features many people come to expect, such as buying tickets online, subscribing to newsletter and engaging properly with the general public in order to highlight ice hockey as a great sport.

Website Met with resistance from management

The official website is confusing with way too much going on, this detracts from gaining higher viewer figures and thus they take less income, less income is leading to higher fees for the players.

So, I started developing a cleaner website and one which would allow fans to navigate with ease, buying tickets through to watching video and reading club related news.

Ticket sales Met with resistance from management

Online ticket sales were about to be brought in, streamlining and simplifying the entire process for the fans, making the prices consistent all round, therefore enhancing the fans experiences and ensuring the club can do some basic financial planning…

I have been left feeling a little angry at the treatment received given my commitment to the success of the club.

It has also put me off from volunteering in future under the current system where volunteers can be discarded in this manner.

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General Volunteering

Organisation: Chesterfield Time Bank
Date: 20 August 2012

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For every hour you give helping someone else, or a group, you are entitled to one credit (one hour) in return. You don't need money or qualifications to join. Everybody's time is worth the same and a broker links people and keeps records. Examples of tasks carried out include gardening, companionship, walking the dog, childcare, shopping and housework.
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When I joined, I was given a friendly induction that helped me understand what the project is all about. It was useful to know that newsletters/ emails would tell me of 'help needed' and all I had to do to in order to 'help' was telephone the central office. The staff there log all the EXCHANGES of time.

Me helping to setup market stall at a community event was an example of me giving my time. On another occasion, I drove a fellow timebanker to perform an interview at someone's home. I was happy to sit in the car and wait. I had my music to listen to. A taxi would have been expensive for the arrangement, and as it turned out.... Some hanging around time was involved, so me being there proved to be a befriending opportunity too.
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General Volunteering

Organisation: Chesterfield Time Bank
Date: 20 August 2012

Activity:
For every hour you give helping someone else, or a group, you are entitled to one credit (one hour) in return. You don't need money or qualifications to join. Everybody's time is worth the same and a broker links people and keeps records. Examples of tasks carried out include gardening, companionship, walking the dog, childcare, shopping and housework.
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I've taken time to type some comments and then it didn't send... I'll try again and if it's faulty, I will email YOU
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General Volunteering

Organisation: Chesterfield Time Bank
Date: 20 August 2012

Activity:
For every hour you give helping someone else, or a group, you are entitled to one credit (one hour) in return. You don't need money or qualifications to join. Everybody's time is worth the same and a broker links people and keeps records. Examples of tasks carried out include gardening, companionship, walking the dog, childcare, shopping and housework.
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I am already a member of Chesterfield Time Bank. I came on this page because I found a link that suggested I could come on and leave my REVIEW if being a volunteer. I've had to create a profile, but have found THIS too timely. I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed supporting my disabled wife who chose to join the Management Committe. She and I have been involved in some Community awareness/fundraising Events and it was fun.
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