To make it easier for you to fulfil your commitments, our team has put together these guides to assist you to take action!
Volunteer for the movement to end poverty
Volunteering is not only a hugely practical and useful way to work to bring about change; it is also immensely rewarding and a lot of fun.
Volunteering some of your time to an organisation that can make use of your skills is a brilliant way to contribute to the movement. You can volunteer locally, or you if youʼve got the right skills and time, you can head overseas.
Many aid and development charities use the support of volunteers to keep their costs down, scale up their impact and stay connected to the community. Broadly speaking, you can volunteer in one of six ways locally:
If you want to volunteer locally, get in touch with the organisations that you would like to offer your services, and be prepared to answer the following questions:
Overseas / in the field
If you're ready for something bigger, why not consider volunteering overseas? Be prepared that you may not make a major and immediate contribution towards ending poverty unless you commit to volunteer for an extended period, but there is immense value in doing an overseas trip to volunteer and expand your understanding of what poverty is and what needs to be done to eradicate it.
In order to make sure youʼre an asset and not a burden, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind:
Finally, remember that although volunteering locally or overseas can make a contribution, it also takes quite a lot of effort and time for the organisation that youʼre volunteering with to manage you. Not all organisations are setup to manage volunteers, and not all volunteering placements work out. If this happens to you, donʼt despair. Focus instead on learning the lessons to make sure that your next effort at volunteering works brilliantly.