I am part of a scout group. I am leader and work with kids from 6 to 10 years. The scouting program aims to develop our youth to be citizens with good values and capable of doing their best for their community. Ten years ago our scout group decided to expand our actions to a city nearby where kids doesn't have so many good opportunities as we have. So far several kids had the chance to be a scout and had lots of incredible experiences. Our group is São Luiz de Gonzaga Scout Group PR 8 - Curitiba, Brasil.
I work for Japan international Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a youth activity volunteer. I came to Tanzania on July 2013 and I completed my 2 years contract of service term but I decided to extend it for 9 months so I am still here in Tanzania now.
I am working as a District Secondary Health Education Officer in Mkuranga District. So my work is to teach about various health topics for secondary schools’ students with teachers, to introduce and support to continue sustainable school lunch system, to set school health room at every school and to introduce the importance and function so as to manage school health effectively by their selves.
Before coming to Tanzania, I was working as a nurse at adolescent ward in children’s hospital and also as health teacher at school. I had already known about the importance of school health activities and the preventive education so that students can spend their life without diseases, troubles and so on. At first I just wanted to introduce the system of school health but it was difficult to get understanding and cooperating because of the different environment or the lack of facilities, tools and so on. I gradually understood that the priority is quietly different between my country and Tanzania and it is concerned in the difference of culture. It is not adequate to enforce our knowledge one-sidedly. Of course if we are volunteers we wish to do everything that we can, so as to improve the environment but before doing that, we have to know the culture of the country where we are working, to talk a lot with people, to establish good relationship between the people. To stand the same position with the local people, think together and cooperate when we are working. Iam convinced that if we can abide these aspects, it will lead into good work and we ourselves can enjoy our activities.
Before volunteering, I was thinking that I want to help people by using my knowledge so that they can live healthy. But after starting my work, I realized that my knowledge and ability are only little things. Because before doing activities so as to help the local people, I was also helped by a lot of people and I learned a lot of things from them. Their warm hearts always helped me when I was in hard situation. I am Japanese and now working with Tanzanian people but if we can help each other for example when we encounter difficult problems, through discussing we can get new opinions or we can compensate the short comings of each other. So this act (to help each other) is very important and one of the thing which I always think. Do not be enthusiastic in helping people just because we are living in developing country ,the important thing is to think what I can do with the local people.
As I already mentioned, after noticed the importance of making good relationship between local people, I just tried to introduce my activities ,for example to village office, school, health center and so on,
A lot of people are desired to know the importance of it and to cooperate with. Now fortunately, people have already known my activity, and they ask me “When will you go to school to teach?” “I want to go with you to teach about health” “Do you teach students only? Can you have time to teach for village people?” and so on. Health is important but in here, preventive education is not enough. People cannot get enough chance to know their health. The cost of receiving treatment is bigger than to prevent, but most of the people haven’t noticed this aspect. So I think it is a positive impact that people can ask me to coordinate the chance of enough health education.
Now I am finishing my work in Tanzania. I sincerely can say that this volunteering chance has impacted a lot in my future plans. Before coming to Tanzania I imagined my future plan that after finishing my contract, I will go back to my work as a school health teacher in Japan. But now I really wish to work again in developing countries. Because I have already known the joy and reward of working in the developing country. To start from completely different situation is of course not easy. But in this process which we just cooperate each other to make better things, we can notice and know a lot of new things. Through this process we can establish ourselves much better as a human being. I just want to say that because we are human being sometimes we feel sad, we feel like running away from hard situation. But it is natural it is not a shameful thing. There is no problem to cry. But it is clear that if we can overcome, we can see the new perspective and can get completely another view. We are not alone if we are not in our home country there are people who are concerned about us. If we have such person even one we can say thank you and can feel the hard work. Keep positive thinking and always smiling.
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I have most awarness in education area, because when I was a child I couldn't get a good education, as the tuition to get it was expensive. So, right now, I try to give free education to the children around my house. I started to build a little school inside my house and find donations to provide the children with books and stationary.
In whole area where we live there was just one intermediate college and girls could hardly attend that college because of the cultural context. I discussed with my friends and they agreed and we opened an intermediate college. We run college at nominal fees and teachers including myself volunteered in that college. In last ten years 500 girls have received Higher secondary education from that college, other wise most of them would have not studied beyond matriculation. Then many of them have successfully graduated from universities.
We are Global Vision International Shimoni, working on the South Coast of Kenya. Since 2006 we have been working with volunteers who come from 2 weeks to 6 months. These volunteers come from all around the world and can be anywhere between 18 and 80.
We believe education is the key to conservation.
Already over 70% of East African coastal forests have been lost and Coral reefs are under much environmental pressure. Shimoni’s natural resources are being used up fast with charcoal in huge demand and illegal ring net fishing happening more often. With habitat as well as resource loss and climate change fast becoming the biggest threat to livelihoods, it is vital for the children living on the Kenyan coast to understand the importance of their forest and ocean and wildlife that surrounds them and makes up their home. Yet, raising awareness through environmental education is not in the curriculum in most schools in the area. Most schools do not have access to relevant environmental education resources or lack the specific teaching experience to address environmental issues in class.
Luckily for the children in Shimoni, our local partners; both the schools and Kenya Wildlife Service do realise the urgency and importance of this kind of education as the foundation of local conservation. GVI volunteers, in collaboration with specialised Kenya Wildlife Service staff and rangers teach in six different schools totalling almost 200 children a week with ages ranging from six to sixteen. Volunteers succeed in raising awareness about environmental issues keeping, main focus towards getting Shimoni’s the kids excited about nature. As part of the classes volunteers have been taking the school children into the forests and marine park giving them an opportunity to be a research assistant for a day.
These school children are Kenya’s future scientists, foresters, environmental lobbyists, botanists, primatologists and zoologists. As the great filmmaker and nature educator David Attenborough once said:
“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”
These classes are working towards not just protecting the environment for these children but also for their grandchildren.
CYL Digital quiere participar con un evento online con el que reconocer la labor de los Voluntarios Tecnológicos que colaboran en Castilla y León.
Los Voluntarios Tecnológicos del programa de CYL Digital son personas con capacidad de ayudar, gracias a sus conocimientos, entusiasmo y solidaridad, al despegue de la alfabetización digital a colectivos con dificultad de acceso al medio sin recibir compensación económica a cambio.
Los Voluntarios Tecnológicos pretenden que Internet y las nuevas tecnologías no sólo dejen de crear nuevas barreras socioculturales sino que sean el medio por el que romper las existentes. Contribuyen a reducir la desigualdad en el acceso a las nuevas tecnologías, ayudando a que más personas tengan conocimiento de ciertos recursos que puedan mejorar su calidad de vida.
El evento se realizará a partir de las 09:30 y se podrá seguir tanto a través de Internet como asistiendo presencialmente en los Espacios CYL Digital repartidos por todas las capitales de Castilla y León, en ambos casos de acceso libre para todos los ciudadanos y organizaciones.
Sigue el evento en directo a través del siguiente enlace http://cyldigital-voluntariado.es/
La campagne de la Journée Internationale des Volontaires a débuté aujourd'hui à Goma avec un concours interscolaire, intitulé ''Volontaires en Herbe''. Le concours oppose 8 écoles secondaires de la ville de Goma qui s'affrontent pendant toute la semaine sur des questions de culture générale, droits de l'homme, environnement, genre, etc. L'objectif de ce concours est de promouvoir la citoyenneté active et l'engagement civique auprès des jeunes de Goma. Venez encourager les élèves à la salle Tam Tam scolaire jusqu'à jeudi. Ne ratez pas la Grande Finale ce vendredi 5 décembre au Foyer Culturel des Jeunes de Goma.
- buscamos una mejor calidad de vida de las familias gestionando el apoyo a sus integrantes, especialmente los más desfavorecidos y desvalidos. Nos interesamos en la salud, educación, inserción social, vivienda y sustentabilidad económica.
-Fundación Familiar seeks a better quality of life for families managing support for its members, especially the most disadvantaged and helpless. We are interested in health, education, social inclusion, housing and economic sustainability.