Mobilizing volunteers to teach in understaffed primary schools is a jewel of education that has brought radiance to those kids and even greater joy to our hearts.

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Many children in Africa are facing difficulties to access education. More specifically in Senegal, too many children are on the streets because they have to work as their parents can not afford to meet their living. These children are often illiterate and have no access to the formal education system. They will never go to a school from morning to night. With the purpose to help these disadvantaged children, CMI International, is implementing an educational program in the suburbs of Dakar (Senegal). The programme aims at providing the street children with basic French lessons and other extra activities including drawing, music and physical activities. We therefore intend to support them by creating a structure that will meet their needs, a sort of ''school on wheels'' travelling a few days per week on previously identified sites of Dakar suburbs.

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My name is Nia. I am 21 years old, a student of a university in Solo, Indonesia, majoring English Education. I love teaching and kids. I do put my expectation to them to build my country better someday. About a year ago, I was a volunteer in an orphanage in Solo. Even though it took only about two weeks, I could feel how it feels living with no family beside us. Since that time, I have been a more grateful person for all what God has given to me. I'm waiting for another volunteer experience.

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Far away in the Upper East region of Ghana, its quite embarrasing to know that children go to school under palm branches and trees and its only 1 pupil teacher that teaches all the classes.
They cannot even boast of study books, school uniforms and enough chairs and tables to sit and study. In the villages around too common flip flops and dresses are major problems. We started supporting by giving those villages visited clothes and flip flops but due to their number some fight over them and we could not meet all their needs. We plan on mobilizing funds and learning materials to support and build some classroom blocks for them and provide books and other learning materials to motivate the children to learn hard by January 15 2013.

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I volunteered for an NGO- CURE International, Delhi that provides financial support to children suffering from clubfoot.

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Comecei a me interessar em voluntariado aos 10 anos, em Curitiba - Paraná. Lembro-me que a minha escola apresentou aos alunos a situação de crianças da mesma idade que a nossa, em situações precárias, que, na verdade, só estavam ali estudando porque tinham o apoio de instituições parceiras, como a do meu colégio e também dos voluntários. Imaginem a cabeça de uma criança que tinha tudo o que precisava para ser feliz e, se chocou, pela primeira vez, com a realidade - dura - de outras pessoas? Comecei a me questionar:
- Mas, por que todo mundo na cidade não pode ajudar essas crianças?
- Por que só algumas pessoas se importam e outras não?
Aquela apresentação mexeu comigo. E ali, aos 10 anos, eu descobri que uma das minhas missões no mundo é não só ajudar as pessoas que precisam, mas também, ajudar as pessoas que não precisam a entenderem o quão importante para o mundo seria se elas ajudassem também. Porque tão admirável quanto assistir aos outros, é dar a mão aos que estão a nossa volta e puxá-los, para que assim eles percebam quanto mais uma mão, mais um coração disposto a se doar ao mundo, pode ser a diferença. E assim, antes mesmo da idade que tinha me dito ser permitido se inscrever para ser voluntário, com a ajuda da minha mãe, começamos a trabalhar voluntariamente na APACN, Associação Paranaense de Crianças com Neoplasias. Levamos alguns coleguinhas da escola, juntamos roupas, matérias e lançamos a campanha adote uma criança no Natal. Não parei mais. Hoje em São Paulo, jornalista, viajante, tenho na bagagem mais de dois intercâmbios, eu quero mais. Eu quero na minha bagagem, milhões de sorrisos e um telejornal mais doce, mais humano. Quero que a nova geração crie filhos e não herdeiros.

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Saludos desde Tijuana B.C. México. Es una linda experiencia ser parte de la ayuda comunitaria de mi ciudad, pues la educación es fundamental para el futuro de nuestros jóvenes, me gusta ayudar por que recibes una compensación de amor y de satisfacción al ver que otros pueden lograr salir adelante en este mundo tan difícil.

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My name is Zulfiqar Sheth and I am from India. Last year I was selected in the Community College Initiative program By US Department of State. I was living around Washington DC and have completed 276 volunteer hours with 18 different organizations, festivals and NGOs. I and my group which included 17 students from 8 different countries headed by our coordinator Karen Hopkins have completed almost 2500 hours all together and enjoyed this service. Our group was also nominated for The Best Adult group by Volunteer Fair fax , A local NGO. The secret of living is giving and we truly enjoyed this joy of giving throughout the year. This was our first experience of volunteering abroad. W e learned so many things about US people and institutions through volunteering and of course we exchanged our culture.

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Taking the community with us and giving the people around us the same standard of life what we live, making them self reliable.
Helping the special Abel persons to live and led a normal life.
These things makes us to grow, and the enjoy is unexplainable this things must be felt.

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I was an exchange student in Berkeley from China, who always want to help out. When I was at home in my own university, I used to be a member of our voluntary organization, and volunteer to act in protecting the environment and help the old in the nearby community and so on. I was also part of the SK Sunny program, and used to go out and help teach the poor suburban children every weekend. This is my story about being an volunteer. I really want to be involved and do more to help out when in US.

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