Are you interested in enriching your life through doing humanitarian work? Perhaps you yourself have had to face extreme physical difficulties due to financial setbacks and you know what it's like to be poor. Maybe you have personally witnessed loss after a fire, a flood or another natural disaster. However, even if you haven't seen extreme hardships in real life, you have certainly seen them on television or on your computer screen after catastrophes like hurricane Katrina or the horrific fires in California. Becoming involved in helping others will probably be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do in your entire life. Here are some ideas for you to consider as you decide where you want to volunteer.
In The United States - You don't have to travel very far to give aid to those who are less fortunate than you are.
- Consider tutoring children at homeless shelters.
- Is there a half-way house for women who have recently been released from prison? If so, consider collecting nice clothing they will need to start their new lives.
- Think about joining forces with other men and women who are building playgrounds and recreational centers in underprivileged communities.
South Of The Border - Whether you live in New York or New Mexico, it's not hard to reach Mexico, even if you just go to places like the border towns of Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Tijuana where much of the humanitarian work can spread into the rest of Mexico.
- Perhaps you can interest your church congregation to form a work party that will travel to Mexico to build summer camps for underprivileged children.
- Another idea is to collect clothing, school supplies and other personal belongings that you can take to central charity organizations that will disperse the goods to places where they are most needed.
- Do you speak Spanish? If so, think about volunteering to help doctors and dentists who travel to Mexico to give free services to the poor.
Across The Sea - Have you heard of Myanmar? If not, you have probably heard of Burma. They are one and the same country and, like many other countries, help is very much needed.
- The residents of Myanmar are still reeling from the after effects of Cyclone Nargis which left about two hundred thousand people missing, homeless or dead.
- Pretty much everything you can think of that has to do with everyday living necessities is needed in Myanmar. Perhaps you would be interested in developing health care, water resources and sanitation resources.
- Community development projects are also on the list of things that are needed in Myanmar.
If you do decide to go somewhere exotic like Myanmar, it will be helpful to know that you will need to go through an agency that will provide you with the necessary information to just enter the country. Be sure that you have immunization shots before you embark on this amazing venture. Contact a travel company for more information on travelling to Myanmar.