Volunteering During the Holidays
The classic image of someone on holiday is that of a person lying on a beach sunbathing. Sure, it might be something that’s appealing because you’re not doing anything. That’s partly why we want to get away from normal life because it’s so busy all the time. A chance just to do nothing is a time for bliss. If you’ve had one too many holidays like this and wanted something more, there’s plenty on offer.
Getting up relatively at the same time you normally would and heading out the hotel doors to do something productive might be better than lounging around. There are many destinations that all have their own activities of substance. Whether you’re helping locals to improve their communities, going out into the bush to save some animals or even just doing some regular charity work, holiday life can be incredibly fulfilling.
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Love of the land
For many poor economies, their agriculture is their ace in the hole. Despite not being technologically advanced, their climate allows their lands to grow incredible produce. This food is then shipped all around the world and enjoyed in grocery stores and restaurants.
In Vietnam, they have volunteer schemes that allow foreigners visiting their country to see the real rural parts of the nation. Wandering the cities is fine and dandy, but working with the farmers to toil the land and help them in their daily work, you’ll get to see the true way authentic Vietnamese people live their lives.
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Sanctuary to animals
One of the greatest things you can do in life is to either save it or prolong it. Majestical animals that once roamed the savannah are now in danger of having their numbers reduced beyond repair.
If you feel like heading toward somewhere where the sun never gets blocked out by rain clouds, and there are clear blue skies during the day, and star-laden nights, you could volunteer with wildlife in Africa.
Big cats are some of the worst hit by poachers all year round. Their furs are made into rugs and pelts, and even the entire carcass stuffed as a statue to be bought on the black market. Wildlife care consists of tracking animals in the conservation areas and making sure they’re healthy.
Rights of others
Although Morocco is a country with beautiful landscape, fantastic cuisine and beautiful architecture, socially it does lag behind. There are women’s rights groups that could do with more feet on the ground, pursuing their cause.
These groups fight for women to be lifted out of being second class citizens and treated as equals to the men. Not only do they push for more young girls getting a good education, but the respect for their bodies is also a topical issue. By becoming part of their campaigns on the ground and via social media, you could be part of a meaningful societal change.
It’s often remarked that you don’t really get to experience the real side of a nation if you don’t spend time in the countryside. The rural farmers are looking for more helping hands, and in return, you get a real look at this exciting nation.
Africa is home to many natural giants, but big cats are perhaps the most in danger of becoming extinct. Spending time keeping them healthy will give them a better chance at breeding young cubs.
We may live in a fair society, but it’s not the same for others in different parts of the world. Helping fight for women’s rights can make for a historical victory one day.
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