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The 6 Best Organizations For Volunteer Traveling

The 6 Best Organizations For Volunteer Traveling

Volunteering abroad is a noble undertaking that benefits all involved. Of course, the lives of the people being helped are affected in a tremendously positive way. Furthermore, volunteers can find satisfaction in knowing they have done their part to improve a part of the global community. Not only that, but they also get to explore an area of the world they otherwise would never have been able to see. Most organizations look for volunteers who specialize in areas such as education, recreation, health care, community building, or construction. If you’re looking to put some time and effort into volunteering in a foreign country, check out some of these organizations:

1. Global Vision International

Global Vision International (GVI) hosts projects all over the world that last from one week to a full year abroad. Most of the projects revolve around constructing homes and community buildings, animal care, and youth education. Through education of its volunteers, GVI hopes to increase global recognition of some of the hardships people across the world face on a daily basis. The most recent events featured are a community development project in Fiji and a Mediterranean Construction Discovery for Youth in Greece.

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2. Agape Volunteers

This UK-based organization focuses on helping those in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and Tanzania through recreational and medical volunteering. Agape helps build and organize schools, orphanages, clinics, hospitals, and other community-based entities throughout developing and struggling nations. Agape is currently looking for wildlife volunteers in South Africa, as well as medical volunteers in Ghana.

3. Love Volunteers

Love Volunteers sends helpers to over 30 countries all over the world for up to six months at a time. The organization boasts over 120 community development programs that focus on social and recreational organization, as well as construction and community rehabilitation. Love Volunteers now has workers teaching in schools in Tanzania, and has organized a special education program in Nepal.

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4. Volunteer Eco Students Abroad (VESAbroad)

VESAbroad offers volunteers the chance to visit South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Fiji Islands in search of community service opportunities. Volunteer periods for only last 2 weeks, and although the organization focuses on opportunities for college students ages 18-24, anyone willing to help is welcome. Currently, you can get started with VESA through its Fiji Islands Discovered program, which focuses on academics, health, and hygiene, or in the South Africa Unearthed program, which focuses on the health and safety of South Africa’s youth.

5. International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) allows volunteers to spend anywhere from one to 24 weeks in a variety of areas within Africa, Asia, and Latin America. IVHQ provides a variety of services to these areas, ranging from healthcare and education to community restoration. Currently, IVHQ is hosting English and French teachers in Morocco, medical professionals who wish to educate Kenyans about the dangers of HIV and AIDS, construction workers looking to restore the temples of Sri Lanka, and healthcare providers looking to volunteer in Guatemala.

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6. A Broader View Volunteers

With over 175 programs in 22 different countries, A Broader View Volunteers (ABVV) truly does offer a broad choice of volunteering opportunities. ABVV focuses mainly on providing developing countries with assistance as needed, and will send specialists to specific areas depending on immediate concerns. Although the focus of ABVV depends on the situation, many of the opportunities center around wildlife conservation and youth education. In Ecuador, ABVV is currently hosting Quito Hippotherapy, a rehabilitation program requiring patients to care for horses throughout their therapy. In Peru, ABVV focuses on environmental conservation. Their program in Columbia looks to improve the country’s social welfare program, and in Uganda ABVV has introduced a Maternity and Midwife Nursing program.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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