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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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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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