Especially in rural areas with a high poverty rate, child labour and the negligence of
are unfortunately a part of the daily routine. As a volunteer in community
development, you can help to ensure that all children get their best chances in life and are prepared to take their fate in their own hands.
As childcare in general includes different stages of age, education and background, the tasks for a volunteer in community development are manifold. Volunteers are needed to help
out in day-care (especially after school) to guide and advise children in terms of homework or socialising. Besides being an adviser for educational issues, you’ll be a mentor who
provides guidance and shelter as well. Connect with the kids by emphasizing the importance of a community and team playing in a playful and creative way.
Earthquakes, floods or poor access to infrastructure often put small communities in a desperate position, as they don’t have the resources to rebuild and establish everything on their
own again. Therefore, volunteers are needed to provide assistance in construction in countries like Nepal, Thailand, Ghana, Kenya Malaysia or Peru. If you decide to volunteer in
construction, your work mainly includes the restoration of derelict school buildings or the supply of drinking water, as well as the provision of access to sanitation. Especially
the second focus is a big issue in rural areas and offers a great chance for volunteers to make a difference by constructing rainwater tanks or pumps.
Participating in a social project isn’t just about helping communities in terms of reconstruction or education – it’s also about facilitating a mutual understanding of cultures and
preventing tribal cultures from extinction in the modern world. As every culture is quite manifold, your task as a volunteer will be too. As small communities or tribes often lack
the resources for incorporating arts in school or aren’t able to get noticed because of discrimination, your dedication can help to change that by promoting intercultural understanding,
mentoring art performers, or helping to develop cultural education. Therefore, your passion for culture and arts can inspire others in experiencing culture in a different way.
If you have to worry how to get your whole family replete, healthy food and nutrition aren’t necessarily the number one priority. That this is an important cause indeed, is easy to
prove based on the number of chronic heart diseases, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. As a volunteer in community development your dedication can help to ensure that a good nutrition
can be ensured by the available resources of the prevailing community. Your tasks can include developing didactic material for training on nutrition, the participation in organic
farming or sharing your expertise in hands-on-settings in a community kitchen.
Although the social and political situation is improving more and more in many developing countries, the empowerment of women and ethical minorities still suffers from stagnation. Most
programs are working in the fields of awareness, counselling or preparation of educational courses with a focus of human rights or HIV prevention. With your contribution, you can help
to ensure that the soft voices of minorities are getting louder and respected.
Besides contributing to the work of organisations in the empowerment of the minorities, they often need help in general social work as well. In contrast to social work in the human
rights sector, general social work is more devoted to community outreach related tasks like psychological counselling, assisting in classrooms, or organising skills development projects
for young adults. If you’re looking for a diversified task where you interact with people of all ages, take your chance as volunteer in community development with a focus on social work.
Local aid organisations as well as the members of the prevailing community will definitely welcome your effort.
Although teaching languages is by far the most popular subject in programs with a teaching focus, it isn’t the only available option. If you are a real sporting ace for instance, how
about combining your passion with your commitment to a better cause? As football is a highly regarded leisure activity in many countries, it’s often used to connect with disadvantaged
children. Help to make a difference by coaching the little champs and discover numerous raw talents. If you’re not really into football, there are also programs, which are looking for
general sports coaches or sport camp coordinators.