Category Archives: Volunteering

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How to Choose an International Volunteer Organization

My last class with the kids at HCA I spent about a third of 2016 volunteering in Honduras. This was not my first experience volunteering abroad – my first few times out of the country were volunteer trips with my school and I was finishing up my first month of 3 volunteering in Nicaragua when I flew home in 2015. For me, volunteering abroad was a long-term investment. It was about making a trackable impact by offering assistance and... Read More »

The Frustrations of Volunteering Abroad

After spending a month in Costa Rica studying Spanish and partying in Puerto Viejo, I arrived in Nicaragua ready to work. I had signed up for 3 months on volunteering with an organization based in Granada. The organization, which had a decent reputation from all reviews I had read online, works in several different schools in the barrios of Granada. They work in the pre-k to 2nd grade classes as teacher's assistants, bring laptops for weekly... Read More »

Why I’m Choosing to Volunteer

I have always been a volunteer. When I was in elementary school, I would walk to the local library after class and spend hours shelving and organizing books. I hosted bake sales and other fundraisers and all but single-handedly funded their young adult section in my early teen years. I was a member of the local Leo Club and always involved in some community activity, whether it was participating in Christmas for Kids or making blankets for the... Read More »