Consider This my Dear Before You Volunteer ~ By Shatha Akeel


 

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Taking time out of your day to provide a service, help someone, or do something for free is the rent we pay for a room on earth, as the saying goes.

I  heard about volunteer work before, but I was not interested in it. One day, I had the chance to join a voluntary group to serve the elderly and orphans, which opened my eyes to many things I didn’t know about, like some of the existing systems in Saudi Arabia. Also, I got to know some of the citizens’ rights, but the greatest thing I learned from voluntary work was how to be patient and expand the circle of communication. This has given me back a lot of benefits.

So, if you want to do some voluntary work, you must ask yourself some questions to help you make the right choices.

1. What are my interests?

Are there specific issues that interest you and grab your attention? For example, are you into health care, special needs, the elderly, environment pollution, or any issue you might be interested in.

2. What are my skills?

You should know your skills because you have to link them with your interest/s in volunteering. For example, if you are interested in health care, one of the skills that you will need is to have good communication to share health awareness.

3. What do I want to learn from this experience, OR what will I gain from it?

Some people do it to get a new experience, and others want to improve their communities. Think about it and make sure you know what your goal is.

4. Will my volunteering affect my other commitments?

What are the things that need to be considered before committing yourself? Time, flexibilty, location, family, school, work. It won’t be wise to start a generous act like volunteering and not be reliable.

Anyway, I think that voluntary work is one of the most fulfilling life experiences that we must learn from and evolve.

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Wise Junior.. A Brighter Future ~ Interviewed by Najlaa Nezar


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.

A good example for this would be individuals who hold within high social responsibility with the urge to have a positive impact on human development by their contributions.

Weam Bakheet implemented this bravely, so after she finished her Master’s in the UK, she decided to return to her homeland, Saudi Arabia and started to design and work on a program that is the first of its kind that focuses on training children to raise their awareness toward life’s important concepts. She believes that her program should include 8 vital fundamentals for good-mannered children and therefore better individuals in the future.

 

Proudly, Weam founded her awareness center for children, which is located in Jeddah/Saudi Arabia under the name “Wise Juniors”.

Najlaa Nezar from Uvadahlia Magazine had the chance to speak with Weam Bakheet about the center’s vision, mission and plans for the future. Continue reading “Wise Junior.. A Brighter Future ~ Interviewed by Najlaa Nezar”

Romania: Explore the Carpathian Garden – By Natalia Oparka-Kharma


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When we think of summer we immediately think of holidays…resting..relaxing…sunbathing… This year, however, I chose to spend my summer differently. Since it’s been a tough year, I wanted to do something unusual with my life, something fulfilling, something… that would make me want to wake up in the morning and not complain about too much sunlight. I took an offer of becoming a teaching volunteer in Romania.. crazy, right? The offer sounded too good to be true, so I immediately pictured my poor body being sold for parts, but I went for it anyway. Said tearful goodbyes to my family (may be seeing them for the last time, right?!) n off i went. When i reached the airport I was apprehensive..anxious… but happy. I met other volunteers and our amazing adventure started! I got a chance to live in 3 places all in all: Bran, Fundata and extraordinary Bucharest…

Continue reading “Romania: Explore the Carpathian Garden – By Natalia Oparka-Kharma”