2012-01-01

New Year, New Project

Written by Andrew Furness & Arpine Hovasapian
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Our volunteers, from across the globe, all share a drive for social change and global activism. Many continue their service from home by actively promoting the organisation and recruiting new volunteers.

As we approach the end of 2011, we wanted to take a moment to thank you all, past, present and future volunteers, for your continuing help and support. Your commitment has allowed Voluntario Global to grow and keep up the good work with our network of social organisations and projects. We would also like to take this opportunity to share with you some news. In the last month, some members of our organisation have been working on a new project: The Voluntario Global Alumni Group. The idea behind is to give former and current volunteers a chance to continue their involvement in the organisation after they return to their home country. Our volunteers, from across the globe, all share a drive for social change and global activism. Many continue their service from home by actively promoting the organisation and recruiting new volunteers. Each of you is an integral part of the organisation, and you are in a unique position to represent VG in your home country. We hope this will also be a much easier (and more regular) way to keep in touch with our past volunteers and bring a further ‘global’ context to the projects. What we’re looking for in this new venture is to take advantage of the vast range of experiences encountered by everyone. In this way, we would really be able to establish a bigger network of interest for both the work of VG and the skills of our volunteers. With these past experiences and testimonials, volunteers can help us to become better known in their corner of the globe and maybe even discover some new interests themselves. Thus, the permanent team at VG would be able to keep working inorder to extend the help to those who need it most. We hope the following recent events that highlight the potential of this idea will help you to understand and be further inspired. Between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve one of our volunteers hosted a cake sale with his family and raised over us$500! It was a simple event with some flyers given round to the neighbourhood and advertised online but was a great way of telling people in Virginia, USA about Voluntario Global and receiving donations. Just imagine if we could get something like this once a month... Something else that we feel the Alumni branch of VG could be prosperous in is assistance with volunteers’ projects. We were recently contacted by a former volunteer who is putting together a book on free travel opportunities around the world and she wanted advice and feedback about Argentina to include in it. We would love to do the same for others in the future. As we hope anyone who reads this will agree, the ability to frequently interact with our alumni not only enables us to improve recognition of Voluntario Global throughout all the countries that we have connections with and set up fundraising/recruitment events in all of these places; but really create a collection of projects/stories/experiences and opportunities all related to the unique lifestyle shared by the volunteers that come here. So you are all now officially invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of us and the world! Any pictures, comments and memories from your experience with Voluntario Global would be greatly appreciated. Come join us on Facebook or send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FELIZ 2012!    

 
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