2010-12-14

Volunteering abroad: make a real difference

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One important thing I have learned while volunteering with Voluntario Global is that volunteering abroad has become a trend that has allowed organizations such as this one to benefit from a large amount of volunteers at their disposal, however the number of volunteers who are serious about putting in the effort to make a difference seem to be far and few between.

By Tiffany Granski. I´m still in shock as to how fast time has flown, and sad to say goodbye to those who´ve shown me the real Buenos Aires and given me an opportunity like no other. What started as an idea to fill some spare time while studying Spanish here in BA has turned into an eye opening experience that allowed me to understand the pain, patriotism, struggle, and most importantly passion that lies beneath this tourist ridden city I´ve come to know as much more than tango and asado. I started 8 weeks ago with VG as a volunteer in the communications team. My first job was to visit a new project VG was looking at adding to their list of projects, and I was immediately submersed into the Voluntario Global team, getting a full understanding of how VG not only helps out local communities and individuals in need, but also other teams trying to do the same. Since then I have visited many more of VG´s projects as well as events throughout the city in order to speak to participants and those being effected, to later share my experiences and insight with future and present volunteers. I couldn't have received a better project. I was able to observe and take part in many of VGs projects, and get a great overview of not only what VG is doing to improve the lives of thousands of people, but also understand better the true Buenos Aires many foreigners never get a glimpse of.Weather it was mourning the death of an ex-president, building a fence, helping a child with their homework, or learning a song with HIV/AIDS effected children trying to find normalcy, my time with VG has been eye opening and unforgettable. One important thing I have learned while volunteering with Voluntario Global is that volunteering abroad has become a trend that has allowed companies such as this one to benefit from a large amount of volunteers at their disposal, however the number of volunteers who are serious about putting in the effort to make a difference seem to be far and few between. If you are looking at volunteering abroad, my biggest advice to you would be to ask yourself why, and if you decide you want to make a real difference, don't come for two weeks- come, speaking the language or willing to take the time to learn, and dedicate enough time to not only get to know the city and the people you will be working with, but to give yourself a chance to really make a difference. For my last blog, wishing you all the best of luck, and an enormous thanks to those you made my time here so real and unforgettable.

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