Why You Should Start Volunteering

Volunteering can be a valuable experience at any stage in the life of a person. There is nothing more fulfilling than developing a strong bond with your community and seeing the results of your hard labour ease the wellbeing of your fellow man in need. It goes without saying that if you are interested in doing humanitarian work that you definitely should and below we even have a few charity organizations that might catch your eye.

Things You Will Learn

Getting to meet like-minded people that are likewise interested in alleviating suffering can be life-altering. There are plenty of altruistic and philanthropic human beings that spend their precious time for non-profits. Therefore, volunteering is a place that you can network and build rapport with colleagues in a similar manner that you should in any other work environment.

When out in the field volunteers learn how to cope with stress and a tight schedule wherein some humanitarian organizations the speed at which tasks are done could save a life. Volunteering provides a glimpse into the logistical and organizational needs of a large group of people. Some charities have more than a million members that need to be coordinated with the resources available in order to be effective.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors without borders (MSF) is an independent and impartial organisation that seeks to deliver medical aid where it is needed most in the world. MSF have treated tens of millions of people since its beginnings in 1971. There are plenty of offices around the world should you wish to stay in-house or you may prefer a hands-on approach in the field. A volunteer in MSF would typically gain more knowledge about manipulating, distributing, and maintaining medical equipment.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross has approximately 17 million volunteers that seek to alleviate human suffering. The organization was conceived by Swiss gentleman Jean-Henri Dunant who was awarded the first-ever Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. In their annual report, they claim to have provided food to 7.8 million people and gave 35.8 million people access to fresh water.

Rotary International

Composed of 1.2 million members, Rotary International have managed to immunize 2.5 billion children against polio. Rotarians worldwide seek to grow local economies, improve basic hygiene and promote peace. It is also an organisation that works with more than 35,000 independent clubs that are dispersed around the world so it will never be difficult to ensure correspondence with them. It should be noted that Rotary International can be a charity that helps other charities. There are clubs in London that have been fundraising for MSF for example.

How to Join

If some or all of the above humanitarian organisations interest you, then there is no need to wait but go out there and facilitate peace and prosperity for those that are disenfranchised. Of course, volunteer work need not have the worldwide scope that some charities have, but rather you may wish to volunteer for your own community providing your neighbours with valuable expertise you may already possess.

Following current affairs should give you the requisite details for what is currently needed since volunteer work plays a crucial role in the recovery effort of a country, region or town.

Children in the US Need More Sports

Youth participation in sports has shown a steady decline over recent years in the USA. ‘Almost 45 percent of children ages 6 to 12 played a team sport regularly in 2008, according to Aspen data. Now [2017] only about 37 percent of children do,’ reported the Washington Post. The big four all saw declining participants namely, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. Should the trend continue, we are bound to see an increase in diseases related to physical inactivity. Below are some of the problems kids in the US face if they want to start training.

High Costs

It comes as no surprise that those of lower socio-economic status just cannot afford to pay for registration fees, equipment, and travel costs. 34.6% of children that came from families that made less than $25,000 per annum showed up for at least one day of team sports in a year, compared to 68.4% of kids coming from families that make at least $100,000 per annum.

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association in Aspen surmise that there is a strong correlation between having money and playing sports. These figures, however, do not take into consideration just how much sport is being played outside of sports clubs. Because those coming from the lower socio-economic group do not have the resources to finance club-level play they may instead opt to play outdoors, in the field, or on a public basketball court.

Where To Play?

Apparently even public spaces are taking a hit. Sports facilities are usually few in number and demand is always around, the costs of these facilities have outpriced the have-nots. Moreover, sports clubs that wish to operate under a tight budget usually save money and cut corners.

Lack of Coaches

Professionally trained coaches are hard to come by, which is normal – if they have the requisite qualifications why not train athletes in the NFL. Few coaches are medically trained or even know CPR and those that do know the tricks of the trade would like to be reimbursed for their expertise.

Health Benefits of Sports for Children

Young children need sports to remain healthy and have an outlet for all that energy we envy them for. The physical activity helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity – all of which are correlated with inactivity. Furthermore, sports help foster varied relationships with children that would not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.

Mental health comes hand in hand with physical health and there are too many benefits to list them all here. But at times like these, we need to strongly consider ways in which to bring in the have-nots into sports. The disenfranchised are already left out from premium healthcare and usually do not have the means to alleviate the severe medical conditions that they may currently be in. Now, they lack the means of preventing those diseases by something as simple as a sports club that all children should be able to enjoy.

Environmental Influences on Youth Development

What makes a person behave a certain way? There are many aspects that can change over time, but one thing that almost everybody agrees on is that the environment has a huge role in what a person is going to be like and what a person considers normal. It’s not the same whether you grew up in a liberal family which believes that playing bingo is fun and has nothing against using the Heart Bingo bonus code and others to play online, and the family which considers any form of gambling as something unacceptable and banned. This is a more extreme example, but there are noticeable differences in even smaller aspects of life.

How does the environment influence youth development

Many studies have shown that various factors in an environment can have a huge impact on a child’s development. Many have argued that the environment is one of, if not the biggest influencer on youth development. One of the biggest ways that our environment influences our development is the way in which our environmental experiences during the development stage maps and forms our beliefs and behaviours later in life, a concept commonly known as the internal working model. The internal working model is the way that we understand and understand the world. The environment in which we develop in is pivotal in the growth and formation of our internal working model, we often use our experiences as a child to understand our experiences in adulthood.

Examples of environmental impacts on youth development

Example one

One example of how our environment impact youth development is relationships.  A child with parents who are happily married and often publicly display signs of affection for one another may grow up to take a positive view of relationships and love, whereas a child with divorced parents may grow up to take a negative view.

Example two

Another example can be found in how children learn. If a child is exposed to daily challenges which require logic and creativity to overcome, then they may develop to become significantly better at abstract problem solving and thinking later in life in comparison to those who were not presented with these challenges during the development stage.

How parents can use this information

As a parent, there are a variety of actions that you can take to ensure that a different environment is optimal for your child’s development. Below, we have listed a few examples of techniques you could use to do just this:

Create controlled challenges

You can set a variety of challenges for your child to overcome on a daily basis to help prompt and promote the development and formation of strong problem solving and abstract thinking skills that they can use later in life.

Lead by example

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do to help the child youth development is through leading by example. By this, we mean that you should promote positive views and experiences as much as possible to help your child form the same positive views and attitudes towards certain ideas later in life (one good example being relationships).

Treat any experience as progress

Finally, you should treat any experience, good or bad, as progress in your child’s development.  Based on this, you should try not to discourage your child from negative experiences and should instead encourage them to embrace them, as part of promoting their youth development.

Why Social Inclusion Matters?

Being socially inclusive means making sure that all members of your society feel equally valued. Policies of social inclusion make sure that all individuals and groups are guaranteed equal basic human rights. Sometimes, the aim of social inclusion will involve improving the living conditions and providing opportunities for the most disadvantaged parts of the population, or those who are discriminated based on their economic status, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. Continue reading “Why Social Inclusion Matters?”

Youth Exchange Programs – the Future of Learning Languages?

What are youth exchange programs?

Youth exchange programs are commonly referred to as foreign exchange programs and are designed to bring international students as a secondary school level to live and learn with a host family attending a school in the selected country. These programs are designed to help enrich students to give them the opportunity to experience other countries, something that they would not be able to otherwise. Continue reading “Youth Exchange Programs – the Future of Learning Languages?”