I had the privilege to be part of this extraordinary experience and see how the donations from the Eat So They Can hosts and dinner parties are allocated and distributed into the hands of those who need it most.It feels good to be committed to social change. You will not only discover a new culture and interact with amazing people, but you will feel how awesome is to live your life with a purpose. In the end, nothing feels better than using those purposes for helping others. Global Volunteer Network is an excellent organization to help others and learn great things. I feel proud and lucky I had the opportunity to be part of their crew in one of their distribution trips. The kids, women, and people that benefit from GVN's programs will be the change and the future of a better community and a more just world
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The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world. At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organizations in each country. We provide a wealth of experience, resources and dedication to both our volunteers and partners.
The Be the Change program takes your idea and gives you the skills and experience you need to make it a reality. The program provides you with fundraising techniques, tips on how to promote your project using social media, inspirational case studies from the staff and so much more.
Not only do you learn from the staff, but you meet a diverse group of like-minded people from all parts of the world, who wish to create positive change in some way. You will learn from each other and be inspired by new ideas and perspectives. You will also make friends for life.
However, the program only lasts a week, which isn't long enough. I feel there is so much more that could be covered if only there was more time.
GVN Be the Change, Taupo
A very warm welcome from GVN team when I arrived. I was then introduced to other participants who came from around the world. In a very short time I did not feel like a stranger at all.
The GVN team facilitated and delivered the programme very well - well organise and they are very knowledgable and experience. During the workshop there are some interactions, group discussions, activities and we are also given small tasks during the workshop. We had presentation close to the end of the programme. Also, we had guest speakers who added more flavour to the programme.
If you do not know what you would like to achieve out of the programme, but have a passion in social change, the GVN team can help you in many ways - they can provide you advice, guidance, help you brainstorm your unclear ideas to the possibilities where you would like to be and what you can do to achieve your goals or dreams.
When you finish the programme, GVN team never close their door - you are always welcome anytime if you need help from them.
Outside the workshop hours we had freedom to do anything we'd like to do - exercise, quiet time, etc. We also had opportunity to visit a few places, see the beauty of the nature. I thoroughly enjoyed the programme, the one week programme is worth to attend for those who want to make a difference for the better.
This program offers a rare opportunity for a diverse group of individuals to come together and openly share their ideas and dreams in an extremely supportive and nurturing environment.
It is basically a camp for adults, where the focus is on social change and personal passions, and during which a random group of socially like-minded individuals inevitably form very tight-knit relationships through a range of discussions, learning activities, excursions and everyday living experiences.
For me, this program far surpassed my expectations. I went into it thinking that I was going to learn some of the extra skills I needed to help transform my ideas/beliefs/hopes into a concrete and viable project. Instead, the program was far more focussed on networking: identifying the holes in my own skill-set then finding other individuals/groups etc to support me across these areas. (Which is SO much more effective!!) It is important to be aware though, that in this short time there isn't much chance to really enhance your skill-set. The program is more about identifying what you need and making plans for realising these needs once you leave the program.
I came to the program with a very clear picture of what I wanted to achieve (to help establish a school in Liberia). 'Be the Change' was invaluable in helping me to refine my plans through constructive criticism, networking and informative presentations across a range of areas, including marketing, fundraising and the use of social media.
The facilitators were outstanding- friendly, passionate, intelligent and inspiring individuals who openly relished the opportunity to meet and work with every single participant on developing their personal areas of interest and passion. It was impossible not to feel caught up in the supportive and euphoric atmosphere of 'being the change', however the support offered was both concrete and realistic.
It was an inspiring and unforgettable experience made all the richer by the combination of facilitators, guest speakers and fellow participants.
I think this program is ideal for people who want to make a difference in the world, but who feel overwhelmed by their ideas and feel ill-equipped to turn their dreams into reality. You do however need to be highly motivated and committed to making your change. The team at GVN are great on-going supports to turn to with questions as you move on with your ideas, but ultimately you must have the drive and determination to keep chipping away at your goals once you return home.
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