domingo, 30 de janeiro de 2011



Volunteer Work in Tanzania

Volunteering in Tanzania
Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country, and one of its most diverse. It boasts some of the best game viewing on the continent, and fascinating ancient cultures that belong both to this dark continent and to the travellers that brought with them spicy Eastern as well as stoic British Colonial influence.

Tanzania Travel Highlights

  • Tanzania is proud of its status as home to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the picturesque snow-capped mountain that is Africa’s highest summit and a renowned conquest amongst climbers.
  • The World’s largest crater – the Ngorongoro teems with wildlife and is a virtual ‘fairyland’ when viewed from the crater’s gaping rim and you see game spread out before you amongst the golden savannah.
  • The stunning plains of the Serengeti see innumerable animals pass through during the world famous migration – or, as many travellers like to call it, ‘the greatest show on earth’.
  • The Great Rift Valley offers breathtaking scenery.
  • The Spice Island and former slave trading port of Zanzibar offers idyllic palm-fringed beaches and unsurpassed diving experiences, colourful and festive spice markets and the ancient and captivating capital of Stone Town, as well as our unique Teaching and Community Volunteer Project. The old quarter of the city of Zanzibar’s capital Stone Town has been granted World Heritate Site status for its cultural and historical significance.
  • Other hidden gems in Tanzania include the relatively untouched wilderness reserves of Ruaha National Park and the stunning Selous Game Reserve which is also one of the largest reserve areas in the world.
  • Tanzania also boasts Gorilla trekking in the mountainous western border area of the country.

sábado, 29 de janeiro de 2011


My volunteering will be in AFRICA! :)

First Stop: TANZANIA

About Tanzania

  • Around 38 million people live in Tanzania, including 1 million on the islands of Zanzibar. Population growth is about 3% a year. (Source = Tanzania National Projections, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) , 2006).
  • In 2001, 36% of people lived below the national poverty line. (Source = Household Budget Survey report, NBS , 2002)
  • The average national income (GNI) per person is US$340 (compared to US$34,000 in the UK). (Source = World Development Indicators, World Bank 2006 ).
  • Economic growth has been strong since 2000 with annual GDP increases of between 5% and 7% each year. (Source = Poverty and Human Development Report, Government of Tanzania, 2005 )
  • Tanzania had its last elections in December 2005 and they were declared 'free and fair'.
  • Primary school enrolment is high with 96% of children enrolled. (Source = Basic Statistics in Education, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, 2006)
  • More than 1 in 10 children dies before their fifth birthday, although this rate has fallen by a quarter in the last five years. (Source = Demographic and Health Survey, NBS, 2005)
  • For every 1,000 births almost 6 women die in child birth. Tanzania has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Africa. (Source = Demographic and Health Survey, NBS, 2005)
  • Just over 1 million adults aged 15 to 59 (7%) are infected with HIV. (Source = HIV/AIDS survey, NBS, 2005)
  • Only half the rural population has access to an improved water source. (Source = Poverty and Human Development Report, Government of Tanzania, 2005 )

terça-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2011

Why is Volunteering so important

The world is not a perfect place, and many people, animals, places, and communities need help. Governments and professionals
try to meet everyone’s needs, but it’s impossible
for them to do it all. This is why people become volunteers: because they can make a difference where someone or something needs help. If people never help each other and only care about themselves, the world becomes a crueler, sadder place. But when we volunteer our time, money, or talents, we help make our planet a better, happier home where people work together to make life easier for all.
Volunteers and volunteer groups can:

  • Bring food to hungry people
  • Find homes or clothes for those who need them
  • Make neighborhoods safer and more beautiful
  • Protect wildlife and natural areas
  • Help care for pets and other animals
  • Bring comfort and happiness to lonely people
  • Care for people who are sick, or help find cures for diseases
  • Help people learn to read or do better in school

quinta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2011

A volunteer isnt a tourist

Volunteering is very different to being a tourist because I will spend a significant amount of time in one place and I will be working on a daily basis with local people. This provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about different cultures, develop an understanding of the issues facing host communities and develop a sense of global citizenship

quarta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2011

Women’s Opportunity Network - VERY IMPORTANT

The Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) is a dynamic network of women supporters and staff committed to helping Opportunity International reduce poverty in the developing world. WON invests in the lives of women around the world who use Opportunity’s microfinance services to transform their lives, their children’s lives and their communities.

Why Women?

  • Women represent 70% of those living on less than $2 a day.
  • Women suffer inequitably from the chronic effects of poor nutrition, insufficient healthcare and limited educational opportunity.
  • Women do 66% of the world’s work and receive only 10% of the pay.
  • Women spend 90% of their income on their families, while men typically spend only 35%.
  • Women who contribute to family finances have greater decision-making power, resulting in better nutrition, health and education for their children. When family needs are met, women are more likely to invest in their communities.

Why WON?

WON connects mothers, daughters and sisters who are working their way out of poverty with women around the world who want to make a difference.
Current areas of focus include:
  • Uganda Fund – supports the expansion of Opportunity banking services to Ugandan women, including those in rural areas
  • Banking on Education Campaign – provides loans to entrepreneurs to expand neighborhood schools for children living in poverty
  • One Hen Opportunity Program – brings the lessons of microfinance to life in U.S. classrooms
Learn more about the impact of WON’s Key Initiatives. To find out how you can support Opportunity’s work to improve the lives of women, Take Action for WON.

Why Opportunity?

Opportunity’s innovative microfinance programs and unique banking model have helped millions of women living in poverty expand their small businesses—from market shops to private schools.
In addition to loans, Opportunity offers interest-bearing savings accounts that give clients a secure place to save and grow earnings, training that helps women build successful businesses and develop as community leaders, and affordable insurance that keeps families healthier and provides a safety net.

domingo, 9 de janeiro de 2011


I'me willing to step outside my comfort zone to make a difference to the lives of others.

quinta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2011


Volunteering will give me the opportunity to change lives, including my own. I'me feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the news of disasters, and volunteering will fufill me. The only problem, is that I can't afford to pay the 10.000euros fee money to "subscribe" the program (with all the food, lodging and travelling expenses). That's why I'me begging for the world help, so I can help the others!

quarta-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2011

The Volunteer Trip

My Journey will begin in Portugal (Lisbon), and will end in South Africa (Port Elizabeth).

domingo, 2 de janeiro de 2011

Who am I?

Hi, my name is RITA PINTO, I'm a 25 years old Portuguese girl.
 I'm a college graduate,  with a degree in Economics.

I just finished my Master, and I am working in a major Company here in Portugal.

But, I'm not happy with my life.
There are so many terrible things happening in the world, that I want to go out there and help other people, give hugs and smiles to the less lucky, and try to help them in some kind of way.

What do I need?
I will go on volunteering for 200 days, with a Non Governmental Agency, and it will cost me 10.000 euros.
I dont want any big donations, thats not the purpose of my trip.

I just want 1(one) euro from 10.000 persons, and that will pay the whole PEACE TRIP.
But, in order to that, I will need visitors to my site, and I will need them to donate me 1(one euro). It's as simple as that.

I suppose that  I will have the funds I need to do my volunteering peace trip.
So, the challenge is to spread the word, and have people visiting my site from around the world.
Thank you very very very much!!!!

Please Please Please

Help me with 1 EURO, and help me spread the word!!!!
It´s simple, easy, and it could make a difference!

Thank you so much!

sábado, 1 de janeiro de 2011

The Peace Trip


I'me a Portuguese graduate girl, wanting to go around the world as a volunteer. All I need is 10.000 Euros, to pay the fee (trips and acomodations) for 200 days volunteer program.

All I'm asking is for the kindness of 10.000 persons, who can give me 1 euro or 1 dollar to help me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! :)

Please Donate 1 euro. Just one euro will make the difference

Thanks for coming!!!! :)

Now, please donate something!!! PLEASE.

1 Euro, or 1 dollar, will make the difference!


20 Ways for Teenagers to Help Other People by Volunteering

Have you ever thought about volunteering your time to a local charity or community organization? There are many different reasons for you to start volunteering:
  • To help others
  • To learn about an activity or organization that interests you
  • To beat boredom (if you find yourself sitting around the house feeling totally bored, volunteering in an activity you enjoy can be a great way to change things)
  • To overcome a loss you have experienced (one of the best ways to help yourself in a time of loss is to help others)
  • To gain perspective on life (there is no better way to understand your blessings than to help people in need)
Your reasons for volunteering are as individual as you are, but no matter what your reasons you can get a lot out of volunteering. You can learn about yourself, learn about others and meet a lot of interesting people by volunteering. You can help others as you help yourself.
For more information on volunteering in general and the advantages of volunteering, see this site.
One of the hardest parts of volunteering can be finding a volunteering opportunity that fits your personality. The following list will give you lots of different ideas and will show you many different possibilities. Look in your local area until you find a volunteer position that works for you.

  1. Homeless Shelters
      If you live in a city of any size, then there is at least one homeless shelter that helps homeless people with meals, beds and other services. Most homeless shelters welcome volunteers and have a variety of programs through which you can get involved. You might help prepare or distribute meals, work behind the scenes in the business office, help organize a food drive to stock the pantry, etc. You can learn more about the problem of homelessness and ways you can help by looking at this site. Look in the phone book for a local homeless shelter if you are interested.
  2. Food Banks
      Food banks often work with homeless shelters, but they also serve poor people living in the community (especially around the holidays). Food banks collect food, manage their inventory and distribute food to those in need. The following link shows you the different volunteer opportunities available at food banks around the country: Any food bank will offer similar opportunities in your area. Look in the phone book for a local food bank if you are interested.
  3. The Guideposts Sweater Project
      If you would like something to do in your spare time at home, one innovative way to volunteer is to get involved in The Guideposts Sweater Project, sponsored by Guideposts magazine. People around the country knit sweaters that are then sent to needy children around the world. This article gives you a description of the project and a pattern for the sweaters. Don't know how to knit? Not a problem, because the article also links to sites that teach you how!
  4. Ronald McDonald House
      There are Ronald McDonald Houses around the country - almost every major city has one. The idea behind all Ronald McDonald Houses is very important. When a child is seriously ill, the child is frequently treated for long periods of time at a hospital or university medical center. Many families have to travel long distances to get to the hospital, and "where to stay" becomes a problem. Staying at a hotel becomes extremely expensive, and a hotel can be a lonely and sterile place. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a low-cost "home-away-from-home" for parents and children to stay during treatment. Volunteers help prepare meals, talk to families, take care of the house and so on. The programs offered at the Dallas Ronald McDonald House are typical, and you can read about volunteer opportunities there. Then call the Ronald McDonald House in your area to find out more.
  5. Special Olympics
      As described on the web site for Special Olympics International, "Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation." The site also describes a wide variety of volunteer activities, including sports training, fund raising, administrative help, competition planning and staffing, etc. Look in the phone book for a local office or search the Special Olympics Web Site for more information.
  6. Habitat for Humanities
      Habitat for Humanities builds and gives houses to poor people in local communities. Volunteers not only help others, but can learn a great deal about building houses by getting involved. See the Habitat for Humanities web site for more information. Call the national office or your local office for information about volunteer programs in your area.
  7. State Parks
      Many state parks offer volunteer programs, and in these programs you can try anything from educational programs to trail construction and maintenance. This site for the North Carolina State Park system shows some of the possibilities available. Contact a state park near you and see what options are available if you are interested.
  8. City Programs
      Most large cities offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Look in the phone book and call around to see what might be available where you live. [Do not be discouraged if your first few calls seem to hit a brick wall. Many city governments are large and fairly disorganized. Keep calling around until you find someone who understands what you are talking about and who is willing to help.]
  9. Helping Others Learn to Read
      When you think about it, reading is one of the most important skills an adult can have. Many adults, however, have never learned how to read. Literacy volunteers act as tutors who help illiterate children and adults learn this important skill. There is probably a literacy program in your area. See also Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
  10. Hospitals
      Many hospitals have volunteer programs to help patients both inside and outside the hospital. This page for the Summit Medical Center is typical. The volunteers programs allow participants to explore medical careers and gain work experience. Contact local hospitals to learn more about opportunities in your area.
  11. Libraries
      Many libraries need help reshelving books, running children's programs, making books available to the community, and so on. This program specifically for teens at Phoenix Public Libraries trains teen volunteers to assist library staff and the public during the Summer Reading Program. Contact a local library for volunteer opportunities in your area.
  12. Senior Citizens Centers
      Many senior citizen centers offer volunteer programs to provide friendship and community activities to senior citizens. If you would like working with senior citizens, call a senior citizen center in your neighborhood and see what kinds of volunteer programs they have available.
  13. Animal Shelters
      Many animal shelters are non-profit or government organizations, and therefore they welcome volunteers to help take care of animals, keep facilities clean and work with the public. Call a local animal shelter for more information.
  14. United Way
      The United Way is a nationwide umbrella organization for thousands of charitable organizations. The United Way raises billions of dollars and distributes it to these charities. There are local United way affiliates across the country and they need volunteers. Contact your local affiliate for more information.
  15. Red Cross
      The American Red Cross helps people in emergencies - whether it's half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Volunteer opportunities exist across the country. Contact your local Red Cross for more information.
  16. Salvation Army
      The Salvation Army provides social services, rehabilitation centers, disaster services, worship opportunities, character building activities for all ages and character building groups and activities for all ages. Volunteer opportunities exist across the country.
  17. Environmental Organizations
      The Sierra Club (and numerous other environmental groups) encourages volunteer support to help with environmental activities. You can help in many ways: by helping lobby on conservation issues, by leading hikes and other activities, or by lending a hand at the Chapter Office. Contact the local office of an environmental organization near you. See also the Earth Day site.
  18. Political Campaigns
      If it's an election year, there are thousands of opportunities to volunteer in political campaigns around the country. You can learn more than you imagine by helping a candidate win election. This article talks about some of the options. Pick a candidate whose ideas you believe in (either on the local, state or national level) and volunteer to be a part of his or her campaign.
  19. 800 Number Volunteer
      Many 800 help-lines rely on volunteers to staff the phones and handle other tasks. If there is an 800 phone bank in your area, you may be able to volunteer to help out.
  20. Web site creation
      Many small charities and organizations do not yet have web sites. You can help by learning how to create a web site and volunteering your services. You could also raise money to pay for the web site, or seek help from a local company in the form of a donation. When creating a web site for a charity, you will want to take care to listen very carefully to the people who work for the charity to understand exactly what they want their web site to look and feel like. This will be extremely important to them, and you should be willing to change and improve the site to match their mental image. See this page for information on creating web sites.