When looking at the bigger picture, effecting change in a world like ours can seem daunting. However, the key is to start somewhere small. Volunteer trips are a fun way to spend your time and also work towards some social cause. There are many international volunteer opportunities, where people can travel and explore the world, and make a difference at the same time. However, if you are one of those people who have only a weekend free, or do not wish to travel internationally, fear not, there are plenty of ideas to go on a volunteer trip in India as well.
Here are our top 3 ideas, to get your mind jogging:
Visiting a Sanctuary
Wildlife Sanctuaries are a great place to visit, to see various varieties of animals, birds and trees. Going to a sanctuary can be an educational experience, and also a fun one. In most sanctuaries, there are boards that contain information on each species of flora and fauna. These boards generally tell you whether a particular species is endangered, the kind of environment it needs, for it to thrive, etc. This is helpful to determine what steps can be taken to conserve these species.
The Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Murud. The sanctuary is also near Kashid Beach, which you can go to after visiting the sanctuary Renting a car from Pune Tours is a great way to travel there on your own and explore the area as much as you want.
Conducting a Skills Development Workshop
Schools in villages are largely underfunded, because of which the infrastructure and quality of teaching suffer. Most of the students are unaware of the skills needed to function in urban areas, where they ultimately go to look for jobs. Conducting personality development workshops in such schools could help these students prepare for life in urban areas and land a good job. On your next weekend trip, you could take a road trip to these rural areas and tie up with a few schools to conduct short workshops. This will make for a fun road trip with friends and family, and also help change some lives.
There are various schools in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra that can be considered for this workshop. After the workshop, you could explore the hill station, which has many tourist attractions. You can take a bus from Pune to Mahabaleshwar, but Mahabaleshwar does not have local transport. Kiss the travel anxiety goodbye and rent a car from Pune Tours, so you can travel in comfort.
Clean Up Drive on the Western Ghats
The Western Ghats house various hill stations, due to which they are a major tourist attraction. Many of these tourists tend to throw garbage from the vehicles, on the road, and dirty the area. The cleanup crews are not frequent, and this garbage accumulates. You could go on a road trip with your friends or family, to one of the hill stations, and also conduct a cleanup drive on the way. This is a good way to have fun and also help the environment.
Road trips are fun with friends and family around, but cramped cars can put a damper on everyone’s mood. Pune Tours provides spacious cars available for rent at an affordable price.
It is up to each one of us to do our bit for the environment. A volunteer trip experience ensures you have fun and also makes you feel good that you have affected some change. So on your next summer trip or weekend holiday, you know what to do.
Parenting can be an extremely hard task in the modern world, with both the parents working hard to meet the ends meet and struggling to provide the best amenities and education to their children. However, ensuring that your child attends a good school and gets ample nutrition is not enough, you must also focus on raising a socially responsible child who displays compassion towards others irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds. The urban lifestyle makes it extremely rare for children to mingle with people from different cultural backgrounds and economic conditions, which may end up providing them a distorted perception of the world. It is your duty as a parent to prevent this from happening and to make your children grateful for what they have and willing to share it with the less fortunate. Here are some of the ways in which you can donate your sweat by making simple changes to your lifestyle and to that of your child, so as to foster social awareness and empathy in your little one.
1. Help Them Distinguish Between Needs and Wants
No age is too young to learn about the distinction between needs and wants. Teach your children that food, water, and clothing are needs but ice-creams, expensive toys etc are wants. Children tend to mimic the behavior of the adults around them, so make sure that they do not see you splurging on wants such as a new car, designer clothes, and restaurant food very frequently. Try to establish some ground rules for purchasing the wants, such as restricting them only to birthdays and festivals. This will make the children realize that everything they desire will not be served to them on a platter, as is the case with most of the world’s population.
2. Make Them Work Hard To Accomplish Their Goals
At a tender age, a child’s goals are usually to get their wants. For example, your child may ask you for a toy car or may want to watch a movie in the theater. Convert these wants into goals that your child has to work hard for. Explain to them that they can’t get whatever they want by simply asking for it. Tell them that nothing in life comes without hard work and assign specific tasks to them which they need to complete before getting their reward. Make your kid aware that there are children around the world who have limited access to even basic needs such as water and food and therefore they should not take what they have for granted but should be thankful for the same and should work hard for all the things want.
3. Make Them Accountable
Children need to understand the value of money and that nothing on the planet comes for free. In order to make them financially responsible from a young age, assign them some chores around the house that will help them earn an allowance. Instead of buying them presents, tell them to save up money from their allowance to purchase the items they desire. This will not only instill a habit of saving in their young minds but will also help them learn about household chores that will, in turn, make them more independent as they grow older. In short, try to ensure that they do not feel “privileged” even if you can afford all that they want, make them contribute to the household to fulfill their wants instead.
These are some of the ways in which you can help your kids become socially responsible and empathetic towards those from different backgrounds.
So make sure to practice what you preach and encourage your children to help those in need instead of spending on their wants, to raise better citizens for the future.
While volunteerism is all about making the lives of others a little bit better and improving the state of our planet, volunteering activities also end up improving the lives of those who volunteer. The impact of volunteering on volunteers is manifold; it not only provides the mental satisfaction that comes with helping