volunteering

My Time In Brazil

My experience with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as many others I am sure, began with a desire to do more than just live for myself, as a desire to give back to the community. But what I did not expect was the desire and passion that would follow. 

Nearing the end of my studies in 2012 I had the desire to put myself outside of my comfort zone and also do something that would be for the benefit of someone other than myself. 

NMF Calls Volunteers on Mandela’s Birthday

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping that volunteers around the world will donate 67 minutes of their time when South Africa's former president turns 95 on 18 July 2013.

Mandela remained hospitalised in critical but stable condition for a recurring lung infection from 8 June 2013.

The foundation's Twitter feed is asking people to join in the volunteer-day initiative. The Twitter feed often shares quotes from the man who spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule in South Africa.

Mobile Language Application for Zambia

Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia.

The Peace Corps say ‘Bantu Babel’, which is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers and host-country nationals communicate more effectively, is now available for Android-compatible devices in the Google Play store.

What Does Sustainability Mean and What Does it Require?

My dad used to say, ‘you can’t just take take take, you gotta give something back!’ At the time he was referring to my (lack of) maintenance and care for my Volkswagen Beetle, but I often think of it as my first lesson in sustainability… about looking beyond the present moment and considering the longer term.

Accelerating CSI: Transnet Employee Volunteerism Programme

The increasing socio-economic conditions faced by many South African communities call for corporates to start channelling adequate resources into their corporate social investment (CSI) programmes. Apart from increasing their CSI spend, utilising the skills at their disposal (their staff) in partnership with the beneficiaries to implement the programmes will add value to the investments they are making in communities.

Building Youth Volunteering Culture: Getting CSOs on Board

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) hosted the Knowledge Network seminar under the theme ‘Increasing Youth Volunteering in South African Civil Society’, from 24-25 January 2012 in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. The event was attended by approximately 100 delegates from civil society organisations, student-led organisations and funding institutions, among others.

Vodacom is changing the world

What would you do if you could Change the World? Imagine making a difference working for a charitable organisation without the worry of having to make financial sacrifices? Sounds a bit far fetched...or does it?

Vodacom today launched a ground breaking initiative called "Change the World" that will give 10 people the opportunity to work at one of 10 South African-based charitable organisations, for six months, and get paid for it.

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