• Volunteering in Morocco – October 2017

    Volunteering in Morocco – October 2017

    I took part in a volunteer trip to Morocco in October 2017, and it was the first one that was really out of my comfort zone. After travelling to The Netherlands, I chose to go with a different organisation that seemed to be more organised as I would be arriving in a country I had never travelled to before. SCI Deutschland was great for smaller trips in Europe, however, I wanted to make sure that my first trip to Africa, and to a completely different country with a culture incredibly different from those I am used to, would go smoothly. Thus, I travelled with IVHQ; International Volunteer HQ. I spent two weeks in Morocco, which I now realise was too short. In comparison with SCI Deutschland volunteer trips, IVHQ is a company that organises long-term volunteering experiences, rather than planned, 2-week ones. Therefore, the work one does with IVHQ is expected to be on a long-term basis. Although one can…

  • Are you really ready to volunteer?

    Are you really ready to volunteer?

    You will often read on the internet or in magazines that anyone can volunteer and that it’s only a click away! That you simply register, get aeroplane tickets, and are ready to volunteer! Unfortunately, there are many aspects of volunteering that some forget to think about, or completely ignore. Here are my tips and tricks on volunteering, and on how to make sure that you really are ready to volunteer. First, volunteering is difficult! It is exhausting, and if you are going abroad, the jet lag and long connecting flights will tire you out. When embarking on a volunteer experience, you must make sure to be 100% at your best, this means to feel good physically and mentally. If you are sick or are recovering from being sick, try to avoid starting a volunteer trip (postpone it!). I did it, and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. Second, go prepared. Do not show up on a camping trip without…

  • Volunteering in Barcelona: Final days

    Volunteering in Barcelona: Final days

    The volunteer trip to Barcelona was the best first experience one could ask for. After reading about the first and second weeks, keep reading to find out more about the final days in Barcelona. Monday, 26th of September 2016– Day Twelve The final week has begun. Two women that are scout-girl leaders come to the house to give a workshop on how to treat sexuality with children. We learn about the biology behind sexuality and the workshop is eye-opening. Having acquired a lot of new knowledge, we speak about it over a good dinner and decide to all go out to the local bar we went to the first night. Tuesday, 27th of September 2016– Day Thirteen After yesterday’s big night, we all take the morning slowly. I finish some university work and in the afternoon, we go to the youth centre in La Fontana to have a workshop on international human rights. Wednesday, 28th of September 2016– Day Fourteen…