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YCI Celebrates International Volunteer Day!

Dec. 5th is International Volunteer Day!

To celebrate, YCI invited their volunteers to respond to the question: What inspires you to volunteer?

I did my best to keep my answer short, but it was difficult to sum up such an amazing opportunity in just a few sentences. Scroll down and you’ll find my picture and blurb!

My experience volunteering in Guyana in 2012 is something I’ll never forget. It opened many doors for me, and unlocked in me a passion for travel and learning about the world. I came to see how possible it is to make real connections with people who seemed, at first, to be completely different from me. The people I met and friendships I made while living in my village were one of the best parts of my volunteer experience. This adventure is where I first got “itchy feet,” and I’m so thankful I did!

If you’re thinking about volunteering somewhere, whether it be locally or abroad, GO FOR IT!!! I’m fairly certain that a unique experience like this will never end up on your list of regrets. (Hopefully you don’t have one of those, anyway!)

Happy Volunteer Day!

Youth Challenge International

Today is International Volunteer Day! This is a chance to recognize and celebrate volunteerism, honoring those who give their time to make a difference.

In celebration of International Volunteer Day, YCI wants to honour our amazing volunteers! Read on to learn what inspires them to volunteer abroad.

Aleatha Bedard-Poole Ghana 2014 “I volunteer to invest in others and empower individuals to do the same!”Aleatha Bedard-Poole Ghana 2014
“I volunteer to invest in others and empower individuals to do the same!”

Ali-Chuma Tabaro Koforidua Ghana, 2011 “What inspired me to volunteer beyond my desire to make a difference for others less fortunate is the opportunity to do so with the guidance and support I receive volunteering with YCI.”Ali-Chuma Tabaro Koforidua Ghana, 2011
“What inspired me to volunteer beyond my desire to make a difference for others less fortunate is the opportunity to do so with the guidance and support I receive volunteering with YCI.”

 Allison Burney Guyana, 2012 “I see volunteering as an opportunity to learn about the world by experiencing aspects of another country, including the culture, food, language, and lifestyle. I want to meet the people there, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.”Allison Burney Guyana, 2012
“I see volunteering as an opportunity to learn about the world by experiencing aspects of another country, including the culture, food, language, and lifestyle. I want to meet the people there, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.”

Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors without Borders Canada CRIV and CRV 1993/94 “Volunteering allowed me to gain experience, grow as a person and to begin what has become a life-long vocation in overseas assistance. I continue to serve as a board member for YCI thus giving back in a very small way; for what I received as a young YCI group leader many years ago.”Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors without Borders…

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Destination: Reached!

Jan. 13, 2012:

St. Cuthbert’s Mission is beautiful!!!

On our way into the village!

The 2-hour ride into the village was definitely eventful! Our minibus  was packed TO THE MAX! We had to bring all of our food for the next 3 months, all of our luggage, and 7 bodies!!! (The four of us volunteers, and three YCI staff members). The first hour of the drive was on a highway, and boy were we flying!!!! Once we got off the main highway, though, it was a VERY bumpy ride! The next hour was spent bouncing through massive potholes and avoiding major ruts that the rain had made in the dirt road into the village! Each time this happened, something else from the back of the bus would lunge forward onto us! Good thing it was mostly toilet paper hitting us in the back of the head! Haha. It was a lot of fun though!

We arrived here around 4 p.m. yesterday and got settled in a bit. We put up our mosquito nets, and figured out how to go about using the toilet and shower (more challenging than you might think!) Today we went over to each of the schools to introduce ourselves and meet some of the teachers. There is a nursery school, a primary, and a secondary. I will most likely be working in the primary, but could be helping tutor some kids in need of extra help from the secondary school in the late afternoons. We still don’t really know what we are doing for sure yet, so we’ll have to work all of that out over the next few days.

The kids here are adorable and very friendly and just want to play constantly! They immediately came over to our house when we arrived and said hello. Since then, I’ve had kids hanging off me like monkeys and doing flips and wanting to be spun around upside down all day every day! It’s exhausting! Haha. Eventually I have to tell them no more, or I will get too worn out. It makes the time pass very quickly though! Today we met the village captain, and will hopefully be meeting with him every week or two to discuss things we might be able to get involved with. The people are very nice in general and friendly. They all say “Good afternoon” or “Good morning” when you pass.

The landscape here is GORGEOUS! The village is full of palm trees and some parts are covered in white sand, so it makes me feel like I’m on the beach in tropical paradise when the sun is out! We took a walk to the creek where some of the locals bathe and swim yesterday. Black water creeks are very cool and weird! The water almost looks red! It’s very interesting.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now! Oh, and I had my first bucket shower this morning! It was very chilly! But refreshing. No more hot showers or even running water for the next 3 months!!! Haha!

Bye for now!

My new home

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