Volunteer

"Cheer Yourself Up by Trying to Cheer Up Somebody Else" (Mark Twain)

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

I would urge the government to remember and build on what has been achieved in creating happiness for others across the country. Contact the Elderly has, for the last half century, been injecting joy into the lives of lonely older people by combating isolation.

Teaching, Diving and Looking for Lemurs in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

Voluntourism - Who Is Responsible?

Mark Topley | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Mark Topley

Volunteering has become sexy and big business. Check out any gap year websites and there are a load of opportunities there. Some make me cringe. For young people looking to do something next year, my advice is to make sure the ethos of your organisers checks out.

Why Volunteers Are Vital to Conservation Research Projects

Frontier | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Frontier

When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.

Volunteer Stories: Teaching, Diving and Wildlife in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Madagascar is a place like no other. I never knew much about it until I stumbled over the Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife and Diving project on the Frontier website. I don't really know why I chose that project, it just happened. Next thing I knew I was on the plane to Nosy Be.

Volunteer Stories: Experiencing South Africa

Frontier | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I wanted to travel to Africa because my dad is South African and had lived there for most of his life. He talks about the things he'd experienced which made me want to go! The South African experience, for me, looked perfect! Doing voluntary work, but also travelling combined with a set route made me at ease because I like to have a plan.

Five Reasons Why You Are Wrong to Criticise #nomakeupselfie

Michelle Beckett | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Tech
Michelle Beckett

This morning, pre morning Yorkshire cuppa & in my PJs, I uploaded my bare face to Facebook. Despite my timeline being peppered with contemptuous comments that everyone who takes part is a lazy 'slacktivist', yes, I jumped on the #nomakeupselfie social media bandwagon. Why? Several reasons.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the Battle Against Loneliness - Focusing on a Solution

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Reading and hearing reports in the media each day, it is impossible to deny that there is increased awareness of the issue of loneliness and isolation in older people in the UK. Since I founded the charity 49 years ago, Contact the Elderly has been actively involved in combating loneliness, providing over a million face-to-face friendship links via our monthly tea parties

Get Involved: Student Volunteering Week 2014

Frontier | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer both at home and abroad, and becoming a volunteer is often easier than you might first think.

Volunteer Stories: Volunteering With My Granddaughter in Kenya

Frontier | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I choose to volunteer as I love to see different ways of life which you can't do at a holiday resort. I wanted to take my granddaughter to give her life experience and for her to see how hard life can be in poorer countries. I think she understands more now how lucky she is not to want for anything, even food.

Cure Your Wanderlust: Three Things You Can Do Right Now To Set Your Travel Plans in Motion

Frontier | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

The world is a big place so you have to begin somewhere. Think about an area, a country or a place that has caught your attention in the past and lingered in your imagination. Now don't think of anything else and set your mind on going there.

Fighting for Equality: Human Rights Day

Frontier | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Frontier

Human rights are rights fundamental to all humanity. This means that everyone is entitled to their rights without discrimination; these rights do not consider age, sex, race, nationality, religion, language, ethnic origins or sexual orientation.

Volunteer Stories: Madagascar Maine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

For me, simply seeing these animals underwater is to understand their beauty, but they are not just beautiful; they play an important role controlling the distribution of algae along tropical coral reefs. They fascinate me and I hope that one day the world will begin to see them through my eyes.

Volunteers Stories: Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frontier

The PADI course is stretched over four days. Where the first day is really easy which just involves watching the PADI open water video. It may not be the most exciting thing but it help give an idea of what the open water course entails.

Plenty More Fish in the Sea: What is Being Done to Ensure Marine Sustainability?

Frontier | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Frontier

The Mafia Island Marine Park is the first of its kind in the world. Set up as collaboration between Frontier and the WFF, it is recognised as the firs...

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Anyone Can Have a Gap Year

Matt Sermon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Sermon

Some people are lucky. At fifteen, they know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and spend the next few years getting the qualifications they need to get there.

My Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving Experience

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I chose to do the marine wildlife conservation project in Madagascar because not only do I want to work as a marine biologist in the future but being a qualified diver already and having a natural love for the ocean, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer working on it!

Volunteer Stories: Teaching and Sea Turtle Conservation in the Maldives

Frontier | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Experiencing a completely different way of life and culture made me draw comparisons to my own life. Obviously, it highlights issues of materialism and made me really appreciate the significance of family and community. There was only 5,000 people on the island I was working on. They all knew and loved each other and were so welcoming to the volunteers.

Five Things to Do Whilst Volunteering In Fiji

Frontier | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Volunteering in Fiji to help with conservation and sustainable development gives travellers the chance to really get to know the islands' unique culture and truly relax into 'Fiji time'. If you're out on the islands here are 5 things it wouldn't do to miss out on before you leave:

My Nephew, The Volunteer

Farah Maria-Rahman | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Farah Maria-Rahman

23 May, 2013, Idlib, Syria. A young British-Asian Muslim from Willesden dies while working in a field hospital. Dr Isa Abdur Rahman was volunteering as a doctor in a country where medics treating civilians have been tortured and killed. Hospitals are routinely attacked and there is a dire shortage, therefore, of medical staff willing to work under such circumstances. Isa was my nephew. He was 26. His name means 'Jesus', who is also named as a prophet in the Quran. In the Quran, Jesus' death is different but he still dies a young man striving for good. Isa felt this was his 'jihad', his 'struggle for good'.

Tips for Choosing the Right Volunteering Project

Maria Sowter | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Responsible travel that includes volunteering can the most rewarding kind, allowing the traveller an extended period of time to get to know and give something back to a community or cause.

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Embarking on an Adventure Travel Experience

Maria Sowter | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

From looking into the eye of a whale shark as you scuba dive in the Indian ocean, to reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, or capturing the perfect photograph of Angkor Wat - adventure travel means something a little different for everyone.

Why Do I Volunteer?

Anna Ray | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Ray

Picture this, first year of Uni. Cabin fever in halls. Too many conversations that went "what A-levels did you do?", "where did you go on your gap yah?" I was searching for normal people who woke up before 4pm. For people who didn't smell of stale beer and a garlic kebabs.