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Seven Types of Volunteer Work

Generalizing all humanitarian work in a single short sentence is almost impossible. You, as a humanitarian aid worker, understand that there are many diverse humanitarian projects. There are people in need on each and every continent. Humanitarian work is not only done by NGOs or faith-based travelers, but also by volunteer organizations. Day in and day out, volunteers travel to uncommon destinations where help is needed most. Read more about the types of volunteer work.

Types of volunteer work that inspires us

We are inspired by the examples of volunteer work. You could be helping children in Malawi: who are unable to speak a word of English due to a lack of education despite being Malawi’s official language. You could also be supporting vanilla farmers in Madagascar who face volatile times after a poor harvest and are in need of alternative income. Projects could range from hunger, helping refugees, building infrastructures, educating woman and children to human rights. NGOs, humanitarian aid workers, and volunteers are actively involved in different kinds of work all over the world; helping those who need it most. Your compassion inspires us to deliver the best travel experience.

Every year volunteers support humanitarian activities in war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. These war zones are a threat to the local population. Millions of people face terrible risks including: becoming homeless, losing their loved ones and getting wounded by gunfire or bombs. Sexual violence (especially against women) is another significant consequence in the endless list of risks. Women and girls are assaulted on a daily basis, while boys are often forced into joining the military. Their tender ages and youth leads to future problems with problematic programming about their expected behavior will continue these issues.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and floods are unpredictable. When booking travel, most people do not consider these possibilities; but in the case they happen, you want to know you are covered; in developing countries and in densely populated cities, these events have enormous consequences for the local population. Providing immediate assistance and immediate restoration of the affected infrastructure is essential to maintaining and saving the lives of people affected by such a disaster. Whether it is to assist refugees, give temporary shelter and food or to set up camps in particular locations. On an annual basis, more than a billion people are affected by these types of events. As a volunteer, you are helping to build a safe environment for these individuals that are in urgent need.

One of the most devastating threats for people all over the world, no one should have to face the day without food. Volunteering with an organization like the World Food Programme supports the cause to help end hunger for millions of people around the world. The organization works to save lives of severely malnourished children and help vulnerable communities become self-sufficient.

Unfortunately, violence against women is a global phenomenon and women often face terrible physical and emotional pain as well as the trauma in the aftermath of an attack. It is estimated that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced violence or sexual abuse by a non-partner in their lives and some studies show that up to 70 percent of women experience this in their lifetime. Volunteers work to end abuse to women now as well as help future targets not become victims of these violent acts. They do this not only by speaking at awareness and community events throughout their city, but also by helping those affected by this violence get their lives back on track after they’ve suffered horrible abuse. Nonetheless, they work to drive communities toward a more peaceful existence.

Malaria is a potentially deadly disease, but relatively easy to prevent. Infections can become an epidemic without adequate education on the dangers of mosquito bites in affected areas. Global Volunteers promote skills-based health education on preventing mosquito bites, and identifying the signs and symptoms of malaria and dengue fever. Volunteers with health care backgrounds offer training and resources to help local communities manage infectious diseases. Rotary International has the commitment to help control polio worldwide. For more than 30 years, Rotary has been dedicated to the global eradication of polio and has remained dedicated since. We are proud to help them with their travel itineraries as they remain determined to fight this disease.

Many volunteers travel to different destinations to fight poverty. The poorest people have limited or no access to health, education and other services. The problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease afflict the poorest in society. The poorest also typically are often shunned from society. They have little representation or voice in public and political debates, making it harder to escape poverty. A lot of communities can't meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. Poverty reduction is a major goal of many Raptim partners and an issue for many international organizations such as the United Nations. Extreme poverty is a global challenge that many try to fix on a daily basis by doing volunteer work.

Pollution, global warming and climate changes concern us all. Many of the environmental issues taken care of by volunteers across the world consider waste disposal, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, ocean acidification and ozone layer depletion as priorities for our generation. These environmental issues concern every person on the planet. Fortunately, NGOs like Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund work towards creating a better world every day.

Each of the fields mentioned above is paramount. Please read our blog if you want to learn more about the non-governmental, faith-based and volunteer organizations we serve.