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A key part of being an active volunteer with Color My World is making sure that you are preparing for the humanitarian trip. This preparation takes many forms, and makes the difference between a week long experience, and a life changing experience.
The #ColorMyWorldPledge helps guide each volunteers focus in the lead up to their summer. From the beginning, volunteers are impressed on how important learning the language is. No volunteer needs to be fluent in Spanish to do a humanitarian trip with Color My World, but knowing a few phrases and questions really does make a big difference.
Next, we asked our volunteers to learn a little about the communities that they will be working in, and what the realities of poverty actually are. As you get to know the communities that you will be working with, you will soon realise that a poor GDP does not always equal a low quality of life. The families that you will work alongside understand the meaning of family and community. You will be able to learn so much during your humanitarian trip.
Today we are asking our volunteers to go one step further, and find a way to fundraise for Color My World. Whether collecting items to bring down on your humanitarian trip, or raise funds to help support the projects that Color My World sponsors around the world… we need your help.
By spending time in the lead up to your humanitarian trip fundraising for people around the world, you will be focusing your mind on the true purpose of the trip. If you decide to fundraise, these funds will be used on vital projects around the world. Some of these are, funding of the building of homes in Jiquillo, or the school in Islamabad, Pakistan. Whereas, if you choose to bring items to donate, you will be able to provide much needed items to communities that do not have the affluence to afford such items.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to collect and donate on a humanitarian trip. Check out some of the tips below from what we have seen volunteered in previous years.
Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and sanitary packs are all vital items that many families find difficult to afford in some of the communities we work with.
Pens, pencils, notepads, and translation cue cards are all items that can make a real difference in a child’s life.
First aid kits
Simple first aid necessities are items that are needed, and can prevent further issues. Band aids, paracetamol, anti-bacterial wipes, are all vital items, no matter where you live.
New born kits
multi vitamins can be vital for expecting mothers. These things are not in large supply in the communities that we work with. Blankets for new borns can also make a real differences for new mothers.
These kits can be simple and easy to gather. Whether you are able to collect 20 kits or 100, each kit will make a real difference to a persons life. Taking the time to fundraise will help you create a stronger connection with the community that you will be working with during your humanitarian trip.
People all around the world give of their time volunteering and supporting those less fortunate than themselves. As a charity here at Color My World, we are amazed by the support provided by friends far and wide. We have been able to use those funds to build houses, schools, playgrounds, kitchens, and many, many more things. As a charity, we have met individuals and families who live day to day on limited resources, but are filled with purpose, love and compassion.
Below are three top tips that have impacted us as a charity, and have shaped what we do.
It is common for volunteers to view these humanitarian trips as an opportunity to give of all that they have, and not expect anything in return. Volunteers set aside a week of their vacation, and pay to work. We are so grateful for these selfless volunteers, and their efforts.
One of the most special parts of volunteering is how much you learn as you give of yourself. No matter the age, or the reason for volunteering with Color My World, all volunteers leave learning more from the community that they will be working alongside than they could ever give.
With the development of technology and devices, we seem to have become more recluse, spending less and less time with those we love. Whilst volunteering, you will fill your time by interacting with the community. Here you will learn first-hand the value of strong communities and families.
One simple thing that always surprises me each year, is how connected everyone is. One morning each week we will say to one of the local teenagers that we want to play a baseball or soccer game that evening. A few hours later, we have a whole community with us. At these times I wonder, if I had to get my neighbours to join me in a game, how many would I know well enough to get to join me?
Our views on service develop and change with each passing year. When we began visiting Central America, the most important thing we could do was plan a project months in advance that we could properly prepare for, advertise and work on.
This last year however, we learned a real lesson during our humanitarian trips that has really shaped how we have approached 2017. A week before our first group joined us in Nicaragua there was an earthquake that impacted the region where we were going to be working. In that moment, the needs of the community completely shifted, and our plans as a charity changed. Within a few days, we planned to help an orphanage in a nearby city, donating funds and effort to help them recover from the earthquake.
As a charity, we now joke around that our slogan is “subject to change,” because we have learnt that lives and needs can change in a moment, and we are there to work with a community, not for ourselves.
Love travels beyond borders and boundaries, and is felt through human connection. Volunteers will feel this love no matter what during their time volunteering in Central America. Knowing a few Spanish phrases to use while serving others will show your genuine desire to connect with the community.
One month from today we will be starting the Color My World humanitarian trips in Central America. The preparation though starts today. As part of the #ColorMyWorldPledge we are challenging you to learn at least 10 phrases in Spanish. These can be simple phrases like,
What is your name?
(Cuál es tu nombre?)
Do you want to play a game?
Where do you live?
Each word and phrase that you learn in Spanish will result in a deeper connection with the community that you will be serving alongside. Ask any prior Color My World volunteer about their memories and experiences, and they will not tell you of how many houses they built, but of the friends they made while serving.
Why is taking the pledge and learning the language so important?
Color My World volunteers come from all over America. Each person has different talents and capabilities. But one resounding message came from our surveys of our 2016 volunteers. When asked what they wish they had done to better prepare for their humanitarian trip. Overwhelmingly, our volunteers responded saying that they wished that they had learned more Spanish in preparation. As a team, here at Color My World we realised that we had to do something about this, and help future volunteers properly prepare for their humanitarian trip.
We want to hear from you, after you learn a phrase that you think you might use in Central America, why not post it on social media using #ColorMyWorldPledge. You share your phrase of the day, and we will share one of our back!
Participating in a humanitarian trip is much more than the experience in a foreign country. To make the most of the trip, and to truly allow it to make a difference in your life, you need to dedicate time and effort before to make sure that you are fully prepared for the experience.
As a team, here at Color My World, we have thought for a long time about what advice we can give our volunteers to help them make the most of their experience. We even carried out surveys with prior volunteers to make sure that we weren’t missing anything!
After a whole lot of planning, we came up with the #ColorMyWorldPledge as a way for every volunteer to make sure that they were truly prepared for their summer humanitarian experience.
By taking the pledge, volunteers are committing to themselves and their friends and family that they are going to make sure that they are completely prepared for their humanitarian experience. The pledge focuses on 4 key areas,
These 4 areas enable the volunteer to make sure that they will be an asset to the community that they will be serving, whilst enabling a change in their own lives. The whole process follows the Color My World Mantra of searching inward, looking upward, and reaching outward.
Show your support by posting on your social media the #ColorMyWorldPledge. Use our picture and share what you are looking forward to most.
Each week we will be sharing ideas and insights into the 4 different parts of the pledge, inviting you to take part, starting on Monday 8th May with learning the language.
By taking the pledge, we also invite you to share the pledge. We want to know what you are doing. If you learn a new Spanish phrase, share it on your social media and tag us in it, we’ll share one back! We are all in this together.
We can’t wait to have all our volunteers join us this summer in Central America, fully prepared to make a difference in the world.
Each year Color My World takes willing volunteers to unique cultures throughout the world to give back, and dedicate their time, money and efforts on the things that are most important. Whether you have done a humanitarian trip before or not, everyone should dedicate a part of their year to serving others and discovering what is most important in life.
This Sunday at 6pm EST, Color My World will be holding a humanitarian trips webinar for anyone interested in learning more about humanitarian trips in 2017. Below are 3 reasons why YOU should join us this Sunday.
Humanitarian work can happen wherever you stand, at home or abroad. Often times however we have to experience a new culture to discover what should be done at home. Throughout the webinar you will hear personal stories and experiences of friends of Color My World in Central America. Hear about how our volunteers have changed from the trip and experiences that they have been a part of.
From day one every volunteer uncovers the reality of humanitarian work. Rarely is humanitarian work placing the final brick on the house. In every activity though is the human bond between those working hand in hand together. After only moments of working together, the labels of giver and receiver loses its title, as each learns from one another in equal measure.
With 2017 just around the corner, individuals and families are looking to plan their summer vacations right away. By joining the webinar, you will learn about the opportunities available for you next year. With Color My World travelling to three different countries over 7 weeks in the summer of 2017, find the perfect week for you to discover the true meaning of humanitarian work.
Today, for 1 day only, Amazon are giving 5% of all purchases to charities (if you go through the charity account). It couldn’t be simpler. Click here, or on the image below, where it will take you straight to the Amazon Smile page. From here you can click on “start shopping” with Color My World, and away you go.
Back in 2013, Amazon introduced their AmazonSmile program. The concept is simple, and doesn’t cost you a cent. Every time you buy something on Amazon, whatever day, they will place 0.5% of the purchase into your chosen charity. So whether it’s a new book or a new TV, 0.5% of every purchase goes straight to your chosen charity.
The 5% donations from each purchase on Amazon make a real difference to communities that Color My World volunteers with. From donating towards homes in Nicaragua to supporting orphanages in Guatemala. Each purchase that you make through Amazon Smile will go towards projects in Central America.
Every year, we look for opportunities and sponsors to help support individuals join us in Nicaragua for our humanitarian trips. This year we have 3 scholarships available for the Nicaragua 2017 humanitarian trips. These scholarships are provided by the Wright family of New Hampshire, and other generous family donors.
Applying couldn’t be easier. Follow the 4 simple steps below to be in with the chance of joining us in Nicaragua this summer.
After creating the video application, complete the form below and let us know a bit more about yourself.
Want some hints on how to create a great video, check out one of our scholarship winners from 2016.
Over the next month, as you celebrate Christmas, and look forward to the New Year, find ways to serve others around you.
Often it is the smallest of gestures that makes the biggest impact. The simplicity of sharing messages of love and appreciation can lift others around us.
With the Christmas season becoming more and more commercial each year, it is easy to lose the real reason for the celebration. All too often family time becomes diluted from the stresses of buying the correct gifts. While gifts may fade away and be forgotten over the preceding weeks and months, relationships and friendships never do.
This Christmas season, place value on the things that matter most. Make a commitment to share the joy of Christmas with everyone that you meet, by telling your loved ones what they mean to you.
Throughout all our time volunteering, one of the biggest things we have learned at Color My World, is how much your love for others increases after you serve them. Through service, you place yourself in their shoes, and begin to understand their life.
Every day we are all confronted with opportunities to serve. Whether by opening a door for someone, or shovelling snow off a neighbour’s driveway. You can make someone else’s day better through service. As you give of yourself, your appreciation for the season will increase.
Make this Christmas one that you will never forget by serving others.
Disaster and misfortune can hit any of us at any time. These circumstances can be momentary, or last a lifetime. This Christmas season give of your excess to provide an unforgettable Christmas to those around you.
With charitable organisations throughout the world, working with those less fortunate than ourselves, has never been easier. Whether in time or resources, what you can provide will change a life this Christmas. The acts do not need to be big. Giving an hour of your time at a soup kitchen will provide a meal for the hungry, donating money to a charity will provide a gift to a child.
Central to everything that we do as a charity is the volunteers that work with us.
Our volunteers have come from all over the US, and even England to give of themselves, and sacrifice their time and efforts for those less fortunate.
With the growth that Color My World has experienced over recent years, and the good that it has consistently been able to deliver, we are now looking for volunteers to help support our programs.
Become a Color My World Volunteer Team Leader for our Nicaragua 2017 sessions, running from June 26th to July 24th 2017, and be a part of a team that works alongside the communities in Nicaragua to make a real difference in the world.
Applications for becoming a Color My World Nicaragua Team Leader open Monday October 10th 2016 and close Monday December 10th 2016. Applicants have to be 21 or older and complete the following two steps:
Over the four week period, we will be having 120 volunteers joining us in Nicaragua. We need someone that is able to connect with our volunteers, and the community that we will be working in.
We need you to;
As a volunteer team leader, we will cover your airfare for travelling to and from Nicaragua, and the cost of staying each week, allowing you to focus on being the best Volunteer Team Leader that you can be.
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