One of the most beautiful gifts you can give anyone is your attention and your time. Volunteering is often even more beneficial for the giver than it is for the recipient, but obviously it’s a win-win situation that is good for everyone. One of the easiest ways to integrate quickly into a culture is to offer something – goods or services that you may have available. And while there is an art to giving (you don’t want to come across as trying to change their culture, create a dependent society or appear flashy or pushy), so often people who have done it note that it was one of the most fulfilling and memorable experiences in their entire lifetime. There are so many ways to get involved, some cost money, others cost time, some cost both. It depends what you have and are willing to give. Check out some of our Family Volunteer Opportunities if you are interested.
These stories share people’s personal experiences with “Giving Back” to the world and what it has meant to them.