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Volunpreneurs

Social EntrepreneurVolunpreneur: business from the heart

If you think that volunteers do only voluntary work, you’ve got it all wrong. A growing trend: volunteers who invest – sometimes heavily – in the project they have been working in, in India. What started with a contribution of ten or twenty dollars, has mounted to investing in buildings for several thousands of Euro’s. Initially the volunteers – working via AMAIDI in India – brought their own savings, the result of a few months hard work in a restaurant, bar or grocery shop. Now volunteers start fundraising while still in their native country, take more and – while working in their project – keep touch with the home front where family-members or friends are fund raising on their behalf (so that the end amount will be much higher than what they came with). And then there are the volunpreneurs that – once home – start their own foundation, gaining support from more than only the inner circle to sustain their ex-host organization for years to come on a sustainable basis.

Why do volunteers do this? Why do they grow to be volunpreneurs?

Because they feel committed beyond their personal experience as a volunteer. They feel committed to the cause as such, fortified by the warm personal relationships they developed with the staff of the organization they worked in. It shows, especially when the time to say ‘goodbye’ comes near, how strong the attachment is of many who put in so much energy and emotional involvement.

It’s beautiful to see how many come in insecure of what is waiting for them and how to react, and how self-confident and ‘mature’ they leave, with connections between their hearts and the ones they ‘leave behind’, sometimes equal to family ties that – they feel – they have to severe to go back to their ‘old’ life.

Filed under: charitable business, choice, confidence, international volunteers, preparation, solidarity, volun-tourism

Preps

Question: ‘How does one prepare best for one’s volontary work?’

Every journey starts with the first step. How to take that step, if you want to go to India?

When exactly are you prepared? What is needed to be prepared? Information? Practical excercises?

What information does the prospective volunteer need to prepare? How useful, for example, are cultural sensitization meetings or other preparation programs by organizations in homecountries for the adaptation of the volunteer later on in the country one is going to work in? And how usefull are the introduction or cultural programs that are offered by the host-organization in the country of the volunteer’s destination?

I hope our experienced volunteers – who’ve seen and done it all – can help us out here.
Be invited!

Filed under: information, Introduction, preparation, sending organization

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