Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality
— Malala Yousafzai

A few months before I applied to work for ConnectFor full-time, I volunteered in Bali, Indonesia at a center called International Humanity Foundation, I was placed there through a program called UnCollege and it was by far the best 3 months in my life. I will never forget the butterflies in my stomach when I caught myself standing in front of a classroom of children that did not understand a word I said because they didn’t speak English at all and I got to teach them, watch them learn and grow. I could go on and on about how thrilling it was to teach children and but what saddens me is how few people see the value in teaching, even if it’s just for a few hours in a day, you could change a child’s life.

At ConnectFor, we help NGOs find volunteers with core values and beliefs, we reach out to youngsters in hopes that we can together contribute to making their future better, through education we can bring about a positive change in our society and through volunteering you can lend your time, energy and skills to make the world a better place.

One of the best parts about my job at ConnectFor is listening to volunteers tell their stories, here’s one of our volunteer, Simran’s story when she was teaching at The KanchanFoundation:

“I’ve been volunteering with the Kanchan Foundation for almost a month, and what I’ve enjoyed the most is working with the sweet (notorious at times) little children. From the first day itself I knew it would be a tremendous experience, as in one day I got a chance to do office work, work with the children, and even shadow some very talented seniors in the organisation.

The NGO was running a Summer Camp during my stint with them, and noting my passion for Arts, put me in charge of an activity called “Creative At Its Best” and involved working with the children and unleashing their inner artists.

I realized, dealing with kids is really a tough job but, one thing I’ve noticed is, these kids won’t ever be judgmental, and that it is an incredibly rewarding experience. They are sweet and innocent in their own ways. Beyond this, the best thing about my volunteering opportunity was that the seniors are so helpful and have really pushed me to pursue excellence in whatever I do, and guided me throughout! While I was teaching kids, they were teaching me, and I can’t thank them enough.”

We also encourage all of you, potential changemakers to give yourself the time you need to leverage off ConnectFor’s database of NGOs that would immensely appreciate your time.

Take a step today to teach someone and impact them for life! Here are some opportunities that you can explore:

Teaching Assistant Volunteer for Mann — Center for Individuals with Special Needs

Music Teacher Volunteer for Shaktii

Yoga Teacher and Worksheet Assistance for Sahyog

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