Volunteering cost because…
The volunteer work cost and here I will explain briefly the best I can in as few words as possible.
I prefer learning a new skill and profession hands on through work. That is why I choose to volunteer. But why must one pay to work as a volunteer? Let me explain.
There are plenty of opportunities to do volunteer work at no cost:
- Simply go to the closest nursery home for old people and play some cards with them.
- Go to a school in developing country and offer free English lessons
- Walk on a beach and clean up plastic and garbage all by oneself
However, as an independent volunteer, it could be very hard to get to do certain types of work.
A volunteer pays to work for these NGO’s and that payment supplement the operating budgets of these non-profit organizations. In return, the volunteer receives hands-on training and work experience that is life changing and more valuable than one would learn in a classroom. This is done through non-profit organizations who provide the teaching and equipment needed. A friend I know works as a nurse for HIV-positive children. Another is helping to build houses. Some choose to work in the vineyards. There are many possibilities.
Why does volunteer work cost?
All non-profit organizations depend heavily on outside funding.
Many NGO’s don’t receive enough money from independent or government grants or funds to cover their operational budgets. As in normal business, there are taxes, rent, insurance fees and salaries etc. There are cars, trucks and other equipment such as scuba gear, that needs maintenance and replacement. This is where the volunteer comes in. In some cases, 25-75 % of the budget can be covered with volunteer fees. Plus the extra power of the labor force provided by the volunteers is a very valuable asset to these organizations. In the picture is a pie chart of some of the expenditure of M.C.P.
You never hear any of those working in non-profit organizations complain because it takes a special kind of person to do what they do and keep doing it with a smile. I call them the salt of the earth. Some of them do some of the shittiest jobs because it has to be done, to benefit the greater good of all humanity.
Like the dung Beatle and the elephant. The dung Beatle takes care of the excrement the elephant leaves behind, day in and day out without complaint.
Even though it is only an insect, it’s little job is greater than that of the elephant, even though the elephant can move trees and boulders. What that little dung beetle does daily is priceless.
I would like to draw your attention to a blog post done by Marine Conservation Philippines click the button below to open a new tab to their site.
The volunteer workforce – challenges and opportunities
To find financing for one volunteer work efforts could be a bit more tricky.
Here is what I did and throughout my blog, I will discuss why?
There might be many ways to finance and fund one’s volunteer work efforts one could try saving or hope for an inheritance or even attempt to win the lotto. But for me, there are crowdfunding websites like gofundme.com. I chose gofundme.com to get started with to raise some money for volunteer work coupled with my own savings from hard work.
I started such campaign to help fund my effort in working as a volunteer with http://www.marineconservationphilippines.org/ for more information about the volunteer work and what I will be doing in the Philippines I wrote an extra blog post explaining that a bit more in depth.
It is understandable.
I understand that not everyone is able to commit to a life of volunteer work far away from home, but you can join me in my journey of volunteer work in marine conservation through my blog.
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See what others say in the comments that donated already to help this volunteer. With your help, we can be an ocean of significance to M.C.P. Please visit my Crowdfunding page. Your donation will help me add value in my efforts towards them as Volunteer Worker and marine conservationist intern.
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