1. No “voluntour”, direct volunteering at a community project
In a real community project, volunteers are there for the projects and not the other way around. Our projects are not there for the volunteers, but initiated for the good of the community, with in mind that we can receive help from volunteers. We ask all our volunteers to be open minded with focus on the local needs, and flexible to adapt to local customs and traditions. We understand that not everybody can, or has the opportunity to, volunteer. No problem you can still stay at our homestay , visit all our projects and be part of an unique experience. Grassroots tourism is also very important to reach our goals.
2. Become Part Of A Community
A big part of volunteering with FruitFriends is getting involved with the people you are there to help. Over the course of weeks or even months, depending on how long you decide to volunteer for, you’ll get to know and become part of a community. In overpopulated Western countries, building this similar aspect of community can be tricky at best, with so many different faces around day in, day out, it’s hard to get to know everybody by name, let alone on a personal level. While volunteering with FruitFriends, this totally changes. The most vulnerable and struggling communities are often the smallest, and after a short time you’ll know who everybody is and everybody will know who you are. These relationships become very close knit, like being part of an extended family. You will experience a true sense of community as a volunteer.
3. Make A Real Difference
So often in life, it can hard to feel like we are making any real impact. Doing a good deed is always nice, returning a lost phone to a stranger, buying a homeless person a cup of coffee, helping an elderly person up a steep flight of steps, these acts all help somebody and make you feel good. But, what if your impact wasn’t just a temporary thing, what if it not only changed somebodies day, but changed their life?
To volunteer is to change lives for the better. Volunteers help struggling people in such a way that could easily be the biggest and greatest deed they have ever, or will ever, perform. One type of volunteering with FruitFriends, that is an excellent example, is the construction of schools for children who would normally not having a school or having a school in dank, dusty, squalid and even unsafe conditions. They don’t have to study like this and you can be part of building them a clean, sturdy, and safe school; a school that can be used for many years. That feeling you get after completing the school and seeing the unbridled joy on the faces of the children you have just helped is absolutely indescribable. It isn’t simply helping somebody out, it is changing their lives forever, making a true and noticeable difference.
4. Experience a culture
Volunteering with FruitFriends is a great experience that is beneficial to you and the people you help. But, after your time spent volunteering is over, you’ll find yourself in a new and incredible part of the world: a place full of wonderful culture, sights, and nature. Volunteering enables not only personal growth, but adventure as well.
5. Gain A Whole New Perspective
Life can often be just a bit too much. Daily stresses like work, family, relationships, and health can leave you overwhelmed, but one thing that volunteering in struggling communities can do is lend perspective. Volunteers often report returning home with not only a new lease on life, but a new understanding and appreciation for their own. Distance itself not only helps you to see things clearly, but to witness the plight of those in Laos also allows you to see firsthand the struggles you, in the developed world, have never had to face. It brings home a new found love for the lives we sometimes take for granted.
6. A Complete Organization That Speaks To You
Volunteering with FruitFriends can be very fulfilling. If your heart is in our organization, if it means something to you before you even arrive, it can not only be a memorable and life-affirming experience, but a process of healing as well.
7. No administration or hidden fees
We do not charge any administration or facilitation fee. You only pay for your accommodation in our homestay. We even give discounts and other benefits to our volunteers as thanks for their commitment towards the community.
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