Volunteering

    Lose Yourself In The Service Of Others

    UN Photo/Logan Abassi

    I have been thinking for some time now that I would love to put my skills in writing, story-telling and communications to good use. I have volunteered in recent times for a Christian charity that focuses on the environment and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I feel it is time to do something similar again.

    Of course there are thousands of volunteers out there doing a wonderful job, however, I sometimes wonder if volunteering is not embraced enough or given the credit it deserves.

    I have a passion for human rights and the rights of those with disabilities. In fact, I intend to apply to research a PhD focusing on those topics within the next year. As well as the intellectual challenge of pursuing such a course, I would value being able to meet members of the NGO community, and read around topics in depth in order to really understand what the issues are. Maybe once I have a deeper understanding of those issues, I could in some small way try to be a part of the solution.

    I am well aware of the problem, especially in countries in Africa and in areas of India, where children with disabilities rarely have the opportunity to attend school. There are complex barriers to disabled children receiving the education they deserve and my wish is to learn much more about this issue so one day I can help in an informed way. Perhaps my proposed PhD could be based on that topic.

    Those plans are aspirational. For now, I will be looking out for opportunities in the charity sector to use what skills I have for a greater cause. As Mahatma Gandhi put it so eloquently:

    The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

    If you are a charity or NGO that needs a strong communicator, please do let me know.

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