It’s National Volunteer Week! Let’s take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers working in communities across the country and think of some ways we can empower ourselves to make a positive difference through volunteering. On behalf of Au Pair in America, thank you! Thanks also to our wonderful au pair volunteers donating time to support intercultural learning in communities across the U.S.
This post is part one of a five-part series about volunteering. Read on to find ideas and encouragement to have fun while making a difference:
Volunteering is a great way au pairs can integrate into and learn more about the community in which they are staying. Plus, if you are looking for ideas for activities with children, volunteering is an excellent way to find great options. You may find an organization or event to volunteer with, or you may take a more freestyle approach to volunteering, depending upon the interests and capabilities of your kids.
When children see adults volunteering they see them ‘walking the walk’ instead of just ‘talking the talk’ of good character and behavior. When adults find opportunities to volunteer with children, it’s an even better way to instill strong core values and ethics in children. If you take some time to think about what your children like and explore opportunities near your home, you can find volunteer activities that will be a lot of fun and very rewarding!
Volunteer activities give au pairs, parents and children opportunities to have fun and make a difference. Volunteers are rewarded will the sense of pride in their contributions and the appreciation they receive from others. Volunteering together is a great chance for kids to bond with parents and caregivers as they gain self-esteem, pursue interests and talents, and become active members of the community.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for volunteering suggestions to help get you started in part two of this blog series!