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Why Volunteer? - AVIF Global Volunteering
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AVIF is an innovative online charity, assisting with sustainable development via online & onsite volunteering in rural Kenya, East Africa. We work with partner communities in the Brazilian Amazon, Greenland and Tibet too. Being virtual means negligible administration costs for worldwide impact. We believe in efficiency, honesty and transparency. WE DON'T CHARGE FEES.

".. Kenya was my first step in changing my life this is why I cherish this experience so much, as it gave me self confidence and made me know I can do anything and go anywhere and make a difference" Ingie, 2011


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Why Volunteer

Written by Alison Lowndes. Posted in Volunteering


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Volunteering will provide a truely life-changing experience for both giver and receiver.

Volunteering has a lot to offer people from a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life. Being a volunteer enables you to face new challenges, develop creativity and expertise, meet new people as part of a team doing meaningful work, making a difference and growing personally, by learning new skills, gaining new experiences, and achieving a sense of accomplishment.

AVIF advocates sustainable development NOT handouts.
The main difficulty for any volunteer is that you WILL be asked for money by Kenyans. you come from a relative "land of plenty".

15The worst thing we can do for the Kenyans is take away their initiative & entrepeneurial creativity & resourcefulness by giving them handouts. A few items are acceptable e.g. donated classroom goods  but too much more and the children will simply grow up to expect handouts .. not grow up independent & resourceful.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT is the key !
Our volunteers bought solar cookers for the women of Rabuor Self-help group Summer 2007 instead of simply giving a $20 note, these women now have a chance to improve their lung health, improve their quality of life, increase their ability to work (i.e not be busy cooking for so long), lessen their dependency on firewood & therefore lessen their impact on de-forestation i.e. help the environment, ease the effects of climate change .. and so on .. and so on.


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