Volunteering

Developing World Connections has sent almost 2,000 volunteers to work on sustainable projects in 13 developing nations around the world since 2005. This non-profit has helped improve the lives of some of the world's most impoverished people by providing them with community centres, housing or schools. Volunteers can be any age, but the organization currently seeks youth volunteers to join its summer program. If you are between the ages of 16 and 29, you can make a difference in the lives of people who don't have the options that you do. You also get to make friends and experience a new culture.

You and your team will spend two to four weeks working alongside local people on a sustainable project selected by the host community. Previous training or special skills are not necessary to participate, so anyone is welcome to join. Participants are required to contribute financially; fundraising is encouraged and all costs are tax deductible. Trips take place between May and August; sign up early to give yourself lots of time to prepare and fundraise. If you have an open mind, a caring soul and an adventurous spirit, please call 1-250-434-2524 ext.18.

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Want to Volunteer? These and many other opportunities are available at www.VolunteerVictoria.bc.ca or by calling 250-386-2269.

Host family: Lester B. Pearson College seeks host families (and by families, they also mean couples and individuals) for international students unable to go home during school breaks. Accommodations are needed in December/January, February and occasional weekends throughout the year. Call 250-391-2416.

Translator: World Fisheries Trust needs a Spanish/English translator to work with documents and reports for its Fish to Life project in Bolivia. Short-term commitment as required. Call 250-380-7585.

Piano player: Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association seeks a pianist for its 30-member Songbirds Choir.

Choir meets Tuesdays, 12: 45-2 p.m. and performs at various senior facilities on the Peninsula. Call 250-652-4611.

Website/social media: Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association is looking for a volunteer to help convert their current website to a WordPress platform and develop social media connections. Those with experience living in strata housing are encouraged to apply. Call 250-920-0222.

Snoezelen therapy helper: Mount St. Mary Hospital needs an assistant for its Snoezelen therapy sessions.

Training is provided and commitment is flexible. Other positions are also available. Call 250-480-3118.

Gardeners: Threshold Housing Society needs gardeners to maintain the flower beds at two youth houses in Vic West and Oak Bay. Commitment is a few hours per week. Please call 250-383-8830.

Emergency room assistant: Saanich Peninsula Hospital seeks a volunteer to provide support and assistance in the Emergency department. Hospital experience is an asset, but training and mentoring is provided. Various shifts are available Monday-Sunday. Call 250-652-7519.

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