Volunteer

The next expedition to Aitong, Kenya is 18-26th July 2019. 

We welcome medical and dental volunteers.

Why is it important to be a volunteer?

The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence and self-esteem, we can learn new skills and build upon existing ones which can lead to better job prospects. You are doing good for others and a community who currently have no access to dental care and limited medical resources, which also provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity, even helping to heal mental health issues.

The people you meet on volunteering trips become friends for life as you share such intense experiences and work closely as a team to overcome challenges and be away from your own family and friends.

What qualities make a good volunteer?

Here’s an outline of some the qualities that we look for in our volunteers.

  • Enthusiasm. Being energetic and having a positive attitude can help to motivate yourself and others. …

  • Flexibility. …

  • Reliability. …

  • Creative and passionate. …

  • Integrity. …

  • Teamwork. …

  • Communication. …

  • Good organisational skills.

 

Volunteering: The happiness effect

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine.

Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers.

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