Those who always complain that really free volunteer opportunities are impossible, or at least very hard to find, need to stop complaining and listen up.
I have a placement for you courtesy of Sara from The Fresh Air Fund in New York City.
The Fresh Air Fund is looking for summer camp counselors. Room and board are provided, and if you stick around for the whole summer, so is a small salary. And you don't pay any fees for this placement.
This is a great way to find out whether volunteering with children abroad is for you. And while doing so, you’ll be helping an organization that works very hard to give underprivileged New York City kids the kind of vacations that the rest of us normally takes for granted.
I’m a huge fan of The Fresh Air Fund. They’ve been around for oh, about 130 years, so you know that’s one non-profit that’s in it for the long haul. That also means that they must be doing something right. And sure they do. Check out their website to read up on the many programs they offer each summer to kids who really, really need them.
So, what’s the deal with the summer camp counselor thingie?
1. You gotta be 18 years old (or over) by June 20th, 2009.
2. You gotta like kids and outdoorsy type stuff.
3. You gotta really like kids, ok?
4. Previous volunteer experience not necessary.
5. Open to anyone, all you need to do is to get yourself to the general New York metro area.
6. Get the details from The Fresh Air Fund website.
Now, go and do something useful this summer. And don't complain that there are no free volunteer work opportunities out there, OK?
PS. No, nobody’s paying me to write about The Fresh Air Fund on here. I am doing it strictly out of the goodness of my heart, and also because I happen to support their work.