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January 30, 2006

second entry

I am currently not placed at a volunteering site. I signed up to vollunteer at the peace foundation which to my understanding is a program to help troubled youth and more specifically, kids who have been involved in gangs or gang like behavior. As I discussed in my paper, I choose to volunteer at this site because I feel that I will be able to give the most and also get the most. I have begun to relaize that giving of my time does not always have to be compensated by material things, but can also be rewarded through things like the feeling of self worth, and the feeling of accomplishment by giving back to people. I want to feel that I have hellped someone. The feeling of changing someones life for the better is worth much more then any amount of money. I hope to learn other valuable lessons such as these, as well as feel that my time has been worth something. I don't think that people realize that they have the power to change something; it seems that as a human race we tend to sit back and let others worrya bout it. I feel that I have things to give, and I am willing to do it in order to better other people, and the human race as a whole.

January 23, 2006

First Blog

After going through the first reading, I had a lot of mixed feelings about my volunteering assignment. The area within the reading that sticks with me the most is the part that discusses leaving your differences at the door. Sometimes it's hard for me to remeber that we're helping people out who are not at the highest parts of their life...to them, we probally seem very fortinuate, and maybe even spoiled. After addressing some of the issues regarding cultural and finacial differences, I started realizing that there will probally be many challenges coming my way throughout the semester regarding these issues in my volunteering experience. For example, I choose to volunteer at the basketball program for young teens in gangs. I have no experience what so ever with the city life, and especially not street fighting and gangs. I need to be very aware on how I present myself, and understand that the people I will be mentoring come from a very different background then I do, and that it will be a learning experience for the both of us. I need to also be aware about how I represent myself, to ensure that the people I am dealing with focus on the things I have to offer instead of how I appear and the sterotypes that go along with that image. I too need to be aware. I am now prepared and to go into this volunteering experience with an open mind, and am very excited to be in a new learning enviroment.