You’re never too young to make a change. That’s why we couldn’t be happier when we learned that volunteer numbers are on a rise. Each year, the younger generation are becoming aspiring humanitarian workers.
However, there is so much more to offering humanitarian aid than simply doing charity. What the world needs are allies and collaborators in their fight against injustice, abuse, poverty, and so forth.
Aspiring humanitarian workers live by certain practices. This way, you are not just helping but also, providing a sustainable way to keep the ball of development rolling.
Find your cause
We always encourage budding aids and volunteers to focus on one cause first. Find your passion and concentrate on it. Whether you are advocating against water pollution or extreme poverty, there are adequate projects out there.
For example, Yuda Bands have been fighting against extreme poverty since 2008. Through selling handmade bracelets made by local artisans, they are not only putting impoverished children through school. They are also creating sustainable jobs for the people of Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and more.
Develop regional knowledge
The passion for giving back is praise-worthy. However, being a humanitarian worker also means developing a deep knowledge about your passion. This means learning the language of the place you are volunteering for and respecting cultural practices and traditions. Moreover, aspiring humanitarian aids must embrace diversity and know the issues that directly affect the area they are assigned to.
This may not be the quickest way to climb up the ladder. However, this helps ensure that thorough investigation instead of black-and-white means is what will yield long-term improvement.
Join the conversation
Whether you are a high school student or a fresh graduate, it’s essential to be part of the conversation. Be in the know of what’s happening and do not hesitate to share your constructive thoughts on the proper platform.
Communication is at the very core of providing aid. So be as visible, vigilant and communicative. This will prepare you for when you are stationed for the real thing.
Build your network
Having a robust network is what will get you further with your cause. Whether it’s to help you launch a campaign or bring you to where you need to be, networking counts.
Attend events that are relevant to your cause. Build your network online through LinkedIn. Don’t hesitate to reach out to people who matter.
Be good to yourself
Aspiring humanitarian workers are brimming with zeal, excitement, and passion. That’s why sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in what you do. The result? You can become sick or burned out too early on.
We strongly recommend that you be good to yourself. Know when you need to take a break. Bring what you need to care for yourself while you’re deployed. Learn to identify stress and burnout triggers before they occur.
In preparation for Yuda Bands’ forthcoming service trips to Guatemala and Zimbabwe, we hope this inspired you to be part of our meaningful adventure. If you’re interested in joining us, you can learn more about future trips here.