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5 Fun Volunteer Ideas for 2021

Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, then maybe it is time to look at your favorite non-profits for volunteer opportunities. Volunteer ideas can range from working at an animal shelter to supporting and empowering young girls in Honduras through fun activities. There’s a volunteer activity for everyone where you can use your skills, talent, experience, and passion to make the world around you a better place.

Regardless of what part of the world you reside in, there are various simple and rewarding volunteer activities that you can participate in – even from the comfort of your own home! The first step is to find out what cause you’re most passionate about. If you’re unsure where to start or what kind of non-profit to seek out, this guide will help you do just that!

In this article, you will find out about good, fun volunteer ideas that require nothing more than time and your talents, but a little passion never hurts!

1. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

group of dogs behind a fence

If you are an animal person, what could be more rewarding than spending time at a local wildlife sanctuary or animal shelter? This activity could involve anything from working with abandoned street puppies in America to feeding elephants at an exotic nature reserve. The more you work with animals, the more you realize they have their own quirks and personalities, and not only will you potentially meet new people, but you may just make a furry friend or two as well!

2. Improve The Lives of Vulnerable Children

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One of the most rewarding ways to give back is by helping to uplift impoverished, at-risk youth. Education is one of the most effective tools to help bring children out of poverty. There are various ways to support the cause, whether it be through volunteering to create a fundraiser or donating your time to participating in enrichment activities.

At Our Little Roses, we provide a safe, nurturing environment where young Honduran girls receive the tools and education needed to thrive and become confident members of society. We offer education, housing, food, enrichment activities, and a supportive space where young girls can flourish.

To help join the cause, you can volunteer to organize a mission, create a fundraising campaign, or participate in volunteering events. To make an even bigger impact, you can also become a sponsor, donate to help our girls receive the resources they need, or join our Young Professionals Group or become part of the Ambassadors Council!

3. Teach English Online

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Language exchanges in your city are one way to volunteer your time in a fun way while learning something yourself. Tourism hubs like Miami and New York are full of these weekly or monthly meet-ups, although you can easily find remote versions on Facebook and other platforms.

This simple, fun activity can turn into a job or even a career abroad. Not only will you be helping others to learn the language, but you’ll also be able to interact with people of various cultures and perhaps make new friends along the way!

4. Lead Workshops at a Youth Center

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If you love working with children, why not volunteer at a local youth center? The type of activities you will be involved in will depend upon the youth center where you volunteer. For example, some youth centers help disabled children, while others simply give local children a place to hang out and express themselves. Then there are those that help disadvantaged teens deal with specific issues such as addiction or education.

There are many ways you can help out. If you are skilled in mentoring, consider leading a workshop or teaching English or math skills. On the other hand, if you are more creative or artistic, you could consider holding an art or music class. However, you can also just hang out with the children and get involved in games and outdoor activities. The most crucial aspect of your role would be simply being there for the children, helping to mentor them, and encourage them to make the very best use of their skills and activities.

5. Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter or Food Bank

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Statistics show that in America alone, more than 580,466 people are homeless. You can play a small role in helping to address this ongoing problem by volunteering at your local homeless shelter. But why stop there? Most big cities around the world will have at least one soup kitchen or homeless shelter, and they are nearly always on the lookout for volunteers. 

There are several ways you can help out. For example, you could help prepare and serve meals, hand out necessities and clothing with volunteer teams, or even help out with administrative duties or cleaning. Not only will this play a vital role in helping the most unfortunate people in the community, but it will also provide you with valuable skills and work experience.

There are Infinite Possibilities and Volunteer Ideas!

The above volunteer ideas are just a small selection of activities you can get involved in over the coming year. There is no end to the things you can do, and you are limited only by your imagination and skills. Few things are as satisfying as knowing that not only are you helping to make the world a better place, but you will also get the opportunity to form lifelong friendships and gain valuable insight into the lives of others.

If you are passionate about working with children, empowering young girls, and changing the path of generational poverty and inequality in Latin America, then consider becoming a volunteer or sponsor at Our Little Roses. We’re eternally grateful for each and every contribution, no matter how big or small. It’s because of generous people like you, that share their time, talents, and treasures, that we are able to make a difference in these girls’ lives.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Our Little Roses, visit our page and explore the various options to get involved.