Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A reflection on volunteering during the financial crisis

Though there are signs that the major economies of the world have avoided economic collapse, evident economic concerns loom over the more developed economies and emerging markets and everyone inbetween. Repercussions of these macro-economic effects will affect our most vulnerable.

The current situation presents a challenge and an opportunity for future volunteers in Argentina or anywhere for that matter. It will be a challenge to find the resources to travel abroad and focus on others. Nonetheless, it may be important to remember that helping others empowers us too.

The opportunity is a chance to re-invent ourselves. Times of immense vulnerability often require doing things you would not normally do. Find solace in giving to others, even in very simple ways. You just may realize that it makes a world of difference.