You are pretty lucky even though you might not think so. Because you were born in a developed country you had everything easy. I know it can seem tough sometimes, but it's really not. You have access to education which guarantees you a good future if you want it. There are medical institutions where you will receive good care. You have a roof over your head to keep you sheltered from harsh conditions. And you have a better chance than anyone of surviving into old age.
Some people are not so lucky. They don't have those luxuries that you class as basics. Have you ever thought about giving something back? And I don't mean giving $10 every month to some charity. I mean getting in the thick of it and sharing your love. There are plenty of places around the world where you can volunteer your time to people who really need it. To kids that might not have anyone who truly loves them. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in then have a look below at some options you have available to you.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you would have heard about the devastating earthquake that tore the country apart. Whole families were wiped out, and children are now left without parents. The country has not had much luck with anything in recent years apart from the kind men and women who come down to give anything they can. If you look around there are plenty of places looking for hands-on help and they'd be lucky to have you if you're willing to give it a shot.
Africa has had problems for the longest time. There are still millions of people who don't have access to fresh running water. Children have lost their parents to aids and malaria. They are so thin because there isn't enough food to feed them. All these people need your help. Why don't you go across and teach them about sex education so they will be safe from aids. Or help dig wells so the have access to something as simple as water. The kind of water that doesn't mean they are risking their life every time they have a drink. Again, there are plenty of opportunities available for any length of time you have to offer.
The country remains very poor. People are fighting to survive. Because Thailand is much more known than Cambodia it seems like that's where all the volunteers go to help out. Even though they need just as much help as Thailand they are missing out. Women are kidnapped and sent away to be sex slaves. Children are still abused from the people who should be looking out for them. You can provide the adults with simple education so they may find work in the tourist industry, or teach children so they have a chance at a good future. There is plenty of places that need you.
Nepal is the easiest country to volunteer on the list. Although there are plenty of organizations you could probably jump on a plane and have something available the moment you land. You could volunteer at an orphanage where you will be looking after hundreds of children that don't have anyone else. Again you could teach English or anything else with the experience you possess. There are over 10 orphanages around the capital alone, plus there are more than two dozen children's resource centers that deal with their welfare. After you have finished there are plenty of attractions you can see around the country before you go home.
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