Posts Tagged ‘China’

Leap Anywhere

helping handsYesterday China, today, London.

Leap Anywhere is a huge organization that makes it easy for residents and visitors in the United Kingdom to find fantastic volunteer opportunities. It is part hip social network, part cool inter-marketing that makes volunteering the in thing to do, and part enormous information/inspiration database.

Over 125 charities have events and volunteer avenues for you to explore, LeapAnywhereTV has videos and interviews with “leapers,” and there’s a whole “meet” networking aspect to find others who care about the same things you do. Whether you want to work with children, the elderly, human rights, mentoring, water, sport, disability, the planet, etc, you can find something to fill your afternoon, day, week, or entire vacation.

Leap, and the net will appear.

Volunteering in China

510545_76727771I just learned today that my book, Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference, is going to be translated and sold in China.

I’m pretty chuffed about that, so I wanted to focus today’s post on volunteering in China.

Hands on Shanghai helps connect China-based and visiting professionals to charitable organizations in Shanghai for short-term volunteer assignments. If you’re on vacation in Shanghai, “The Paris of the East,” you can make a volunteer commitment of just a few hours and really make a difference for local children, schools, elderly, environmental programs, or construction projects.

Here’s a Chines proverb I’m pretty fond of: If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.