Archive for 20 August 2014

Volunteering Abroad with Children: A game of double standards?

Here is the second blog entry from our 2014 Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Taylor.

Let me ask you. How many times have you logged onto Facebook and been greeted with a newly-updated profile picture of one of your friends, volunteer-smile intact, affectionately cuddling a small, rather grubby-looking child, from an unknown African nation? Once? Twice? Too many times to recall?

If you haven’t experienced it personally, you’ll probably be aware of the growing phenomenon sweeping schools, colleges and Universities across the Western world. In search of adventure and a desire to break normalcy, our young people, during their gap years or summer holidays, are jetting off to volunteer (more often than not, with children) in countries across the Global South… It’s become a craze. Like over-reliance on Apple products and an addiction to Starbucks, voluntourism is becoming something by which this generation is being defined. It’s almost come to be seen as a rite of passage (albeit for the relatively well-off) – something you do before, during or after University. Something which will ‘set you apart’ and help you land your £40k-starting-salary graduate job.
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David Thorp legwax

On 29th July KickStart Ghana chair, David Thorp, had his legs waxed to help raise funds for the charity.

At present almost £500 has been raised, a fantastic amount. You can still donate on his fundraising page.

We’re especially thankful to the TLC Therapy Lounge in Earlsfield for offering to do the procedure at no charge. They were particularly understanding of David’s cries and whimpers as well.

 

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KickStart Ghana fundraising dinner raises over £3,000

On 11th July KickStart Ghana had a hugely successful fundraising dinner hosted by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. The night involved 44 KickStart Ghana supporters enjoying a wonderful three course dinner of Ghanaian food, eaten by hand with banana leaves for plates. KickStart Ghana chair David Thorp shared some of the successes of the charity over the past year and showed two videos highlighting our work.
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