InterNations Members Inspire Action for a Good Cause

As the year is coming to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the amazing activities organized by InterNations members for a good cause.

24,000 members are part of our 32 Volunteer Groups in New York, Dubai, Zurich, Vienna, Bangkok and Munich, amongst others. Due to the Group Consuls’ and volunteers’ hard work, we have seen over 550 activities helping less fortunate people in communities all over the world through hands-on support and donations.

The Difference We Made in 2015

Bringing a Smile to Children’s Faces

We have seen some wonderful partnerships between our Volunteer Groups and non-profit organizations develop this year. Bangkok volunteers have brought happiness to many children from the Duang Prateep Foundation by planning a series of great fun activities, including a sports day, a trip to the water park, and a day out at the zoo. In Kuala Lumpur, InterNations volunteers have been equally enthusiastic and committed, partnering with the Pandawas Academy, a school providing quality education to refugee children. Not only have volunteers supported the school by donating food and repairing their buildings, they have also planned an exciting nature walk and a trip to Jungle Land.

These long-term relationships between the Volunteer Groups and the non-profit organizations offer a really amazing opportunity to connect with the people that you are helping: it is rewarding to see the results of your efforts develop.
Children

Rollout of the Social Impact Night

The Social Impact Night launched this year in Munich and has since been rolled out to five more cities, with December events held in Singapore, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, and Munich. The night brings together like-minded expats, providing a chance to listen to a stimulating speech, get to know other volunteers, and do something for a good cause by donating funds or goods to a non-profit organization. In Munich, 1,250 goods have been collected for refugees in the city. We are delighted that the concept has spread and look forward to bringing this successful initiative to more communities in 2016.
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Making Refugees Feel at Home

With the refugee crisis prominent in many people’s minds, we are pleased to say that InterNations members have been doing their bit to help. Volunteers in Frankfurt constructed a summer house for refugee children without parents, whilst in Dubai volunteers gathered for a presentation on Syrian refugee children and made generous donations to the cause. Visits to the refugee camp in Munich have become a weekly feature and their hard work sorting donations is hugely appreciated.

Over in Dallas, the Group Consuls have been working hard to support refugees, collecting clothing, running an employment workshop and reading with refugee children. Both Vienna and Brussels have had similar initiatives, preparing food and collecting clothes for refugees in need.
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Giving Some Happiness to the Homeless

Members all over the world have been offering a helping hand to homeless people. Brussels, Rome, Washington, and Vienna have all prepared and distributed food to people on the streets. Volunteers in Vienna have led the way, organizing a weekly trip to the local soup kitchen — over the last year they have given many people a full tummy for the night.

In Barcelona, the Volunteer Group ran a “Nobody Sleeping on the Street” campaign, raising awareness of the homeless people in the city by marching with eye-catching heart-shaped signs on Valentine’s Day.
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Building Friendships with People with Disabilities

Washington volunteers have had great fun exercising and building friendships with young people with disabilities. Playing sports, getting active, and sharing their achievements helped the kids to really feel happy, and the volunteers had a great sense of achievement as well.

Volunteers in Munich have enjoyed some special days at a local center for adults with cerebral palsy. They treated the residents to a photo shoot, enjoyed watching a movie together, and indulged in a spa day. A great relationship has been built with the center, and they always look forward to InterNations coming to visit.
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Thank you!

There have been more great activities than we can mention here. These couldn’t have happened without our incredibly committed Consuls and volunteers. The Volunteer Program Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your hard work! We look forward to continuing this success into 2016.

If you’d like to get involved in another city, please check if there is a Volunteer Group in your community. Every InterNations member can join the group and take part in the activities!

Find out more on our About page or write to volunteerprogram@internations.org.

12 Responses to “InterNations Members Inspire Action for a Good Cause”

  1. I’m looking for volunteers opportunities in Szeged, Hungary.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Dear John,

    Thank you for your interest in the InterNations Volunteer Program! I’m afraid, however, that we don’t have a Volunteer Group in Hungary yet. If you should be interested in establishing one yourself, please contact my colleagues via volunteerprogram@internations.org.

    Best,
    Margit

  3. Dear sirs,

    Im one Of your member. I just read about The good And noble cause That your Volunteers are doing And would like to know if you have The same in Addis ethiopian as i also help The needs, The elderly abd children with kidney failure.
    With kind regards
    Sarah

  4. Dear Youssouf,

    Thank you for your interest in the InterNations Volunteer Groups! Unfortunately, we don’t have such a group in Addis Abeba yet. If you should be interested in establishing one yourself, please contact our team by email: volunteerprogram@internations.org.

    Best,
    Margit

  5. Hello!
    Have you got any volunteering programme with children in Argentina, Buenos Aires?
    Thank you!
    Best,
    gabriela

  6. Dear Gabriela,

    Thank you for your interest in the InterNations Volunteer Program! I’m sorry, but we don’t have a Volunteer Group in Buenos Aires yet. If you should be interested in starting one yourself, please get in touch with our team via volunteerprogram@internations.org.

    Best,
    Margit

  7. Appreciate a lot the good job.
    Wishing you the best For the future projects.
    Bernard .

  8. @Bernard:

    Thanks a lot for your kind wishes! 🙂

  9. Hi,

    I’m based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I would love to be a volunteer and kindli put me in your list if you do need help.

    I’m an employee but surely will manage my time so I can join this event.

    Thank you…and looking forward for your next event

    Kind Regards,
    Lia

  10. Dear Lia,

    Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering! Unfortunately, we don’t have a Volunteer Group in Jakarta yet. If you should be interested in getting one started, please contact our team via volunteerprogram@internations.org.

    Best,
    Margit

  11. Dear Margit,

    Have any volunteering work or programs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania?

    Marlena

  12. Dear Marlena,

    Thank you for your interest in the InterNations Volunteer Program! I’m afraid that we don’t have a Volunteer Group in Dar es Salaam yet. If you should be interested in establishing one yourself, please contact my colleagues via volunteerprogram@internations.org.

    Best,
    Margit

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