September newsletter by globalhelpswap
Hello from globalhelpswap!
9 months down and 3 to go before we say goodbye to 2013. We hope it has been a good year for you all with lots of love, laughter and travel! I can’t believe next month is the anniversary of us launching this site. What a brilliant year it has been. So much has happened since we have launched and we are more than happy with the progress that has been made.
September was an amazing month for us. At the beginning of the month we got accepted by the Irish Tourism board to go on our very first FAM trip. We went to the counties of Sligo and Donegal with another 20 travel bloggers. It was an unforgettable 5 days so look out for the upcoming blogs. I urge you to read them and as a reward, I promise you dolphins!
To our utter delight and surprise we got rated as one of the top travel websites by the Guardian newspaper here in the UK. If you click the link you can read the full article on us. Needless to say that we are very proud to receive such an accolade in our first year of existence. The more people who know about us, the more our charities and hosts can get help.
New Volunteering Opportunities
Conservation Volunteering in Brazil – Volunteer at this training and eco-tourism centre dedicated to sustainable development and ecology.
Volunteers needed in Nepal - A place for camping, peace lovers, meditation/and for those who love to save the planet, like wwoofers,volunteers.
Volunteer with a social enterprise in Vietnam – Volunteer at this dynamic social enterprise offering education, employment and support to the local communities of Hanoi, Ninh Binh.
Teaching opportunities in Bangladesh – Teach English at this NGO that has been running since 1973.
Volunteer teachers in Cambodia – Love Cambodia? Why not come and teach for 6 months and get to know the real Cambodia.
Please note: To see the above opportunities you have to be a Helper registered on our site.
New helpers, hosts and readers
Hello to all of our new helpers, hosts and subscribers! Welcome to the community. We have had a record amount of people sign up with us this month (thanks to the Guardian!) which really gives us encouragement. As we have mentioned before, our mission is to connect all of you helpers out there to our wonderful hosts. We also want our subscribers and readers to consider volunteering next time they hit the road. Thank you to all the helpers who donated to get their profile verified. This site would not be running without your help. Our hosts will give you preference when considering volunteer applications. Please let us know when you have gone out to volunteer. We would love to feature you in one of our blogs.
As I mentioned above, I went to the emerald isle at the end of September. I will not give too much away here as I want to put it in dedicated blog posts but lets just say if you have been to Ireland and have not been to Sligo & Donegal, what were you thinking!!! They are both stunning counties with amazing scenery, fantastic local food and really warm locals.
Work with us
Product/Service review. If you have a product or service that you would like us to review or endorse on the site, we are open to doing so. Please get in touch so we can discuss your product or service and how we can best share it with our readers. The best way for us to share a product / service is to experience it first hand, and pass on our honest thoughts and feedback to our readers.
Social Media Consultancy - Paul can advise you on how social media can really boost your product or service in this ever-changing landscape. Know your pins from your tweets and get lots of likes from your instagrams!
Hard work really does pay off. That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I found out that we were featured in The Guardian. Actually that was my 2nd thought, my first thought was WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!! We really want globalhelpswap to work. There are so many charities and organisations out there that need help but never get noticed. If we can get them on our site and send out volunteers, then our job is done. In the future we hope to visit as many of our projects as possible and go out and find more. Hopefully that’s where the travel blogging will help.
I will leave you with this quote:
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant -Robert Louis Stevenson
Have a great day.
Peace & Love
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