Congrats Lara Gilmore for Earning the ISV Global Volunteer Citizen Award!

by isvolunteers on Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Congratulations Lara Gilmore for being the first ISV Australian alumni to receive the ISV Global Volunteer Citizen Award!

Lara volunteered with ISV in 2013, and took part in a Community Development Program in South Africa.  She has earned the recently established award for her dedication to volunteering and making such a positive difference not only overseas, but locally in her community with the Salvation Army.

Lara Gilmore, making a difference in her local community at the Salvation Army's Family Store (c) Lara Gilmore

Lara Gilmore, making a difference in her local community at the Salvation Army’s Family Store (c) Lara Gilmore

What is the ISV Global Volunteer Citizen Award?

The ISV Global Volunteer Citizen’s Award recognises the efforts of ISV participants who volunteer for more than 80 hours overseas as part of the ISV Program, and continue to make a difference by completing at least 20 additional hours of volunteer service in their local community. Read more about the award here.

Read about Lara’s rewarding experience below…

After returning home from my invaluable volunteer experience with ISV, I was determined to continue making a difference in my own local community. I had been touched by the smiling faces and positive changes we had made to the lives of people from a small community, located north of Cape Town. I was so inspired by this experience I wanted to find a way I could contribute my skills at home.

It took me a little while to decide upon what kind of volunteer work I wanted to undertake and which organization I wanted to work with, but eventually I chose the Salvation Army. Every week I volunteer between 3-6 hours of my time at the family store.

Lara, on her Community Development Project in South Africa (c) Lara Gilmore

Lara, on her Community Development Project in South Africa (c) Lara Gilmore

I chose this work because, not only am I helping a large not for profit organization but it I’m also involves making a difference to the people in my local community. It’s more than just hanging up some clothes, or organizing the store; it is about giving your time to people who need it most. For example, one of the days I worked there, I spent two hours talking to an elderly woman whose husband had just gone in for major surgery and she was waiting for him to come out. She didn’t really know what to do in that time so she came to the store for an escape and I was more than happy to provide her with some company. The work also involves working with people who have disabilities, both physical and mental.

Having friendly conversation with people in my local community is the most rewarding part of my week – even after completing my 20 hours, I continue to volunteer here.

This is such a great story, thank you Lara!  In fact, it’s exactly the kind of result that we (ISV) are hoping for – for participants on our program to connect with their local community by volunteering to make a difference back home.

Is conservation volunteering more your thing?

ISV has been in contact with Conservation Volunteers who are ISV’s longest serving, largest and trusted conservation partner in Australia and New Zealand, and literally thousands of ISV volunteers from overseas have participated on ISV conservation programs with them.  Contact them on isv@cva.org.au and they’ll help get you connected with local volunteer opportunities to help New Zealand’s and Australia’s threatened species and ecosystems.

Conservation Volunteers welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment (c) Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and a passion for the environment (c) Conservation Volunteers

And… you don’t have to wait until you return from your ISV Program – start now! Get out there and start making a difference locally! For more information click here.

To learn more about ISV and our programs visit our website

 

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