Montage Monday: Why I Volunteer

// December 6th, 2010 // Kenya, Photo of the Week, Volunteer

Mwangi- sweet, cute, and into everything (don’t let the smile fool you, he got into a girl’s room and drew lipstick on everything)- is a perfect example as to why I volunteer. There’s been several articles recently on the Internet including one on whether you should pay to volunteer over at Almost Fearless and one on The Guardian about how volunteering can be harmful. I believe both have factors to consider, and I have loads of opinions on this that I will share in due time. But for now, I can only hope that as selfish as I am by saying how much I get out of seeing smiles like these, I hope these kids benefited just as much from my time spent with them.

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11 Responses to “Montage Monday: Why I Volunteer”

  1. ayngelina says:

    What a cute face!
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  2. Andi says:

    Oh god, that smile is priceless!
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  3. Leigh says:

    The picture says it all. Nice shot.
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  4. Abbie says:

    yeah, that little one is definitely up to something mischievous :)

    • Laura says:

      Abbie you have no idea. I captured this photo when he turned around to pose and look so innocent and cute. In reality, I had just caught him trying to undo the gate behind him- he was trying to let the pigs out!

  5. johnny says:

    hey laura, we all do things for our own (peronal) reasons but if the net effect afterwards is something positive, whether it be for you, for someone else, for an organisation whatever, then i believe that it’s an honorable cause :) keep up the good work!
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  6. Rachel says:

    Hi Laura,
    Definitely seems like Mwangi is a great reason to volunteer. Nicci on Pink Pangea wrote why she feels it’s okay to pay to volunteer:
    She says it’s worth it to get the housing, and also because in the end, it’s another way of supporting the community. What do you think?

    Thanks, Rachel
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  7. Suzy says:

    Great photo Laura! Pretty remarkable smile.

  8. Sarah Wu says:

    Great picture and I’m sure they’re so happy when you ‘re around.
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