Volunteer Week - See How We're Celebrating, And Find Out How YOU Can Win A Prize!

Volunteer Week - See How We're Celebrating, And Find Out How YOU Can Win A Prize!

Posted by Leanne Sturrock on 1st Jun 2017

It’s the first of June, the sun is shining, and while we’re officially heading into British Summer Time (it’s almost here, everybody!), there are other reasons to celebrate, too.

Not only does the 1st of June mark the beginning of ‘the Great Outdoors month,’ but it also plays host to the first seven days of Volunteer Week!

What is Volunteer Week?

Despite the connotations of its name (a week being seven days), Volunteer Week actually runs annually from the 1st of June until the 12th. Throughout the occasion, thousands of people across the globe show their appreciation and respect of volunteers, celebrating their efforts and raising further awareness for a myriad of causes. In fact, there are over 21 million volunteers in the UK alone (statistics for those who volunteer at least once annually) – on a global scale, that number is of course much, much larger.

Why Do People Volunteer?

People choose to volunteer for a number of different reasons: some want to make a positive difference to their community; others are simply passionate about a cause close to their heart (for example, animal rights/care/conservation.) Volunteers are considered to be vital members of our society, and although few seek the glory and recognition that they do so deserve, it must surely be nice to be celebrated for 12 days straight per year!

Ultimately, though, there is much to be proud about when volunteering: there are many kind-hearted altruists who give up their spare time to make a difference to others, and a little recognition is the least that they deserve. With that in mind, The Great Projects will be spending the next 12 days celebrating some of our very own volunteers, by sharing some of their stories, photos and overall wonderful experiences!

What Will The Great Projects Be Doing Over Volunteer Week?

There will be plenty of exciting things going on between now and the 12th of June, including a round-up of the incredible volunteer achievements of the last year. We’ll also be bringing to light the necessity for more global volunteers, as well sharing our own volunteers’ favourite experiences on their chosen trip!

What About The Rest Of The Month?

Don’t forget that we’ve got a number of fantastic projects on last-minute availability – head here now to find your place on your dream project, before all of the spaces are gone! We’ll also be posting plenty of updates from our existing projects, as well as sharing some very exciting news about a brand-new trip that we’ll be launching soon…be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

Finally: do you want to be in with the chance of WINNING a £75 Amazon voucher? June plays host to Nature Photography Day and, on the 15th of June, one lucky winner will be selected from a number of budding nature photographers as the recipient of our prize. Want in? All you have to do is keep an eye on our Facebook over the next few days, and we’ll explain the rules over there! A winner will be selected by an impartial photography expert, with the winner being announced on the afternoon of June 15th. Good luck!


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