“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson, third US President
We need hope
We live in a time when life’s challenges can feel overwhelming. Many of us might be wondering how we are supposed to find hope among the compounding global challenges such as climate change, a mass extinction event, broadening inequalities and prejudice.
People are uniting
Humanity is facing significant challenges and there is an unprecedented need to take action for nature and society. People are uniting across the globe to work towards a safer and more sustainable world for people and nature. Volunteers can form a core part of the vast workforce required to carry out this work.
Action is hope
Volunteering can deliver a healthy boost to our self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. Doing good for our fellow living beings offers a natural sense of accomplishment, pride and identity. In the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create with your actions.” By taking action for nature and society, we can find both hope and community.
Be the change
It’s easy to forget that our existence is remarkable, but as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins puts it: “The chances of us each coming into existence are infinitesimally small”. It’s up to each of us to decide what we do with our time on the Earth. At WorkingAbroad, we want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to work together to score victories for society and nature. Whether it’s patrolling the Amazon rainforest, helping a turtle hatchling safely reach the ocean, or studying endangered species to learn how to protect them better, each action is a step towards a better world.