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Volunteering in English opens donations page

Volunteering in English opens donations page

Published: 18 Apr 2012 16:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Apr 2012 16:29 GMT+02:00

The English Volunteering Project’s virtual doors were thrown open for donations on Monday, with project organizers hoping to raise enough money to see volunteering in Sweden becoming a reality for English speakers.

“Every little donation leads to a big difference,” project leader Claire Thomas told The Local.

The project launched the online crowd-funding programme on Monday, in which people can donate to the project through a web-based social media platform.

The aim is to gather enough funding to create the English subsection of the Swedish agency, Volontärbyrån, on its already existing website.

“People shouldn’t think that their donation of 100 kronor ($15) wouldn’t help and therefore not bother – if just 800 people donated 100 kronor then we’d meet our target!," Thomas said.

She was quick to add, however, that people wanting to donate even more are very welcome indeed.

She told The Local that the fundraising campaign was set up through the “Funded by me” website, which uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in order to spread a message quickly through sharing.

Thomas, an British woman who claims to have volunteering “in her blood”, is keen to stress the benefits of the project for those who are participating as volunteers.

“We believe that the feeling that comes from doing something for someone else should be available to everyone,” wrote Thomas on the site.

“Volunteering is not only a great way to help make the world a better place, but also to meet people, gain work experience, learn about Sweden, learn Swedish, get out of the house, feel useful and have fun.”

To find out more information about the project, and for the opportunity to donate, click the link below.

Click here for the The English Volunteering Project donation website

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17:31 April 18, 2012 by byke
So let me get this strait.

Volontärbyrån wants people donate money so it helps open doors for those looking to donate their time for free?

Am I the only one who see's a flaw in this concept ....

Collecting money for those looking to work for free?

If people are volunteering their time for free, then why do they need to collect money?
17:54 April 18, 2012 by skogsbo
I wouldn't give 1 krona to this flawed concept. A charity that in fact needs to pay someone to carry out some basic web work?

Why have an organisation that prevents English speaker from intergrating in society? Could you imagine what people would think if you tried this concept in another country, say Swedish voluntary workers in the UK? Everyone would say learn the language, but that maybe where the heart of this lies, as it appears the organiser hasn't learnt much Swedish and intergrated despite being here a few years.

Stuff like this give Brits and English speaking immigrants in Sweden a bad name IMHO.

If a charity can't even recruit some volunteers to get the basic stuff off the ground, then perhaps that's a message in itself. It would appear that the organiser has links in higher places, diplotmat / business husband, not sure, but have already met Prince Charles last month, I get a vibe she is trying to make a name for herself, or craving a MBE etc.

If the project is all about 'learning about sweden' and 'learn swedish' why do we even need this English voluntarying serive? Just go through many of the existing Swedish ones, they'll happily help anyone with their pidgeon Swedish, using their much more fluent English!! Rant over, my that feels better :)
18:16 April 18, 2012 by byke
Nothing says RACISM more than the hindering of certain groups as shown by the Volontärbyrån. This type of segregation is a clear breach of the UN human rights act.
19:40 April 18, 2012 by RadioBob
People volunteer their TIME - not their resources or materials. These places need money to advertise so people like me who don't mind helping out know that there are places that need it. These places also generally supply the materials needed for the volunteer projects. Volunteering is quite common in the U.S. - unlike in Sweden. This is probably the source of the gross misconceptions in the comments from @byke & @skogsbo.
21:50 April 18, 2012 by skogsbo
Radiobob, you may wish to re-read this article and the one linked at the beginning, which tells an earlier tale of this future organisation.

The funding is to establish an English website amongst an existing website belong to "Volontärbyrån", which is a volunteering organisation which ALREADY exists and works. This is even linked in the article here, highlighted in orange. There is NO talk of the money need for materials, tools etc. as they ALREADY exist with Volontärbyrån, this would be money down a charity drain.

The organisation exists and works, the problem is she thinks that because she couldn't be bothered to learn any Swedish and intergrate a little bit, that there must be masses of other folk like her who have a partner who can support them whilst they 'volunteer', but it would appear they are so keen and enthusiastic about volunteering, they only wish to volunteer in ENGLISH, how charitable, so rather than SAVE people donating, why doesn't she and other willing folk volunteer with an existing SWEDISH organisation, it would be both cheaper and charitable to do so? Which misconceptions am I not seeing? 2nd rant over.
11:55 April 19, 2012 by J Jack
There is nothing wrong with asking for donations of any kind. Charities are about as much misunderstood as tipping in this country. I will donate to 'The English Volunteering Project' just to 'Flip The Bird' at all you negative and phobic commentators who have nothing better to do than to volunteer precious resources to 'name calling' and 'Sht stirring'. I was a volunteer in Sweden for Amnesty international. There was a mandatory lunch allowance for every volunteer. There is also the right to reclaim your transport cost at 1.85 SEK per kilometer. I did not see it as working for free because I was educating myself for free. Therefore volunteering is a form of bartering by free decision and not a violation of Human Rights. It would be nice, however, to get a T-Shirt or something for the donation.
15:23 April 19, 2012 by Puffin
Seems to be more about the volunteers needs
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