Learning to CARE News - Issue #1

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Learning to CARE News

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - Issue #1
In this issue

The Heritage Volunteer Program

3 weeks in Lebanon: June 25 - July 16, 2012
For youth (18-30) from all over the world

Discover, explore, learn, tour, volunteer and make new friends!

The Learning to CARE Institute is planning its first EcoVolunTour program with a three week tour of Lebanon which includes learning, volunteering, and touring the country. While there will be some features especially designed for youth (ages 18-30) of Lebanese heritage, youth living in Lebanon and youth without Lebanese heritage are also welcome to participate in this very special program. For more information see www.ecovoluntours.com, sign up there for our blog, and follow us on twitter: @ecovoluntours

Register as soon as possible since spaces are limited and acceptances will be made as applications are received, but no later than May 20 when our hold on spaces at the three base camps will end.

~Significant contributions to the world do not wait for perfect people. How silent the woods would be if only the best birds sang.~
                                      Dale Turner

YOU Can Write a Children’s Book on Volunteering!

Almost everyone who is reading this newsletter has a story to tell about volunteering that is situated in the Arab World. If we want our children to grow feeling that volunteering is a natural part of life, then we need to give them books to read in Arabic that encourage such feelings. What story could you write about volunteering? for what age group?  READ MORE

Book in Progress: Volunteering through the Alphabet  is a book that Patricia Nabti is working on in Arabic with the help of many friends. Each page of the book features a different letter of the alphabet with a sentence in which all (or most) words start with that letter other than الـ    or words like مع- و - لـ - على - في.

Here are some examples:

جمعت جمانة جوز وجزر لجميع الجيران الجائعين.
حافظت حياة على الحديقة الحلوة في الحارة.
نظّمت ناديا نشاطًا نموذجيًا وناجحًا لنظافة النادي.

You are invited to help. We still need sentences for the following letters:

ب   ث   د   ذ   س   ظ   ق   ك   ل   هـ   و

Tip from Dr. Patricia

Many of the problems of volunteering could be avoided and the experience could be more positive for both volunteers and the organizations they serve if both sides understood their rights and responsibilities. In the list of Rights and Responsibilities of a Volunteer, it should be noted that, in general, the rights of the volunteer are the responsibilities of the organization and the responsibilities of the volunteer are the rights of the organization.


Welcome to the first official issue of the monthly newsletter of the Learning to CARE Institute. As many of you know, the Association for Volunteer Services has been dissolved and the Arab Initiative to Foster a Culture of Volunteering has ended. I have established this social venture, the Learning to CARE Institute, to continue my efforts to provide consulting and training in all aspects of volunteering, as well as organize EcoVolunTours, environmentally friendly tourist experiences that include both learning and volunteering. I invite you to sign up for my blog: Learning2CARE, which will provide input in English between newsletters.
                                                 Patricia Nabti

Global Youth Service Days Lebanon Celebration on May 6th

Schools and youth groups implemented 37 projects throughout Lebanon April 20, 21, and 22, many of them with multiple components that could actually be considered separate projects. To see information about the different projects click here.  The groups will participate in a GYSD Recognition and Awards Celebration on May 6th at UNESCO Palace in Beirut. If you are interested in learning more about GYSD, participating next year, or joining the GYSD Coordinating Committee, you are welcome to join us for this event.  READ MORE

GYSD 2013

If you are not in Lebanon, you may view information about Global Youth Service Days at www.gysd.org or www.learningtocare.com/gysd.

It is not too early to begin planning for the next GSYD which will be April 26-28, 2013. Be sure to include it on your calendar as you schedule your activities for the coming year.


You are encouraged to become a member of the International Association for Volunteer Effort, the only international organization with the mission to promote, celebrate, and strengthen volunteerism worldwide.

World Conference: The 22nd IAVE World Conference will be held in London December 10-12 with the theme: Leading Tomorrow’s Global Volunteer Community – Together. 

Arab Regional Conference in 2013?: We hope to hold the 2nd IAVE Regional Conference for the Arab Nations some time in 2013. All IAVE members from the Arab World are urged to consider whether they could host it in their own country.

Regional Representative: Dr. Patricia Nabti, Director of the Learning to CARE Institute has been the IAVE Regional Representative for the Arab Nations since 2009.   READ MORE

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

                                      Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your input requested: What activities, events, or ideas would you like to share about volunteering in a future issue of the Learning to CARE News? What question or issue would you like to be featured?  Let us know at admin@learningtocare.com.

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Learning to CARE Institute  www.learningtocare.com  Blog: http://www.learningtocare.com/blog  Twitter: @Learning2CARE
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