It's with great pleasure we introduce you to our new and incredible charity partner indiGO Volunteers.
Founded in 2014 indiGo Volunteers exists because there are 22,000 children that die a day due to poverty and over 2 billion people that live in on less than $1 a day. That is not something any of us should accept. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Volunteering is one the key ways to overcoming poverty. Yet not enough people are inspired to volunteer, or know how. indiGO Volunteers exists to change that by inspiring more people to volunteer in projects all over the world.
We first came across indiGo Volunteers in 2015 when a member of the Applebum family visited Rwanda, volunteering in a Children's orphanage. The experience, love and friendships she brought home with her will stay with her forever.
"Rwanda has always had a very special place in my heart, since my first trip to this beautiful country almost 4 years ago. It was the first place I volunteered and the first place I built strong connections with some very special people I now call my friends and family.
The people in Rwanda have so much inner strength it’s hard to describe to others and the children give so much love you have to see it and feel it to believe it. Volunteering brings me so much joy! I love meeting new people, seeing how others live and learning from them. volunteering is now a part of me" - Natasa Economou
Bitten by the volunteering bug, Natasa inspired one of our Applebum founding members; Jordan and in 2016, together they headed to Northern Greece to help tackle the escalating refugee crisis. Co-ordinated by indiGO Volunteers and in conjunction with the humanitarian organisation Help Refugees, Jordan and Natasa volunteered in an emergency aid warehouse in Thessaloniki and a refugee camp in Alexandreia, experiencing both front line refugee camp life and the important tasks that 100's of volunteers help with every day in Northern Greece, sorting valuable supplies in giant warehouses, ready to be distributed to vulnerable people in the area.
" With so many of the worlds problems and the negativity around humanity so publicised it's easy to forget the good that so many people do around the world every day. During my period volunteering in Northern Greece I met local Greek people going through their own problems volunteering their time to help refugees in their town, retired women getting two buses across the city to go and stack shelves in a warehouse, driven young people giving up holiday to help distribute vegetables, passionate humanitarians giving their heart and soul to Syrian families who have been through so much, German electricians driving across country with trucks full of aid and quite literately building roofs for people and so many more volunteers who are on their own journey to help others. I really couldn't recommend this experience enough, it's been truly wonderful in so many ways. It feels like doing even a little is helping to make a difference and the refugees we've met are so so grateful. - Jordan Hallpike
Most recently, original pioneer of Applebum; Nicola headed to East Africa and volunteered in a Children's home in Rwanda. Instantly she fell in love with the kids, the country and the feeling that comes with volunteering your time to help others.
Urukundo - Which means LOVE in Rwanda, is a children's home founded by a true inspiration; Mama Arlene. Urukendo looks after 26 children and has over 80 staff. In the 10 years since it’s been open, as well as housing 26 children full time, it’s built one of the best schools in the district that caters for over 500 children. Kids come from far and wide to be part of the school, and it’s not hard to see why.
So what do indigo Volunteers do?
- They travel the world finding charitable projects that need volunteers.
- They list beautiful and responsible projects on their website so you can see the volunteering opportunities available.
- You register on their website for FREE to find the perfect project and volunteering opportunity for you.
- You then connect yourself directly with the project and organise your volunteering placement without fees.
Whether you intend to travel to the other side of the world, jump on a plane to central Europe, or volunteer your time closer to home, our aim in partnering with indiGO Volunteers is to help inspire people to help others whilst creating some really special moments that will help them develop as people along the way.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the indiGO Volunteers website now and see how you can volunteer your time and create some amazing memories along the way.