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  • Vivian C Pui Cheng

    As an architect, it is only through my volunteering construction and design projects that I'm able to experience and see the world in a way no one could see before. I'm fortunate that my professional skill is able to positively contribute to the betterment of a village. Not by building them homes, but creative community spaces with a climbing driftwood log wall, bottle walls or simple just tilted wall for hangout seatings. I think it's a fantastic way for young professional to learn what they love and not love of their interest. People should always make time for things that just knock on the gut-feeling. =]

  • Sharon Lipinski

    Great article! Volunteering will always be a challenge because there are so many demands on our time. I agree that the more involved we are with our giving, the more rewarding it is, and I would only add that I think monetary giving can be as rewarding if we are involved with that donation and we understand giving money for what it is: life = time, time=money, money = life. When we give money, or spend money for that matter, we are saying that this thing is worthy of my life. We should take that seriously!

    • Rachael Chong

      That makes a lot of sense to me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ranko Fukuda

    volunteering was a new concept for many people in japan when i was there volunteering after the tsunami disaster. i was kinda proud to be able to say that people volunteer regularly in the usa :)

    • Rachael Chong

      Thanks so much for sharing your article. I think that what you're describing that you call "experiential philanthropy" is the same thing as what I describe as service being experiential. Reading Village's semi-annual trips are brilliant. I love how you describe it as taking "one-dimensional graphic design" to real life and giving your donors a chance to experience their giving. I agree with you completely..."I dare say that if more people could spend time walking in one another's shoes the world would be a bit better off: the best leaders would be voted into office, the most effective policies would be passed, and then just maybe our industry -- the international development industry -- could put itself out of work altogether." We're on the same page!