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> Scene #1: Elizabeth, 75 years old, spends four hours a day, three days a week, at a local food bank, helping to answer phones and file paperwork in the main office.

> Scene #2: Jack, a [15-year-old], goes skateboarding on a Saturday only to find that the neighborhood [skate park] is a wreck. He could wait for grounds crews to clean it up but instead texts some friends who show up with their boards and some garbage bags.

> Scene #3: Sarah is a [43-year-old] lawyer who spends her days (and most evenings) as a partner at a high profile corporate law firm. One of her family’s favorite weekend activities is gardening so they occasionally spend a Saturday afternoon at a community garden that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local schools.

> Scene #4: Jorge is a [62-year-old] retired accountant. In addition to travel and other personal pursuits, he gives professional advice on the financial plans of a handful of nonprofit organizations. This is mostly done by email so he’s found that he can get feedback to them whether he is at home or [traveling] around the globe.

> Scene #5: Sam is a [24-year-old] recent college graduate who is in the process of looking for paid work in the nonprofit sector, preferably with an organization that focuses on public health. While he spends much of his time researching and applying for jobs, he also serves on the board of a local free clinic.

Q: Which one is volunteering? […]”

Available at . Accessed on February 2, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ]. Suppressions for pedagogical purposes (omission of excerpts with inadequate language level or advertising) marked with […].
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2 Read the second part of the text and check your answers. Were they correct?



IDEALIST.ORG/REPRODUCTION



Q: Which one is volunteering? A: All of them

“[…] A: All of them

These stories are all very different:

> The people in them represent different genders, ages, stages of career;

> The time commitments range from impromptu to regularly scheduled gigs;

> Volunteer service includes office work, independent projects, episodic, online, advisory, and board service.

Among these diverse characteristics are common elements:



> an interest, desire, and/or willingness to do good;

> contributing time, skills, and energy towards something that doesn’t benefit only one’s self, friends, or family;

> not expecting any sort of reimbursement or payment in return for one’s efforts. Choosing how, where, why, and when to get involved.

Other threads in these stories might seem atypical for volunteering.



> For example, all of these examples are great ways to get to know others. Whether for professional networking (in addition to making invaluable contacts, volunteering with a nonprofit is a great way to learn more about potentially working in the sector or a particular field […]), to make new friends, or to just understand a little more about others’ ways of life.

> All of these examples of volunteering also demonstrate opportunities to gain new skills, practice existing skills in new ways, and learn more about complex issues like hunger, health care, and the environment.

> Lastly, while the end result of all of [these] philanthropic [activities] may have been something that serves a greater good, in all cases, the volunteer gains something valuable from the experience as well: being part of a community, enjoying a cleaner skate park, spending time outdoors with family, keeping skills sharp, networking, learning more about nonprofit governance, and so on. […]”

Available at . Accessed on February 2, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ].Suppressions for pedagogical purposes (omission of excerpts with inadequate language level or advertising) marked with […].

3 In your notebook, answer these questions using the information in the text.

a Is there only one kind of volunteer work? Why?



No, because there are several different ways of “doing good”.

b What are the common elements in all of the stories?



Having an interest, desire and/or willingness to do good; contributing time, skills, and energy towards something that doesn’t benefit only one’s self, friends, or family; not expecting any sort of reimbursement or payment in return for one’s efforts.

c What are some advantages of volunteer work?



It is a great opportunity to get to know other people, to develop new skills or practice the existing ones in new ways and to learn more about complex issues. Also, the volunteer gains something valuable from the experience, such as being part of a community, spending time outdoors, keeping skills sharp, networking and so on.

4 What does it take to get involved in actions like these?



Respostas possíveis: Time and commitment. / Having an interest, desire and/or willingness to do good.
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Listening

7 5 Listen to a recording about Trajan Tushka’s voluntary work. Then answer the questions in your notebook.

a What kind of voluntary work does Trajan Tushka do?



He tutors underprivileged students.

b When does he volunteer at Mission Hope for Kids?

I On weekends.

II On weeknights.

III On Saturday mornings.

Resposta: II

c How does the administrator of the organization assess Trajan’s work?



She said he is excellent with the elementary-age students and complimented his enthusiasm and excitement.

d Which sentences report how Trajan describes his own work at the organization?

I He said that he helped elementary-school kids with their homework and projects.

II He said that he had worked as a substitute teacher.

III He said that the kids looked up to him.

IV He said that he was a big help to the community.

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