Not-for-Profit organisations are those which are created to benefit a particular sector of the community, using their surplus revenues to further their mission or purpose, rather than distributing the profits to stakeholders. The most pure form of non-profits, are charities and in all seriousness, where would the world be without them? They provide food & shelter for the homeless, education for poor, refuge for the ill-treated and hope for those born into a world of despair. In addition to the obvious work of charities, not-for-profits provide essential services at a community level that would often otherwise be completely neglected and overlooked.
Their impact on society cannot be overestimated and if it were up to me, I would incorporate compulsory volunteering into the education system that would show kids the benefits these organisations bring and hopefully, create life-long volunteers. Unfortunately, this is not the case and so non-profits have to go about their own process of ‘recruiting’ members to help them achieve their mission. Although this is without doubt a hard task for an organisation with limited resources, it is in my mind, where a lot of them falter.
Kids volunteering during a world record event I organised with Men of the Trees in 2014.
I would incorporate compulsory volunteering into the education system that would show kids the benefits these organisations bring and hopefully, create life-long volunteers.
From my experiences (albeit still fairly limited) in the not-for-profit world, those that have been running for a long period of time (several decades) seem to all have a similar problem. They are stale. What I mean by that, is that they have lost what first made them tick, that energy and passion to do good in the world and achieve their founding mission, whatever that may be. As the years go by, their original founders growing older and moving on, they seem to be focused purely on survival with whatever enthusiasm being left over going towards their greater purpose. This is still present in the for-profit world of course but nowhere near to the same extent. The lure of bonuses and increased salaries usually providing enough incentive on their own. That I believe, is the key difference between the two.
The problem with this situation, is that it doesn’t make for an attractive place to volunteer. That’s the predominant reason I believe, as to why most are devoid of youth. At every established not-for-profit I have come across, the membership and volunteer base are comprised predominantly of older men and women. With age comes the hardening of arteries and for the most part, a resistance to change. This results in the stifling of new ideas and customs that may be necessary to move the organisation forward. This is certainly not always the case, some of the most inspired and idea-rich individuals are from former generations. For the most part however, like most stereotypes, it tends to hold a bit of truth. I don’t mean to be offensive with that statement and I completely understand why it is the case. Risk adversity is a luxury afforded to the youth, who have less to lose and the time to rectify a situation gone awry. From an organisations point of view, trying to keep pace and compete in a fast-moving and constantly changing world, that situation is far from ideal.
How to solve this problem then? I believe they need to make their organisation appeal to youth, who will bring new ideas, creativity, inspiration and energy. This is not in the form of paid positions but volunteers; students & young professionals that want to do some good in the world but can’t dedicate themselves to it full-time. They then need to act on the ideas and inspiration that these new minds provide. Not only will it give incentive for these young men and women to stay and get involved, it will allow the organisation a new perspective and a more up-to-date view on what’s going on in the modern world. I believe their are an abundance of young people, such as myself, who want to do something positive for the world but see volunteering as a monotonous, uninspired and often-times seemingly pointless undertaking.
It’s not all about grand visions and dreams of course, the menial tasks still need to be performed. But give people a chance to contribute in a meaningful way, you’ll soon find you have a hell of a lot more volunteers and the world will be a better place because of it.
A bucket list is a staple in modern society. If you asked a group of people what they were desperate to do in the coming years, many would mention travel. Today, we have access to flights to all corners of the globe, and we’ve become more inquisitive. The popularity of travel blogs and sites like Instagram have instilled a desire to see the world like never before. If you enjoy roaming, and you dream of discovering the far-flung corners of the world, why not make your own wishlist? Here are some popular bucket list destinations, and some tips to help you plan unforgettable adventures.
Bucket list high-fliers
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to destinations they want to visit. But you often find that a handful of places appear much more frequently than others. Sometimes it’s good to be different think outside the box. But there’s a usually a good reason crowds are desperate to flock to hot spots. Here are some you may wish to include in your plans.
Seeing the Northern Lights
There’s nothing in the world like the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is a visual treat, which will stay with you forever. It’s only possible to see the lights in a small number of countries, and you have to time your visit carefully. The success of Arctic Circle Northern Lights tours is dependent on several factors, so you can never guarantee a dazzling light show. You’ll need a combination of aurora activity, clear dark skies, and insider knowledge to get the best outcome. If you’re desperate to see the Northern Lights, you’ll need to visit Scandinavia, Iceland or Canada.
Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a stunningly beautiful underwater playground for diving enthusiasts. Home to hundreds of species and vividly colored coral reefs, this has to be seen to be believed. If you can’t dive, it’s worth taking lessons beforehand. If you don’t have time, you can still enjoy a spectacular experience with a snorkel. Cairns is an excellent base to discover the reef and the tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland.
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Discovering Machu Picchu
If you’re searching for a fascinating and intriguing insight into history, look no further than Machu Picchu. This beautifully-preserved Inca settlement stands over 2,000 meters above sea level in Cuzco, Peru. The climb is hard work, but the views are definitely worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
Planning your trip
If you have ideas in mind, start taking steps to make them a reality. Put money aside, and research trips, costs, and itineraries. Find out the best time of year to visit specific sights or locations. Read up on what to do when you get there and take recommendations from other travelers on board.
If you have grand travel plans, it may work out much cheaper to do a longer trip than several shorter breaks. Round the world tickets, for example, are much better value than single fares.
Do you spend your days dreaming of trekking up mountains or sailing the seas? If so, why not take steps to make your dreams come true? Draw up a wanderlust-inspired wishlist and start planning your next adventure now!
Going on a hike is a fantastic experience that you will never forget. You get to see amazing sights and will be out in the fresh air. You need to decide firstly where you want to go on your hiking adventure. You can check my previous blog about 20 incredible hikes around the world you might want to take. You then need to get ready for your trip. It’s easy to make mistakes when planning your hiking adventure. Here are some common beginner mistakes you should avoid!
One common beginner mistake you need to avoid is not taking appropriate clothing along with you on the trip. A lot of people take a cotton top or trousers, but it’s a mistake as it takes ages to dry out if you do get caught in the rain. As this feature explains, you will then be more at risk of hypothermia if your body gets too cold. Therefore, make sure you choose appropriate clothing which will last in all weathers. You should also choose a good pair of comfortable hiking boots. Make sure you wear them at home before you go on your adventure. They will not be comfortable if the first time you wear them is on the hike! And don’t forget a good pair of thermal socks!
Another common beginner mistake you need to avoid when you go on a hiking adventure is not taking along any emergency supplies. You don’t know what could happen while you are out on your hike. You may run into trouble and might not have anyone else around. Therefore, you need to ensure you have emergency supplies with you so you can deal with emergencies. You should buy a military first aid kit so that you can treat yourself if you do come to any harm.
You should also not make the common beginner mistake of not buying a good quality tent. You need to choose a good solid tent which will allow you to have some rest while you are on your hiking adventure. It’s easy to be tempted by cheaper tents which you can buy at stores like Walmart. But you will regret it when you can hear and feel every chill when you are trying to get some kip
Another beginner mistake that people make when going on a hiking adventure is they don’t take equipment suitable for all weather conditions. Despite what the weather reports may say, the weather you will encounter is likely to be unpredictable. As this article reveals, when in bad weather without proper equipment you are putting yourself in danger. Therefore, ensure you take a rain jacket and a warm hat and gloves just in case of bad weather during your adventure.
You need also to make sure you take a trail map with you during your hiking adventure. You can’t rely on your GPS on your phone as you may lose signal or battle while on your hike. Therefore, take a good trail map with you to easily follow your route!
Check out this great article for more: https://adventures.hartleybrody.com/beginner-backpacking-myths/
When you are going on a hike, you always need to be prepared. It doesn’t matter where you are planning on going. Whether hiking in the Alps or just around your local town, there are some key items you always need. They will keep you safe and help to ensure you finish your walk with minimum issues. So next time you head out into the countryside, pack your bag with these important hiking items.
You need to let people know where you are going on your hike. That way, if you don’t return within a certain time, they can alert authorities and start searching. You should also keep their phone number saved in your phone. This is to keep you safe in case you have an accident or get lost. Taking your phone with you allows you to contact someone as soon as possible and get help.
Food and Water
It is important that you take food with you so that you can keep your strength up. No matter how fit you are, you should always take plenty of high-energy foods with you. Things like protein bars and nuts are especially good. They will help your body keep going. It is also important to take a lot of water with you. Try and take as much as you can carry. Otherwise, your body may become dehydrated, and you could fall ill.
If you think you will be out after it gets dark, take a flashlight with you. It can be a good idea to take one even if you are walking through the day just in case you get lost. Once you are lost, you never know how long it may take for you to find your way again! The flashlight can help you see your way and continue to walk in the dark. It is also a great way to attract people’s attention to you. Make sure you choose the highest rated flashlight.
Even if you have walked a particular route before, you should always take a map with you. Make sure it is the latest addition. The map will help you stick to the right track. And, in the event that you do get lost, you will find it a lot easier to get back on track by following a map. Don’t think that you can rely on road signs. Some rural paths and roads might not even have any signs or markings!
You’ll see some unforgettable views on your hiking trip. Views that you will never want to forget! Make sure you never forget them by catching them on camera. You can then share them on social media and make all your friends back home super jealous of your awesome adventure! Plus, if they are really good, you could even try selling them to make some extra cash to fund future trips.
So next time you pack your rucksack, remember these five important items. Even if you think you won’t need one, take it. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram has probably seen me post about Jacobs Ladder before. I tend to do so quite a lot. That’s because over the last 6 months, it has been almost like a second home to me, I have spent a great deal of time there trying to get into climbing shape. For those who don’t know what I’m on about, this post is a quick primer on Perth’s best fitness spot. For those who do know what it is, hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips and motivation from this post anyway.
Jacobs Ladder is 243 step ‘staircase’ located just off Mounts Bay Road, next to the Swan River, leading towards Perth’s world class Botanic Garden, King’s Park. It stretches a total of 43 metres vertically and although it was installed to serve as a means of getting from point A to point B, it now serves thousands of people weekly as a hardcore training circuit.
You’ll find all sorts on Jacobs ladder. From hardcore fitness fanatics, sprinting up and down then pumping out a few pushups and pullups at the bottom right through to those who look like they may not have walked more than 1,000 steps in the past 5 years. Big props to them for choosing such a hard place to cut their teeth. On weekends, early mornings and evenings it can get incredibly busy, frustratingly so. There has also been talk of banning physical activity due to noise complaints from nearby residents. Apparently they don’t like people yelling, spitting and throwing up outside their windows at 6am in the morning.
Although I’ve never seen it happen, it would be pretty easy to take a fall on the way down. The stairs are fairly steep and can get damn slippery after a bit of rain.
There are some spectacular views to be had from the top, overlooking Perth city and the Swan River, right over the whole Eastern part of Perth.
For me, it’s been perfect training for Mt Elbrus, probably the most specific type of workout I can get within the confines of Perth and it’s flat surrounds. I use it for both anaerobic training, increasing the bodies lactate threshold and oxygen efficiency (6-10 laps non-stop as fast as possible) and for endurance training, basically doing as many laps as I can over a few hours, either with or without a weighted pack. My record so far is 50 laps which took me close to 4 and a half hours. Those workouts are also fantastic mental training, there is nothing more tedious and mind numbing than walking up and down the same stairs for hours on end.
If you’ve never tested your mettle on Jacobs ladder before, I strongly advise you get down there and give it a go. If you can’t make it during the day, it’s well lit at night and perfectly safe. Be prepared for a bit of soreness the next few days! If you’re a regular at Jacobs, keep smashing it and say hello if you see me down there. I’ve listed a couple of challenges for you below.
This is the gold standard of Jacob’s regulars. If you can pull this off you are one fit mofo.
Something to truly test your mental endurance. Climb the height of Australia’s highest mountain, a total of 2,228m over the course of 4-5 hours.