“One hand cannot clap on its own but it needs the other hand to make a clap.”

by Bonnie Horbata

What is a volunteer?  What is the value of volunteering?  Volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community at large.  It is working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.

People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons.  Many people want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people, or expand their network of contacts as a way to get a new job or start a career. Others just want to give back to their community, to help a friend or promote a worthwhile activity.

Without faithful volunteers, most non-profit and charitable organizations would not be able to provide the level of service and/or reach the people who are in need. Whether it is the United Way, the Cancer Society, or the many feed the homeless programs; these organizations do not have the manpower or funds to do all the work.  That is why volunteers are so important and needed.

One of the pleasures of working at Captivating International is meeting the many volunteers who are a part of our community.  I would like to spotlight just a few of these people who would probably prefer that I not write about them; but their actions are like a perfect pebble thrown into calm waters whereby each circle surrounding the first dip has a ripple effect that grows and grows.  Their efforts also grow and grow and help to make Captivating International’s work meaningful and productive.  Thank you to all of our volunteers.

Here are several experiences from our recent volunteer tutors in Shenzhen, China. They have been coming every week to teach girls and prepare them for higher education opportunities. In addition to tutoring the girls, each of them contributes to other volunteer activities like the Captivating Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics and the Gala & Auction event.

Tutoring the girls has been a wonderful personal experience for me. It really is a chance to give back. It is easy to fall into the trap of getting all that you can for yourself with the world that we live in.  Too often we only consider this effort and forget to look beyond ourselves and our responsibility to give back. This has been a very rewarding experience. I truly care about these girls and want them to do well.All of these young ladies are very diligent with their study, and they all have a hunger to learn. This makes teaching a great experience! I love that Captivating is changing these girls lives! They are getting opportunities that they never thought possible. They are getting opportunities that I never thought possible! This endeavour is something truly special to be a part of.One of the greatest successes that I have noticed so far is an unwillingness to give up! These girls have a gritty, never say die attitude. And even though their situation is a difficult one, they refuse to allow that to hold them back. They see that they have the opportunity before them to advance themselves, and they are going for it!”  – Ryan  Morgan

“Of all the amazing new experiences I have had in China, tutoring English for Captivating has been my absolute favourite” – Kia Hamilton

“Tutoring the Seng girls has been an interesting and rewarding experience. The girls truly understand that education is the key to improving their lives, and therefore, they are very dedicated to their studies and are hard-working. I have enjoyed getting to know them better and hopefully helping them to reach for their dreams. “  – Julie Ponthier

CHINA | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Great Progress among Tailoring Skills Trainees

On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

My First Job Trainees Succeeds through Midterm Evaluation

The first My First Job Assistant Chef Program of 2021 for women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Qinghai Province officially opened in May 1. With the support and cooperation of teachers and local coordinators, the training has been going smoothly. Each of the women has her own learning style and pace, but everyone strives to improve each day. After one and a half months of training and practice, the women have learned 16 dishes in total. 

On June 14, the midterm evaluation for the trainees was conducted.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Strong Woman for Her Family

"I've never been to school due to our family's financial condition. Because of this, it's very difficult for me to find a stable job. My family depends on me that's why I need to be strong."




CAPTIVATING’S ONE MORE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS

Strong Will to Study

Despite her good grades, it was still unlikely for Lhamo to proceed to college. Her mother had difficulty sending her to school so she decided to stay at home and help out with the household chores. 




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Memorable Encounter between Trainees and Program Partner

My First Job Assistant Chef Program for 30 women officially starts today. These women, along with the program coordinator and Captivating staff, were also very happy to meet the six representatives from our program partner, Zuru.




CHINA | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Getting ready to learn an employable skill

30 underprivileged women in rural Western China are getting excited about their opportunity to attend the next My First Job Assistant Chef Training Program. This successful program will see them move from being "furthest from employment" to earning stable incomes - many for the first time in their lives.