A couple times on sits, I’ve been able to contribute to the local community by volunteering for a local nonprofit. In Botswana, my host helped arrange a volunteer gig with the local Rape Crisis Network. I helped the counselors construct a database to track the types of cases they were seeing to help the Executive Director with reporting and fund raising. It was a fascinating experience as hearing the stories helped me to understand the nuances of the country in a way that I never would have without access to that most intimate of information. In Australia, (Adelaide) last winter, I did some very short term volunteer work for the koala rescue center. When the fires hit, the need was so extensive, we washed blankets and sheets and learned what koala poo looks like. We also bought and delivered some healthy snacks for the volunteers as all they had was carbs and sugar.
I wonder if anyone else has had similar experiences or has interest in cultivating these kinds of opportunities for sitters. I think contacting local nonprofits, especially those who serve animals and their people would be natural contact points.
Anyone else interested in this?