As a travel blogger who mostly sticks to the US and Europe, it’s easy to forget that most of us enjoy a standard of living not shared by the rest of the world.
With the holiday season coming up (yes, I still celebrate Thanksgiving even across the pond!), I thought it would be a nice time to team up with Oxfam to bring a message about kindness and changing people’s lives through your support, whether that be spreading the message, volunteering, or donating to charity.
As for me, I try to do my part in making the world a little bit of a better place by sharing my story on this platform. Especially when it comes to expat topics like homesickness, I feel it’s important to be honest about what I’m going through so that other people in the same position realize that they’re not the only one. Being an expat can be very isolating, so it’s important to maintain those connections with people who know exactly what you mean.
In fact, one of the suggestions given to expats all the time is to make new friends by volunteering! You’ll meet people who have similar interests to you, and often in a volunteer setting, you’ll be so focused on something else that you’ll just make friends naturally rather than having it be a case of going to a specific meet-up to make friends. You’ll make a difference in someone else’s live while also making a difference in your own, and your volunteer efforts may inspire the people around you to also get involved in the causes you support.
If you don’t have a ton of time, but you do have financial resources, consider sponsoring a charity you believe in. Examples of what a few pounds or dollars can do for someone else are listed in this Oxfam infographic.
So as you’re getting your turkeys ready to put on the table, considering what Christmas gifts you should buy for Aunt Martha this year and generally decking the halls with holiday cheer, take some time with your loved ones to use acts of kindness to change people’s lives.
Share your ideas for giving back on social media using #KindnessChangesLives, and I look forward to seeing what everyone gets up to!