You might have seen the #iamthiscommunity hashtag pop up in social media outlets lately and are wondering what its’ all about. Or perhaps you’ve wandered over to this Page regardless if you’ve seen this hashtag or not. So, what can be said about this challenge? What is it all about?

Your community

Where you live brings to mind a certain imagery and the connections you make there. The warmth felt. Excitement. Frustration (yes, even that). It’s the place you call home. Your place in this world with it’s unique climate, food, events, attractions, volunteering opportunities* and so much more.

Traveled to volunteer communities

When volunteers travel they become part of the community they volunteer in. Through this type of engagement, they leave a lasting imprint to remain indefinitely part of that community. As a result, both residents and traveling volunteers can say #iamthiscommunity due to their collective connection to the place.

This challenge focuses on “all things great” about your place of residence, and the communities you’ve traveled to volunteer. A chance to brag! BUT particularly on local volunteering opportunities for travelers to consider AND volunteering experiences you’ve participated in when you’ve traveled. So, how do I participate? Through social media outlets on these topics!

       Brag about your local community. 

    • Log into your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. (Actually, log into each one and do this for all of your social media outlets!).
    • Choose picture(s) that represents your community. Is it that waterfall that you all hike to and recommend others to join in? How about that bustling downtown core? What about a walk around the block from your house? Or that image of that scrumptious dessert you had at your favorite foodie location?
    • Upload and tag it with: #iamthiscommunity #(your city/town/village/area) #(your country), #thetravelingvolunteer
    • Explain why you chose your picture(s). Don’t forget this part!
    • Tag @thetravelingvolunteer (Facebook); @travelingvolunteer (Instagram); @TheTravelingVo1 (Twitter); AND your friends!

       *Feature local volunteering opportunities.

    • Same as above.
    • Choose picture(s) that represent your favorite local volunteering opportunity. Is it your local animal shelter? What about a unique hands on experience with a cultural group only available in your community? Or connecting with local community members through beach cleanups or forest restoration?
    • Upload and tag it with: #iamthiscommunity #(your city/town/village/area) #(your country), #thetravelingvolunteer #(the organisation) #(theme of organisation)
    • Explain why you chose your picture(s). Don’t forget this part because The Traveling Volunteer will be choosing volunteer opportunities for travelers from this list!!
    • Tag @thetravelingvolunteer (Facebook); @travelingvolunteer (Instagram); @TheTravelingVo1 (Twitter); @(your volunteering opportunity name/group/nonprofit); AND your friends!

       Showcase your traveled to community and volunteering experience. 

    • Same as above.
    • Choose picture(s) that represented your traveling to volunteer experience. Who did you meet? What did you do? Tell us all about it.
    • Same as above.
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You might not be able to showcase a traveling to volunteer opportunity if you have never been somewhere else to volunteer. That’s okay! Just post pictures of your community and possible local volunteering experiences. However, we encourage people to post local volunteering opportunities for travelers, and traveling to volunteer experiences you participated in, where you can.

Continue to check back often as we will be developing this campaign as time goes on. I hear there might be some merchandise in the works…! JOIN IN, you just might get a picture featured and a shoutout to your Page or Profile or Account!