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New Year’s Resolution: Help Your Child Use Its Gap Year Wisely

If your child needs some time off to decide what they would like to do next, or simply more time to prepare for their future career, working on their skills or learning something new might be the best way to spend their gap year. It doesn’t have to be all work; they can use the gap year to travel, meet new people, learn a new language, or just relax from all the studying. However, landing a great job is not easy, so it’s important for your child to use the gap year wisely and improve themselves as much as they can. Thus, here are a few ideas about making the most of the time available and increasing your kid’s chances of a successful future.

 

They can work on their skills

The gap year can be used to gain new skills or improve the ones they already have. It will give them something to add to their resume, which will surely help them stand out from the crowd. When it comes to the skills they can gain, these can be anything – painting, playing an instrument, learning a new language, etc. Knowing more than one language is especially useful, since there’s no field of work that doesn’t appreciate such knowledge. Also, you never know, your child might discover a new passion and decide to turn it into a career they will definitely enjoy.

 

They can use the time to get some work experience

 

They can use the gap year to find a job and earn some extra cash. It will help them become more independent and responsible, and it will teach them how to organise their time and finances. It is a great way to learn how to work in a team as well, which is always valuable to know since many employers require their employees to be team players. Earning some money by themselves can be quite fulfilling on its own, but it can also help them save up for whatever they need regardless of whether it is a new car, bike, computer or the continuation of their studies. In terms of their future career, having some work experience shows that they are motivated, driven, and responsible – and what employer doesn’t appreciate that?

 

They can volunteer

Similar to getting a job, volunteering can also help your kid get some valuable work experience and improve their work-related skills. Plus, being a volunteer shows their compassion and desire to change the world, which can mean a lot if they are planning on working with people or animals in the future. Volunteering can even be done abroad if your child feels a bit more adventurous and wants to learn about different cultures. Not to mention that putting themselves outside their comfort zone is great for gaining independence as well as confidence. It will also look good on their resume because it shows that they are capable of assimilating and adapting to unknown situations. All in all, it would surely be a life-changing experience for your kid.

They can think about their goals

 

Sometimes, kids don’t really know what they want, or they want too many things and can’t decide on just one. Taking the time off to unwind, forget about studying and regain their energy might help them clear their mind so they can make the right decision. You don’t want your child to end up doing something they don’t enjoy, so don’t pressure them too much – let them rest and have some fun if they feel like they need that. They can sign up for some of the amazing schoolies in 2018 and have the time of their life; the schoolies are filled with numerous entertaining activities, and they might even make some great friends.

 

They can meet new people

 

All of the above-mentioned suggestions can help them meet new people, and you never know which of those people will make a difference in your kid’s life. They might make friends for life, loving relationships, or valuable connections that can land them a better job in the future. They can learn something from everybody they meet, so socialising, seeing things from different perspectives and being in contact with different cultures can help your child decide which path in life they want to follow.

 

Working and studying is not all there is to life – it’s only a means of reaching the goal, which is being happy with who one is and what one has achieved. So, help your child use their time wisely and watch them grow into a confident person who knows what they want to do in life.

 

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December 23, 2017
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Hygiene Kit Campaign for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda

The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.

A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society and Filipino Bloggers Forum to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit costing to PHP100 or USD2.50 will contain toiletries and other essential goods for a week’s use of one person. Hygiene kits were chosen to be donated as this is something that is not yet prioritized by many donors.

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Each kit will contain the following:

For MALES – Total Cost: PhP95.60

•60g Soap

•Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each

•3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste

•Toothbrush

•40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue

•10 g Cotton

•75 mL Alcohol

•2 x 3 mL Deolotion

•12 mL Insect repellant

•Resealable Zip Bag

For FEMALES – Total Cost: PhP100.00

•60g Soap

•Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each

•3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste

•Toothbrush

•40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue

•10 g Cotton

•75 mL Alcohol

•2 x 3 mL Deolotion

•12 mL Insect repellant

•2 pcs Sanitary Napkins

•Resealable Zip Bag

If you are from Davao City and you wish to help or join the campaign, you may donate in cash (please seal in an envelope) or in kind (preferably hygiene products found in the list/picture) to:

Mam Bebs Bakery

CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City

(fronting City Triangle, adjacent to Ateneo Claveria Gate)

Mondays- Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

If you are living outside the Philippines, you may send your donations via Paypal to:
merchant@alleba.com

or simply click on the button below to donate using your credit or debit card:

Pledges for donation will be received until December 7, 2013. Please feel free to contact bloggersforreliefPH@gmail.com for all your inquiries and questions.

We are also asking donors to write down a positive message or words of encouragement (or email to us messages) for the recipients, one for every P100 donated, to be inserted in each kit.You may also include it as message when sending your Paypal donations.

Please also help us disseminate this information to those who are willing to help and contribute. You may share or link this post to your social media accounts with hashtags #bloggersforReliefPH #YolandaPH. Please LIKE Bloggers for Relief PH Facebook for more updates.

All kits and other donations will be turned over to Ateneo de Davao University for distribution.

Bangon, Pilipinas!

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another” -Charles Dickens

Please help. Any assistance you can provide, be it monetary or other means will mean a lot.

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November 16, 2013
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I Support Community-Made Products

I am a staunch supporter of anything handmade, eco-friendly and community-based products. When I say community-based, it means, a certain product material was bought from a community of farmers, producers or whatever field they are to companies who produces products to consumers like myself. It can also mean that a group of villages have been given the task to create these products through their livelihood projects; thus giving them means to earn and uplifting their status from poverty.

One of these companies I like is Human Nature. It is an enterprise that provides livelihood to the poor communities in the Philippines.  Aside from providing sustainable living to these poor communities, Human Nature is also a steward of nature. The company ensures that each product are derived from natural sources and are not processed with toxic chemicals that will harm the environment.

I am glad that my husband’s niece is selling products of Human Nature so I had the chance to order few. I spent around Php 538 for all the merchandise and I’m happy with my purchase.

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Support this company. Support and  nurture  the enrichment of  livelihood of the poor communities in the Philippines while giving back the the environment.

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November 3, 2013
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