BOOK REVIEW

700 PLACES TO VOLUNTEER BEFORE YOU DIE: A TRAVELLER’S GUIDE
Author: Nola Lee Kelsey, 2010

Reviewed by ATCHARA SIMLEE

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve” said Martin Luther King. So what are you waiting for? Start volunteering now!

For those who still have no idea about which group of people to volunteer for, what kind of volunteer work to do, and how, when and where to start, then this definitive guidebook by volunteerism guru, Nola Lee Kelsey can certainly be your helpful assistant.

The book offers one of the most varied listings of volunteer projects available throughout the world. It also provides insider tips from industry leaders, advice made by renowned travel writers and serial volunteers, detailed project descriptions of over 750 volunteer-based travel opportunities around the world, as well as project comparison according to skills, regions and types of volunteering.

Lets’ grab the book, pack your luggage, and race off to volunteer while travelling for a better world to live in now.

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AND THE POWER OF NEW IDEAS
Author: David Bornstein, 2007

Reviewed by GRACE BANGOY

In this book, author David Bornstein describes how people use their passion to create systemic change around the world through social entrepreneurship. The concept of social enterprise is not widely known, but the information in these true stories of what is being done around the world may spark greater interest and lead to more positive change. As its title suggests, with determination and innovation, even a single ordinary person can make a surprising difference.

For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook which has been translated into 20 languages. It will change the way you see the world and encourage and motivate you to take action for a better society to live in.

HAILEYSTONES
Author: Kristelle Rizardo, 2011

Reviewed by JESSE PIZARRO BAGO

Haileystones started out as the journal of 16-year-old Kristelle Rizardo Omar. It was a home to her thoughts and feelings. “Everything I write down actually happened to me, it’s what I feel and how I react to things,” Kristelle said in an interview. Her scribbles transcended from her bound notebook to a real book! Haileystones compiles 40 of
Kristelle’s best stories about her family and feelings, her crazy life as a teenager, politics, and the things that happen in school. She bravely (and profoundly) voices the things that can happen during a girl’s teenage years which can be very difficult for any young person to do.

Teens are often misunderstood by their parents, but Haileystones is able to bridge that gap; her book is read by teens and adults alike! “Some parents really like the fact that they had insights into how their children feel, because, apparently, teenage years are really really hard to understand” Kristellecomments.

Check this out book now! It will surely encourage you to voice your own feelings, ideas and right the world in a positive way. Start with yourself and spread your courage to others. After all, it’s really easy for people with a big, patient and brave heart like you to say YES! to any kind of volunteer work.(Haileystones is published by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC) in the Philippines).

MOUNTAINS BEYONDS MOUNTAINS: THE QUEST OF DR. PUAL FARMER, A MAN
WHO WOULD CURE THE WORLD
Author: David Bornstein, 2007

Reviewed by PATHARAPORN TRAKARNTHAI

This book was written in 2003 by Tracy Kidder, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard educated doctor who went to Haiti in 1983 and volunteered to use medical practices to save the lives of the desperately poor villagers. He lives by the philosophy that ‘the only real nation is humanity’.

The title ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains’ comes from a Haitian proverb and is a metaphor for life’s challenges: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself. You will never stop climbing, never be finished. In Dr. Paul Farmer’s case, his mountain is the struggle to provide medical help to all poor people.

For everyone who yearns to ‘make a difference’, this story of one man’s quest to cure the world will inspire you.There will definitely be a discouraging question like “Are you sure it’s a good idea?” because we are all so well-trained in being cynical and doubting. But aren’t all great and seemingly impossible changes achieved when you decide to follow your own heart and trust your own inner voice?