Volunteering at Give Kids The World

A few weeks ago, I blogged about an upcoming volunteer opportunity at Give Kids The World Village. 

I woke up at the crack of dawn this past Monday, ready to lend a helping hand at GKTW but ran into a minor problem–trying to fit two flying saucers into my eyeballs. That’s what I call my contacts and every morning is a struggle. It doesn’t get better. Don’t let your doctors fool you.

Like a stereotypical Hispanic, I showed up a few minutes late but I wasn’t the last volunteer so save your judgmental tutting for another day.

We were given a code, which we punched into a screen to check in and gathered at The Hoppening Place for further instructions. That day, we were to volunteer at Nancy’s Kitchen, serving food and making sure all the families were having a pleasant breakfast experience.


I jumped at the opportunity to serve food to the families because I figured that making waffles would be too daunting a task and I would somehow end up wearing the batter.


I had such a great time serving food to the families that morning, asking the kids what their plans were for the day and what theme park they were most excited to visit. I also learned that GKTW practically runs on volunteers. One of the ladies I was working with had been volunteering for over 20 years!


There was a large number of Hispanic families at GKTW that day and it felt good to be able to speak to them in Spanish. A few seemed relieved to not have to struggle through English and shared with me that it had been an interesting week trying to understand what was being said to them.

If you’re an individual looking to give back to the community and have the ability to speak more than one language, I urge you to volunteer your time at Give Kids The World. Families from all over go there and the nonprofit is constantly looking to fill volunteer roles there. 


I can’t wait to go back!


This post originally appeared on HypeOrlando.


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