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Service – обслуживание, служба, услуги
Volunteer – волонтёр, доброволец
Contribution – вклад, взнос, пожертвование
Quality of life – качество жизни
Altruistic – альтруистический
Payment – уплата, платёж, плата, взнос, оплата
Opportunity – удобный случай, стечение обстоятельств, благоприятная возможность
Favor – любезность, услуга, одолжение
Need – необходимость, надобность, нужда
For free – бесплатно 

To volunteer – вызываться
To treat people – относится к людям
To help – помогать, оказывать содействие (в чём-л.)
To improve – улучшать, совершенствовать, поправлять, налаживать
To serve – служить, работать, состоять на службе

One good turn deserves another – долг платежом красен
What comes around goes around – как аукнется, так и откликнется
Good Karma – хорошая аура, карма
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours – услуга за услугу
To make a difference – проводить различие

1. Contribution – something that you do that helps to achieve something or to make it successful.
2. Altruistic – thinking or behaving in a way that shows you care about other people and their interests more than you care about yourself.
3. Opportunity – a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something.
4. For free – something that is free does not cost anything.
5. Service – help that you give to someone, especially by using your skills, ability, or knowledge.
6. May I ask a favour of you?
7. None of the locals had any desire to help us off-load the plane.
8. There was a pressing need to act immediately.
9. She doesn't make any difference between the children.
10. He improved his German.


Hi. This is Cari. I’m a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today, I’m going to chat with you about volunteering. When you volunteer for something it means you offer to help someone or an organization so something for free.

I’m going to begin with a quote by Albert Schweitzer, "Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him." I think this is true because there are many people in this world who need help. Whether it’s volunteering at a hospital or a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, there’s many different ways we can help people. Unfortunately, we don’t always have time to volunteer, but there are certain times in our lives when it might be easier than in others. For example, when we’re in high school or at the university, maybe after our children are grown but before we retire we might find some free time on our hands.

Some idioms that are related to volunteering are the following:

One good turn deserves another. So when you do a "good turn" or a favor for someone, that deserves that someone does one for you.

Another idiom is: What comes around, goes around. This means the way you treat people or what you put out into the world will eventually come back to you. So, if you put out good vibes (good Karma), that will come back to you also.

"Good Karma" is a phrase that’s related to volunteering which is basically, having a good spiritually and having that come back to you by the way you treat others and the way you live your life…that those blessings will come back to you in your own life.

Another idiom is: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. This is often used in business terms meaning you do me a favor and I’ll do a favor for you.

And, a phrasal verb, to make a difference relates to volunteerism because this talks about making a difference in the lives of other people (a positive difference). Uh, more specifically, being a positive influence or being a help to someone who really needs it, at a time when they really need it also.So, those are some idioms related to volunteering or volunteerism. Um, I wonder if any of you have opportunities to volunteer for something where you live.

Please join us in the forum on our Facebook page or in one of our discussion clubs to share how you volunteer your time or who you are able to help. Or, maybe you’ve done it in the past or would like to do it in the future. You could share those ideas with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Feel English and feel free. Bye for now!




There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through...sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together.


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.


A man was delivering penguins to the zoo when his van broke down on the highway. A fellow stopped to see if he could be of assistance. "Oh, I'm in some real trouble here" said the first man. "I've got to take these penguins to the zoo today, and now I'm not sure I'll get there."
The helpful fellow volunteered to put the penguins in the back of his car and take them to the zoo. The man with car trouble gratefully accepted this offer and promised to get to the zoo as soon as possible.
A little later, the man was on the road again and went immediately to the zoo. He looked everywhere but did not see the helpful fellow or any of the penguins. In a panic, he drove back into town. Just as he was wondering what in the world to do next, he saw the "volunteer" walking across the street with all the penguins waddling along behind him.
He ran up and said, "What are you doing here? I thought you were going to take the penguins to the zoo!" and the volunteer replied, "I did, and we had such a good time there, we decided to come into town for ice cream."
Moral: When working with volunteers, clear instructions and good training is always necessary.

List of questions for discussion

1. What springs to mind when you hear the word "volunteer"?
2. What would the world be like if no one volunteered to do anything?
3. Has anyone ever volunteered your services and you didn’t want them to?
4. Would you like to work as a volunteer overseas?
5. What was your last volunteer effort?
6. Does your town have lots of volunteer schemes?
7. When was the last time someone volunteered to help you?
8. December 5th is International Volunteer Day. What do you think happens or should happen on this day?
9. How do you feel about yourself after you’ve finished a task you volunteered for?
10. Could all of the world’s problems be solved through volunteerism?
11. What would you like to see more people volunteer for?
12. Are you always the first to volunteer?
13. Would you ever volunteer to help the lion tamer or the fire-eater in a circus?
14. Do you think doing voluntary work is good for your resume?
15. Would you join the volunteer army of your country?

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