An Unexpected Event in My Journey to New Zealand


I came to New Zealand in order to find some adventure in my life, as there are so many things to do in the country furthest away from everywhere else. I had planned many things, including a trip around the country to do some landscape photography, since I fell in love with the beauty of New Zealand ever since I saw the original Lord of the rings movie. But things didn’t go as planned, somehow I ended up doing something more worthwhile and more fulfilling, it was not that I didn’t get my adventure nor did I lose the opportunity to take the photos I wanted, I just ended up finding something more.

I’ve always been the type to plan things out in my life, and follow it to the letter, but that trip was an exception to my rule I guess. It all started with a bag, which I really thought was mine, though upon inspection it was definitely not. Though it might have been a more interesting story to tell if I the whole bag switch thing was long and almost dramatic, but no, the person who owned it was just beside me. She was a young Australian girl, I am not really fond of giving out the names of people, so for now let’s just call her Sheila, and if you know a little something about Australia you would know that I just made a little joke. Let’s get back to the story though, she was quite the beauty, but since we’re not in a movie and this isn’t some love story in a novel, she was of course with a guy. I apologized for taking her bag and gave it to her, she was cool about it and pointed out that my bag heady our way, as it looked just like hers. I thanked her and we got to talking on our way out, it seems that they were volunteers of some sort and was headed to do some work for the organization they were with, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

They day started out good, I met a beautiful girl, though it might have been better if I got her email or something, though I thought that maybe it was just not meant to be. I hurried as I had to go meet the friend that invited me to New Zealand and I was late. He had offered to pick me up at the airport, but I wanted to feel my first steps in the country to be my own as a start of an adventure, the country was ranked one of the safest in the world anyway so I had nothing to worry about.

After about an hour of being lost, I finally found the meeting spot and greeted my friend in the flesh for the first time, it might seem a bit rude to make a person wait for that long, but I already told him that I would be late, as I would challenge myself with traversing a country and city that I have never been, and he was cool with it as he just wanted to chill at the spot anyway, and that he was waiting for a few other friends as well. It was then that I heard a familiar voice from behind me, it was the girl from the airport (and the guy with her).

It was a pleasant surprise to know that she and my friend knew each other, not only that they were part of the same volunteer group. A far less pleasant surprise was, even though my friend invited me to New Zealand to also have some fun, it was also his goal for me to join with that week’s volunteer effort. Well, truth be told it was quite a pleasant experience, the volunteer work I did made me feel like I did good. And as a plus I met Sheila, and her cousin (the Guy with her).


Maybe one day I will tell you guys the rest of the story, but not today, I can tell you this though; someone one lived happily ever after. 😉

Practicing Volunteerism for Mother Nature

forestBeing aware of the different issues of the world such as hunger, poverty, and corruption starts the burning desire to help those who are in need. Finding ways to help lessen and stop these problems can be done even through the smallest actions and do not really cost too much money or extra time. That is also the same with taking care of the environment. The environment is the habitat and source of resources of countless organisms, including human beings, so there is a need to take care of it as much as possible. Volunteering to take care of Mother Nature can be done in our own homes, backyards, and cities. Here are several ways to take care of our environment:


  • Practice the 5Rs. The abbreviation 5R means Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle—this is the improved version of the 3R rule of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Managing biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and recyclable materials efficiently is a big step towards improving the world’s environmental conditions. Informing other people about the 5Rs can also help achieving a global action for saving the environment.
  • Buy CFC and HCFC-free appliances. There are many appliance companies who manufacture their products at the most eco-friendliest way possible, without making the consumers’ wallets suffer. Replacing old appliances with these CFC and HCFC-free ones can lessen the damages on the ozone layer.
  • Use eco-friendly chemicals. People can start saving the environment by volunteering to ditch their favourite but harmful chemicals for eco-friendly ones. A particular environmental protection community in Denver encourages the use of organic and eco-friendly hair sprays, paints, pesticides, and fuels.
  • Engage in tree planting. According to environment activists, people should plant ten tree seedlings for each tree cut. It can take even a decade or so to make a tree grow to its full growth, and there is also the chances of the seedlings to survive the growing process with all the natural disasters that happen around the world. As of now, only a few people engage in tree planting, thus the need to take action on convincing people to plant.
  • Oppose community projects endangering ecosystems. Sometimes, businessmen propose community projects that harm different ecosystems, but are proposed for the expected profit. These projects must be opposed to prevent countless organisms to die or lose their own habitats.


Doctors of Utah Unite and Volunteer to Fix Cleft Palates of the Third World

  I have observed that Doctors of Utah, specifically those in the field of plastic surgery, are extremely talented in their field. I have seen the beauty and symmetry they chiseled from the marble that is their patients. And though I adore their creations, and applaud their talent, I would like to suggest that hey also share their gift to those who could never dream to be treated by them. I am not forcing them, they could think of it as an exotic business trip and vacations.

Why Do This?

I am not asking those who are just starting out and still have little to nothing in their pockets to forget about profit, unlike some people who think profit to be “evil” I think it is a necessary incentive and source of funds to develop any industry and the betterment of human life. The people I call upon are those who have already made a mark in the First World, it is time to go to the Third Worlds and leave a mark there, that may become the beacon of inspiration that many needs to uplift themselves and their community.

If not forced, the feeling you get from helping a community out is so beautiful that you allow yourself to grow as a person and as a doctor to the point where profit becomes as a secondary thing, not forgotten as important, but treated as a residual outcome from fulfilling your duty of uplifting human lives and dignity.


How to Start

You’ve already started, just from searching or clicking something that lead you here tells me that you are looking for a way to give back to the community and world. But if you would like to really start doing more for the world I encourage you to search on, as there are many organizations that would welcome your help. What is essential though is finding the right organization that you could truly do the most good, as if they utilize you somewhere your true talents are not use, you may be helping, but not to the full extent of your abilities.


Finding the Right Fit

 volunteer-doctorsIf you are looking for an organization to join that could utilize your talents in plastic and cosmetic surgery, you should make it clear that that is the services that you want to give, that though you are open to helping out with other medical procedures they should utilize what you are good at. Operation smile would be one example of an organization that would be able to truly utilize skilled plastic surgeons. But in order to truly find the organization that you are truly in sync with is by looking at their Visions and Goals, and if they match yours in one way or another, you might have found the one.



IF you are compelled to give back to the community with your skills, do so with the passion you had to reach your current position. And when it comes to working with an organization, you must have the same vision and goals as them, and make it clear to them that you are willing to help in other ways, but you would like them to truly use your talents to better the lives of people.