The desire to help out others through volunteer work is a great thing to have. But please keep one very important thing in mind…as a volunteer, your goal should be to help out where help is needed! You should not expect schools, non-profits, or charitable organizations to bend over backward to accommodate your schedule so that you can feel good about ‘helping out the less fortunate’. I have started a community English program here in Bocas del Toro and we’re always looking for volunteer teachers who want to help out. I got an email from a lady who is interested in teaching so I filled her in on our schedule: Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00-7:30. Pretty straightforward. She responded that those times conflict with her yoga classes which are also at 6:00. Since the yoga center offers classes 7 days a week, I asked if it would be possible for her to just do yoga on different days. She informed me that yoga is a very important practice in her life and she can’t change it and then had the gall to ask me if I could set up English classes at different times for her that would better accommodate her schedule. NO I CAN’T!!