Volunteer Stories


It seems that someone asked the great anthropologist Margaret Mead, "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur" (thigh bone, for those of you who didn't study biology).


When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves. Isn't that what we in philanthropy are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or another?

Anna Drescher Anna Drescher

My interest in Buddhism and mindfulness started around 5 years ago which led me to attending a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in Hereford, England. At the time I didn’t know much about meditation and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. For 10 days we practiced ‘Noble Silence’ and followed a very strict timetable. Put mildly, I was an uninhibited teenager at this time and it was very difficult for me to sit still and be alone with my thoughts. We were not supposed to speak, read, write or do any physical exercise, which meant there was no ‘escape’ from my mind. This experience quite literally changed my life. Ever since I have practiced meditation and mindfulness regularly and it has helped me through some difficult times . . . Link to Anna's full story

People just like you have found that The Mindfulness Foundation Schools Campaign is a meaningful way to give back. Read their stories and discover how you can make a difference and feed your passions through volunteering.

Please take a look at our following pages and read some feedback stories from our volunteer programmes and get a sense of the experiences our Projects offer. Volunteers join us at different stages of their lives and with different passions. Yet they all want a challenge and they are united by their determination to make a difference. Typically, they walk away with experiences and skills that help them to make progress in their personal and professional lives and to carry on making a positive contribution to the causes they really care about.