Hyatt Hotels Worldwide to Serve Community in Month of June

Hyatt Hotels, a US-based company that operates 207 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts worldwide, is offering to serve the community for the entire month of June.

The hotel company has earmarked several volunteer initiatives worldwide, as well as participation in the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service in June 2012.

Brigitta Witt, the vice president for corporate responsibility for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, said, ‘We are so proud of the progress we’ve made in the last year since the introduction of Hyatt Thrive, and we are committed to focusing on projects that contribute to the prosperity, health and advancement of the many communities around the world that our hotels call home.

While June is our official volunteer and service month, our efforts extend well beyond this – we are working each and every day to involve ourselves in initiatives that promote community engagement and environmental stewardship and that truly help to make a difference in the lives of our guests, associates, owners and neighbours.’

As a part of the company initiative, named Hyatt Thrive, team members from the corporate headquarters and from area Hyatt hotels including the Park Hyatt Chicago, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, will be participating in programmes to benefit the community.

Globally, employees at Hyatt hotels will also be working with their local communities in the month of June to offer aid and support to the most underprivileged members of their neighbourhoods. The programmes will include voluntary work, financial help, as well as conducting educational programmes and workshops.


Purpose-Driven Travel: Volunteer Holidays Popular With Graduates

The age-old postgraduate holiday is growing up. While extended holidays amongst recent graduates and former students have been popular for several decades, an increasing number of graduates have spent their time volunteering in other countries while abroad. Charitable organisations have seen an increase in the amount of time donated by high-skill grads, particularly in impoverished Africa.

There are hundreds of international volunteer organisations offering graduates the chance to work in foreign countries. While most are located in Africa and South Asia – two of the world’s regions with the largest degrees of income inequality and poverty – a growing number are popping up in nations where income is fairly high, many of which work with at-risk demographics and communities.

The skills offered by recent graduates are valuable for these volunteer organisations, most of which lack the funding offered to government bodies and profit-driven rehabilitation centres. They benefit from the specialised labour and skills offered by recent graduates, while volunteers are gifted with a shining recommendation and the valuable experience gained by working with a different culture.

In the current employment climate, the prospect of leaving the UK for six-to-twelve months is less daunting than it once was. Jobs for graduates are fairly slim, as most of the positions once available to university grads are being snapped up by experienced employees. With limited job prospects and resumes that lack distinction, graduates are seeing opportunity in foreign volunteer work.

While employment availability within the UK is likely to improve, volunteer organisations are sure that bookings will remain steady. Britain’s labour force is in a state of expansion that’s likely to push past the growth in jobs, suggesting that volunteer opportunities will continue to be a valuable source of experience and marketable skills for recent university graduates.