Volunteering Abroad is Good for YOU
There are as many reasons for volunteering abroad as there are volunteers or charities abroad that need your valuable input. On this page we are going to have a look at some of the reasons, so that you can decide if trekking off to another country will be good for you. By the by, we think it is worthwhile as do nearly 2,000,000+ people who volunteer in some form globally.
If you have a reason for volunteering abroad for a charity overseas, we would appreciate a quick email so that we can add it to our list.
Learning New Skills
Although you are there to share your knowledge, you will find that it is a two way street. You will be surprised of what you will learn from the locals and your fellow volunteers. You might pick 2 or 3 projects to work with. Maybe one charity is one that you will lead and another is one in which you do the donkey work.
Increase Your Communication Skills
When working abroad you will be dealing in a local language and may of your fellow volunteers will speaking in a foreign language. Learning new communication skills will make you a more confident person in dealing with life’s challenges.
Making A Difference
One thing is 100% guaranteed; you will make a difference to someone’s life. The reward will be a smile and you are going to feel very, very good about that. The more you invest the greater the benefit to everyone involved.
One thing is for sure you will find is that you will eat less processed food and might have to do a bit of exercise. We are not saying you are unfit now; however, if you have to walk a kilometer or 3 for water, you are going to get fitter.
You might have heard the saying that being a traveler is not the same as being a tourist. Volunteering for a charity abroad takes it to a new level. Your perspective of the global community will be different from those of your peers when you return home.
This might sound a bit cynical; but it is just true. On your return to your home country you will find many employers who take a kind view to potential employees who have done something different. You will have more to offer employers through the experiences you will gain working in a different culture.
This might happen even if it is not a conscious decision on your part. There might not be a fast food joint within 200 kilometers. Inland might not have fish. Coastal areas will probably have most of their protein from fish.
Clean Air and No Noise
Many rural areas will rise at sunrise and go to bed at sunset. If you are from a large town or city you cannot imagine how relaxing this is. Your circadian rhythm kicks in and oh how you will feel better for it. You might not even realise the amount of noise and air pollution you are submerged in; rural life will be an eye opener and your health will be the better for it.
Yes, you can party. There is nothing quite like the joy of seeing a group of volunteers enjoying and celebrating their achievements. What was a bunch of people on arrival are now a team of like minded friends. From all walks of life, different races, creeds, cultures, languages, countries, beliefs, sexual orientation and abilities. Getting together as one to celebrate life and success. It is completely acceptable to pat yourself on the back!
Your Reasons to Volunteer | Much Appreciated