6 Reasons You Should Volunteer Abroad in 2018
1. You'll work in a completely different environment
Working in a new environment can be extremely rewarding. If you're considering volunteering abroad, you should first consider this: volunteering can be demanding, and should never be considered a holiday. It is however a great opportunity to work with other like-minded individuals, communities and organisations who all have a shared passion and desire to make a difference. Working abroad will open new doors by expanding your cultural awareness and boosting your expertise in areas that tradition education can not provide.
2. You'll become part of the community
This is possibly one of the main reasons people choose to volunteer. Living and working with a community gives you a fresh perspective on life and ways of living. It is a great way to exchange knowledge and create lifelong friendships. Our Fijian volunteers are ‘adopted’ by host families for the duration of their stay, sharing their life with them for the duration of the experience. From waking up in the morning, to cooking, socialising and eating with your family, you really will feel like you're in a home away from home!
3. Volunteering abroad is a teaching and learning opportunity
You may not feel confident in your own skills or expertise, but by volunteering abroad, you'll very quickly realise that everybody has something to offer - even you! By working alongside the communities in which you are living, there will be a constant exchange of knowledge and skills. Our Sierra Leone volunteers will also get the chance to teach classes at the school in which they are building!
4. See the location in it’s true light
Volunteering abroad is a great chance to travel like never before. When visiting a country as a typical tourist, often the true colours of a place will not be revealed to the full extent. By volunteering abroad you’ll really see the country in its true light, seeing the local spots, eating real local food and returning home with a whole host of rich new experiences and memories.
5. You'll become more independent
By volunteering, you will not only learn new life skills but you will become far more independent in doing so, and that’s something no one can take away from you. It may take some time to get used to unfamiliar environments, cultures and routines, but in the long run it will make you a stronger individual who is more able to adapt to change.
6. Make a real difference
Even though it may sound cliché, the most important reason to volunteer abroad is to make a difference to the lives of others, be it an individual or a community. The social impact that volunteering can provoke is huge, and even being a small part of that can be hugely rewarding.
See all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities here.