5 Great Reasons Why You Need To Volunteer Abroad
Are your feet itching with insufferable wanderlust? Is your heart longing to do something outside of the norm?
Do you want your next experience abroad to mean more than just taking the perfect Instagram selfie?
Well, when done right, volunteering abroad can become a powerful platform to do that and more. It facilitates meaningful cultural exchange between the local community and the volunteer, turning what would have been a normal holiday abroad, into something extraordinary. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should pack your bags and get out into the world to volunteer!
1. Travel The World
The most obvious reason. Volunteering gives you a great opportunity to explore a foreign land in a truly unique way. As a volunteer, you will be able to see a side of that country that typical tourists almost always miss. Picture yourself living inside Tortugeuro National Park in Costa Rica, contributing towards marine conservation in Fiji or helping to build houses in India. These unique experiences will change the way you see and travel the world!
2. Learn Career Changing Skills
Volunteering abroad exposes you to a wide variety of skills. From learning basic life skills like problem-solving to building a compost toilet in Fiji, a good volunteering program will see you walk away with a unique set of transferable skills. So at the end of the day, a beautiful synergy has taken place between you and the community.
Some volunteering programs even go a step further than that. GVI offers volunteers the opportunity to gain career experience, employability, and university credits at the same time with our internships. These give you a foothold into your chosen industry with unique, behind the scenes experiences while contributing to global UN Millenial Goals.
3. The People
Think of volunteering abroad like the cupboard to Narnia, a door to see a country through the eyes of the locals. It is a chance to experience what their lives are like on a day-to-day basis, get to grips with the problems they are facing and how you are a part of the solution. Experiencing this rich cultural immersion changes you as a person. As you become apart of this new community, you are slowly, but surely, transformed into a Global Citizen.
4. Friends For Life
It is not uncommon for volunteers to meet their new travel buddy or best friend for life while on project. In fact, it is almost expected. Volunteers are all there for one reason – to do good and help change the world. This shared passion is only intensified as you bond over your experience on the project. Your fellow volunteers will be there for the highs, the lows, and everything in between. And by the time your stay is up, you will have a whole group of people from all corners of the earth to call friends.
5. The Volunteering Experience
Volunteering is kind of like getting a tattoo, but without the pain. Being able to make a difference and see the impact your actions have one someone’s life is powerful, addictive stuff. It is what drives people to keep volunteering.
The experience also affects you on so many different levels. It helps you discover what you really need to be happy, and to appreciate what you took for granted back home. Volunteering gives you the chance to reflect on your role in the world and motivate you to continue being the difference.
So what are you waiting for do-gooders of the world?! Book that plane ticket and start travelling responsibly!
Find out more about GVI’s international, award-winning volunteering programs and internships! Choose from over 150 community development, animal care, teaching, women’s empowerment and conservation projects worldwide!