There are a number of countries in the world that are in desperate need of volunteers and aid. There is a whole list of factors that can devastate a country and leave it unable to recover by itself, from civil war to treacherous climates; these factors often leave the people of this country very poor and sometimes starving. It is easy to sit at home watching adverts for charities making comments of ‘I wish I could help’ but what better way to do this then to actually go in person and help! Many third world countries are in vital stages of recovery, and it is now more than ever, that these countries need the presence of those who can offer assistance. The help volunteers can offer to establishments such as schools, orphanages and hospitals in these countries, is invaluable to their communities. Furthermore, you may not be able to change the world in an instant, but as Anthropologist Magaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
What better way to truly see a country, then to live and work amongst it’s local communities? Volunteering offers you the opportunity to truly see ‘off the beaten track’ and discover how the real life of the country, it’s people, live. Volunteering should be seen as mutually beneficial to both volunteers and those they are helping, as the fulfillment of giving back to a society in need, is head and shoulders above that of a holiday. Volunteering also offers you the chance to learn so much more than ever possible as a tourist, you will be immersed in local culture, language and philosophy on life, and some of it is guaranteed to make it’s impression on you.
Advise when choosing a project:
With a wide range of volunteering projects available, in a wide range of destinations across the world, it can be difficult to know which to choose. There are a number of things we advise you do before deciding.
- You can volunteer in a number of different projects including teaching, sports coaching, medical placements, building, conservation and many more. We advise that you choose a company that provides Tailor made volunteer projects, which allow you to pick the project that best allows you to utilize your skills, thus maximizing the help you can provide.
- There are some companies that run volunteer projects where you cannot be sure where your money has gone or what is has been used for. Choose a company in which the majority of the money goes directly to the foundation or charity you are volunteering for, where you can see where it is spent.
- It can often seem expensive to volunteer abroad. There are some companies, such as Invasion Jobs, that help you fundraise the money needed, providing you with an easy way of involving friends and family in your volunteer experience.
Volunteering Abroad. Submitted by Invasion Jobs. www.invasionjobs.com