Why Volunteer Abroad?

Volunteering abroad can present a myriad of benefits from immersion into a different culture, learning a language, trying new ethnic cuisines, adding to your global travel resume and making friends and acquaintances. This is without a doubt, life changing and will in the long-run impact several human lives. When you volunteer abroad it enables you to donate those skills to someone else in need.

You can serve with student volunteer internships, religious denominational opportunities and volunteering abroad based on specialties or specific skills. The program most times target countries of underdeveloped growth and needs assistance in building for their betterment. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available abroad requiring varying skill sets from teaching English as a second language, providing medical care to impoverished communities, building homes, teaching elementary level education or trade skills.

If interested in learning a new language, volunteering abroad is highly recommended. Communication is usually an essential part of the job requirement and while volunteering, you get the opportunity to exchange a few words with locals in their native language, further enhancing your foreign language skills. The program requires great communication skills and interpreting the foreign language is essential.

Moreover, the traveling experience enables you to see outstanding historical sites. Eventually, making a list of the tour locations becomes an important chronological history, which also encourages others to voyage and contribute their time and skills. Also consider the benefits of making new friends and acquaintances.

This not only includes engaging with the natives, but it allows you to make new friends among the other volunteers. Forming associations on the volunteer program is very important and makes you more influential.

Speaking of culture, learning a new way of life is also a part of the process. Whether the location is in South America, Central America, Europe or Africa; you get the chance to participate in local holidays, eat local food, socialize with the locals and learn of their favorite activities and customs. Unbelievably, in every culture there is always something marvelous and positive to take back home. In fact, making the suggestions to your government, society, workplace or home, can improve the way of living.

Several organizations offer opportunities to volunteer abroad; such as, social welfare programs, youth sports, and HIV or AIDS awareness and Care. Some programs offer other benefits such as college credits, time, references, work experience, opportunities for scholarships. Try to find non profit, with good reputation, great feedbaks and that you can find them all over the social networks, answer your phone calls and emails the same day.

Working in these programs requires particular skills based on the field; in order to volunteer abroad. Take into consideration that these programs require a fee because the organizations try to cover several areas as: accommodation, food, coordinators, office expenses, donations to local programs, marketing. Furthermore, the organizations normally charge according to the country and its location.

  • http://twitter.com/bonniefleminl bonnie_fleming

    This really is a life changing proposition, and something that would stay with you forever. I wish I had the fortitude to do something like this, alas I shall just have to read about it and post my support for people that do!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1125740167 Rolivic Perez

    Going abroad for a volunteer work is for those who have the altruistic sense  and adventurism spirit to leave their comfort zones and mingle with diverse people for a given cause.  However, before venturing into such call, I think there are considerations that are likewise worth taken into account:  1) physical fitness to adapt to the changing weather condition; 2) mental maturity to adapt to the diverse behavior and  personalities of people; and 3) strength/weakness of religious conviction.  Hence, a self-assessment on these aspects, along with the desire to really share your life with others, may have to be done first.

  • helen

    Very interested article. I want to do this. Really appreciated because world today needs volunteers as professionals to do good to other countries at the same time its a matter also of educating yourself and have fun while doing task. Great post.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXLXUC23XVXVFIVIPIBF5BDITU Wulantin

    this porgram is use ful to bring peace. many people are poor in the world. voluntering program is one of the solutions

  • Lily Green

    It’s nice to know about the personal benefits of volunteering abroad by this article. But more than the personal benefits, I am more touched by the fact that I’d be able to serve others and this is far more important than the personal benefits.this is a very encouraging article.

  • Oindrila Ghoshal

    Volunteering abroad is a life-transforming experience.I completely agree with the benefits that have been listed here.In fact it has roused my interest in volunteering abroad.It will add to my experience and resume.Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cutiepie3333 Chelsie Davis

    I am a student and this seems like a great way to travel abroad and do something beneficial as well. I am always looking for places I can travel to while I am away at school and this sound like an exciting opportunity.

  • Anonymous

    What a great way to see the world and do something meaningful with your life! This is something I would love to do. This sounds like a life altering experience and a good one.

  • Aniket Nikhade

    Teaching language skills and traveling is a great way of doing things. There are many things that I got to know and learn after reading the above article.

  • Umesh K Kherajani

    This truly is something for masses and it will change your life forever and gives you inner satisfaction.


  • Delles Simon

    It’s very unique to see an opportunity like this where you have the chance to truly interact and change one’s lifestyle, otherwise determined as their destinies!  You can assist them and mold them into a person who’s lined up for success and this becomes a major benefit to the person you are helping.  I hope this cause is more broadly advertised, so more people can decide to be involved!

  • Szeto Ching

    I am very happy to see the African children are happy now. Thanks for those volunteers who help them. They are very kind.

  • kerry

    Both volunteers and the local people will be benefit from this projects. It  is a good article with such kind of information.

  • Lalow

    I would like to volunteer, can someone tell me where togo or what todo?