I decided to volunteer for personal reasons but there are several ways to do it and to get involved. Before I tell you about my experience, I would like to explain the benefits of volunteering in general.
Volunteering prepares people for real work. It allows you to develop new skills and gain experience in certain fields. It allows you to add new experiences to your CV and expand your professional network. Also, volunteering will allow you to gain autonomy and team spirit.
You will enjoy discovering new things and strengthening your self-esteem. Volunteering allows you to meet new people and broaden your horizons. You will feel useful and get to know yourself better. If you are volunteering abroad you will have the opportunity to learn a new language. It is a different form of learning to adapt to changes, to improve your communication skills.
For the cause
Work to improve things and help others to improve the community, that is what volunteering is. You are free to choose when, where, to make a difference and be part of positive change. Feel useful to the community!
Try the volunteering experience
Travelling, meeting new people, learning new skills … volunteering has only positive points. Therefore, it will take you out of your routine, discover other universes and allow you to open up to the outside world. Some organizations offer you to volunteer in different countries, often for humanitarian actions.
There is also Wwoofing, another way of integrating a farm in exchange for accommodation and meals. You can help in education for children. Experience in another country can also make you realize the real situation outside your world. You will face a reality that you do not know and change the way you see certain things. It’s also a great way to gain self-confidence and boost yourself. A new way to build and assert yourself.
I had the chance to volunteer in two different countries in South America. This is for me the best way to combine new rich experiences on budget travel, and to be happy in my life.
First, I did one month in a wildlife animal sanctuary. It was incredible to be so close to animals such as pumas, condors and even snakes. The best part was setting them free after they received all their treatment: it was a wonderful feeling. Everyone is undeniably a bit sad, but we know we did a good job and this is the most important.
Second, I volunteered in a school for poor families. The kids were so grateful and this is an experience I will never forget. I spent the days giving English lessons and playing games with them. It is this occasion that you realize how lucky you’ve been growing up in a country like England.
Volunteering is an incredibly rich experience and your share more than a room with your colleagues. I strongly recommend you do give it a go! You can start with a one-week mission or even go for a full year!