Volunteering is something that I’m sure has crossed everyone’s mind at some point, that feeling of wanting to help others and give back in some way. Whether this is in our community even by just donating clothes to charity shops, or on a larger scale by making the move to another country to lend your support and help. Giving back in some way or another gives you a great feeling, we have all needed someones help at some point in our lives, so maybe it’s time to pay it forward.
I personally think volunteering abroad is one of the best ways to get out there and travel , doing something for yourself and at the same time helping others. In most cases you can get accommodation and meals included in return for your help, and at the same time meet like minded people and work together towards a cause you are passionate about.
The best thing to do before deciding where to go is to read about other people’s experiences and find out exactly what the organization you are interested in actually does. You don’t want to sign up to one of these huge corporations , pay loads of money, not knowing where it’s going and then not actually getting to help volunteer where you particularly wanted. DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Don’t Know Where To Start?
I love this website, Verge Magazine as it has everything on there to do with volunteering, such as how to choose a programme , the costs involved, the challenges you might experience and when is the right time to move abroad and volunteer. There are about 100 blogs written by volunteers from different countries with their detailed experiences. I could sit and read them for hours!
If you are already abroad and just looking to lend your services for a couple of weeks while getting to travel around the country, then check out this great website Workaway – “Volunteering and cultural exchange around the world. Integrate and help local communities in over 155 countries. Workaway is a site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers who can stay with families, individuals or organizations that are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.”
It is all free and you pay your way by volunteering. You can help out for as little as a week to two weeks, accommodation and some meals are provided by the host family’s, which you can choose and read reviews on before you go. They have 20348 hosts in more than 155 countries! There are also hundreds of blogs and loads of feedback on the different volunteer opportunities they have around the world.
Last week I posted about Amber’s volunteer experience in Lesvos where she helped with the refugees and had a life changing experience – please take a couple minutes to read it and check out her blog. A Sandwich a day.
Anyone got any volunteer stories to share with others??
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.”
– Dick Gregory