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5 Reasons to Volunteer Overseas

February 3, 2016 , In: Travel Tips , With: No Comments
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Travelling can change your life from so many points of view that it would take a 3-volume book to explain it to someone who hasn’t actually experienced this. When you pair volunteering with travelling though, the change can be all the more powerful and meaningful.

What are the best reasons to volunteer overseas? We have gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

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You will help

Giving back to society and to the world is a wonderful idea. Regardless of who you are and where you live, you will surely appreciate the idea of helping those who are less fortunate or, simply, helping a cause you believe in. Volunteering is a great way to “be the change you want to see in the world” and to be a change in someone’s life.

You will travel

And you will enjoy it oh-so-much! You will get to see amazing places and meet even more amazing people. You will build the kind of memories you will be actually proud to share with your grandchildren. You will be that one acquaintance in your group who actually “went there” and “did that”.

You don’t need money

Most of the times, overseas volunteer programs will cover for your accommodation and for your food. However, there are also many programs that will pay you a decent sum of money (enough to allow yourself basic necessities, so definitely not anything you can get rich on). However, on the bright side, you will get to travel almost for free – and how many people aren’t complaining that they cannot travel because they don’t afford it? If you think you are among these people and if you want to change something about it, volunteering is your chance.

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There are programs for everyone

Regardless of what you do now for a living and regardless of what your profession may be, there will surely be something for you. From teachers to entrepreneurs and from journalists to people who specialize in building projects, all kinds of professionals are sought to offer their services on a volunteering basis.

Of course, there are also many programs where you don’t have to be a professional and where your only goal is to help with whatever possible. Still, if you want to continue doing what you do now and if you want to add a great twist to it, you will definitely find something to suit you and your skills and experience.

It will look great in the resume, by the way

Wondering if volunteering overseas could affect your career? It might, but in most of the cases it will be for the best. Employers are always looking for pro-active people, for workers who know how to really be in a team and for people who actually want to make a change – so there’s a high chance that your resume will be genuinely enriched by a volunteering opportunity (especially if it’s related to your profession and what you want to do in the future).

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