Five Reasons to Volunteer Overseas
Have you ever given thought to volunteering while you’re on vacation? As the world is becoming more and more of a global village, opportunities to travel for charity are becoming a lot more common. If you’re considering volunteering on your next vacation, here are five reasons to inspire you.
Doing charitable work overseas is a wonderful opportunity to discover other cultures as well as travel like a citizen. You don’t need to use TripAdvisor to search for a restaurant. Just ask a resident at your charitable project or, even better, eat with them. Volunteering overseas lets you see and participate in activities the average tourist wouldn’t be able to. You can even meet those who actually made the music you listen to in your hotel. Become part of a village or city, instead of touring it.
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Participating in short-term volunteer projects won’t help you make a difference. However, you can make a big difference in people’s lives and your own as well if you choose the right project. How do you identify the right project? Ensure that the project is community-focused and tackles a genuine problem.
When you travel for volunteer, you join others in making the earth a better place. You can narrate your experiences on social networks and hopefully motivate people to volunteer abroad. By combining your travel passion with volunteering, you have so much to give to the earth and yourself as well.
Learn new skills
Generally, traveling allows people to gain new knowledge. Whether it’s learning a new language, navigating a new town or city, or driving on the other lane, traveling always lets us learn something new. Doing charitable work abroad also allows you to gain new skills.
You can learn the local slang and try to speak like a resident, or you can hone your art talent by helping with street paintings. You can even help to repair homes destroyed by a recent natural catastrophe and acquire some DIY skills. In summary, doing charitable work overseas not only benefits the locals but also helps you learn new skills you can use in your future travels.
So traveling for charity will give you a chance to learn new cultures, change the world, and increase your productivity. Another plus is that volunteering has wonderful benefits for your health. Research shows that people who participate in charitable work are happier, have a higher self-esteem, less chronic pain, less depression and better life satisfaction.
Relationships are fundamental in life, and one of the best perks of overseas travel is meeting new people. The simple deed of meeting new people while doing charitable work always fosters new connections. You’ll not only make friends with fellow volunteers but also grow your professional network.