Students Can Volunteer Abroad
Are you a student looking for a way to help other people while taking a break from the daily routine of life on campus? Do you need a way to continue your education in a gap year or over the summer?
Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding and enriching experience for any student of any age from 16 up into graduate and medical school. If you are considering taking on a volunteer opportunity, choose wisely and take your strengths and weaknesses into consideration when you make your pick.
Careful research into the area you which to volunteer in, costs and what items are covered by the fees paid are all important before you begin.
What Sort of Opportunities Are There for Student Volunteers?
- Environmental/Conservation/Wildlife Protection: There are a wide variety of these types of volunteer positions all across the world. With major goals of improving the way we interact with the world and its creatures and the overall ecology, these programs give you an opportunity to see exotic places and equally exotic animals that may be endemic to only particular places in the world.
Knowing that you played a part in protecting these creatures and the environment of that region can give you a great deal of confidence in yourself.
- Healthcare/Care of the Elderly/Disabled: Basic healthcare can seem as if it is a normal everyday part of our lives but for many countries and regions of the world this just isn’t so. When you help with healthcare and care of elderly or disabled people you’re making a big difference in the lives of those you care for.
You will be helping them learn to take better care of themselves and how to prevent disease while providing basic healthcare and social interaction for people of all ages.
How Do You Benefit?
Volunteering abroad means that you will be able to have a unique vacation experience that allows you to be a real part of the region you’re visiting. You will also have a lot of opportunity to learn about that area’s culture, language and people.
While you are learning and interacting you will also be giving a little bit back to the region with your volunteer work. What better way is there to pay them back for such a unique trip? In facing new challenges you can acquire a better sense of self if you are willing to be flexible, committed and open to new ideas and experiences.
These are all great qualities that employers look for in an application, which means you could have an edge in your chosen career long after the volunteer work is over.
If your volunteer work offers you a chance to get started on your dream career before you get your degree, it will also give you a head start on understanding and appreciating what that career will do for you and those around you in the real world.
For many this is what makes or breaks a career. Facing the real job versus the one we so often see on paper can give you a chance to better understand what your limits and strengths are in that career even before it has begun.