Volunteer to Intern Abroad
Are you looking for a way to get real experience in your chosen career?
Would you like to get that experience in an environment that is either ideal to your learning experience or which intrigues you and offers a bit of a vacation while you are away?
Internship is a great way to travel and gain experience in careers at the same time. It gives you an edge on resumes and teaches you how to adapt to new environments as well.
A member of my family was accepted as a volunteer to intern abroad in Africa for free recently. The host paid for the airfare, and room and board. The position was a non-paid volunteer internship, but it was a great opportunity to travel abroad for free and do some good deeds too.
Taking on an internship in another country offers you a chance to truly challenge yourself and learn about another culture while you are taking a gap year or a small break from school or work.
How Long Are These Internships?
This is determined by the work visa you get for the country where you live and work.
While most internships last between 1 and 4 months they can by extended over time and could be as long as 12 months.
Which Careers Offer Internship Positions Abroad?
- Human Resources Management
What Will I be Required to do to Apply?
- Provide an essay to explain why you’d like to take part in this internship
- In person and over the phone interviews
- Application and application assessment
- Offer an adequate resume
What Do I Get From an Internship?
Taking on an internship means that you will have a chance to try your chosen career on for size and learn whether it’s one you will be able to perform.
It also offers you a great deal of real world experience with a career which might have begun to feel as if it was never going to be real or was a bit hard to perceive.
It also means you will be able to try living in another part of the world and have something of a vacation while you are working there.
In many careers an ability to adapt to new environments can be a key to being successful; this is a safe way to prove whether or not you can do this.
What Do the Businesses Involved Get From Interns?
There are many businesses that aren’t able to get or pay for enough employees to achieve the goals they’re hoping to work on. By using volunteers they can avoid these issues and still get the job done.
Do I Get Paid? Are There Charges Involved?
Due to the nature of this voluntary role you will not find many that will give you a paycheck you for your work.
Your internship is a volunteer service that provides you with a form of experience that many don’t have the opportunity to take on.
Many companies can’t cover your costs for food, lodging, travel and medical insurance expenses while you’re abroad. In many cases you will need to find a way to pay for your international flight to get you there and back.
One answer to this is to find a local sponsor such as your hometown church or Rotary Club to help raise funds and buy your airline ticket.