A volunteer experience can start on a warm autumn afternoon with your family or friends. That idea of volunteering abroad comes to you and you can’t get it out of your head. You start looking for social networks, consult friends, investigate different volunteer projects and without realizing it you have already chosen a project and destination for your next solidarity trip.
If you have chosen to volunteer supporting children of limited resources, we assure you that it is one of the most beautiful and unique experiences you can have, even if you ask yourself many questions along the way.
There are many possibilities to put your knowledge and skills into practice in volunteer projects. You meet children who are eager to learn and share their joy with you. This makes you strive every day to prepare activities, dynamics and games that bring out the best smiles from those little ones.
HOW IS VOLUNTEERING ABROAD 2020?
It’s not as complicated as you might imagine. Here are the first steps to follow to become an international volunteer in 2020:
CONTACT AN NGO, ORGANISATION OR FOUNDATION THAT MANAGES VOLUNTEERING ABROAD.
Travelling with an organisation that accompanies you in the process of carrying out your voluntary work gives you security and confidence before and during your voluntary work. They also give you information you need before you travel, inform you about things you can find in the country, guide you on how to get around and which places to be in your volunteering. Some also provide you with accident and liability insurance.
For more information on Where to start choosing an international volunteer? you can listen to episode 36 of the podcast The Volunteer’s Journey.
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ENROLL IN YOUR CHOSEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEERING?
Associations have different registration processes, some of these are:
To send a request of interest through the contact form or to the mail, where they will answer you to ask you for an interview or that you fill in another form with more questions about you and thus orient you better on the country and chosen project, besides explaining you the steps to follow to formalize your request.
In this step is when the volunteer clears up most of their doubts. It is important that you ask everything that concerns you about the project, the country and the organization.
FORMALIZE YOUR REGISTRATION
Some of them will ask you for a payment of the amount to be paid to cover your accommodation, meals collected at the airport, among other expenses that must be specified in the information sent or in the details of the volunteer programs.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I HAVE CONFIRMED MY PARTICIPATION IN A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?
Once you have completed the 3 steps mentioned above, you would already be part of a volunteer program, but it doesn’t end there, follow the process of preparing your trip, where the association sends you the volunteer’s guide that contains information about the country, security, money, suitcase, weather, places for excursions in your free time and what you should take into account before traveling. In addition to answering any questions you may have.
Also when your travel date is approaching, you will be sent other e-mails with instructions for when you arrive at the airport of your chosen destination for your volunteering.
You will always be accompanied by the team of the association or organization with which you have decided to travel.