Many of us will surely have asked ourselves: why travel and volunteer?
A volunteer trip can be the best form of total disconnection, living and feeling different things, helping others or doing something that makes a difference even if it is a bit in this world. So volunteering abroad or simply in your community, it has become a different and ideal travel alternative for many people, travelers, families and friends.
When we volunteer, whether in a country in Latin America, Asia or Africa, what we seek is to contribute our knowledge or support some solidarity cause that will eventually have a positive impact on a community, place or person.
Let’s not forget what travel was like before
Traveling was a luxury for many people, so now that we have more opportunities and possibilities, it is important that we do it in a more sustainable and ethical way; contributing something to that place or leaving that solidary essence in the community in which you collaborate.
READ THESE 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR AN INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER.
DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW MAKING AN INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
You have felt trapped in everyday things, those things that make your day less enjoyable. Those things can be normal compared to what you can see in other places in the world.
Do not let more time go by, to realize that you have been very worried about things that were not as important as you thought.
Volunteering or solidarity tourism gives you the opportunity to disconnect and appreciate what you have. And that is one of the most important things of a volunteer trip.
LIVING OUT OF YOUR AREA OF COMFORT
When you share with people who have the least, you start to think, Are all things that concern me really a priority?
You realize that the people of these places do not even look at what you are wearing, or those material things that you think define you. The important thing for them is what you can convey and the love you show them.
When that happens to you, is when you really see that you have much to give. And this is nothing bad. So, we value the opportunities that life gives us and learn to know what we can bring in return.
When you return to your day to day, you will notice that you will give less importance to those secondary things that worried you so much, and you will value more being with family, friends … maybe you even think about retaking those things that you had on pause.
I WILL ADAPT TO MY VOLUNTEER
Without realizing it, you will already be a member of the family of volunteers of the place you choose to carry out this experience. It is true that the first two days of your volunteering are usually the most difficult. Since you must adapt to customs, rhythms of lives and people with different personalities, in addition to knowing the needs there is in that place chosen for your volunteering. So as the days go by it is more bearable and easier for the volunteer.
In response to your question, if you can adapt, since you will not be alone and the people of the town, place and team with the organization that you volunteer will always be there for you.
IS THE VOLUNTEER A REASON TO TRAVEL?
Just the fact of traveling is unique and exciting. But if you also volunteer, it gives a different meaning to your trip. For many travelers, volunteering during their vacations, leisure time or during their sabbatical year, represents the best way to see the world and get to know a country more deeply.
Although you dedicate time to the volunteer project from Monday to Friday, there is always time to get to know and enjoy the country or destination you visit.
It is important that you keep in mind that your volunteer experience is not the same as that of other volunteers. Your desire, interests and illusions are usually different from that of the other volunteers that you can find on your trips or before traveling, but they do unite them something on this trip that they want to help and make a difference.
WHERE CAN I DO AN INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER?
There are currently many ways and opportunities to perform an international volunteer.
The most common options that volunteers use is to coordinate your volunteering through nonprofit associations that manage solidarity trips abroad or volunteers.
Being part of an international volunteer program, it is important that you clarify all the doubts you have before traveling about the organization, the destination and the project.
HOW DO I INFORM ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE VOLUNTEERS OFFERED BY THE NGOs?
You can search for information on the internet, platforms, blogs or ask friends who have done an international volunteer.
In Adventure Volunteer you can request information to organize your international volunteer experience in some of the 14 destinations in which we collaborate.
We hope that these frequently asked questions about international volunteering will help you decide to live your volunteer experience and leave your grain of sand somewhere in the world.
If you need more information about the trips, volunteer experiences, destinations and projects in which you would like to volunteer, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also listen to the podcast “The volunteer trip” on iVoox , Google podcast o Spotify