5 benefits of doing an international volunteer

 

Would you like to participate in a volunteer program abroad? Here are some of the many benefits of this type of experience.

Image of a volunteer group of people for charity donation in the park

Feeling useful and doing something for others is the essence of any volunteer project. Being a volunteer is always the most rewarding choice at any time in life. If you embark on the adventure of participating in a volunteer program, you’ll realize that it’s an excellent way to combine your skills with a commitment to solidarity.

In addition, volunteering is an act of exchange as the benefits offered by this type of experiences are unlimited. From personal growth to discovery  a new country, in this post we detail the five advantages of volunteer abroad.

 

It helps to maintain a good physical and mental health:

 

Being a volunteer means giving some of your time and energy to others and/or the planet. By doing this kind of altruism, you will realize that it is very satisfactory. During your experience, you will be able to see firsthand all the positive aspects thanks to your benevolent work. All the testimonies of previous volunteers relate it; participating in a volunteer project abroad it contributes to your physical and mental health:

 

  • Your self-esteem will grow thanks to the people you will meet and who will value your work.
  • To work in a team destined to support others will multiply your happiness, reduce your stress and anxiety and you will gain confidence.
  • Moreover, you will realize that bringing happiness to others is much more worthy than any financial reward.

 

It is an engine of personal development:

 

To do an international volunteer is an excellent way to gain experience in many aspects. That type of work is considered as a source of knowledge itself, either because of the training you receive or because of the kind of projects you can get involved in. Don’t forget that every experience you live is a way of personal achievement and why not, professional too.

 Foto of a volunteer girl bottle feeding an antelope

The moment in which you decide to leave home, to leave your comfort zone, you can be sure that you will know yourself better and we assure you that you will discover things about yourself that you have never imagined.  This opportunity will allow you to have access to different projects of interest and causes to defend, whether environmental or humanitarian. If you finally decide to volunteer abroad, for example in Costa Rica or South Africa, you will experience first-hand every challenges and threats that the world has to face and you will go home by gaining independence, confidence and self-esteem.

 

 

Do networking and  make new friends:

 

Foto of a group of volunteers posing in a truckDuring the volunteer , you will not only be with the people who will receive your help, but also with other volunteers from all over the world. As the volunteer programs we propose are mostly in English, it means that are very international. So, during your stay, you will have the opportunity not only to improve your English, but also to exchange with people from other cultures and different countries.

 

Thus, to be part of an international volunteer program is a golden opportunity to make new friends. If you decide to go to Mozambique or the Seychelles, you will spend time with the local people; a culture that is always warm and that will give you a warm welcome. Thanks to them you will quickly feel at home.

Similarly, during your free time, you will meet other volunteers from different countries with whom you will be able to develop a close friendship as you will surely go through similar difficulties and explore new spots together!

All these new friends will offer you a multitude of new opportunities and trips that you will plan together. Thanks to these outgoing experiences you will create an international network of friends!

 

To live as a local:

Image of a man making a coffee in Sri Lanka

 

Unlike “conventional” tourists who do not have many opportunities to discover local customs in a real way, volunteer in a foreign country implies, as we have already mentioned, having more direct contact with the local community.

 

In fact, you will be able to discover local customs, learn jargon and also observe how the work is organized in a foreign company. You will get to know all aspects of this kind of organization and will have the opportunity to live a life-changing experience while travelling and discovering new countries in a “low cost” way.

 

To improve your CV:

 

To participate in an international volunteer program is a good option when you want your CV to stand out from the rest. On the one hand, it will allow you to familiarize yourself with new practices and will provide you with new skills, especially if your project belongs to different sectors than your studies or work experience. On the other hand, it represents the ideal opportunity to practice and improve other languages.

 

Here is a list of five qualities of the “perfect” volunteer that you will be able to reuse in your CV and/or in your future motivation letters:

 

  • Show solidarity: during your stay, you will develop a community spirit.
  • Ability to listen: do not hesitate to ask questions about any doubts you may have when doing your work.
  • Be able to recognize your limits: you know that your limitations are legitimate and humane, so you don’t hesitate to ask for advice or help, and if necessary, to delegate some of your tasks to someone else.
  • Show respect and empathy: you will be able to put yourself in the place of others. This will help your daily life and into your professional career in case of looking for solutions to face a problem.
  • Worry about doing a great job: you always want to give the best of yourself, even in the most delicate situations.

 

Volunteer with Go Dodoland

 

At Go Dodoland we offer you the opportunity to live an unusual experiences thanks to our volunteer programs abroad. We currently offer you six different destinations in Asia, South America and Africa. Volunteer can take place in a wide range of fields: from animal protection in rehabilitation and conservation centers of endangered species in Costa Rica or South Africa to more social and human causes in Sri Lanka.

 

In which countries can I volunteer with Go Dodoland? We have selected the following countries to volunteer abroad in:

Foto of elephants hugging

  • Costa Rica
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa

 

 

These five benefits are part of an infinite list that represents the positive part that you will get thanks to an experience of these characteristics. Any journey always allows you to grow and open up to the world we live in. So, if the environmental cause, the protection of flora and fauna or social problems are matters of interest to you, don’t wait any longer and volunteer internationally with us.

 

Thanks to Go Dodoland, the dream you have to make the world a better place will become true! You will have nothing to worry about except to live 100% an experience that will change your life forever.