If you are thinking of going travelling or doing something different, why not consider volunteering? If you dream of making a difference in deprived countries, want to help save the planet or care about conserving endangered environments and wildlife, then a volunteering trip would be perfect for you.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons, ranging from learning new skills, trying something different, or wanting to do something that will make a difference. Some people may be completely devoted to their cause, while many are trying to volunteer wherever they can. Taking a volunteer holiday offers you a meaningful experience, whilst taking you out of your comfort zone and into an exciting new country or city.
Volunteering holidays can offer you a variety of unique opportunities, particularly when working with animals or on a conservation project. Many people who work with animals are required to have a relevant degree, but by taking a volunteer position you can care for lion cubs and turtles, and get behind the scenes where many tourists wouldn’t be able to.
One of the greatest benefits of taking a volunteering holiday is that you are able to spend an extended period of time in a new country. This can offer you a unique learning experience where you can interact with new cultures, try new food, learn a new language and get to know interesting people. As a volunteer you will be able to get a real glimpse of the local culture, and experience things that you wouldn’t be able to as a tourist. In fact many volunteer holidays offer the opportunity to live with a local family, giving you the chance to get to know the locals and live a traditional lifestyle.
There are many personal benefits from taking a volunteer holiday. Volunteers often say that the experience has helped them to grow on a personal level, making them a better person. In many cases volunteers become more aware of politics and problems facing the world that they may have been ignorant to previously. Volunteer holidays can also help increase your confidence and make you more independent, adventurous and sociable.
An important part of being a volunteer is being compassionate. People who have previously volunteered often become emotionally involved in their work and often choose to volunteer again in the future. It is not uncommon for volunteers to return home determined to carry on their hard work within their own local community as well.
Volunteer holidays are a fantastic way to develop skills and enhance your CV. Many volunteering organisations such as Original Volunteers offer unique trips, which not only enhance your own personal growth, but also look great on a resume. You can gain experience in education, journalism, social work, animal care, health care, marketing, politics and web design to name just a few. Many employers look for relevant experience on an applicant’s CV, so this could be a great opportunity to secure that experience and gain brownie points for your potential employer. You may even be lucky enough to secure a volunteer position which could lead to a paid job.
There are so many reasons for you to consider taking a volunteer holiday, not only can you grow on a personal level, but can really enhance your CV and career prospects, as well as being a fun and memorable experience. So why not try something new this year?