Volunteering is simply working for free for the benefit of the environment, a group, or individuals.
Volunteering is a great way to connect with people and give back to the communities you visit. It allows you to immerse into a culture in a way that can’t be done as a tourist, but rather a traveler. While helping out the people you serve, they will teach you something in return. It’s merely an exchange of gifts.
Volunteering can be both challenging and personally rewarding. That’s what makes it fun!
Here are several other reasons why people chose to volunteer:
- It’s a resume builder
- Gain new skills, knowledge, and experience
- Give back to a cause that has impacted someone’s life
- Meet new people and develop a professional network
- Be an agent of positive change
- Feel good, be happy
- Make a difference
Who needs help?
The world is a huge! Lot’s of people need help, but find something your passionate about supporting.
There are many causes in the areas of education, environment, health, human rights, hunger, poverty, and disaster relief that need help. The United Nations has identified eight millenium developmental goals to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer projects can be found though non-profit organizations, agencies, or as easy as by asking other travelers what projects they’ve done. Several volunteer programs cost money, but there also are projects where you can just contribute your skills, time, and energy.
My volunteer work
As I travel I seek projects that either help alleviate hunger/poverty or improve primary education. My journey has evolved to teach the working poor how to use the internet to transform their lives.
I volunteer because I want to make this world a better place. Other reasons that drive me to do this is that I didn’t have much growing up, and I had difficulty learning in school, but I’ve been lucky in life to make it this far so I want give back and help others.
I share this not to impress you, but to show simple ideas that can have an impact.
What talents or gifts can you share with others?
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill Tweet this.