October 5, 2013

Volunteering Can Take You All Over The World

Does any of this sound fun? Creating eco-lodges in Costa Rica, protecting sea turtles in the Galapagos, setting up warehouse festivals in Hong Kong, building latrines in Nepal, assisting in orphanages in Cambodia, constructing houses in Mexico, providing basic healthcare in Tanzania, researching  cheetahs in South Africa, or rescuing elephants in Thailand?

Any of these could be your reality if you choose to volunteer abroad. Volunteering is a great way to grow your resume. It helps you gain professional skills, gives you a sense of adventure, and allows you to help others. Your time and energy can truly make a difference in the world. Some popular types of volunteer programs involve conservation, childcare, education, healthcare, sports, animals, and construction. You can volunteer during your free time, on your vacation, between jobs, on a gap year, or for an internship. Recruiters love to see volunteering on your job applications. It makes you stand out. If you’re looking for something to do, volunteer!

There’s lots to think about before volunteering like costs, work visas, placements, programs, and more. Learn more about volunteering overseas on JobMonkey.

Most people find opportunities like these through volunteer placement agencies or government volunteer programs. These groups organize volunteer trips that vary in length from one week to over a year. You can sign up to travel to far flung destination, make a positive impact on the locals, and experience a different culture. These places are not on the typical tourist routes. They allow you to see the way the world works off the beaten track.

The world is full of places that need your help. There are also volunteer opportunities closer to home too. You can often find volunteering placement agencies and their listings on JobMonkeyJobs. Give it a try and start searching for volunteering opportunities today.

If you want to make a difference in the lives of others, volunteering is the path for you. The world will always need volunteers. It doesn’t get any cooler than that!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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