Are you thinking about volunteering abroad but not sure how it can benefit your future? Here are five reasons why volunteering abroad can help you become the very best version of yourself.
Volunteering comes with a whole wealth of benefits and the valuable gains are certainly not limited to those below. You could enhance your CV experience in Wildlife Conservation, gain a valuable insight into other cultures in Mental Health & Psychology or discover your career path in Teaching English. These are just a few ideas to get you thinking, to fuel that desire to better yourself and to give back to a local community. It’s time to boost your career opportunities and revamp that CV, all whilst exploring a new country and culture.
Imagine waking up every single day to the feeling of excitement. Excited to start a new day and excited to overcome the challenges it may bring. Maybe you are yet to find that one thing you are passionate about and need a gentle guide in the right direction? Volunteering abroad could be your golden ticket to finding that one thing that really matters to you.
Volunteer work can broaden and deepen your skill set in a way that’s often not possible elsewhere. You may have just graduated and be itching to use what you’ve learnt in a different setting or perhaps your current job doesn’t allow you to use all your skills effectively or maybe you are simply just looking to experience something new. Volunteering can help you build or sharpen skills you already have or learn and develop totally new skills. Skills such as team building, goal setting, problem solving and adaptability. A volunteer position may offer you the opportunity to learn how to be a good leader and achieve a higher sense of responsibility. This is also a valuable way to reignite your level of interest in a specific area, or possibly even discover a new found skill you were totally unaware of before!
Knowing how to work together is arguably one of the most important professional skills you can have. Whilst volunteering abroad you will have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. Different cultures, backgrounds, interests and personalities; it is how you greet these differences that will make your experience truly special. Highlighting people’s strengths and supporting their weaknesses will make you a fantastic team member.
Whilst you are abroad there are bound to be hiccups or challenging situations for you to encounter! This means you must be courageous enough to work through difficult scenarios, but also have the patience and understanding to consider that there may not always be just one possible solution to a problem. Instead of seeing a challenge in a negative way, begin to use these challenges as ways to continually improve yourself and allow them to open opportunities you may not have considered on your own.
Volunteering in any respect increases your self-confidence. You are doing great things for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment and achievement. The more you give the happier you feel! As said by Winston Churchill “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. Your role as a volunteer is also bound to give you a sense of pride and identity, which in turn will help you on your way to becoming your best self, whilst living your very best life alongside making valuable memories. What more could you want?
PMGY INTERNATIONAL TEAM