Volunteering is a very popular way to travel, and one of the leading choices made by those on a gap year between college and university. However, no matter whether you decide to volunteer in Guatemala or even down south, in the slums of Brazil, make no mistake – it can sometimes be hard, challenging work! So, why do people do it?
Here are a few of the top reasons to have a go at volunteering yourself.
Travel the World – For Free!
Alright, so it’s not quite a free ticket – most volunteer organisations will expect you to at least pay for your transport out there, but once you’re working you will usually have the price of food, accommodation and travel covered for you. In some places this can amount to a small fortune, so volunteering is a great way to see other countries without breaking the bank.
It’s one thing to visit a foreign nation, and spend your time lounging around in bars, or by the hotel pool… but nothing quite compares to really immersing yourself into that culture, and getting to know the way local people live. Volunteering is one of the best ways you could ever hope to do this, by taking you right to the heart of indigenous communities, and showing you sights that simply don’t feature into the tourist guidebooks.
Perhaps the best thing of all, is the long-lasting sense of achievement that you stand to gain by volunteering abroad. No matter whether you’re conserving natural habits for endangered species, or maybe you decide to volunteer in Costa Rica, teaching English in a rural school – the feeling of having offered real help to some of the people who need it most, is something that is likely to stay with you for the rest of your life!