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Five Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

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Written by Sophie Atieno

Having talked about five benefits of volunteering for personal development you might be wondering where to do this volunteer work.

It’s easy to volunteer in your neighbourhood, in church, at an event around you, which is something we at CIVS Kenya encourage but have you ever thought of volunteering abroad?

There are so many reasons why you should volunteer abroad. Have you ever looked into some of them?

Today, we delve a little into a few of those reasons.

why you should volunteer abroad

The first reason why you should volunteer abroad is definitely that you get a chance to live in another country.

It’s an amazing thing to live among different people. You get to learn their different cultures which includes learning a different language and generally their way of life. So, you give and back diversify yourself more in the process.

It gives you the opportunity to share your skills.

Some skills, languages and activities are so common and limited to certain countries but what we do not realize is that some of that knowledge could be very useful to others. So how about consider sharing these skills with people who actually need them more by volunteering abroad.

Often in your own country, so many people could have the same skill and/or knowledge and not too many could be in need of your help in those terms, but it could really make a difference elsewhere and bring you so much more fulfilment.

Take an example of the English language. It is very valuable in communication globally but some people in different parts of the world may not be able to speak it. How great would it be if you are from an English speaking country and just volunteered abroad through teaching it to a group of people who can’t speak it?Just like that, you've made a big difference.

It enables you to be more open minded in your perspectives

Another thing that you gain from volunteering abroad is the ability to look at things from other people’s point of view.

Like we mentioned in the previous post, it’s very easy to assume that everything is fine when you can so easily access basic needs like food, shelter, clothing and education. Volunteering abroad gives you the chance to be around people who do not so easily get these and actually learn to appreciate what you have. It brings a lot more into perspective and you understand more about what's happening in the world.

It enables you to interact with likeminded individuals

In some cases where you choose to volunteer abroad through a volunteering organization, you will often find that there’s a number of you at one project. What you gain is the opportunity to interact with the different people from the different countries and learn a thing or two from them that could build you.

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It prepares you for your career

Employers are often so keen in what else you have done other than what you learnt in school and volunteering abroad definitely looks better on your resume.

It gives an impression of a diverse individual who can cope with change and new surrounding.Therefore if you have been wondering what you gain from volunteering abroad , that might be a good answer and motivation, especially if you are in your gap year. 

We hope that the five reasons why you should volunteer abroad inspire you to actually consider it because as you can see, they very easily answer the question, “what do you gain from volunteering abroad?”

If you would like to try volunteering overseas contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just go through our website first and check out our different projects and what we are all about.

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