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Six Factors To Consider Before Volunteering Overseas

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Written by Sophie Atieno

So, what are these factors one should consider before volunteering overseas?

We talked about a number of reasons why you should volunteer overseas. The process is fulfilling but if not rightfully thought through, it could end up a fail.

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In order to get maximum fulfilment from undertaking that volunteering journey, there are a few things to consider such as:

What you have to offer in terms of skills and knowledge

This is a very important point because it forms the basis for what you will do, otherwise you will have travelled in vain.

What skills do you have? Can they be of benefit to people?

It is important to do your research on what a given group of people or community are in need of in order to see if you have something to offer them.

At the end of the day, you need to be in a position whereby people can actually acknowledge your presence and help because you helped them satisfy a need they have to an extent.

Not every project is for everyone.

Consider the causes close to your heart

What are you passionate about? You may have a number of very valuable skills to offer but which ones speak more to you?

You will often times find that when you participate in volunteer activities or causes closest to you, you tend to give your all and through this, you get a better response from the community in which you are in and more fulfilment as the results will undoubtedly positive.

Consider how much time you are willing to allocate to volunteer activities.

There’s different types of projects one can engage in. Some are long term, and some are short term, which in actually gives you an option.

It is therefore important to consider before volunteering overseas, how much time you have in your hands.

Are you going to go during your GAP year? Is it going to be during your summer vacation? If so, how long are these periods of time.

In relation to that, how many hours a week or a day can you commit to certain volunteer activities? Some people have an ability to work longer than others and this is important to think through.

Your state of health, both physical and mental

Another factor to consider before volunteering overseas is your state of health.

This is very important because it allows you to carefully select a suitable country or specific area for you.

Do you have any allergies? Do some weather conditions make you sick? Can certain situations traumatise you in any way? If so, which ones?

If you are going to be offering your volunteering services, you need to be in the right frame of mind and state of health in order to be more productive. Different countries have different conditions, so you might want to look them up and even go to your local doctor and ask if you are not certain.

The amount of funds you can afford to put into it

They call it a paradox.

Why do I have to pay if I am going to offer a service for free? You may ask

The truth often times you will be volunteering overseas, you will have to use a volunteer organization. They are non-profit and will often require you to chip in in order for them to facilitate your stay while you are undertaking your volunteer activities.

You need to research on the amount needed and compare it to the amount you already have. This is an important factor to consider before volunteering overseas because nobody wants to set out on a journey across countries only to arrive and have a shortage of funds. It can be really frustrating.

Think about what you want to focus on while overseas

For sure, you want to volunteer overseas, but is that the only thing you want to do while you are there?

Some people like to explore the countries they travel overseas for volunteering activities in addition to the actual cause. Some people only travel for the volunteering reasons.

Getting an idea of what you would like to do while you are in your host country will allow you to determine what your program will be and plan ahead.

We hope these six factors to consider before volunteering overseas are of assistance to you.

In case you have any concerns about volunteering overseas, you could send us an email or post on our Facebook page here. 

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