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Five Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

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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.

 volunteering abroad

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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Five Benefits of Volunteering for Personal Development

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In our last post, we just introduced ourselves as a volunteer organization and we thought it would be nice to share just five personal benefits of volunteering for self development but first:

The late Koffi Annan once said,if our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than just wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever. Wise words from a wise man and we couldn't agree more.

So today, we'll just focus on why it's good even for you and not just the world in general.

benefits of volunteering

So what is this volunteering though and why is it so important?

In a layman’s language, volunteering is setting aside time to providing a service without expecting any financial gain.

It is important because it involves you committing yourself and energy for the well-being of the society.

What are some of the personal benefits of volunteering?

There are many personal benefits of volunteering either locally or of volunteering abroad

Volunteering helps you give back to the community, which is a duty we all have.

We live in a world whereby it’s easy to assume that everything is alright in the event that you can easily access your basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and education. Sometimes we fail to realize that there is a whole spectrum of people who cannot access these as easily as we can.

Participating in volunteering activities helps you spend time with such people and experience what it’s like to be in their shoes. It enables you appreciate what you already have and give back to the community.

Volunteering helps you develop more skills and supplements what you’ve learnt in school 

Honestly speaking, some lessons cannot be fully taught in school. Lessons like how to communicate with different types of people needs exposure to the different types of people. Things such as teamwork can be theoretically taught but you only get to learn the importance through engaging in activities that require everyone’s contribution in order to be successful. Volunteering activities enable one to develop a sense of responsibility and builds your confidence.

Volunteering helps you gain new experiences and insights.

Another benefit of volunteering to your personal development that we can't forget is that volunteer activities often require you to go to the places in which you are volunteering and stay there for some time.

Staying at a place away from your comfort zone allows you to see the world differently. You can learn important lessons just by looking at things from not only your own perspective but other people’s as well. It opens up your mind to more possibilities that could make the world a better place.

Volunteering enables you to create connections with other people.

Participating in volunteer activities often allows you to create new networks as it often involves meeting with other different people from different walks of life with whom you share a goal.

Different countries, cities, towns, work environments, organizations, societies, you name it.It is often said that your network is your net worth and what better way to start building that up than through working for a good cause?

Volunteering creates a sense of accomplishment

Another one of the benefits of volunteering is that you can see the results of your work right in front of you which gives you that sense of accomplishment. When you manage to put a smile on someone’s face by giving them your time, seeing a child say the letters of the alphabet correctly after you taught it to them, seeing crops that you helped plant grow steadily, that is accomplishment right in front of you.

So if you weren't too convinced on whether volunteering is a thing you should try, how about looking for a volunteering organization and start the process of making a difference.

Volunteering Abroad, Centre For International Voluntary Service

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Volunteering Abroad, Centre For International Voluntary Service


Has the thought of volunteering abroad ever crossed your mind?

If it has, then we are glad you stopped by our blog.

There are a number of volunteering organizations around and this being our first blogpost, we thought we would start by introducing ourselves.

We are the Centre for International Voluntary Service, a volunteering and community development organization based in Nairobi , Kenya.

We've been around for some time and operate with the goal of fighting poverty in Africa through various volunteering activities and programs.

Volunteering abroad is something one should definitely consider doing at least once or more times in their lifetime, because there is a whole bunch of people here who could definitely use the help.Especially out here in Africa seeing that we are still a developing continent.

We at the Centre for International Voluntary Service have had people from around the world over the years come into our country Kenya,in East Africa participate and we give them options ranging from volunteering with children to volunteering with teenagers among others.

CIVS being a volunteering organization in Kenya, provides programs of different types.One can choose between long-term volunteering or short term volunteering, both programs having their own share of benefits that we will definitely be taking you through in our subsequent posts.

You can definitely look forward to learning more about volunteering from us (the organization and the volunteers who've used our services),why we as a volunteer organization would like to have you work with us and the immense fulfillment that comes with volunteering abroad.

We leave it at that for today but we hope you'll stop by to read our pieces often to learn more about this noble cause.

Thank you for stopping by.