Being an international volunteer is a great experience that can equip you with new skills (along with sharpened current ones). However, if you’ve heard any negative stories about volunteering abroad lately, then chances are, you might’ve run into several myths that you didn’t even know were myths.
But not to worry! In this article, we’ll look at 7 of the most common myths about volunteering abroad:
Smart Ways to Save and Budget for a Volunteer Trip
Volunteering abroad is a great way to give back to communities and people in need, and it will likely be one of the best experiences of your life. After conducting plenty of research and deciding where you want to go, you will need to focus on budgeting and saving money to travel overseas.
The Cambodia Cat & Dog Rescue project cares for animals rescued from Phnom Penh's streets. In addition to caring for these cats & dogs the project is also educating the community on animal care and working to improve the welfare of animals throughout Cambodia. Our Regional Manager, Crissy, recently visited the project and spent the day as a volunteer to gain a more in-depth insight into the volunteer experience at the project.
When applying for internships abroad it’s a common requirement that applicants send not only their CV, but also a cover letter. For recruiters, receiving a cover letter provides more insight into the character of the applicants and, for over-subscribed positions, can provide a valuable way to choose between candidates.
How You Can Reduce Your Environmental Footprint While Volunteering Abroad
Volunteering abroad is a great way to give your time and effort to communities that are not your own. It provides a chance to explore what the world has to offer while putting smiles on people’s faces thousands of miles away from your home.
COVID's Effects on Siem Reap
NGO Assistant Intern, Ruri, share his insights into how the global pandemic has effected the once lively Siem Reap:
"It is difficult through words alone to capture the intensity of Siem Reap’s ‘Pub Street’ in its pre-pandemic heyday. A vibrant mass of packed restaurants, bars and clubs flank a street that is itself swarmed by revellers dancing, drinking, or simply basking in the city’s 24/7 fluorescent haze.
Volunteering abroad can be a life changing opportunity, especially for young people who are still finding their feet in the world. By exploring new cultures you’ll gain valuable perspective on your own. You’ll learn new skills, greater awareness of the world and you’ll be empowered in the future to try new things, whether on a personal or professional level.
About 20% of high school seniors likely won't attend college this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you're considering a break from school too, why not volunteer on a gap year? Serving communities abroad will help you get to know yourself and allow you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the world before choosing a career path.