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Volunteering abroad: 3 Reasons why it will change your life

There’s no doubt that heading off into the wide blue yonder to a completely different culture and pace of life; perhaps to live in less comfort than you’re used to; and to navigate language barriers, can be a very daunting prospect for people at any age. However, the rewards are more than worth the effort, as you will find out.

Volunteering in far-flung destinations has become increasingly popular in recent years – and it’s not hard to see why. People who return from these experiences have described their time away as life-changing and life-affirming. There’s no doubt that heading off into the wide blue yonder to a completely different culture and pace of life; perhaps to live in less comfort than you’re used to; and to navigate language barriers, can be a very daunting prospect for people at any age. However, the rewards are more than worth the effort, as you will find out…

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A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO USE YOUR SKILLS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY

There are opportunities for you to use your skills so that you can be of real help to people who really need it. If you are a keen linguist, you can volunteer in Ghana to teach English to children in schools and orphanages. If you have medical skills or qualifications, you’ll be able to find volunteer roles that involve helping to heal people who might otherwise struggle to find medical assistance. If you are struggling to find meaning in your life, as we all do at times, using your skills and academic knowledge for the benefit of disadvantaged people will give you an entirely new perspective and sense of satisfaction.

DEVELOP IMPRESSIVE INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-CONFIDENCE

Being away on your own as a volunteer means that you are forced to learn to cope with a variety of difficulties, stresses and strains as you progress. Without the support of a partner, your family, or your friends, you learn to deal with situations as they arise, and to resolve them on your own. This will help you to gain control over your life and your emotions, and can help you to achieve great success within your career and personal life.

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LEARN

Volunteering abroad is rich in learning experiences of all kinds that are hard to acquire if you never leave your home town. Someone who has travelled to Thailand will know how to avoid the rainy season, and where to pick up the best lunch at the best prices. Because you learn by experiences rather than academic study, you will never forget the education you get during your travels.

Learning a language is considerably easier when you are immersed in it every single day, and it becomes a pleasure to develop your skills with the locals – rather than the chore of poring over old text books.

You will also learn a lot about yourself during your volunteering experiences abroad. The result of this will be that you will become much more self-aware and better at making the right choices when it comes to every aspect of your life; because you will have a new understanding of your own flaws and frailties.

Volunteering in places like Ghana, Thailand and Costa Rica could be the key to a more fulfilled, happier and resilient and self-confident you – and it could help you to secure your dream place at university or even the career you’ve always wanted. Find out how to travel here. Where will your journey take you?

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