#1 You can contribute to changing the world little by little
Our goal with volunteering abroad is to have a positive, lasting impact. The volunteer work you do should always benefit the community or the environment you work in.
Sometimes your impact will be tangible, for example when you help build a classroom or participate in a beach clean-up. Other times, your efforts will only pay off in the long run. For instance, collecting marine data that influences decisions on conservation policies. In both cases, we have a long-term goal and a sustainable solution in mind.
Our projects allow you to work closely with communities in reaching these goals. When each of our volunteers do a little work, we can achieve a lot!
It is our aim to change individuals and communities for the better by providing sustainable, long-term solutions. It’s one of the reasons why volunteer work is important. As the saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
#3 Experience new cultures while creating lasting bonds
The first thing you’ll realize about volunteering in a different country is how vastly different everything is compared to back home. You’ll get to explore different traditions and meet new people. It can be a bit of a culture shock, but our country-specific cultural training helps you adapt quickly. Volunteering teaches you to accept all these differences and embrace the traditions and lifestyle of others.
Sometimes there may be a language barrier, but you'll build relationships while working together. Volunteering is a great way to create meaningful connections Whether your goal is to make the world a better place, or learn new skills, you’ll always remember the people you bonded with while abroad, long after you’ve gotten home.
“As well as some of the incredible interactions with wildlife, a lot of my favorite memories from the trip were simply relaxing with the rest of the volunteers. Over my four weeks I met over 30 different people of all ages and nationalities, and I am certain that despite the distance that we all live from each other, I will know a lot of them for a long time!”
- Caitlin S, African Bushveld Conservation volunteer in Botswana
#4 Helping others provides fulfillment
Volunteering abroad means you are actively fighting pressing issues like climate change, wildlife poaching, or access to healthcare. The fact that you’re making a tangible contribution is fulfilling. It makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger. An average day at the office, or spending your school break at home might not be able to provide you with this.
This experience will open your eyes to the challenges that many face around the world. With our goals in mind, you'll work towards long-term sustainable growth and improvement in communities. This improvement is what you gain from volunteering. Knowing you're making an impact is often all the reward you need.
Never stop learning; keep moving forward
The benefits of volunteer work for students are diverse. You get to learn professional and personal skills, as well as explore a different country and parts of yourself. You’ll find out more about your passion, and what areas you can help improve. Volunteering is not just for students, it’s for everyone. One of the best ways to grow is to put yourself in new situations and experience new things. That’s when you discover what you’re truly capable of.