It’s not just giving back. It’s a connection to people across the world and an investment in the change the world needs. Volunteering abroad places you right in the heart of the injustices of the world. This gives you the chance to make a real difference.
You might be thinking, “volunteering does so much for the community, but how do I benefit?” Well, by giving back to those in need, you’ll be exposed to several benefits that can impact your life in very positive ways.
Volunteering abroad is an eye-opening experience that exposes you to other cultures, languages, and unique ways of life. Through this, you’ll gain a new perspective and global experience as you play your part in developing marginalized communities.
Here are five benefits to volunteering abroad:
Have FUN while changing the WORLD
It’s true that volunteering is about giving back, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. When you volunteer abroad, you step out of your comfort zone and embrace a new side of life.
Volunteering overseas is known for building self-esteem and stimulating the mind. You’ll come face to face with a new culture, which can be lots of fun and an exhilarating experience.
But outside of learning a new way of life, you can also explore a whole new world because no volunteer experience is complete without adventure tours.
When you volunteer with Jamaica Volunteer Programs, we offer you the chance to explore the island in your free time. Jamaica is known for beaches, waterfalls, rivers, and beautiful gardens. So just imagine the world of fun activities you can embark on.
Watch the video above to see and hear how Maple Grove Senior High School students enjoyed their experience painting and landscaping the Keith Goldson Health Centre Manning’s Hill, St Andrew, Jamaica.
The group of 24 students thoroughly enjoyed their project, but most importantly, they found out that community service abroad can be meaningful work, way more than just helping neighbors out with the groceries or babysitting for free.
Discover YOU through SERVICE to others
In the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi – “The best way to find one’s self is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Volunteering abroad gives you a chance to slow down, connect with the world, and in turn, learn about yourself, your fellow volunteers, the community, and the people.
Volunteer abroad programs increase your sense of self while developing social responsibility and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.
Forge lasting bonds and connections while giving back
Don’t connect with your peers?
Well, when you volunteer abroad, of course, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to the community. Still, you’ll also have the opportunity to nurture relationships with your peers. It’s important to bond with those around you, and volunteering promises a chance to connect with people.
You’ll bond with children in need, other volunteers, locals, and even the environment.
Build Your Resume
College Application – The benefits of volunteering are felt in the professional world as well. It can also be a critical component of a successful university/college application.
It is an essential way for students to explore their interests and demonstrate to colleges what they are about.
Additionally, it helps students stand out among other applicants – service work is often a leading decision-making factor outside of a student’s grades. University/College Admissions Officers are more likely to choose students who volunteer as they are deemed to be more rounded.
Job Application – Participating in community service in a foreign country is a massive boost on a resume. Employers are keen on applicants and workers who demonstrate an ability to think outside and understand how to live in a globalized world.
The added benefits of teamwork, foreign language knowledge, and plain old hard work can also add to the volunteer’s resume. Since business is now global, being exposed to a different culture, people, and environment, the volunteer is armed with useful and potentially actionable information.
Increases Social Responsibility through giving back
Suppose you’re looking to develop your sense of social responsibility or that of a child, loved one, or your students. In that case, a volunteer abroad program is a chance to become better a global citizen and serve the world.
The experience of undertaking “feel good” projects that genuinely make a difference can boost an individual’s self-esteem, motivate them to make better choices, and instill a lifelong interest in giving back.
With Jamaica Volunteer Programs, you’ll have opportunities to help develop poor communities while building relationships and “social connectedness” with locals, peers, and activists sharing a cause.
If you have ever dreamt of volunteering abroad, now is the time to start planning. Get our full volunteer checklist with all you need to know to become a Global Citizen. Go HERE and submit your contact info so we can send it right over.