5 reasons to become a “Global Volunteer”
Somewhere in another part of the world, new friends from foreign countries, working in international environment, discovering new cultures…
Sounds catchy, right?
But it is not about sounding catchy, it is all about being a Global Volunteer!
“Global Volunteer” program is 6-8 weeks voluntary internships abroad and a great chance to develop your leadership skills.
Here are the top 5 reasons to become a Global Volunteer:
International friends and networking
Being a “Global Volunteer” is an opportunity to meet people of all ages and backgrounds from all around the world and forge professional as well as personal connections, making international friends from others countries or even continents!
Improving language skills
Living and working in another country is the best way to learn the language: hearing it spoken around you and using it by yourself, all the time. If your volunteering project involves teaching English, you’ll develop your English written and verbal skills at the same time.
Overseas volunteers may not only learn a new language during their stay, they may also come to appreciate their native tongue all the more.
Working in a foreign environment will gain you a volunteer experience which is a huge boost on a resume. Employers love to see a person that can think outside the box and work past their comfort zone. The added benefits of teamwork, foreign language knowledge, and hard working also add polish to the volunteer candidate. Making your project a success will involve working closely with a diverse range of people, both locals and other volunteers, many of whom you might otherwise never interact with.
Cultural shock a huge benefit
Travelling abroad to volunteer otherwise can be called as the best way to step out of your comfort zone. Volunteers experience differences about body language, gestures, controversial customs etc. in contrast with their home country. This thing is called “cultural shock”, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. Conversely, experiencing culture shock is a very positive thing because it gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself, teaches you how to think on your feet and adapt, and presents you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, and then emerge as a global citizen.
No volunteering without FUN
Obviously, volunteering is not about hard working all the time as an office plankton.
It’s also about meeting new people, trying new experiences, making memories and simply having fun!