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Preparing For Your First Volunteering Project Abroad

Preparing For Your First Volunteering Project Abroad

Heading out for your first volunteering project abroad is an exciting time, which many volunteers look forward to with mounting anticipation for months. However, it can also be daunting [1] - particularly as you may never have done something so independent or far-flung before. Knowing quite how to prepare can be a tricky task - so here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Do Some Research

Assuming that you have already chosen a project and your fundraising is proceeding according to plan, you’ll probably have a...

How to Fundraise For Your Volunteer Travel Experiences

Volunteering as you travel is a wonderful way to see the world, learn more about different cultures and ways of life, and really make a difference to the lives of individuals in the countries that you visit. Volunteering abroad is an incredibly worthwhile thing to do, both in terms of the help and support you can provide to communities in need, and your own enrichment and development. However people are often surprised by just how costly choosing to volunteer abroad can be: volunteers are generally responsible for funding their airfare, their accommodation costs, and any other living...

What you must know as a volunteer

What you must know as a volunteer

Volunteer is a person, who works not for the money, but because of the desire to help and enjoys helping those who are in need. Volunteering is never an obligation; it is always an act of free will.
[Alex Karlov, a blogger]

In my previous post, I described 5 reasons why volunteering is especially useful while you are young. And today I would like to talk about the most important things for every volunteer...

5 reasons to volunteer as a student

I’m a student volunteer! 5 reasons why volunteering is especially cool when you’re young.

People volunteer for many different reasons, especially wanting to help others in difficult times, or when they have experienced something themselves and this knowledge could be useful for those in same situation. But it is also OK to want volunteer for self developing and personal education. 

“Volunteer is not a job, nor a hobby, it is a calling.”


 - Helen Keller

Being a volunteering student, most of all I wanted to be useful...

Kathmandu Cargo on Tarmac

Chasing Earthquakes

10 minutes after landing in Bagdogra, Anna (my fiance) and I found the airport to be gently swaying, moving side to side, almost peacefully, so it didn't raise panic immediately.  We had just arrived 10 minutes earlier and climbed to the second floor of the airport, awaiting our friends and ready to exit.  At first I thought the swaying was because of the wind, blowing the structure, or maybe from the jets of a departing plane.  

It didn't matter that I had never felt an airport swing before because my mind was not fully focused on the movement.  Only...

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Meet Our Bloggers!

Allison Feikes, Turkey

Allison is currently pursing a Masters degree in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She was a  2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Canakkale, Turkey. She is a member of CISV International, a peace organization that unites children from all over the world to create active global citizens; she often volunteers for the organization as a staff member and leader and has served on various committees. 

Previously, Allison interned with the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and with the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. She volunteered abroad in Arusha, Tanzania.

"If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room."
-Anita Roddick

Aneta Dudeńko, Poland

After earning her Bachelor's Degree in International Business, Aneta decided that she should do something unusual and spontaneous before starting down the path of a longterm career - something that could help her appreciate life as more precious than the daily grind can make it seem. That's why she started to follow her dreams by connecting her interests with voluntary service.

With Slavic roots, speaking Polish, English and Spanish, a passion for extreme sports and new adventures, Aneta decided to travel to and discover the country of Peru. She began by helping the local community with several social development programs while at the same time taking the opportunity to discover its customs, traditions and mystique culture. That venture widened her horizons and cementer her desire to be involved in philantrophy. She constantly seeks new opportunities to explore, bearing in mind that only by dedicating and giving of herself may she achieve a sustainable, lasting impact. That’s why she's just started another adventure of her life – 6 monthly EVS in Aurora Organization in Vic, Spain – trying to share her passion with local youngsters by showing them thousands of advantageous that the voluntary service brings .

"I realized that I need to find a way to join the skills and experience I've worked to achieve and do something valuable that will give back, and bring a smile to others as well as to the one on my face!"

Anil Menon, M.D., Russia

Dr. Menon is currently practicing emergency medicine and aerospace medicine with an interest in technology, telemedicine, wilderness medicine, and disaster care. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with highest honors in neurobiology, studied language in India the following year, and began medical school at Stanford University.  At Stanford he earned an MS in mechanical engineering, completed his MD, and continued with a residence in emergency medicine and a fellowship in wilderness medicine.

His work in remote medicine took him to Mount Everest base camp and Haiti's general hospital 4 days after the earthquake. Currently, he is working at Memorial Hermann Hospital, completed a fellowship in aerospace medicine at UTMB/NASA, and began working in Star City, Russia to support NASA operations. In addition, he is a Major in the Oregon Air National Guard and has deployed to Afghanistan with the 129th Rescue Squadron in 2009 and for Critical Care Air Transport in 2012.

Britni Rose, Ukraine

Britni is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine where she is teaching English as a foreign language. During her service she will also be teaching dance in her community and working to become a certified Health Coach online. After Peace Corps she plans to continue her education in medical anthropology. The contents of this website are hers personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

Brittany Edwardes, Malaysia

I am a recent graduate from the University of Central Arkansas Honors College and a 2012-2013 Fulbright ETA Grant Recipient to Malaysia. Pursuing my passions in service learning, philanthropy, and education, I want to make the world a better place through social media, effective philanthropy, and education as a call to service.

I have experience with social media, international volunteerism, non-profit educational event planning, and service learning project management.

It is my goal to devote my life to service through working hard for sustainable service methods and multinational volunteerism relationships.

David Lee, Antigua & Barbuda/Ghana

I believe in volunteering as the nonpareil educational opportunity that allows us to invest in and share the best, most creative elements of ourselves while exploring and learning about different cultures and regions, to constantly expand our understanding and appreciation of the sheer diversity of the human experience, and ultimately facilitate the realization and respect of our similarities and empathetic responsibility to our fellow human beings.

As an RPCV I had the privilege to serve as a computer and education volunteer in Ghana from 2007 to 2009, and as the Communications Officer for the GARD Center in Antigua in 2010. I then worked at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an IT and Program Specialist. I now handle program development and volunteer support for Volunteer Global as the Director of Programs.

Elena Robertson, Vietnam

My name is Elena, but if that's too hard to say, you can call me Ella. 

I'm a 22 year old American  with a serious coffee addiction, living and working in the Mekong Delta. I teach English and American Studies at a university, where I am successfully indoctrinating a generation with bleeding heart liberal ideology (kidding. kinda.), and volunteer for Pacific Links, an anti-trafficking NGO here in Vietnam. In my free time I like reading heart-wrenching books about the world's myriad problems, listening to similarly misery-inducing podcasts, conducting field research on equally depressing subjects, and soaking up all Saigon has to offer in terms of 7000D beers.  

My favorite pokemon is JigglyPuff, my favorite 90s summer anthem is Semi-Charmed Kind of Life by Third Eye Blind (but LFO's Summer Girls is a close second), and I was Helga Pataki for Halloween last year.  This year I will be Courtney Love.  

Just living life, dodging tropical illneses and rogue motorbikes one day at a time.

Elena Weaver, United Kingdom

Elena is originally from Derbyshire, England, but has lived and worked all over the world and is currently based in British Columbia. As a trained teaching assistant and nursery nurse, she began volunteering in the U.S; working with young people with challenging physical and mental disabilities.

In terms of confidence-building and skills acquisition, nothing beats volunteering. In her case, she has switched between helping young people from difficult backgrounds to get the best out of life, to supporting families with children with special needs, from freelance writing to a new career in marketing and publicity.  So you can see, you can not only make a huge difference to someone else's life through volunteering, but also to your own!

Hannah Harrison, Zambia

I'm a born and raised Alaskan gal with a love of good beer, better coffee, a notable tolerance for miserable conditions. I'm a researcher specializing in resource conflict and fisheries, and am slowly expanding my travel resume to include the distant and remote regions of the world. I like to write about solo travel from a woman's perspective, budget travel, cold climate travel, and challenging yourself to use and need less.  You can read my personal blog by visiting Hannah Goes Fishing. My passion in life is service, and I find my greatest happiness in lending my time, sweat, and energy toward the causes of others. Thanks for checking out my profile, and happy reading!

Lauren Andraski, Spain/Uganda

Being the cultured 21 year-old that I am, I spent my last undergraduate semester studying abroad in Spain, after which I will proceed to “find myself” by backpacking in Europe…

...but in all reality, I simply believe that in order to change the world, you have to see it first.  I will be graduating with a degree in social welfare policy with a focus on poverty, something I had no idea  could be a passion nor a career path.  I will be writing from the perspective of traveling as a single woman through Europe and am interested in looking at travel and voluntourism with a critical eye to examine our impact on the world.

You can find me on twitter at @laurenandraski or check out my personal blog at www.regularjackkerouac.wordpress.com

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