Greetings, young explorer! So, you feel the time has come for you to pack your bags and discover the world. Although travelling today is much safer and easier than when the Mayflower made its way across the ocean, still, going to far-away places requires making a lot of decisions. Many of you not only will be leaving your homes for longer for the first time, but you will also be leaving one more place you know very well – namely, your comfort zone. It is understandable, that if you are a first timer to volunteering abroad with limited experience in travelling - it might be pretty scary. But hey, if you are reading this, it means that the idea is pretty exciting and tempting too…So, you start thinking about this new venture. How should you go on? You might have heard of group travelling, and think that joining an organized group is a great idea. But on the other hand… you value your freedom and independence, and feel more comfortable when on your own. Oh, the decisions, what to do?? Take it easy, because we are here to help! So, let’s have a closer look at what are the differences of travelling in a group versus going on your own.
'I have plenty of time, a drive to accomplish something meaningful and no idea what to do next with my life.' Those were my persistent feelings during the final year in high school. Everybody but me got a clearly defined career path. Hence, the recurring question: 'so which university do you apply to?' I made up a short answer to stop every conversation at this very moment: 'I do not apply at all. I am volunteering in Africa.' It worked out; people were so shocked that they did not ask any further question. I just did not predict a tiny detail. After having repeated it countless times, I got used to this sentence so much that I have made up my mind. I was going to Africa to help people and live the adventure of my life! If not now, when?
Benefits of volunteering.
If you are reading this, then you have probably been inspired to travel abroad and offer your help as a volunteer. Inspiration comes from different sources. You may have seen a movie that touched you, maybe you admire the work of some celebrity, who is fighting for a good cause, or maybe your friend has returned, packed with stories and great energy, that have made you think. Whatever the reason you are here, welcome! We would like to share with you a few points, which might add another angle to the picture you have of volunteering abroad.