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What the daily life and schedule of a volunteer abroad is like?

After applying for your desired volunteer abroad project, you must be wondering how the schedule and daily life while volunteer abroad is like? The daily schedule will depend on various factors such as your location, work placement, the season and so on. Generally, you are expected to be at your workplace every weekday. The rest of the days and schedule depends upon how you manage your own time. Most of the volunteers are expected to work for 4-6 hours a day. Volunteers usually wake up around 7 or 8 and workday begin after the breakfast somewhere between 8 and 10 AM. The launch will be at 12 and the workday often ends around 2 or 3 AM. Volunteers mostly have free time in the evening to relax and visit and explore local area. Volunteers use this free time to go to internet café, coffee shop, culture exchange program, take rest and so on.

Weekly Schedule

Volunteer are expected to be at their workplace every weekday. Weekdays differs for various countries. For instance, In Nepal only saturday is weekend where as other days are regarded as weekdays. However, weekends are the private of volunteers. It is when you will relax and explore the places around. You can set up a hike or visit arround the marketplace during weekends.

Daily Schedule

Below are some some sample schedule of some of the popular volunteer abroad projects.

Teaching in School Schedule

7:00 am –Breakfast

8:00 am –Start of your volunteering day – you will assistlocal teachers or teach by yourself

1:00 pm –Lunch

2:00 pm –Leave for class

2:30pm to 4:30pm –class

7:30 pm –Dinner with host family

Teaching at Buddhist Monastery

5:30am –Begin your day Puja (prayers)

7:30am –Breakfast

9:00am to 11.00am –Educational time and the first session of English classes

11.00 am to 11.30 am –Tea time

11.30 am to 12.00 pm – Tibetan Class continues

12.00 pm –Lunch time

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm –Educational Lessons

4.00 pm to 4.30 pm –Tea time

4.30 pm to 6.00 pm –Refreshments and evening puja

6.00pm –Dinner

7.00 pm to 8.00 pm –Review the day's lessons

9.00 pm –Retreat to bed

Volunteering for Orphanage

7:30 am –Breakfast

8:30 am –Volunteers assist in preparing breakfast, which can include cooking, serving food or cleaning up after the meal.

9:00 am –Children depart for school and volunteers can assist with cleaning, planning activities or lesson plans.

1:00 pm –Lunch Break

2:00 pm –Volunteers can visit the local market or utilize this time for internet access.

4:00 pm –Children return to the orphanage from their school day. Volunteers can teach the children English, Math, or any other subjects including conservation and personal hygiene, drawing, painting, rhymes and many other topics.

7:00 pm –Dinner

All in all, volunteer abroad will have a schedule according to their work placement, their location and many other factors. However, sometimes it's upto you to create your own schedule and strategies for mover effective volunteering. This is because, some work placement are not organized or have sufficient resource and management. It is the participant who can help creating new ideas to achieve successful volunteering.


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