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How to make volunteer abroad experience rewarding?
Since you have chosen your volunteer abroad program, you should be now all excited and anxious about making out on this energizing journey. As much as you may have arranged for this excursion, we're certain you will have apprehension and inquiries with regards to making the best out of your volunteer abroad experience.
In this article, we have a few tips and direction to help you have the most rewarding volunteer abroad experience.
Take Everything as An Adventure
Volunteering is an adventure and staying overseas is an adventure too. There comes a lot of good things and bad thing while you stay and volunteer in a foreign country. Take all moment of experience as an adventure, so that you will be happier and your experience will be rewarding. You must also try to remain flexible to to achieve rewarding experience.
Learn Local Language
Though, basic English is spoken at most volunteer project site, it is always useful to learn local languages. Learning local language, even a little bit of it will help you have rewarding volunteer experience. By learning local language, you will not have communication problem and also it will be easier to immerse yourself into their culture. However, learning local language is beneficial to you add up in your skill set, you will also receive respect and admiration from local as well.
Research about the country and its history
Researching about the country and its history gives you an insight of situation and major problems of country and its people. This in turn helps you to put your effort more effectively while volunteering. When you understand something clearly, you will be better prepared to make an effective move. It will be a rewarding experience for you as well as more beneficial for local community.
Develop a connection with program coordinator
Program coordinator is a person whose job is to support you with your issues and problem during volunteering. It is a good idea to develop a good connection between you and your program coordinator to have a rewarding volunteering experience. In any conditions, kindly don't keep any issues that you are confronting to yourself. Your program coordinator is always there for you to give your idea to resolve your issues.
Have the right expectations
To have most rewarding volunteering experience, you must first withhold yourself from expecting luxuries in developed countries at project site. The right expectation is to have no expectation at all. You should be prepared to live without Wi-Fi, western styled bathrooms, 24/7 electricity and many more.
Don't expect to make big difference immediately
Changes don't happen at the blink of eye. It is a dynamic and evolutionary process which takes time. Expecting to make big difference immediately can lead you to frustration. To have rewarding volunteering experience, all you need to do is put all your effort and be patient. But surely after a time you will observe the difference.
Stay positive and committed to volunteering
Staying positive is true for any work. While volunteering you may someday come up with various challenges but keeping yourself positive and doing what you are meant to do is the most essential way to have rewarding experiences. For a westerner, it will not be easier to accept the structure of developing country as you witness various conditions which are hard to deal with. Staying positive and being focused to put your effort will provide you wonderful experiences.
However, at the end of this article you may have realized that to have rewarding experiences is not that difficult. All you need to do is give yourself a lot of time to prepare for the trip.
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