5 Incredible Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad This Summer
April 9, 2016 -- by Nada Ossama
You're probably wondering why you should volunteer abroad this summer, so let me tell you something; the art of volunteering is being an exchanging benefit in which you desire to serve a certain community for a certain issue and at the same time it gives you the strength of commitment, enriches your mind & soul, and gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of accomplishing something. In other words volunteering is a challenging and rewarding experience in which you help those who are in need of help, put your passions & talents into practice, and enhances your quality of life. So volunteering is an exchanging benefit to both the recipient of your efforts and to yourself.
Like any form of art has allowed you to express yourself, and you want to share that with others. Volunteering through different programs and issues lets you be devoted to a cause that's close to your heart while spreading that passion to others.
Maybe the people who do volunteering are ordinary ones but in fact they do extraordinary things because they are striving to make this world a better place to live in instead of sitting around with little or nothing to do.
There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer abroad and I'm sure you will find one of them that feels right and close to you.
1. Giving you a sense of purpose
Volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose, it helps you address a social problem that is meaningful to you, an opportunity to explore new personal interests and goals, to promote personal growth & self-esteem, and enhance your quality of life with giving you a satisfaction from accomplishing something.
2. Establishing strong relationships
Bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal is one of the unique things volunteering does. Working alongside with people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others and strengthening bonds based on “doing” your values. You feel valued and part of a meaningful team.
3. Good for your career
It has long been viewed that volunteering is a way to create new connections that lead to career opportunities, whether you volunteer in a current study industry or an area you’d like to transition into. It is a special effective way to make social connections for a certain career and explore it. And with all this fuzz, during the volunteering itself you are strengthening your skills, gaining new ones and expanding your career horizons.
4. Giving a hand for a certain society
It is a chance to give something back to a certain community; you make a difference to the lives of others, get to know the local community, and contribute to a cause that you care about. Being committed and involved in doing good things for the society make positive changes that directly affects the lives of people and when you see the impact you do, you certainly feel good about yourself.
5. Gaining leadership
Volunteering is an investment in the community and in your growth as a leader. It expands your perspective on priorities, gives you an opportunity to work with new interpersonal dynamics, and encourages you to tackle challenges from different angles. It teaches you how to show up in the world and that’s what it takes to become a leader. And it's just easier to take the risk of trying out new skills and potentially screw up because you don't have to prove yourself to be given a chance. You hang out with a whole new crowd who have different experiences and outstanding leadership styles you can learn from.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama