5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

Reasons to volunteer abroad on your next trip across the globe…

1. To Help and to Love Others

Helping others is the most important of the reasons to volunteer abroad. Find something you are passionate about and get out there and do good. There are SO many different things that you can volunteer for, so find something you love and put 110% into it. I volunteered abroad in Tanzania for a company called International Service Learning. They have many different volunteer opportunities in many different places around the world. I chose to do a health care related volunteer experience because of my interest in health and nursing.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

I spent two weeks in Tanzania with other nursing students from my college and other colleges across the US. One of the places we volunteer was a small Maasai village near Kilimanjaro airport. We spent three days at O’Brien School for the Maasai working with local doctors to diagnose and treat individuals that often do not receive any healthcare. Our travel group was the first ever group to visit this village and provide health care. The leaders of the group thanked us time and time again for caring about them and loving on their people. We spent a total of two weeks in Tanzania between volunteering at two different villages, going on a safari, and exploring the beautiful country.

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

2. To Make New Friends

Making new friends and meeting new people is one of the absolute best things about travel. You are able to learn about other cultures, other backgrounds, and other people’s way of life. I have so many rafikis (Swahili for friends) from Tanzania that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. It is a wonderful thing to meet others that are so similar to who you are. It’s also a wonderful thing to know people all over the world… more excuses to board a flight and go visit them!

It is so amazing how people can come together for the greater good of others.
Till next time, my friends!

3. To Learn More About Yourself

Cliché or not, you learn something about yourself every single time you step out of your comfort zone. Traveling to foreign lands, meeting new people, learning new things.. they all require you to step out of your comfort zone. I’ve learned through travel that I love to go slow and really get to know a place. I know that I absolutely love meeting new people and learning about new cultures. Through volunteering, I’ve learned how much I want health and happiness for each and every person I meet. This volunteer trip reinforced me in the fact that nursing was the right career path for me. I love people and I love being able to help people. It also gave me an incurable case of wanderlust…

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

4. To Learn About New Cultures and Explore New Parts of the World

One of my favorite parts about travel is learning about the culture and their ways of life. It’s amazing to see how other people live their everyday lives. I love seeing how they interact with others and hearing their languages. Trying new foods. Exploring new parts of the world. Finding beautiful places all around the globe. It’s such a special thing to be able to travel and experience all of these things. I can promise you that I will never take travel for granted and I will continue to explore as much as I am able to.

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

5. To Gain Experience in an Area of Interest

Learning how to care for and love others is one of the most important things in life. Traveling to Tanzania and working with these families and children taught me so much about how to care and how to love. It’s a special thing to care about someone you don’t know or have never met. So, go out there and volunteer. Care about others. Learn about your special area of interest and help others. There is so many different things you can do and so many different reasons to volunteer abroad, you just have to do it!

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
Theodore Roosevelt

I hope these reasons to volunteer abroad help you decide to spend your next trip volunteering.. I promise that it is worth it! 

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Five Reasons to Volunteer Abroad
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  1. May 12, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Congratulations. All the people doing these kind of things deserve so much respect. I’ve been looking at organizations where I can work abroad for a couple of weeks but haven’t had the courage yet of actually doing it…

    • May 13, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Nicola! I definitely recommend volunteering abroad- you could even start small and do some local volunteering first! I know you will absolutely love volunteering abroad once you work up the courage to do it!

  2. May 12, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Love this!You are so right…. not only do you learn a lot about a new culture, but you end up learning a lot about yourself in the process! I would love to do this!

    • May 13, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment Kashlee! It was one of my favorite experiences ever. I hope you get the opportunity to volunteer abroad someday!

  3. May 13, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    It sounds like you had such an amazing experience! I would love to volunteer abroad at some point. It’s such a great way to give back to places you visit and learn more about the local culture. Thanks for sharing your experience in Tanzania!

    • May 13, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you Christie! One of my favorite experiences ever. I absolutely loved learning about the people I was working with. I hope you are able to volunteer abroad someday soon- you would love it!

  4. Andrea Mayfield
    May 14, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    What an incredible experience! We need more people like you to volunteer, I would love to do it myself one day!

  5. May 27, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Volunteering aboard can be so much fun and rewarding especially when you see the difference you are making in the lives of others. Great job!

  6. October 15, 2018 / 3:42 am

    My girlfriend and I have recently left our lives in the UK (jobs, house, sold belongings) to volunteer travel our way through Latin America for the next two years. We are currently two and a half months in and about to start our second project in Mexico. It’s great to read about other people that have volunteered abroad. We are sourcing our own volunteer projects and writing about our experiences so that hopefully other people might also choose to volunteer travel. We don’t have a website yet but do take a look at our instagram @morethanjusttravel

  7. May 18, 2019 / 8:17 am

    Your view on ethnically volunteering is great. Going to pin this article, feel other can get benefits too.

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