Volunteer traveling is one of the most diverse, hands-on, and bold approaches to discover any country. With the options to sight-see and explore throughout your volunteer duties, volunteer traveling is educational, rewarding, and incredibly fun!
But first of all let’s take a step back to see clearly where all the pieces fall:
Are you thinking of volunteering, but are still a little unsure if it is for you? Are you worried that volunteering is just another word for a holiday or that you won’t really be helping out? Do you have a doubt that you will be stealing a local’s job in the process?
Whatever concerns you have, it can be a big and life-changing decision. That’s where ZEN TRAVEL comes in.. to help you take this exciting step with confidence. We want to ensure you that ZEN travel commits to long term sustainable development, values equality and the travel programs reflect our passion.
Here are the tips and tops of Volunteer Travel put together for you:
Get Behind the Scenes
Volunteering abroad lets you meet people from all walks of life. You learn about their struggles and their culture. This shift in perspective opens your mind to what is truly important, puts to bed age-old stereotypes and shows you how small your problems are in the grand scheme of things. You will be living an off the beaten track and gathering new experiences and memories.
Employers love a candidate with a range of soft skills and luckily, volunteering abroad gives you plenty of those. It helps you create a positive impression, it improves your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills. And it’s not just us that believe this, recruiters do too! In 2015 the study found that recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation, political affiliations and spelling and grammar errors when looking at a candidate’s social presence.
You can use volunteering as a reason to get out of old routine. You’ll find out the situations you thrive in, the ones that are challenging, new things that inspire you, and what makes you the happiest. And most importantly you will begin to trust your capabilities, you will blossom into your new stronger confident identity.
Here’s the scientific proof too: Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other than yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases.
Stay on Budget
Traveling without being tourist lets you avoid many unexpected tourist-inherit expenses such as overpriced restaurants, shopping, and the dreaded theft. Although the lump sum up front for voluntours can feel overwhelming, costs usually include the necessities: food, accommodations, and airport transfers. Plus, all kinds of priceless opportunities right under your nose at your volunteer locations.
Make a Difference
Volunteering abroad allows you to travel with a purpose. It allows you to reduce your ecological footprint by giving back to activities that are ethical and sustainable.
Volunteering is not something to take lightly and needs to be treated with the utmost respect. It is a chance to vote every day about the kind of world you want to live in. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself and use your civic responsibility for the greater good.
Be generous and Be adventurous! Join our Voluntours in Georgia. It is a destination of stunning natural landscapes and rural areas that offer you a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.