THE GREATEST SELF-FULFILMENT
Travellers differ from tourists and holidaymakers in numerous factors. While tourists travel just for leisure and entertainment, the real travellers seek for something deeper than that. Perhaps it is knowledge and better understanding of the world, or maybe personal development and self-realisation. In any case, volunteering is the greatest act of self-fulfilment. What can make us feel better than supporting others and helping where it is needed?
The Western societies have mass media at their disposal, which means that we are fully aware of what is happening in the world far away from our homes. Moreover, we have all the essential resources to live peaceful, happy lives. We still often miss something..
We all are conscious of the fact that there are people, often even the entire nations, that do not have access to the basics, and many areas suffer from devastating nature disasters. Yet, we turn a blind eye..
Solidarity and unity are some of the most important merits and virtues of humanity. To feel like humans, we need to lend a helping hand when necessary. For the sake of ourselves and for the sake of a better world.
Nepal Earthquake in 2015
WHY TO VOLUNTEER?
- Actively involving into the worlds happening makes one grow as a person
- Boosting self-esteem and confidence
- Gaining new skills and knowledge
- Creating a sense of community, meeting virtuous people and building lifelong friendships
- Improving physical and mental health
- Feeling good after a meaningful action and its positive impact on our life
- Experiencing great achievement and life-satisfaction
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
Majority of people would prefer to contribute in a form of donation, however, there have been records of fraud and existence of several fake charity organisations. Therefore, the most effective way of helping is take action and “do it in person”. There is a number of opportunities worldwide and plenty of various volunteering programs to join in.
Volunteering abroad/overseas gives you a chance to share your skills and enthusiasm, while immersing yourself in a unique culture, discovering new places and contributing to a good cause. Sadly, the price tags on some programs scare many people off before they even start. Particularly, participation in big organisation projects and short term volunteering programs can cost a lots of money. However, if you have specific skills to contribute, it will be much easier to find a “lower cost” option.
The big beach and ocean clean up in Thailand, 2014
The most wanted areas/jobs are:
- Child Care and Teaching (orphanage houses, teaching English language)
- Health Care and Medicine (hospitals, first aid, war and conflict zones)
- Animal Care (looking after abandoned animals and helping to protect endangered species)
- Building and Re-building (undeveloped regions or areas affected by natural disasters)
- Environment and Conservation
- Law and Human Rights (fighting against human trafficking, discrimination, etc.)
Major countries and regions in need for help: Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the African continent, the Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia
Nevertheless, there are many participation free volunteer programs run by smaller local companies and you might still need to pay for housing, food and airfare, depending on the agreement. Many of them get funding from local governments and that allows volunteers to take part without paying any fees. NOTE that these are typically long-term projects in fairly undeveloped areas and require certain deal of passion and commitment.
Willing workers on organic farms is a reliable worldwide organization, which facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms.Volunteers then exchange their farm work (usually 4-6 hours a day) for food and accommodation. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about organic growing and gardening, as well as trying to live in a rural setting, and interact with WWOOFers from other countries. Is a subtle form of volunteering, based on a rather short term staying. It is a popular way of travelling for young people since it often requires a good physical condition.
The most common are: fruit and vegetable farms, coffee and tea plantations, spice and silk farms, pearl and fish farms, animal farms and others. Become a member here http://www.wwoof.net/
Getting involved in the sea turtle conservation project, Costa Rica 2014
TEACH ENGLISH WHILST TRAVELLING
Unfortunately, most of the volunteering programs charge a fee for joining in. Also, you will need to have certain skills and meet certain requirements to be accepted, which can be quite discouraging.
However, there is a great alternative, which allows paid work, often in poor, developing areas. Teaching English in non-English speaking countries has become extremely popular, as it is a smart way how to travel and work at the same time. TESOL, TEFL and CELTA skilled teachers are wanted almost everywhere in the world. The courses are to be undertaken on-line or in-class, in up to 4-6 week time. Having reached the qualification, the TESOL, TEFL or CELTA organisation will help the teachers to find paid employment in any country.
NOTE that some areas (typically the popular ones, e.g. EU) will only hire English native speakers who completed either of the above mentioned courses.
Teaching English in South Africa, 2016
Areas with the greatest demand for the qualified TESOL/TEFL/CELTA teachers are:
- Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
- The Middle East: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman
- Europe: Spain, Italy, Turkey
- Africa: Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa
- South America: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador
- The Central America: Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua
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