Volunteering abroad is a great way to experience a new culture, to live like a local and to make a positive contribution to a community or to conservation. It’s also a great way to learn about yourself and experience more to grow your understanding of the world. It’s important to do the preparation before volunteering abroad. While some people will be seasoned travelers, many volunteers are traveling alone for the first time. Volunteers should always do their own detailed research about the country that their chosen program is based in.
WHAT DOES THE TRAINING COVER?
The volunteer training is made up of three learning step, which can be completed in any order. Each step provides an understanding of important aspects of volunteering that need to be considered before embarking on a program.
STEP 1 – BEFORE YOU GO
This step covers the basics of getting prepared for volunteering abroad. It provides advice on important steps to take, such as booking flights, arranging visas, organizing the right insurance, completing a criminal background check and what to pack. Volunteers are shown how being organized and well researched is vital to making the most of their experience.
STEP 2 – KEEP SAFETY
Health and safety is a big focus for us and we want to do everything we can to keep our volunteers out of harm’s way. Step 2 focuses on the steps volunteers can take to keep themselves safe, Example: using local transport, enjoying local food, what to do in emergencies or when incidents occur, and how to be safety-conscious when enjoying free time activities.
STEP 3 – BEING A RESPONSIBLE AND VALUABLE VOLUNTEER
This step includes on how to make a positive contribution to a community, in an ethical and responsible way. It includes on developing the right expectations, understanding and respecting different cultures, gaining the trust of local people, and protecting the rights. The big emphasis in this step is on establishing the right mind-set before volunteering abroad.