Volunteering is an experience only minority undertake but something that many consider of doing. Sure, traveling is fun but you add more value to it when there is a good cause behind and beyond mere touring. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing a thing you’ve never done before is surely a journey of self-discovery and life. So if this is a first you’ve heard of or quite unsure of the program to choose, these opportunities might be aligned to your interests and help you decide.
- Wildlife Conservation Program
This volunteer program is best suited for the outdoor type. As a wildlife conservation volunteer, you will act as Mother Nature’s janitor and endangered animals’ custodian. Tasks involve handling animals and assisting staff in providing care to wildlife patients.
In order to participate well in this type of volunteerism, you must be in a good physical condition, have patience and good adaptability skills, comfortable with physical labor involving plants and animals and have the skill to relate well with diverse set of people. Most of the wildlife volunteer opportunities are available in various regions in the US.
- Construction/Building Projects
Living a house without access to a basic toilet or proper roofing is a sad reality to many communities from all over the world. Water, education, livelihood shortages are just many of the prevailing problems that can be attributed to low or no basic facilities and infrastructure. This building project is aimed at improving the quality of life of disadvantaged communities.
Building volunteers can expect breaking a sweat, getting fresh air, making friends with volunteers all over the world and attaining great experiences of a lifetime. Moreover, this can help your personal growth as you become more appreciative and grateful to what you have in your home country.
There are popular locations for this type of program that are accredited by some non-profit organizations such as Africa, Asia (Provinces of Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, India, etc.), Latin America and Europe.
- English Teaching
If you are language inclined, fluent and have the passion to teach English, then this might be a good volunteer option for you! You can contribute in enhancing the learning experience of many young students not only by inputting correct grammar but also through application which is conversational English. You just need to maximize your instructional materials and enjoy the experience of bonding with the children.
Teaching program destinations can be in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and South Pacific regions.
- Care for Disabled Persons
There is a need around the world for volunteers who have the heart and compassion in caring for people with disabilities (mental and physical). You can give these patients a chance to learn confidence and skills for them to become independent individuals. This program has various areas depending on the need of the disabled persons. Primary caretaker involves tasks such as washing, feeding and changing children or adults with disabilities. Coaching on the other hand include playing physical games with children or adults with a goal to improve their social skills while tutoring entails problem solving and language lessons to help patients process information.