Volunteering is one of the best things which a person can do, especially over the summer or during their free time. Since the 21st century, there have been many new opportunities that have opened up for interested volunteers. There are many advantages of volunteering. This post looks at the top 5 advantages of volunteering.
- Opportunity to Travel the World
The thing about volunteering is that it allows you to travel the world. Whether you are a person that wants to travel to South America, Europe, Africa, Asia or even in North America, there are plenty of opportunities that all of these continents offer. If you want to travel to a new place such as Pakistan, then it is completely possible with volunteering.
- Open up your Mind
When you spend the majority of your life living in the same neighborhood or country, and just watching the news, you don’t get to see what the real world looks like and feels like. However, when you volunteer, you get a broader view on things which opens up your mind. News channels or other related sites can be biased in order to serve a certain individual, government, sort of thinking or just about anything. Many people that once used to hate on a certain group of individuals only came to admire these individuals when they volunteered to live in the same area as them. The world is not like what the media shows, it is a lot more.
- Learn a New Language
Perhaps, one of the main reasons why many people choose to volunteer in a Spanish speaking country or even in India is due to the fact that they find the language attractive or know the importance of the language. Languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, Urdu/ Hindi and Arabic are spoken by the majority of the world’s population and by volunteering abroad you get to learn a new language. There are many benefits of learning a new language and volunteering is a great way to do so.
- Make New Friends
People are beautiful, and loving. At the end of the day, we are all human and being around different individuals allows you to make new friends. Volunteering allows you to work with individuals who share the same interests as you and this leads to the creation of life-long friends whom you share fond memories with. You could become friends with the locals and learn about their culture, while speaking in a bit of their indigenous language.
- Work Exposure
Volunteering provides you with the opportunity to do what you love and gain some experience doing it. Since, non-governmental organizations are underfunded, they tend to allow you to truly expand your horizons and work experience. This leads to work exposure like you had never imagined. It will look great on your resume and help create a network with organizations which could even land you in your new permanent job. The opportunities that volunteering provides are endless.