While a monetary donation to an organization will aid with existing needs, volunteering helps keep the organization and the cause afloat for the future. That’s because when you volunteer, you help raise awareness for the cause and the organization. You probably do this without knowing it by talking to your friends and family about your volunteer experience and what you’ve learned during the process. Though, you can increase awareness through conscious effort.
For example, if you’re going to be going abroad for your volunteer experience, you can create a fundraising page through Go Fund Me (or a similar website). Within the page, you can put information about the charity you are volunteering for and why it’s significant to you.
See the World
One of the most amazing benefits of volunteering is the chance to see the world and travel to places you may never have considered. While your friends could be off sightseeing in Europe, you could be living with remote communities in rural Thailand or helping new turtle hatchlings on an untouched beach. Volunteer abroad programs take you off-the-beaten-path to see a part of the world beyond the brochures and have a culturally immersive experience.
This might sound scary to some, but you’ll have the support of local guides and team leaders as part of your placement and be partnering with like-minded individuals. Also, many volunteer abroad programs give you days off to go see the surrounding areas. You can always extend your vacation before or after your placement to go further afield. It’s really is the best of both worlds. You are able to give back to those people, places, or things that are less fortunate and enhance your life skills while being able to see the world at the same time.