What Preparation goes into Traveling to Other Continents and Countries to Perfor

  1. J.S.Matthew profile image84
    J.S.Matthewposted 5 years ago

    What Preparation goes into Traveling to Other Continents and Countries to Perform Volunteer Work?

  2. ThePrettiestWord profile image59
    ThePrettiestWordposted 5 years ago

    I volunteered with an agency called VSO on a Global Xchange programme for young people aged 18-26 but I scoured the internet for months finding something suitable for me. I had to fundraise, I raised over £1000, some people had to raise more. I did this by going on a website called JustGiving as well as hosting events in my local area.
    Apart from that, VSO sorted most things for us, so Visas and legal things were sorted for us by the company.
    But there are loads of opportunities online, it's just finding one that suits you!
    Hope that helped.

  3. sabinepanneau profile image61
    sabinepanneauposted 5 years ago

    Having worked quite a few charities in the UK, I would definitely advise you to get involved with a local charity to familiarize yourself with volunteering work.

    My second advice would be to register on websites such as idealist.org, devex.com and LinkedIn. There are hundreds of offers for volunteering all around the world and you can see the type of experience and skills they require.

    It takes about 9 month to find a volunteering position from the day you decide that's what you want to do and the day you actually leave.

    VSO is a British organization and you'll probably need to be in London to go through their selection process (I did it over 4 years ago in London and I have to say that it was quite thorough).

    Finally, you can check international charities and see if they are looking for volunteers for their overseas actions.

    In term of preparation, all the larger charities should ask you to attend their orientation program to get to know their work, how they operate and the extend of their activities overseas. I participated in a preparation weekend for a French charity and it was really useful.

    Finally, you can go to a specific country and look for a volunteering position there. Depending on your skills, they might be very happy that you contacted them directly.