There are different forms of volunteer work such as participating in a seminar, teaching in school or volunteering in a clinic to serve AIDS patients. Most of these volunteer programs involve traveling. A lot of people volunteer with big expectations but get surprises later. Below are important things you need to know before you volunteer:
It’s not every volunteer opportunity that is right for you
There are volunteer programs that require twenty-four hours support. This may be difficult for those people who love being independent. It’s important to make a research of the specific programs and see which one will suit you. Some volunteer programs usually pay you while others do not. If you have identified a program and it does not pay you, most probably it’s providing you with food and accommodation. However, don’t depend entirely on online research, there are also books that can help you get started.
It’s not a guarantee of visa or job
Most volunteers assume that it’s automatic to be hired after the volunteer period. This is not the case, therefore, if you had traveled abroad, be ready to leave after the tourist visa has expired. However, you can talk to the volunteer program and know if they can arrange for a permanent work permit in case you want to live there permanently. You will be required to fill some additional forms at the embassy to get this permit. During the volunteer work, you can connect with other businesses and organizations. This will increase your chances of being hired by these organizations after the period of volunteering is over.
Things are sometimes bad
Volunteer work makes you know the other side of poverty and you can get shocked. Most of these programs try to eradicate poverty and the experience may sometimes leave you very emotional. You will sometimes see very young children sleeping hungry and they sleep under the cars on a cold night since they are homeless. However, if you know that these situations are real, then it may not affect you in the worst way.
You won’t change the world
You may be volunteering in a non-governmental organization that deals with AIDS. You get so attached to the victims and when those victims get the love and care they improve their health and start living positively. However, they will not get healed just because of the volunteer in Nepal you offered for a month or two. Remember, you can’t heal them but you can only make them accept the situation and teach them how to live healthy.
You can find a similar placement
There are volunteer programs that you need to pay for the experience you will acquire. For instance you might pay to teach Spanish or French. This can sometimes be costly although the organization will help you settle in that new town. On the other hand, you can find a placement yourself without a volunteer Nepal or your target country’s organization has to offer and save that money you could have paid to the volunteer organization.
If you know the above factors before the Nepal travel, you won’t get any surprises during this period. Make a difference by giving back to the community through volunteering. Save that one AIDS orphan and it will give you a good feeling. For more details, just visit http://www.volunteering.org.au/