Volunteer in Cambodia – Community
Here’s 11 Ultimate Benefits of Volunteering Abroad
You can learn a lot from volunteering abroad and experiencing new cultures and ways of life. When you get back home, those lessons translate into skills and experience that benefit you personally and professionally. We’ve written up our 10 top benefits of volunteering abroad. At eOcambo Volunteers, we offer a whole selection of programs that will allow you to reap the rewards for being a volunteer in Cambodia – Community.
Personal benefits (Volunteer in Cambodia – Community)
Travelling friendships can feel frustratingly temporary at times. Spending part of your trip volunteering is a guaranteed solution; you really get to know the people you work with every day. Sharing the often intense experience of working hard for a community with limited resources is a way to forge friendships.
If you’re travelling with someone from home, volunteering together will hugely develop your friendship and is a good way to adjust to new environments.
It may sound obvious but you will really get to know the people you work with every day. Your shared work and situation will lead to some unique and unlikely friendships with strong bonds for life. It is a great idea to go volunteering with a friend from home or if you’re on a gap year. Both instances will ease you into the new environment and lead to immeasurably strengthened friendships.
Volunteering on a worthwhile project can offer a rare sense of accomplishment: unlike the office jobs that so many people work day-to-day, you’ll know that your work is helping change people’s lives for the better. It’s common for volunteers to discover a new hobby, a passion for volunteering itself, or even to move into paid work in the charity sector.
Volunteers are taught about body language, gestures and conversational customs that may differ between their home country and the country in which they are volunteering. To avoid the risk of accidentally causing offense. The lessons are fascinating and often humbling, leading volunteers to reflect on how their behaviour comes across to others in daily life.
Volunteering in small communities is a great way to get away from the tourist trail and meet locals. Though volunteering abroad is popular, chances are very few people have done exactly the same volunteer work as you, and even then no two volunteers will have exactly the same experience.
It’s not all hard work! Volunteering is important and rewarding, but it’s also about trying new experiences, meeting people, and just having fun!
Professional benefits (Volunteer in Cambodia – Community)
The current job market is challenging, with tens or sometimes hundreds of people applying for the same job or placement. Volunteering will give you valuable and unusual experience to add to your CV or resume.
The US-based Corporation for National and Community Service tracked more than 70,000 jobless people between 2002 and 2012 and found that those who volunteered had a 27% better chance of finding a job.
Not only does volunteering provide the hands-on practical experience that employers value, it is also an opportunity to meet people of all ages and backgrounds from all around the world. You will be able to forge professional as well as personal connections.
Living and working in another country is hands down the best way to learn the language. If your volunteering project involves teaching English, you’ll develop your English written and verbal skills at the same time.
Another key skill you’ll develop is teamwork. Making your project a success will involve working closely with a diverse range of people, both locals and other volunteers.
As a volunteer, you may be put in a position of management. Being able to manage effectively will push your career prospects one step further.