So how long should you volunteer for?
Obviously, the answer to this depends on individual circumstances and time constraints. For many people short-term volunteering is best to begin with.
Ideally, you should find a suitable establishment such as Dreams to Reality before finding a volunteer program that interests you, once you have found a reputable establishment it is important to research which program would best suit you and interest you. Volunteering abroad is better not only because you get to explore another country, but also get to immerse yourself in another culture all while helping the less privileged.
Short-term volunteering is worthwhile especially if you work where there is a shortage of help or if you can bring some expertise that isn’t locally available like a surfing or teaching skill. Volunteering in areas where you cannot speak the language can be productive.
Other programs may not be so flexible, and require that volunteers stick with that assignment for a specific period of time. Make sure you know what’s expected of you before applying to a volunteer position, as you may want to tailor your search to how much time you’re willing to offer a cause.