Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to travel abroad solo, giving enough alone time for fun exploration but combined with the safety of group accommodation.
Lonesome or lovely
People who have never travelled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost religious experience. To take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes or preferences of a traveling companion can be fantastic but can also be a very frightening experience. Volunteering abroad combines the best of both worlds. It allows you alone time to explore the country’s many touristy delights as well as gives you the security of group accommodation and the relative safety of knowing that you can be part of a group should you want to.
Why Travel Alone?
Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; you can rest when you want and explore fully when you’re feeling ambitious. There’s no worrying that your insistence on trekking all the way across town to a museum that was closed ruined your partner’s day; it’s your own day with your own experiences. You can do exactly what you want to do!
Volunteering while you travel
While travelling on your own can be a costly experience with Single Supplement costs and too much time to fill with pricey activities, by volunteering you can fill the empty days by helping others, leaving your weekends and after-hours free to explore on your own. You are included in group activities which will keep the loneliness at bay and keep yourself from feeling isolated. Furthermore you are making friends with people who have similar goals as you and you do not need to fear for your security or ulterior motives. You are therefore getting the best of both worlds!
More benefits of volunteering while traveling solo:
- Your volunteer program will ensure that your travelling papers are up to date.
- Your volunteer program will provide you with safe and trusted accommodation ensuring you don’t need to stay at a hostel with dubious hygienic standards.
- You need not be vigilant all the time and afraid that a scam artist will send you in the wrong direction, your volunteer program will always be a source of good and credible advice on the best local bars and hide-outs.
- You need not be alone if you don’t want to. The best part of volunteering solo is should you wish to spend more time in a group, you are surrounded by one already, ensuring that you are never lonely and wishing to go home. In fact, they’ll make you wish to stay longer!
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