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Volunteering Vacations vs. Ordinary Ones

kids and volunteers posing in classroom

Volunteering is probably not the most glamorous way to be spending your leisure time, but it’s certainly the most rewarding. Below is a slightly tongue-in-the-cheek look at why you should take provide a service as a volunteer and why you shouldn’t.

Reasons to not volunteer abroad

Instead of volunteering you could spend your vacation:

  • Having lay-ins to your heart’s content
  • Having breakfast without your pants in front of the TV
  • Going to have drinks with old friends
  • Looking for a job that will hire someone with limited experience
  • Exercising as much as you like
  • Sunbathing
  • Going days without washing your hair or worrying about any kind of personal hygiene
  • Reading a book about someone having an adventure in a foreign land
  • Spending copious amounts of money doing online shopping
  • Watching Netflix excessively
  • Going on a holiday with the family
  • Going on an expensive holiday with friends you probably can’t afford

Reasons to volunteer abroad

Should you choose to volunteer you’ll be:

  • Sharing your time and skills with people for whom it will be invaluable
  • Working hard, but you won’t care because it’s immensely rewarding to give when you know you can and you’ll be making a difference in someone’s life other than the people you see during your everyday life
  • Taking the chance to go and see a foreign country
  • Meeting new and exciting people
  • Providing a service that will help prepare your CV for future job searches
  • Getting to know a new culture
  • Travelling in non-touristy ways, seeing non-touristy things
  • Learning new skills that will benefit
  • Learning a new language
  • Gaining independence
  • Learning to be more responsible and to take care of yourself

Obviously we know that people who aren’t volunteering during their holidays aren’t’ just lazing about the house, which is why anything mentioned in our ‘Reasons not to Volunteer Abroad’ should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, there are few things as exciting and as rewarding as volunteering and our volunteers agree. If you are looking for some inspiration for your next vacation, why not give volunteering a chance?

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