You’ve decided you want to volunteer. Great! Now you just need to choose your volunteering program. There are programs all around the world. You can get involved with all sorts of activities, in all sorts of communities, in all sorts of countries. How do you know which volunteering programs are reputable? Which organisations are going to provide support? Which ones are just going to rip you off? When it comes to volunteering, you need to find programs that work for you. Here are 3 of the most popular types of volunteering programs and why you should get involved with them.
TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
If you speak English, the world is your oyster when it comes to volunteering. If you are a native English speaker then you are already at an advantage. There are many opportunities for people to teach English throughout the world, and particularly if you hold a TEFL or TESOL qualification. If you’re thinking of going on a volunteering program to teach English, it is a good idea to get the appropriate qualifications before you go.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM
We care about our planet. This is reflected in the number of environmental and conservation volunteering programs available. A favourite among volunteers is WWoofing. This is a worldwide volunteering program that allows people to work on organic farms anywhere in the world in return for food and board.
With volunteering programs available from taking your family to study dolphins in Belize to conserving rainforests in Malaysia, there are options for every planet and animal lover. These not only contribute towards taking care of your world but educating yourself and others about sustainable futures.
HUMANITARIAN VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM
If you’re looking to help your fellow man then you’re probably going to be in demand. Unfortunately, wherever there is poverty, persecution, war and hunger, helping hands are needed. Volunteering programs can be expensive to take part in but hopefully, that’s about the change. Fee-free volunteering is on the rise with organisations like IndiGO Volunteers