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Preparing to Volunteer Abroad

If you want a perfect way to spend your GAP year, one of the options you have is to volunteer abroad. There are many volunteer programs you can get involved in. Volunteering your time abroad will leave you with a broader perspective of the world. Apart from this, you will have an unforgettable time.

However, to find the right program, you need to do some research. Here are some tips you should follow.

i) Find a good placement organization
There are many volunteer placement organizations that have a wide range of programs abroad. However, not all placement organizations will be right for you. It's important to research to know more about the organizations and the programs they have. The internet is a good place to start your research.

Search for reviews of the volunteer placement organization to find out what people are saying about them. For example, what do people think of the quality of the programs the organization runs? Has there been any impact of the programs to the local people?

Search on forums for people who have participated in the volunteer programs in the past. Find out about their experience with the uVolunteer Thailand programs.

ii) Find out the costs
Cost is another thing you should consider. Inasmuch as you will be volunteering your time, the program can be quite expensive. For example, you will need to raise your airfare since most placement organization will not pay for it. The only exception is if you are a specialized volunteer (e.g. a surgeon) and have been specifically invited by the organization to participate in one of the uVolunteer Costa Rica projects abroad.

Apart from the airfare, you will have to pay the placement fee. This fee will cater for the cost of things such as background check, transport, meals, accommodation and so on. Find out from the organization the tentative budget you should have for the volunteer project.

iii) Time commitment
The other thing to think of is the amount of time you will spend volunteering with the organization. There are many factors that can affect how much time you should spend at a program. For example, if you have gone to volunteer as an English teacher, you may want to spend about three months in the program. This will enable you to build a rapport with the learners.

On the other hand, if you will be volunteering at a wildlife organization, you may not have to spend months at the program.

The above are three things you should know before going to volunteer abroad.