If you want to truly immerse yourself in a culture abroad, or if you are interested in helping a specific community, then a Community Volunteering Project will be perfect for you.
A community project is the best way to learn about a certain culture whilst you live and work there. By working with these people you will be helping the less fortunate and making sure their way of life survives and thrives.
There are hundreds of communities in need of volunteers, whether you want to work in hospital clinics in Africa or teach children in Brazil, your help will be priceless to these communities. In turn they will reward you by accepting you into their community and educating you on their way of life.
Once you have worked on a community volunteering project, the people, country and project will remain close to your heart forever. You are guaranteed to have an amazing but sobering experience.
- Vaccinations – if you’re planning to work within a community, especially in poorer countries or areas, you need to make sure you’ve had certain vaccinations and have taken preventative medicines. For example, if you’re planning to work in a hospital or clinic, your GP will probably recommend that you have certain jabs to give you extra protection.
- Travel Insurance – make sure you have quality travel insurance, that will cover you for all of your volunteering activities. Without travel insurance you leave yourself vulnerable to potentially huge bills if you face a holiday disaster.
- Backpack – you need to ensure that you bring the right things, and the right amount of things, with you for your stay. For example, a first aid kit is always advisable, and especially if you are helping a community that is far away from any towns or hospitals. Furthermore, a community such as this might not have electricity for you to power your phone, so invest in a solar charging pack if this is important to you.
- Fundraise – when your adventure is booked, why not fundraise at university or work? Any funds, clothes, toys and toiletries people can donate will be put to great use by your community, so get campaigning!
- Health – remember to look after yourself as well as your new community. Don’t forget to wear sun protection, drink plenty of fluids, and take plenty of rest in the shade if you’re working in a hot climate. Make sure you continue to take any preventative or prescribed medication regularly, and seek medical attention immediately if you feel it is necessary.