Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities that one can undertake during your GAP year. Putting in your time, effort, energy and sometimes even money for a cause that leads to a greater good while not getting paid for it adds value to your life in many ways than you would imagine. All over the world millions of volunteers give their time and energy to do something in other communities. With the world becoming one global village nowadays, a lot of people opt to volunteer overseas.
So what’s the big deal about volunteering in your GAP year, and being a volunteer overseas with Involvement Volunteers International? Let’s look at some reasons why you should consider this altruistic and selfless activity:
It is a Great Learning experience
As a GAP year volunteer you learn a lot. While volunteering you learn how to work with other people, you develop better people skills, gain project management experience and learn about new cultures and sensibilities. If you volunteer overseas, let’s say you volunteer in Cambodia, you also get the opportunity to learn about different cultures, customs and traditions.
As a volunteer in Cambodia, you will see firsthand what the challenges the people of Cambodia face. You get the opportunity to make a contribution to help them overcome these challenges. It is an important milestone that you add to your life and which will help you overcome many other barriers. Volunteering also helps you to get to know yourself better and test the limits that you can reach.
You give back
If you volunteer overseas, you have great way to give back to society. Do you already see yourself, sharing your knowledge with children from the streets when you volunteer in India? Most of these small children know only the life of standing on the streets all day and panhandling everyone that walks by. They don’t know love or sense of moral obligations. This is your opportunity to make a difference in their lives. No one ever takes the time to teach them a skill they can use to get out of that vicious circle of poverty for once and for all. As a volunteer in India, you can make a huge difference towards making their lives better. If each of the persons in whose lives you’ve made a difference pays it forward to just one person, you have created much more impact than you can oversee directly.
Volunteer work overseas brings people together
You are probably one of the millions of people that are dreaming of everlasting world peace. While this may sound like a utopia, as volunteer you are definitely taking some small steps towards it. As a volunteer overseas you get in contact with different ways of thinking and doing things. You move beyond your comfort zones into new horizons. And the people you get in touch with also have that same experience.
You learn from each other, you get to understand each other and you above all, make new friends from all over the world. Can you imagine the mutual understanding you will create for your children if one day they can talk over the internet with the children of the people you met while volunteering overseas? Imagine a world with a new generation of people who actually understand and respect differences and never feel threatened again just because someone else comes from a different culture!
These are some of the great values that you can gain by volunteering your time to help others. They might not be visible initially but they will enrich your life abundantly and add some colorful memories to the diary of your life.