5 Reasons to Travel for Charity
Have you ever considered doing charitable work while you’re on holiday? As the world is becoming more and more of a global village, opportunities to travel for charity are becoming a lot more common. If you’re considering volunteering on your next vacation, here are five reasons to inspire you.
Doing charitable work overseas is a wonderful opportunity to discover other cultures as well as travel like a citizen. To find the best restaurant, you don’t have to check TripAdvisor. Just ask a resident at your charitable project or, even better, eat with them. When you volunteer abroad, you can see or do things a normal tourist would only dream of. Instead of listening to music on a CD player in your hotel room, you can meet the actual makers of the music. Become part of a village or city, instead of touring it.
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You wouldn’t be able to make a difference if you take part in short-term volunteer projects. But you can really change other people’s lives and your own by choosing the right project. How does the right project look like? Make sure the project is community-oriented and address a genuine need.
Volunteering abroad allows you to participate in making a difference in the world. You can narrate your experiences on social networks and hopefully motivate people to volunteer abroad. By combining volunteering with your passion for travel, you have a gift to give to the world and to yourself as well.
Obtain a new skill
Generally, traveling allows people to gain new knowledge. Whether it’s navigating a new place, or learning a foreign language, or driving on an opposite lane, traveling always gives us the chance to acquire a new skill. Doing charitable work overseas also helps you gain new skills.
You can learn the local slang and try to speak like a resident, or you can hone your art talent by helping with street paintings. You can also join locals in fixing homes recently affected by a natural calamity and learn new DIY skills. In a nutshell, volunteering overseas doesn’t just help the locals; it also allows you to acquire new skills that you can use wherever you travel.
So doing charitable work abroad will allow you to learn new cultures, change people’s lives, and enhance your productivity. Another plus is that volunteering has wonderful benefits for your health. Research shows that people who participate in charitable work are happier, have a higher self-esteem, less chronic pain, less depression and better life satisfaction.
Build real connections
Relationships are fundamental in life, and one of the best perks of overseas travel is meeting new people. The simple deed of meeting new people while doing charitable work always fosters new connections. You’ll not only make friends with fellow volunteers but also grow your professional network.