There are very few things that can beat the joy of giving, helping out, and changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable societies around the world. Many aspiring volunteers leave the comforts of their homelands with the hope that once they alight from that plane, they’ll be met with quick opportunities to build a school, teach English, or help the sick. That’s a noble goal, but without adequate planning, volunteering abroad can be very disillusioning.
You need to have the most important aspects of your mission figured out before you leave your homeland. Failure to that, what started out as a noble mission to help people in Africa or volunteer in Cambodia may end up being solely a sunbathing expedition at the local beaches with no meaningful involvement in volunteer activities.
To fulfill your dream of volunteering in Cambodia, take into account the following:
Start by deciding how long you desire to be away. If you desire to take part in building schools and being around when your project comes to fruition, you may need more than a year of holiday. You may also plan for short-term voluntary work, such as teaching English for a couple of months before going back home.
Similarly, figure out the kind of volunteer work that gives you great satisfaction. Are you comfortable interacting with and helping the sick? Are you more comfortable working with kids or adults? Some volunteers may also choose to work with projects that involve wildlife conservation because they love animals. So choose a project that gives you delight and satisfaction.
Thirdly, play to your strengths. If there is a field that you’re proficient in, that’d be the best for volunteering abroad. However, it does no harm to learn something new. You may be a doctor by profession, but that does not mean you cannot teach abroad. You may even volunteer as a driver abroad when by profession, you’re a teacher.
Once you’ve arrived, open up your mind and heart to new social and economical challenges as well as experiences. You’re most certainly going to be interacting with people that have a culture that’s different from yours and somehow you still have to accomplish your mission. That will require the willingness to learn the new culture. It’ll involve eating foods that you’re not used to, and learning, if not mastering a local language. Check out http://www.volunteering.org.au/volunteer-abroad.html
Equally vital, never forget to have fun. Cambodia travel for volunteering purposes should involve sightseeing and visiting many areas of tourist interest. So find out beforehand what else you can do while overseas to ensure you don’t have a boring expedition.
Volunteering abroad can be rewarding if planned well beforehand. Just ensure that you know what you want to do once you get there and you have the skills to do it well. Failure to plan well can lead to the disappointment whereby you travel abroad to help out the vulnerable, but you end up as a tourist with little positive impact on the lives of the local people.