I am sure that many of you have been a volunteer at one point in your life, I hope that you had a great experience whether it was volunteering close to home or half way around the world with Mudita.
If you look at social media now you will see that there has been a huge increase in the number of people volunteering and those wanting to volunteer. This is great to see just so long as it is done correctly. Some volunteers think that just because they have given up their time the way they behave is not so important.
With over 11 years of experience as a volunteer and running volunteer programmes for over 1,500 people I thought it would be a good idea to give you some simple tips.
You don’t need to know absolutely everything about the place you’re going because the idea is to learn as you, but you must make sure you know the basics. What will the weather be like? What vaccinations do you need? What is the history of the region?
It is easy to find a lot of this info online, but I advise that you contact the project coordinator to get the correct details.
Be Open Minded
This is essential and is one of the main things you need to be. There is nothing worse that flying to the other side of the world, working in a community and having the chance of a lifetime if you’re not going to open your mind.
Don’t go into a community that you know nothing about, have spent no time in and start telling people how they are doing things wrong or should start doing things your way. You don’t know why certain things are done the way they are or some techniques are followed.
If you do want to recommend different methods then wait until your final day or go back, spend more time and learn.
Embrace the experience and Adventure Travel, try everything and go everywhere. When you get invited to someone’s home for dinner then you should go, it will be such a special experience and one you may never have again. The same goes for food because you will be served some interesting meals I’m sure, just go for it and I promise it will always add to your overall experience.