Mark Twain once said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up”.
It is said that, those who begin volunteering at a younger age (17-20) are twice more likely to volunteer throughout and more often. This is some of the many intriguing factors, which are unknown to many.
Volunteering abroad can be a successful sojourn, if done correctly, and can have its consequences if facts are not known. Here are some of the most interesting and unknown facts about international volunteering you probably didn’t know;
1. While Philippines is the most searched destination for volunteering in 2014, India and Thailand follow the suit attaining second and third spots, respectively. (According to a survey report by GoOverseas.com).
2. A trend has shown that, people who are freshly graduated or who are employed constitutes the major chunk of interested lot for international volunteering.
3. Burgeoning population of people from economically weaker class has been the key cause and area of interest for people to volunteer abroad.
4. While majority of volunteers opt for this act of altruism due to the reason of “making a difference” in the world we live in, travel and cultural immersion, personal growth, and professional development are the other key factors that create the urge to volunteer abroad.
5. People with children under the age of 18 years are said to volunteer at a higher rate than those who indulge individually or with friends.
6. Volunteers have a higher scope of getting placed for a job than those without any volunteering experience.
7. Even the individual, who search for a volunteering project overseas, prefer going for the program with a strategically planned group, through a placement agency.
8. According to a survey by UC San Diego, Africa is the most preferred continent for volunteering.
9. Teaching, manual labor, and mentoring youth are the most common volunteer activities taken up over the years; as these do not require very high level of professional or educational skill.
10. A study by “Tourism and Research Marketing” in 2008 showed that, as many as 1.6 million people volunteer abroad every year.
It is said that the best way to travel and understand a place is by knowing and interacting with the natives of that region. And what better way can there be to interact with the local residents than getting into a volunteering stint. Not only does it brings you close to the people living there, but also gives you a broad understanding of their culture, lifestyle and traditions.
Volunteering Solutions provide ample of opportunities to volunteer abroad in different parts of the world, which can be used significantly as a platform to bring about a difference in the community we live in.
For more details on volunteering abroad, visit https://www.volunteeringsolutions.com/ or leave a comment below.
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