If you are a college student looking for an ‘Alternative Break’ program or taking a gap year to decide about what next to do in life – then you should definitely considering volunteering abroad.
And you should know that you aren’t alone in this. Thousands of students from all over the world are taking this altruistic step of traveling overseas in order to be a part of a meaningful philanthropic project.
Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) has a range of affordable and unique volunteer projects abroad for college students that are crafted in such a way that participants can travel, explore and volunteer to have an experience of a lifetime. The organization has been successfully placing volunteers for more than a decade now. VolSol is associated with trusted partner organizations in all the locations, and ensures that the contribution of each and every volunteer is counted.
As a college student, you’ll have several options to choose from, but what matters the most is to opt for that particular program which will suit your needs and enable you to contribute effectively, while adding some values to your life as well.
In this article, we have made the selection process easier for the college students! Scroll down and take a look at the volunteering projects that one can opt for:
Short Term Volunteer Programs (2 Week Special)
The Short Term Volunteer Programs are perfect for those who are looking for alternative spring break programs or summer break programs.
The ‘2 week Special Volunteer Programs’ are crafted for college students who have less time to contribute yet are eager to travel and volunteer abroad. VolSol Team has worked hard to accommodate as much as possible in these programs, to provide a great learning experience to the volunteers. Most of these projects are located in amazing locations, and are extremely affordable.
Volunteer and Adventure Programs (3-4 Week Special)
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If you think you can stretch your vacation a little more, then go for the Volunteer and Adventure programs offered by VolSol.
These tailor-made programs are designed in such a manner that volunteers get to explore the destination, live like the locals, indulge in some adventure sports, go for treks, learn a new language and most importantly, make a difference to the host community by volunteering.
Students who are looking for programs to volunteer with children can opt for the Nepal Volunteer and Adventure Program. Similarly, those interested in volunteering with elephants can head towards Thailand.
Child Care, Orphanage and Street Children Volunteering Projects
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Who doesn’t love children? – But have you ever given a thought to the fact that not all kids are blessed enough to have a family or parents and some doesn’t even have a roof over their head.
VolSol has taken up this cause to provide a better life to all those underprivileged kids and shower them with the love they deserve. College students who are eager to volunteer with kids can choose these projects and they will be placed at orphanage centers, day care centers, and centers for street children, according to their choice.
The main objective of these projects is to provide adequate love, care and warmth to the children living in these centres. Volunteers will also have to teach the children, focusing more on activity based learning. At some project sites, volunteers also might need to paint the centres, and decorate them in order to add some vibrancy to the place.
These projects are certainly challenging, as they involve a lot of creative thinking to keep the children happy and intrigued. And that is exactly why it is perfectly suitable for young college lads looking for some challenging volunteer program abroad.
Volunteer Teaching Programs Abroad
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Want to be a teacher/ professor? This would be a perfect start for your career then.
Illiteracy is a major problem in most of the developing countries, even in this 21st Century, and it is our duty to take up the cause and educate children who are the future.
Volunteers taking part in the Teaching Programs abroad will be placed in local and government schools in rural areas near their chosen location, where there is scarcity of quality faculty. Volunteers will also get a chance to share their experiences with the kids, information about their country’s culture and traditions, and make the children aware about several social norms to generate basic civic sense.
Volunteers can get involved in basic administrative works in the school premises, improve the teaching schedule, and focus more on activity based learning so that the children enjoy the entire process. Assisting the in-house faculty during lectures or taking an entire class individually – all depends upon how comfortable a volunteer is.
There’s a wide range of programs that are available – ranging from teaching computer skills to teaching English and Maths, and also teaching the little monks!
Wildlife Conservation Projects
Love spending time with animals? Make the most of your college break by volunteering with animals.
VolSol has amazing wildlife conservation projects in exotic locations, meant for college students who are looking forward to spend quality time with animals. The Wildlife Projects are designed in a way that they are meant for the preservation of animals and the entire biodiversity.
Volunteers will get an opportunity to be a part of the team of activists working to make the environment better and cleaner for these animals, as well as protect them from any external threat. There are programs located in animal rescue centers, elephant village and camps, marine camps, and more.
Women Empowerment Projects
In many developing countries, women are still struggling to find their place in the society. They often aren’t educated and lack skills to earn a livelihood.
Volunteers joining these projects will be working for the enhancement and betterment of underprivileged women from poor families and those who have been victims of social crimes. The average age of women under these programs is 18 years, which reflects the sensitivity and seriousness of the project.
Volunteers can also take classes where they can teach them computer skills, English communication or any other vocational skill such as knitting, sewing, painting, etc., to make them independent.
If you are a college student who wants to make a difference to the lives of these women of backward societies, then join the Women Empowerment Projects that are available in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ghana and Morocco.
Community Development Projects
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There are several communities in the world where people don’t even have the basic necessities of life. A global survey report by UN estimated the total population of homeless people in the world to be around 100 million, and it just doesn’t end there!
There is an estimated count of close to 1 billion people who lack adequate housing facilities. Such facts and figures push forward the need for immense community development efforts. It is for this that Community Development Programs hold a strong importance in our society, and volunteers are needed to make some real change.
Volunteers who are looking for some constructive work can join these projects. Participants will be working to build and/or repair houses, school premises, and shelter homes. Volunteers will work with the local NGOs who run the projects and community building activities, and help them achieve the targets of making the society better.
Medical and Healthcare Internship Projects
The medical healthcare program in Cusco is especially great for anyone wanting to pursue a future in the medical field. As a volunteer you get to work within the local hospitals and help the people who reside in the poor areas of the city. You will be hands on assisting doctors with various procedures! #VolSolPeru
For all pre-med, medical, nursing and dental students, these internship programs would be a great learning opportunity to travel abroad and work in an international healthcare set up.
The medical and healthcare internship projects are located in developing nations, where maximum population resides in the rural areas of the country. While the medical facilities in such areas are limited, there is lack of awareness regarding personal hygiene and precautionary steps against diseases.
Interns will get the opportunity to work with experienced doctors, assist and shadow them, and occasionally they might even get the task of organizing health care camps.
Make the most of your college days and learn while volunteering. Your actions can inspire many others to take up a cause and make some difference to the society.
VolSol has hosted many college and university students in the past, and they’ve all had great experiences during their volunteer vacation.
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