Volunteering and Travelling: What Will You Gain When You Give?
Whether it’s exploring ancient cultures, sampling exotic foods or learning a new language, there’s no doubt about it – traveling changes lives. But what if you were to combine your overseas adventures with volunteering and change the lives of those in need, too? By giving some of your time as a volunteer, you could have unexpected adventures at a fraction of the cost.
If you’re interested in volunteering, great place to start is the database Workaway.info, which helps to connect volunteers with hosts all over the world. Many hosts offer food and board in exchange for your help, so it’s a great way to save money while learning new skills and making friends.
If you’re looking to provide voluntary support during lockdown, there are a number of ways to help. You could start by finding out what voluntary or public sector organisations are in your area including hospitals, charities and animal shelters. Alternatively, you could utilise the power of tech and support vulnerable individuals digitally. Here are a few apps and online opportunities to explore:
Be My Eyes
This virtual service is a lifeline for many blind and visually-impaired individuals, giving them access to a sighted volunteer who can provide support and a much-needed sense of connection.
Help to put someone in distress at ease by providing mental health support and impartial guidance.
If you’re fluent in more than one language, help to translate medical documents or support those in need to understand essential services.
So if you’re looking to both enrich your traveling experience and be of service, consider volunteering and find out what you could gain when you give!