Oct 1, 2012 14:31 - 84petersmith | 1,684 views
There are many different options available for volunteering work holidays with children, whether overseas or here in the UK. They include school teaching, working with youth groups, summer camps and more.
The Rise of Volunteering Holidays
Volunteer holidays have become hugely popular in the last few years, with a variety of volunteer abroad programs becoming available. People choose to volunteer on their holidays for a variety of reasons. Many are tired of experiencing new countries in a touristy way that simply scratches the surface and prefer to learn about a new country and culture whilst being part of it. They can learn the language, live as the locals do, support local initiatives and bring skills and experience to benefit others while makeing new friends in the process.
What Sort of Opportunities are There?
Whether you’re looking for voluntary work abroad or at home in the UK, you’ll find things to interest and excite you. You might want to help teach English at a rural school in India, support an orphanage in an area of Africa heavily impacted by AIDS or you may want to support a summer holiday camp for under-privileged children in the UK. There are options to assist with sports courses, work directly with disabled children, mentor and guide gifted children, teach English as a foreign language to children overseas, support the running of an orphanage, set up a sports group or work on a local community initiative with a focus on the local youth. The list is endless!
For every type of volunteering work that you can imagine, there is an opportunity available in most areas of the world. As well as the experience and enjoyment you’ll get from working with local children, you’ll also get to meet new people, become absorbed in your host country’s community and have great opportunities for onward travel with your new-found awareness and appreciation of your own local surroundings.
There are plenty of organisations now offering volunteering work abroad with young people and children, so do your research to find the best one for you. Look for testimonials, accreditations, a good website and easy sources of contact. Speak to their team and ask plenty of questions. Find out what – if any – qualifications are required for the volunteer abroad programs, what the roles involve, what support mechanisms are in place both as you travel to the destination and whilst you are working at your chosen project.
Learn about expectations, language requirements, financial involvement, onward-travel options, transfers, local visas and immunization guidelines. The more research you put in during your planning stage, the more you’ll get out of your trip. Also, try speaking to people who have already undertaken volunteer work with children and get their feedback firsthand.
People get involved in volunteering programs with children for a variety of reasons including to further their skills base, to get valuable experience for a new job or career change or simply to enjoy working with young people and make a positive impact on a local community. You also have the chance to experience a new culture, travel, meet new friends and build new memories, so why not start researching the various options today?
Peter Smith writes regularly on voluntary work abroad for a range of ethical travel and educational websites and publications. Peter is a huge advocate of volunteer abroad programs and completed her first one in Brazil, working with a local community group.
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