Five Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

There's so many reasons to volunteer abroad, from making friends to gaining great experience. Here's out top five reasons to make the plunge and get out in the world!

1. You’ll be helping to make the world a better place
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Do you ever log into Twitter, get notifications on your phone or watch the news at night and get really bummed out by how horrible the world can seem at times?

The best thing we can do combat the bad is to put some good out into the world. By giving your time to other people or helping the world at large, you can feel better knowing that you’ve made a positive change and that it’s not all as bad and scary as it seems.

2. You'll gain loads of experience
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From meeting new people, diving into a new culture and trying out new tasks, you will learn so many different things when you volunteer – it might even spark within you a talent you didn’t even know you had! Trying new things can really boost your confidence, which is a key way to achieve the things you dream of doing!

3. Travel benefits

Volunteering can be a great way to really experience a country away from the typical tourist hotspots and give you a real insight into what it’s like to live in a certain region. Who knows, it might convince you to move there one day! Plus you might start to pick up the language too, opening up lots more job prospects.

4. A boost to your CV
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Volunteering helps you stand out from the crowd – and in a competitive job market it’s all about making your CV memorable. Plus all the experience you’ll gain from your volunteering placement can give you really useful examples to use in interview scenarios, especially if you’ve not had many places jobs before.

5. Make new friends
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Volunteering can be an amazing way to meet people you never would've had the chance to otherwise - whether they're from a different country or even stay in the same city, it can bring lots of differently minded people together. Who knows, you might meet your new best friend or even your future fiancé by volunteering abroad! 

Head back to the GlobeScotters page for more info on international opportunities both home and abroad.