Help animals! Be a volunteer!
Volunteering abroad sounds really exciting. At least I always get excited at the prospect of getting out of the country and doing something worthwhile. The best way to volunteer is in times of grave difficulties, when earthquakes, floods and natural disasters top the list. A number of organizations look out for volunteers who can help out in such way. If you have a medical background, then you definitely are a great help in for the post.
So how do you find such opportunities? It is easy. All that you need to do is stay abreast with the world news. Something is always happening in some part of the world. Check and see if it is feasible before applying. In other words, all that I’m trying to say is don’t go to a flood ridden city if you don’t know how to swim.
For those of you who feel that you can’t handle a crisis, there are so many other opportunities. If you are an animal lover then you can volunteer at animal rescue organizations. A number of these organizations are scattered across the globe and the sad fact is that they lack manpower. In fact you will find that most of the animal rescue organizations are severely understaffed! They welcome volunteers with open arms.
Some may say that working with animals is not their cup of tea. Have no fear. There are a number of other opportunities. Language skills, teaching, working with orphans, volunteering with senior citizens, hospitals… The list is endless. It is easy to find an opportunity once you know what you want.
Why volunteer? Volunteering for a cause gives you a chance to give back to the community. There are so many people in the world who are not as fortunate as we are. Personally, volunteering has helped me grow. It has shown me that the world has many sides to it and some sides are definitely hard to look at. It gives me peace. I am able to go to sleep with a clean conscience as I know that I’m doing my part.
Volunteering abroad helps me travel. Being a nurse, it has helped me understand how every country tackles it’s problems. I’ve learnt how the disaster management protocols fall in place. I’ve been in the midst of the action and I’ve seen humanity come alive. Times of hardship sure bring out the best in people. Enemies join hands and friends remain strong.
That however isn’t all that I’ve learnt. Volunteering in animal shelters has given me a new experience in life. I’ve seen the green countrysides of Europe and I’ve seen the cities of India. Yes, the setting is different but one thing has always remained constant. The animals! The breeds may be different but their suffering has always been the focus of all the rescue operations that I have participated in. One point always stands out the most important. No matter where you go, animals always know how to show love.
Volunteering abroad has certainly broadened my horizons. I love it and that is possibly the very reason why I never want to stop!