Voluntary Work Abroad:
Often involves work in areas of Health, Children, Wildlife or the Environment. e. g. Helping people in third world countries by getting food, water or medicines to them, building them houses, or educating them and their children.
– looks great on a CV.
– enables you to live in some very exotic places.
– gives you an immediate social circle.
– no pay, only living expenses or in some cases YOU pay THEM!
– you could end up in a totally miserable location in miserable living conditions.
Conservation and Expeditions:
No matter where you go in the world conservation tends to have low commercial priority, so volunteers are much in demand, especially those who pay for the pleasure of working.
However, make sure that the project is really achieving something useful and isn’t just commerce in disguise.
– helps mother nature who is undoubtedly under attack from all kinds of human and climatic angles.
– will get you fit if you aren’t to start out with.
– not for people with more serious health issues or very poor fitness to start with.
– it can cost a surprisingly large amount of money to be really helpful!
Community Projects (School Leavers and Undergraduates mainly):
Generally teaching English and other intellectual skills at a basic level, digging wells, and building accommodation.
– helps ‘underprivileged’ communities, predominately in third world countries to get ahead.
– possibly the staying or getting fit thing again.
– you may want to help people, but will realise that to do so, have to actually join them temporarily; team spirit essential, reality check guaranteed.
– as always, check that by joining in with the underprivileged to make them less so, you are not making someone else very financially privileged indeed!