People of all ages do just that by volunteering abroad. In places like Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Mexico or Fiji, volunteers are needed every day. You could use your skills and experience on projects from archaeology, journalism, environment, to human rights, teaching, sports and healthcare. Whatever your specialisation, if you have the desire to enrich a community, there is a project for you.
Some people volunteer as a ‘gap year’ before they get on with career or study, and more people are viewing the opportunity as a way to broaden their career experience or as a personal test for themselves while they do something worthwhile.
And the good news is that many groups place great value on older volunteers. They recognise that with age, comes experience, skills and patience that younger volunteers can’t offer. Recent years have witnessed a massive growth in the amount of retired volunteers, with teaching and care being very popular areasi.
Volunteering is an exciting way to experience a place differently – building a bridge so a community can safely cross a river during high tide is something you won’t forget in a hurry!
Numerous groups organise volunteer opportunities overseas. Some, like Projects Abroad, actively seek professionals who can make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Your professional association might also organise volunteering trips, including law societies, medical or engineering associations. Use your professional association as a starting point or try some internet research. Check the volunteer group you choose with the Australian government to make sure they’re legitimate.
Before deciding to volunteer abroad:
Lastly, have fun! Volunteering abroad is one of the most amazing experiences you’re ever likely to have so make the most of it. You could really make a difference to a community by being part of their life for a short time. Be open to the experience, give generously of your time and knowledge, and reap the rewards for a lifetime.
Been thinking of taking yourself on a volunteering experience?
And want to make sure your finances are in place? it could be helpful to speak with your SFP advisor on 02 9328 0876.
Article by - AMP Life Limited.
General Disclaimer: This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. Please seek personal financial advice prior to acting on this information.