Kat has volunteered twice with BOVA – in Bolivia and in the Philippines (read about it here).
Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer
- It’s such a rewarding experience, both for the people you are helping, and for yourself. It’s a great way to really get to know and experience another culture, language and way of living.
- It makes you realise the important things in life such as friends and family and makes you less materialistic (hopefully!).
- It’s a great way to make friends from a whole range of backgrounds, people who perhaps you wouldn’t normally meet or make friends with.
- It can give you an opportunity to have a break from the daily rush of the UK, a chance to slow down and reflect on your life.
- It gives you a different experience of religion, and can be very beneficial for your spiritual life, or make you more concrete in your beliefs.
- It can inspire you to get involved with all sorts of weird and wonderful organisations when you get home, allowing you to explore the issues that were raised when you were away.
- It makes you want to talk to people again and again, telling them about your experience and how people live in the developing world.
- You come away with so many fantastic memories and photos.
- We have to do something! It’s just not fair that we have so much in the West and people in other countries have so little. By volunteering overseas it is just the beginning to a long term involvement in issues surrounding development and poverty.
- You can pass on simple skills, such as English or simple athrimetic, helping those in developing countries.