The Rewards of Volunteering Overseas
Be informed and don’t feel like you can’t help shape your project.
While you are in your voluntary work period you should try to absorb information about the organization or company you are in, the country you are staying, the project area and the details of the project you are working with. Share your information about you home too. At first people in a certain community will recognize you as a volunteer, then as an individual afterwards. Most people are genuinely interested in hearing about who, what, where, when, why and how you are doing. Knowing your project inside and out can help you a lot in making the project more productive and efficient.
Don’t be shy. Make yourself heard.
Clearing and analyzing your project goals and outcomes at first will eliminate any disappointments that may arise during and at the end of the project. Voice out your opinions and concerns right away. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and make sure they get answered.
Be patient. Things don’t always work out the way we expect!
Remember the word patience, not most of the time all things will work as what you have expected. Always take a step back and evaluate it from all sides when things went wrong. It is easier said than done, but try it out.
Prepare to admit mistakes and defeat! Every experience is different, and it depends a lot on the people you volunteer with as well as the people in the community you are working with. Everything is an experience, and you have to make the best of your situation. You are part of the whole project, you must do what you need to do and put what you need to put into it.