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Last Updated: Monday, June 04, 2012 2:41:19 PM ET
Volunteer opportunities abroad are a great way to contribute to the global community and also foster personal growth. You can learn a lot about yourself by volunteering to help others. There are a wide range of opportunities available, with many different programs and organizations.
What kind of Volunteer Opportunities are Available?
There is more variety than you would expect. You may be interested in doing conservation work, volunteering with children, doing health promotion or humanitarian work. You can go for a long or short term placement, individually or with a group. You can pay for the experience, but sometimes some of your travel or living expenses will be covered. If you have development experience, you can apply to be a project leader or for a grant to fund your own project. Whatever your experiences, in most volunteer positions you will find yourself presented with a wealth of possibilities beyond those outlined in the job description, and you will be able to stretch your ingenuity and creativity.
Do be aware that most volunteer opportunities are reasonably costly, and so you'll need to budget ahead for this.
Almost anywhere, although there are obviously some areas of the world with more development opportunities than others. Look around. There are opportunities everywhere if you have the time to donate to an organization and the funds available not to earn money for some time, but would like some experience in return.
Resources for Finding Volunteer Opportunities Abroad