How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins

By Joseph Collins

Greater than 100,000 humans touch the Peace Corps each year, yet merely 3,000 are positioned in a foreign country. to aid extra americans locate volunteer possibilities overseas Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher-all founders of revered volunteer organizations-have written a consultant that gives all of the valuable info on volunteering in Latin the United States, Africa, Asia, the center East, and japanese Europe. offered in a ordinary structure that incorporates case stories, worksheets, and prices from foreign volunteers, how you can dwell Your Dream of Volunteering in a foreign country presents students, senior voters, and everybody in among with info on: * find out how to come to a decision if volunteering out of the country is for you * find out how to decide upon the perfect software * What to do ahead of and once you cross in another country * Fundraising and financing * the best way to be an efficient volunteer * Political and social contexts of american citizens volunteering out of the country * The Peace Corps * a couple of hundred volunteer enterprises

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You may live in a community where being fat is considered beautiful, where being quiet is a sign of wis- 3 4 HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAM OF VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS dom, or where being easygoing is a cultural ideal. In the country where you work, it may be considered rude to express your personal opinion, to smile at a stranger, or to show up on time when invited to dinner. For many volunteers, being overseas helps them to better understand their own cultural heritage. A Latina volunteering in Latin America may recognize for the first time the source of some of her family traditions.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. ” Action Steps for Deciding if Volunteering Overseas Is Right for You 1. Consider Why You Want to Volunteer. Ask yourself some basic questions about your interests in international volunteer work such as what you hope to get out of being an international volunteer and what you hope to contribute. 2. List and Prioritize Your Motivations. Fill out the questionnaire on “Things That Motivate You To Volunteer” at the beginning of this chapter. 3. Reflect on Your Motivations.

Ask yourself some basic questions about your interests in international volunteer work such as what you hope to get out of being an international volunteer and what you hope to contribute. 2. List and Prioritize Your Motivations. Fill out the questionnaire on “Things That Motivate You To Volunteer” at the beginning of this chapter. 3. Reflect on Your Motivations. Examine your motivations and compare them with the lists of ten good and bad reasons to volunteer. 4. Explore Your Options. ” 5. Make a Decision.

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