People choose to volunteer for many reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
10 reasons to volunteer
1) Give Something Back
A prominent reason why people volunteer is because they want to do something good for others and for the environment. We work with communities and projects in Southern Africa focusing on: wildlife, conservation, ecology, teaching and community care. We’re sure there’s an Blue Lizard Adventure project to suit you!
2) Unique Opportunities
Volunteering abroad offers unique opportunities that are usually off limits to travellers. When it comes to working with animals or on conservation projects being a volunteer has some fantastic advantages; unless you have a strong animal biology background you’re unlikely to find a paid position where you’ll be able to look after wildlife in South Africa and you certainly wouldn’t get behind the scenes if you were just a visitor!
3) Show Case Your Skills
Use your strengths to help others! Bring the skills to the table. Some of our projects do require a specific skill set but in general all we ask for is the want to succeed and make a difference!
4) Personal Growth
Many volunteers come back from their experience and say they’ve evolved as a person. In most cases volunteers become more concerned and aware of the problems facing the world and once they’ve returned from a trip are usually more independent, more adventurous and more courageous – especially if it was their first independent trip.
5) Stand Out
Volunteering is a great talking point in all forms of life – from future interviews with new employers to life stories down the pub!
6) Learn New Skills and Build Your CV
Spending some time out abroad allows you to learn about interesting cultural differences, like how South Africans greet their friends! The world is filled with unique experiences but it’s easy to miss them if you’re just passing by. By getting stuck in on one of our volunteering projects you’ll be picking up loads of handy new skill sets as you go, especially if you’re helping out on a project which is a little out of your comfort zone! During your time away you’ll find out so much about yourself. You’ll learn new skills and build on your current experience, and all of the above is great for your CV.
7) Build Confidence
Volunteering on a project is sure to make sure confidence soar. Get stuck in and speak to the locals, make friends with your new volunteering friends and most importantly – throw yourself in the deep end!
8) See and Do More
If you’re looking to tick those countries off your bucket list, then volunteering is a great way to see a country from the inside and actually get to grips with that place. By the time you’ve volunteered within a couple of communities you’ll be clocking up the volunteer hours in no time! The best thing is that everybody can make a difference.
9) Friendships, New Family and Belonging
Making friends with other volunteers is a strong motive for many of those who choose to volunteer abroad. Many volunteers make lifelong friendships that come from working through difficulties and exploring new things together.
Life is about challenging yourself, so why don’t you try something a little different to what you’re used to? Whilst you’re embarking on your volunteering journey, you’re going to have loads of fun! Volunteer work can be hard work, but it is also great fun and extremely rewarding
Stand back and pause to see what you’ve achieved during your time away is an incredible experience!