If you’ve never been abroad to volunteer, you may be wondering what it is like and the truth is no one volunteer experience is the same. But reading through volunteer stories, first hand descriptions of volunteers’ own experiences can be enlightening.
I’ve compiled a list of out IVPA members’ blogs where they feature volunteer accounts or other news about their programs.
Global Service Corps I love the photography of GSC’s blog!
Amigos de las Americas This is a recent update from an Amigos Project Director in Nicaragua
Child Family Health International News and information about Global Immersion Programs
Cross-Cultural Solutions A whole list of individual CCS volunteer blogs!
Global Citizens Network Some great information on GCN programs
Habitat For Humanity This links to some of Habitat’s Global Village volunteer stories
Projects Abroad A blog that posts on a variety of experiences of Projects Abroad staff and volunteers
I love Theresa Ball’s description as a novice traveler about her experience in Romania taken from Projects Abroad’s post
“I have been trying for almost a year now to describe to others what my time in Romania was like. I’m sure there are many flowery adjectives and humorous anecdotes that I could used to describe my experiences there. Yes, it was beautiful. Yes, the experience changed my life. Yes, I recommend that you all go there. Mostly though, it was the right place for me at the right time. I came back a different person, ready to take on anything and knowing that if I really wanted something, I could achieve it. I found a part of myself that I didn’t know existed.”
I think everyone can have a life changing experience but, like Theresa, volunteers need to find the right fit and follow what “calls” to them.