Why volunteer abroad,7 reasons to volunteer abroad


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Why volunteer abroad? 7 reasons to volunteer abroad
Ever get the feeling that you have a higher calling? You know… That you have a special purpose on this earth? You’re not interested in the corporate world, SUVs or IPOs. In fact, if you had the chance, you would surely save the world… Well maybe not the world, but some small part of it.

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Why volunteer abroad,7 reasons to volunteer abroad

  1. 1. Why volunteer abroad? 7 reasons to volunteer abroadEver get the feeling that you have a higher calling? You know… That you have a specialpurpose on this earth? You’re not interested in the corporate world, SUVs or IPOs. Infact, if you had the chance, you would surely save the world… Well maybe not the world,but some small part of it.Volunteering abroad is one way to make a difference. Volunteering abroad is not foreveryone, so before you sign up for Lecden-kenya or another similar program there are afew things you should consider1. See The World With A PurposeSome travelers are content partying their way around the world. You, however, arelooking for a more substantial experience. Volunteering not only gives you theopportunity to give back, it gives you something to do, somewhere to go, and somewhereto stay. You’ll still have plenty of time for exploring local ruins or having a lager down atthe pub. But one word of warning, don’t set out to change the world — you’ll bedisappointed to learn that the world doesn’t necessarily need changing. The best goal isto challenge yourself everyday, test your patience, and open your mind and heart.2. Change YourselfBy volunteering abroad you will learn so much about yourself. You will do things thatyou never imagined you were capable of. The biggest difference you will notice at theend of the program will not be external but will be the difference inside of yourself. Inmost cases residents could do your job better, faster and more efficiently. You probablywon’t teach the locals how to hammer a nail, but you will share your friendship withthem. Most importantly, you will be changed forever because you will have a greater
  2. 2. understanding of another culture, you will challenge your personal limits, and you willdevelop friendships.3. FlexibilityUnlike paid employment, volunteering provides a more flexible schedule and varyingtime commitments. You may choose to participate in a work camp in Masai mara ,Kenya for two weeks, volunteer with street kids in Nairobi for three months, or teach school inKibera slums or Kiambiu slums for two years.4. Build Your ResumeMany employers value volunteerism above all else. If you have volunteerism on yourresume it shows that you are flexible, patient and committed. Want to learn how tocommunicate that to prospective employers? Check out the “Discover Your Value”series.5. Career DevelopmentIn some cases you may find a volunteer gig in your field of study. A marine biologystudent could monitor turtles in Coast of Mombasa , an engineering student may buildhouses in kibera slumn, and an Archeology major may dig in Rift valley . A volunteerposition may give you the hands-on experience you won’t get stuffing envelopes for aninternship.6. Cultural Immersion
  3. 3. Many travelers know where they want to go, but don’t know what to do once they getthere.Leccden-Kenya gives your travels a purpose and an itinerary.7. Affordable TravelThere are few travel experiences that are less expensive than volunteering.Most volunteer placement organizations charge a fee. The fee will typically coverroom/board, orientation, and the program itself. Students have asked us, “Why do I haveto pay to go work overseas?” Unless you are a doctor or engineer or you are planning tospend a year or two volunteering there is probably a fee to be paid. Perhaps you aregoing to build a school in Kenya or Tanzania , the volunteer organization has to pay forbuilding supplies, arrange the logistics of the program, provide homestays in the localvillage, create brochures and market their program. If the only objective was to build theschool they would be better served hiring local craftsmen at a low cost and complete theproject in a short time. The goal of the organization is more likely centered aroundproviding a cultural experience for you and for the local volunteers and letting you seelife in the local village.• Many volunteers cover their expenses by letter writing campaigns to family andfriends, contributions from churches or student organizations and other donation drivenefforts. Fundraising is a simple way to pay for a volunteer excursion abroad. By writingto family members, friends, and possibly teachers about your opportunity abroad, youmay be surprised by the giving from these individuals to make the volunteer opportunityhappen.• Certainly one of the best sources for small scholarships or donations are localcommunity groups tied to the region you are going to. If you are going to work in Kenya ,for example, contact either a local or national Kenyan community organization and seehow they may be able to help you. Maybe you can perform a slide show for them uponreturn, or speak at a function they sponsor, and they may have funds to help you helptheir homeland community.• Many organizations will provide you with sample fundraising letters from pastvolunteers.• Recent Building Hope volunteers held a volleyball tournament to raise cash.Volunteers have also biked across their state or cleaned up their neighborhood to raisefunds.• Visiting your church or local organizations with ties to your destination is alsotypically a good source of financing.Why Volunteer in Kenya?
  4. 4. When you volunteer you are giving something back to the community by lending ahelping hand to people and organizations. What you may not realize is that volunteeringalso benefits you as an individual. There are many good reasons to get involved in thecommunity, including learning something about yourself. Lecden-Kenya offers volunteeropportunities for both teens and adults.This is also the right place to make friends with people who have similar interests, boostyour confidence and make a difference in these communities. Volunteer Placement datesare book able all year round and the projects are available for 2 weeks to 48 weeks.Volunteer experience starts with language and cultural immersion program givingvolunteers an in-depth understanding of language basics, local culture, regional issues,and ways of life before the start of program. Home Adventure has its own facilities andexperienced staffs. We are committed to providing you a meaningful volunteer abroadprogram.SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERINGThink about how much you receive when you give and consider why you want tovolunteer.-Learn to be responsible for themselves and others-Make new friends-Increase your self confidence-Discover your talents and hidden skills-Develop marketable job skills-Learn from, serve and be served by a different culture-Enrich your education and earn great recommendations for future employment orcollege application
  5. 5. -Certificate of completion depending on the volunteer hours not less than 50 hours-Volunteer de-briefing and recognition event.Once you’ve taken the volunteer job, you will feel that your efforts are accomplishingsomething, that your talents are appreciated by the people whom you work so much thebetter their lives!…….Apply for this program……Volunteer Opportunities Available in Kenya.• Children Program in Orphanages• HIV/AIDS Program• Medical/Health Program• Teaching in local schools• Youth Programs• Environmental conservation• VolunTravel in KenyaVolunteer Internship Opportunities .Lecden-kenya offers volunteer internship opportunities in Kenya CommunityDevelopment for support and cross cultural exchange with the help of local andinternational volunteers.Community Resource CenterOur Community Care Center ‘Riverside Day Care’ is helping orphaned and vulnerablechildren in Kiambiu slum in Buru buru phase one ,read morehttp://www.lecdenkenya.com/charity.htm
  6. 6. Please join us in our Charity Work, Volunteer vacations, the ultimate Ethical WildLife Safaris, medical elective placements, corporate company breaks, Outreachmission trips, Educational Student &school trips. Together we can make a differenceto Orphans and other vulnerable Children/widows/ women/People livessee our chip in widget, http://lecdenkenya.chipin.com/lecden-kenya-a-non-profit-for-the-less-fortunate-kidsRegardsSteveinfo@lecdenkenya.comhttp://www.lecdenkenya.com