Volunteering is an amazing way to gain an insight into the culture of a country. Once you volunteer you are no longer just another tourist, you will work intimately with the local staff and more importantly give a special gift to the project and community you visit. Volunteering is for those who have an interest in other cultures, want to help those less fortunate than themselves and who are keen to meet other like-minded, adventurous, open-minded people with a willingness to make a difference.
The benefits of Ethical volunteering are many, but in a nutshell it is about bringing long-term and sustainable benefits to the projects as well as giving volunteers a positive and life enhancing experience. As a Globalteer volunteer you will only be expected to help out in areas that are of real importance and real benefit to the projects we work with. Our partner projects never compromise on their mission or their objectives in order to accommodate volunteers.
In return for your commitment and for giving your time to volunteer with our communities, you will encounter a variety of new challenges, sharing new experiences with new people. You can learn new skills that will give you confidence to face challenges in other areas of your life. And at the same time you will be giving appropriate support and help in areas where it is needed most. Volunteering is a unique quality that is found in only a few individuals.
Volunteering overseas is a way of gaining a new perspective about the world, connecting with people of other cultures and putting your sense of social responsibility into action. You may not be able to save the world, but you can have a positive effect on a piece of it.
Donations for Volunteering.
Paying a donation to volunteer can seem a strange concept to the uninitiated. Why should someone charge you to work for free? But this is a common misconception about volunteer travel - the volunteer work is not what you are paying for.
The overseas organisations we work with are constantly battling to raise funds to pay for much needed resources, and are not in a financial position to cover the costs of hosting volunteers. Costs such as feeding, housing and transporting a volunteer can add up quickly - and, if such funds were available, they could likely be better used to create employment for local workers, who have relevant language skills and who are more likely to stay with the project long term. Therefore a large proportion of every volunteer donation goes directly to the project you will be volunteering with. Read Where your money goes
So where does your donation go? It often pays for the cost of your housing, food and transport, as well as your training, preparation and supervision. It also goes toward the identification of worthy and sustainable projects and host organisations, as well as the costs of recruiting you and other volunteers. As a registered UK charity, Globalteer is required to ensure that 100% of all monies received are used to promote the charitable objectives. The majority of your donation goes directly to the country that you are travelling to, and the majority of this supports the projects where we send volunteers as well as other projects we support that are unable to benefit from visiting volunteers. For full details go to our “where your money goes