Choosing A Program

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Volunteering abroad is a long-term commitment. It is wasteful for both the organization and yourself to change or discontinue a program. Therefore, it is essential for you to choose the right program for yourself. Here are some factors for you to consider when taking your pick:

  • Is the organization reputable?
  • What is the length of the program?
  • Are there any safety issues in the country your working in?
  • Does the program suite your personal interest or may be any help to your future career?
  • Is the program flexible? Will you be easily able to change starting dates if something urgent comes up? Will there be accommodations to suite your financial need?
  • Can you live in a challenging environment? The places you will be volunteering at may very likely have less luxury than that we are accustomed to. In some situations, just minor adjustments such as not having HD TV or internet access. In other situations, it can be as serious as lacking clean water or sanitary food.
  • Is there a follow up plan for the program?Is there a chance that you will be offered a full-time position in the organization?
  • How many days will you be working?
  • What is the cost of the program? And if there is a placement fee, what does it cover?
  • Are there and required skills needed (such as foreign language skills)?
  • How good is the support system of the program? Will there be accessible help for you in the country you are traveling to?
  • What will your work consist of? What is your daily duty?


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