“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” That quote from Gillian Anderson is unique because it rings true for everyone in the world. Helping others through teaching overseas is a rewarding experience, but it also does so much more too!
Volunteering helps you grow as a person.
There are people who avoid entertaining the idea of doing volunteer work simply because they don’t see how it could benefit them to do something they won’t get paid for. Yes, you won’t get paid in money. Instead, you get paid in so many other ways that are just as, if not more, important than money.
Teaching at child care orphanages in third world countries, for example, means you are helping them learn important facts they will find useful as they grow, and which they might never otherwise have learned. As a person who volunteers, you offer the unique experiences you have gone through that no one else has, and from which these children can learn. You are growing as a person, sharing what you have learned, even as you help them grown and learn.
Volunteering helps you learn ideas and go through experiences you might never have otherwise.
Teaching overseas isn’t just a one-sided task. Yes, your priority will be to teach people the English language, science, math, or whatever your particular skill is, but while you’re teaching, you will be gaining new perspectives, meeting new people, maybe even learn a new language from the locals yourself!
You can develop skills or discover talents you never knew you had, too! There are also plenty of people who have found their true calling or passion in life while doing volunteer work. This is because you will be volunteering in a variety of conditions and will get to meet people from all walks of life who can open you to experiences and opportunities you never would have known existed.
At volunteer orphanages and schools you can really see people who haven’t had the advantages you’ve had struggle to make do with the little they have. It will make you see just how privileged you were and you will want to help people learn as much as they can even as you get a clearer and more grateful perspective on your own life.
Even if you’re volunteering only once and don’t plan to do so again, the work will still benefit you in terms of career options and professional contacts, especially since volunteer work always looks impressive on a resume. And the skills you acquired at volunteer orphanages and schools will always come in handy, such as time management, organization, and handling people from all areas of life.
If you’re stuck at a career rut, have just gone through something painful, or are simply wondering what to do next with your life, the best thing you can probably do is consider teaching overseas and other volunteer work. Helping others will also help yourself, and you and the whole world will be better off from it.
For more information, visit us at http://www.volunteering.org.au/teaching.html.