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  Volunteering is good for your career

Employers prefer to hire people who have a degree and some relevant work experience. Therefore, it is natural for new graduates and young professionals to broaden their skills and experience by volunteering with an organisation that can use their skills. In this respect, an international volunteer experience is one of the best ways to make your CV stand out.

Volunteering abroad not only allows you to travel, broaden your horizons and experience cultures and places that are completely different from your own, it also provides valuable insights and personal skills that are a great addition to your CV.

 

Here are some aspects of your personality and experience that an international volunteering experience can give you:

 

Independence

Taking the initiative to educate yourself through responsible travel, and to travel with the purpose of volunteering, underscores personal capacities such as independence, self-reliance and not least maturity. Your future employer will love to hear you talk about how you managed to overcome challenges and obstacles.

 

Resilience

Having spent a substantial time getting to know diverse cultures, adjusting to a different climate, overcoming challenges such as non-existent infrastructure and other adverse conditions, will impress anyone, including your future employer. You will be much more confident about your own personal boundaries, and know that you can manage difficult situations with a “been there, done that” attitude.

 

Dedication

Any organisation, be it non-profit, business, or public service, is looking for dedicated people. By volunteering and carrying out an important mission you show dedication, i.e. willingness to put the needs of others before your own.  Your employer will recognise and appreciate your ability to work towards a specific goal, and stay the course, especially if this is a common goal where you are part of a team.

 

Developing new skills

While volunteering at an international project, you will not only immerse yourself in your new community, you will also learn new skills – perhaps skills you never thought that you would concern yourself with. Depending on your volunteer position, you will have the opportunity to practise (or learn) organisational skills, teaching, tropical gardening, documenting the progress of a project (reporting, taking photographs), fundraising, or solving all kinds of problems.

As a Take 10 Volunteer you will be given as much responsibility as you can handle, so you will also have ample opportunity to develop your leadership skills.

 

Language and communication

In our globalised world, companies and organisations need more and more employees who have foreign language skills. You can use your volunteer abroad experience to learn a new language or sharpen your existing language skills. Being able to communicate efficiently with people from all walks of life is an important ability to have – and a skill that can be used in many different contexts.

 

Cross cultural experience

As an international volunteer, you will be engaging in cultural exchange, since you are working side by side with local people. You are immersing yourself in a local community for several months, and get to know the local culture at a deeper level.

This is something entirely different than going on a holiday abroad, or even your average backpacking experience. It is completely possible to backpack across continents without ever having to deal much with the locals – simply by going from hostel to hostel guided by a Lonely Planet book.

In a globalised world, truly understanding the perspective of other cultures can be extremely valuable. Therefore, the personal ballast of a cross cultural experience cannot be underestimated.

 

A global perspective

We have heard it again and again: Volunteering abroad, with a developing community, can truly change your life. Having experienced first-hand the humble conditions that many people must accept as their life conditions, is usually a real eye-opener. Not taking anything for granted and being grateful for what you have is something you learn as a volunteer at a development project.

When you travel and experience life in a local community for some time, you develop a unique global perspective – unless you have a heart of stone. To understand the struggles of others, in less fortunate places, instead of focusing on your diminutive issues is a great perspective to have, in any work place.  Most employers value staff who are resourceful, are respectful towards others – and who understand the importance of working together with others to solve problems.

 

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  Volunteering

is good for

your career

Employers prefer to hire people who have a degree and some relevant work experience.

 

Therefore, it is natural for new graduates and young professionals to broaden their skills and experience by volunteering with an organisation that can use their skills. In this respect, an international volunteer experience is one of the best ways to make your CV stand out.

 

Volunteering abroad not only allows you to travel, broaden your horizons and experience cultures and places that are completely different from your own, it also provides valuable insights and personal skills that are a great addition to your CV.

Here are some aspects of your personality and experience that an international volunteering experience can give you:

Independence

Taking the initiative to educate yourself through responsible travel, and to travel with the purpose of volunteering, underscores personal capacities such as independence, self-reliance and not least maturity. Your future employer will love to hear you talk about how you managed to overcome challenges and obstacles.In a globalised world, truly understanding the perspective of other cultures can be extremely valuable. Therefore, the personal ballast of a cross-cultural experience cannot be underestimated.

 

Resilience

Having spent a substantial time getting to know diverse cultures, adjusting to a different climate, overcoming challenges such as non-existent infrastructure and other adverse conditions, will impress anyone, including your future employer. You will be much more confident about your own personal boundaries, and know that you can manage difficult situations with a “been there, done that” attitude.

Dedication

Any organisation, be it non-profit, business, or public service, is looking for dedicated people. By volunteering and carrying out an important mission you show dedication, i.e. willingness to put the needs of others before your own.  Your employer will recognise and appreciate your ability to work towards a specific goal, and stay the course, especially if this is a common goal where you are part of a team.

Developing new skills

While volunteering at an international project, you will not only immerse yourself in your new community, you will also learn new skills – perhaps skills you never thought that you would concern yourself with. Depending on your volunteer position, you will have the opportunity to practise (or learn) organisational skills, teaching, tropical gardening, documenting the progress of a project (reporting, taking photographs), fundraising, or solving all kinds of problems.

As a Take 10 Volunteer you will be given as much responsibility as you can handle, so you will also have ample opportunity to develop your leadership skills.

 

Language and communication

In our globalised world, companies and organisations need more and more employees who have foreign language skills. You can use your volunteer abroad experience to learn a new language or sharpen your existing language skills. Being able to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life is an important ability to have – and a skill that can be used in many different contexts.

Cross-cultural experience

As an international volunteer, you will be engaging in cultural exchange, since you are working side by side with local people. You are immersing yourself in a local community for several months, and get to know the local culture at a deeper level.

This is something entirely different than going on a holiday abroad, or even your average backpacking experience. It is completely possible to backpack across continents without ever having to deal much with the locals – simply by going from hostel to hostel guided by a Lonely Planet book.

In a globalised world, truly understanding the perspective of other cultures can be extremely valuable. Therefore, the personal ballast of a cross-cultural experience cannot be underestimated.

A global perspective

We have heard it again and again: Volunteering abroad, with a developing community, can truly change your life. Having experienced first-hand the humble conditions that many people must accept as their living conditions, is usually a real eye-opener.

Not taking anything for granted and being grateful for what you have is something you learn as a volunteer at a development project.

When you travel and experience life in a local community for some time, you develop a unique global perspective – unless you have a heart of stone. To understand the struggles of others, in less fortunate places, instead of focusing on your diminutive issues is a great perspective to have, in any workplace. 

Most employers value staff who are resourceful, are respectful towards others – and who understand the importance of working together with others to solve problems.

Do you want to know more about a terrific international volunteer programme?

Improve your career options with an international volunteering experience

Volunteer for an inclusive future

As we strive for social justice and a more equal world, where everyone enjoys the freedoms as set out in the Charter of Human Rights, we recognise that it takes the combined efforts of a lot of people.

September Team reflections

Take 10 September Volunteer team share their experience during the preparation period and their goals and expectations for the projects in Malawi and India.

10 things to do instead of shopping

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism. A great way to save money and an opportunity to tune into life instead of shopping. Find 10 tips here.