What is the easiest and fastest way to improve your knowledge of the spoken language? That's right, in the language environment. And how to get there without collecting money for a trip for a pretty penny, so that there is enough for everything, and for the road, and for the hotel, and for food, and for excursions? So that you also have the opportunity to communicate a lot and for a long time with native speakers? Do you think that there is no such possibility? Imagine there is! These are volunteer projects. This means that you are going to another country for your money, in fact, to work, but as compensation for your work you receive not the coveted pieces of paper, but an endless number of equally valuable opportunities. I described my impressions of volunteer trips to France here - Volunteering is the brightest travel memories.
To begin with, while working as a volunteer, you can live and eat (very well, by the way) for free, make friends from other countries, plunge into the culture of this country and get to know it from the inside, see how people live. And ending with the fact that you can visit with an excursion all the local sights and such interesting beautiful places that ordinary tourists do not call.
Participation in volunteer projects also allows you to spend weekends trying various types of entertainment that you do not always have the opportunity to do in your hometown, for example, river rafting or rock climbing, visiting local folk festivals and festivals. And now, to all this abundance of free gifts, add an invitation, which allows you to get a visa for a period even longer than one of your volunteer projects will take place. But let's talk about everything in order..
When choosing a volunteer program abroad, you will be guided not only by the country and its specific region, where you would like to go, but also by the timing of the volunteer work (from 1 week to several months), the language spoken by the participants of the volunteer teams (in any country, volunteer projects are carried out both in the native language and in international English) and, of course, for the type of activity that you would like to do.
The content of the article
- one Countries where volunteer projects are held
- 2 Volunteering
- 3 Limitations in volunteer programs
- 4 How to find such volunteer projects
Countries where volunteer projects are held
Everything! Even in our dear mother Russia there are such people, although I was not lucky enough to participate in them. In general, the whole world is at your choice, even any region and region of the country you like. Choose according to which language you would like to practice and whose life and culture you would like to get to know better. Well, of course, you also take into account your financial capabilities for transporting your personality, because you get to the appointed meeting place on your own, and no one covers these expenses. Although, experienced people know a bunch of ways how to get to anywhere in the world is much cheaper than it is generally believed, but this is a completely different article. 🙂
It is diverse. It can be harvesting, and planting, and construction, and restoration of historical monuments, and clearing and beautification of some area, and caring for people with disabilities or the elderly, and much, much more. Before starting work, a specialist in this field will carefully tell and show the volunteer team what is what, teach and instruct, and during work will monitor your safety, help and suggest where necessary.
In most cases, you will need to work 5 days a week, but not 8 hours a day, as we are used to. The working hours of volunteers strongly depend on the organizers of volunteer projects, it can be 4-6 hours a day with a break for the so-called snack-lunch and rest.
Limitations in volunteer programs
Each volunteer program abroad is designed for a certain number of participants, in Europe I have not seen projects for more than 20 people, although there may be such projects. When choosing a project, I would also pay attention to this, if you want a highly multi-ethnic company :). Usually, more than two representatives of one country are not taken to a volunteer squad, so it can be difficult to go immediately with a company of 3-4 people.
There are also age restrictions. But I will not name the numbers, they differ from depending on the program, it is best to check on the corresponding sites.
How to find such volunteer projects
There is a wonderful non-governmental non-profit volunteer organization. With her help, I just chose such volunteer programs abroad. You can now choose a project and fill out an application form online at world4u.ru. And then, come to their office, pay a membership fee and follow the instructions and tips of the guys working there, and you will succeed.!
Or you can walk around this site, there is a lot of good useful information and there is also http://dobrovolets.ru.
And in our next article, you can read about everyday life and leisure in volunteer projects, which differ depending on the specific program.