Do you sometimes feel like you’re not putting enough and contributing enough to make the world a better place? Is there a void inside you that makes you feel empty? If these are questions you constantly ask yourself then maybe it’s time to act on it by volunteering. Yes, volunteering and teaching overseas are the best ways to lend a hand and also complete that missing part inside you.
Child Care Orphanages are the most in need of attention today. With the staggering number of children that are out of school globally, the world needs extra educators and teachers more than anything else. In Cambodia alone, the number of children who are in their primary education and are already out of school have increased. When you volunteer Orphanages benefit the most.
There is no better time to start than today. Below are some important key points on how you can go about teaching overseas:
1. First, one must identify the location. There are many teaching opportunities around the globe – Asia, Europe, South America, to mention a few. With the location known, the cost and fees can be easily identified as well. The fees are divided into two parts – the placement fee and the application fee, where both are inclusive of different aspects of the trip.
The airport transfer, orientation, supervision, meals and accommodation are under the placement fee while the administration marketing services, and assurance of the volunteers’ safety are covered by the application fee. Sometimes, a down payment is also required and the amount ranges from between $200-$300.
2. What is your planned itinerary? For those teaching overseas there is no specific duration on how long it will take because it can be customized according to the volunteers’ preference. It can be a long-term service that can last for months but it can also be as short as a fortnight. For someone who wishes to travel to different countries then this can this can be done as well. Getting to multiple destinations is possible but remember that with every country the fees also change.
3. Together with preparing the necessary documents such as passports, insurance and visas, one must not forget to prepare oneself personally. Are you ready to travel a thousand miles to a country you are not familiar with? Are you more than ready to take this big step? To avoid being culture shocked, it’s best to come prepared. Conduct a research on your own on the country you will be traveling to and get to know the way of living, the culture, etc.
4. Finally and more importantly, don’t forget to have fun. Enjoy every moment of your trip, treasure each moment with the children and bring home everything you have learned. Your act of service and kindness is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces and that includes yours. It’s a give and take process where you help others and in return they also help you in ways you never thought of. You are guaranteed to become a different person after the experience. Visit http://www.volunteering.org.au/teaching.html.