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Feb 1, 2007
Be a Volunteer!!!
- Carmela Bignotia Email this article

Are you a fresh graduate and still unsure of the career path that you wish to pursue? A number of young professionals, fresh out of the university are overwhelmed by the lure of the corporate world and decides to spend a year or two of rest. Some people refer to it as the gap years.

Instead of wasting a year or two in confusion, why not offer your skills and knowledge to the less privileged people of the world? A good way to spend your time while still contemplating the path that will lead you to where you really want to go is by joining volunteer organizations. This meaningful endeavor is both rewarding and fulfilling.  

A number of international organizations welcome volunteers, which can support and assist them in their various projects. The type of voluntary assistance needed will vary depending on the organization’s aim. There are medical missions, community development programs, research expeditions, cultural projects and others.

General Requirements:

Volunteers must at least be 18 years old

College graduate or undergraduate

Physically fit

Can adapt to multi-cultural settings

Being a volunteer requires commitment and true service. It is also far from easy. One must be aware of the advantage and disadvantages of being a volunteer before considering it:

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Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to get to know the culture of another country.

Volunteerism often leads to positive changes in behavior and point of view. It also gives utmost sense of fulfillment

A volunteer work experience in your resume creates good impression for future employers.

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This is not a money-earning endeavor.

The culture of the country or community where you will be assigned can be very different from the things you are used to. It will be a real challenge adjusting to the food, language, and environment of your host country.

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