By: Anteneh Tesfaye
An AIESEC Volunteering abroad program is an experience worth living. You learn a lot, about yourself, about whichever field you work in, and how to work among people you otherwise wouldn’t even imagine interacting with.
The international experience gives you exposure beyond your wildest dreams (on a personal and professional level) and that is what holds value. You become a stronger and more independent individual. You will get a wider exposure, creative problem solving to real problems of the world in innovative ways, creative brainstorming, leadership development experience, a chance to make a positive impact on the society. Here are 7 benefits you get from volunteering abroad:
1- Global Mindset and Global Network
Volunteering abroad will give you A new Perspective to the world and set of individual attributes that help you to be global leader. Your experience abroad provides you with insight into foreign work environments and custom. Volunteering will you develop lasting personal and professional relationships and it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering and you can never tell who you will meet or what new information you will learn and what impact this could have on your life.
2- Learn about a new Culture
When you are abroad you will discover a new Country, Improve your Language Skills or Learn a New Language, and meet different people from to different cultural background. Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a rich source for learning new culture.
3- Make an Impact
Volunteering abroad changes you because it gives you the chance to change and impact others. As AIESEC and UN are working together to achieve sustainable development goals, all our projects around the world target SDG goals. Volunteering abroad through AIESEC exchanges will give you a chance to contribute your own part in realization of sustainable development goal. Volunteering abroad is one of the best ways we know of to make a difference .Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the world.
4- AIESEC volunteering will give you professional work experience
Employers want to hire people that are able to utilize the lessons from previous work experiences and apply them to their current job. As in an international intern, you will be faced with challenges relating to communication barriers, creative problem-solving and understanding various points of view from a cultural perspective. By facing these challenges abroad, you will be able to fine tune your transferable skills and sell any employer on your benefits.
5- Life long friendship
Your overseas volunteer is not just about adding a new section to your resume. Living and working abroad is filled with exciting new sights, people, and experiences. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.
6- Personal growth and Soft Skills growth
When you go for an exchange abroad, you will meet different peoples from different background ,culture and language. In all your time abroad you will need to break the barrier and need to communicate. Starting from your arrival date to all through your working time you will be facing communication barriers .at the end of the day the challenge that arise from diversity will shape you out to a person who can communicate his ideas clearly in any environment. You will Learn about Yourself and Discover Your Personal Brand.
7- Culture shock
The most beautiful and meaningful moments of your life will occur when you decide to step outside of your comfort zone. Traveling to a foreign country to volunteer is one of the best ways to step outside your established comfort zone. Although the majority of people who travel abroad experience a degree of culture shock, it is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, experiencing culture shock is a very positive thing because it gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself, teaches you how to think on your feet and adapt, and presents you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, and then emerge as a global citizen.
Now that you know the benefits you get from volunteering abroad, you just have to find the right project for you, and decide when it is the best time for you to go. In case you have any doubts, you can always contact the nearest local office, and our members will help you through your journey.
Interested in going abroad this winter? Find your next adventure at www.aiesec.org