Each year hundreds of thousands of students at both the high school and college level consider making a trip abroad to help by volunteering for a range of different jobs and services that they have learned as part of their upbringing in a more developed nation. They visit places on all continents: Asia, Africa, South America, North & Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and more. Many school systems in these lesser developed nations are run entirely on the efforts of volunteers and donations are all they have to keep them funded. If the economy takes a turn for the worse in these nations, it is great to know that there are volunteer students who will still take the trek and travel to these places and help because as times get hard, volunteers are needed more than ever.
It does not take much to be able to get accepted as a student volunteer because there are not a lot of special skills required. Those who do have specialized knowledge such as sports training, agricultural experience, mechanical inclination, a willingness to teach basic English or almost any other skill one can think of, are generally welcomed with open arms. There is usually a short form and most students will know if they have been accepted within a week or 2. The main asset an applicant should have is an open mind for new experiences, a willingness to learn and a drive to really be helpful towards others who live less fortunate lives.
There are a wide range of benefits of doing this kind of work, especially as the world becomes more and more global. There are chances to get funding through colleges, scholarship foundations, grants and even those students who raise their own money for their trips. The good news is that most packages are extremely affordable and not any kind of problem for the average student. Time is an issue, of course, but students have the advantage of being at a point in their lives when they can afford to take time away to go do something as life changing as helping others in a poor nation.
For students who are considering volunteering, a huge variety of opportunities exist all over the world today and in many cases, help is needed more than ever as populations surge while education levels do not rise and lack of food, health care and other crucial skills are hard to find. It is the students of today who can right now make a huge difference in the kind of world that we will all be living in tomorrow.