9 reasons why you definitely shouldn't volunteer abroad this year

Posted: 16th of August 2017 by Parisha Mistry

1. You'll miss Netflix

ICS volunteer with Masai

© ICS / VSO / Jack Howson

‘You see the latest Orange is the New Black?’
No mate. Too busy living my best life.

2. The food will be grim

Senegalese rice dish

© ICS / Y Care / Javier Acebal

Though this tasty rice dish from Senegal would hit the spot I guess.

3. You'll miss your mates

Group of volunteers in Tanzania

© ICS / Raleigh / Andrew Aitchison

Because shared experiences in a new country have never led to new friendships?

4. What about your family?

UK volunteer with Senegalese host mum

© ICS / Y Care / Javier Acebal

Except you'll live with a host family who'll welcome you into their home.
S
uddenly it's like you've got two mums.

5. You love your pets too much to go

Host family feed chickens

© ICS / VSO / Andrew Aitchison

But maybe you'll fill the gap by making friends with the neighbourhood monkeys, zebras, chickens, donkeys, goats, elephants ...

6. It'll be boring

Volunteers take a selfie with students

© ICS / Andrew Aitchison

Yeah, right.

7. Young people can't offer anything

Challenges volunteers look over laptop

© Challenges Worldwide / Esther Mbabazi

True. After all, it’s not like a mixed team of UK and national volunteers have a diverse range of skills, passion and professional experience to offer ...

8. One person can't make a difference

Progressio volunteers take part on march

© ICS / Progressio / Matilda Gomez-Devall

When did a small group of committed individuals ever change the world?
Oh, it’s the only thing that ever has? K cool.

9. 11 weeks won't change your life

Volunteers hug on placement

© ICS / Restless Development / Elina Eriksson

Try telling that to these guys.

Ok so we lied. You definitely should volunteer. Are you ready for ICS?

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