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A Guide to Volunteering Abroad for 1-2 Years

It happened. You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. You drank the sweet, sweet volunteering Kool-Aid and caught the travel bug. Now, you’ve decided that it’s time to take your passion for helping others to the next level and embark on a 1-2 year volunteer abroad program. With infinite program options and plenty of need, there are always spots waiting to be filled with volunteers of every shape and size, and volunteers looking to commit 1-2 years are in particularly hot demand. The only prereqs are an open heart and an open schedule.

Why Volunteer for 1-2 years?

While the benefits of volunteering for any length of time are invaluable, long-term volunteering programs that last 1-2 years have off-the-chart potential. 1-2 year volunteer programs abroad are sure to be a life changing experience for both volunteer and the local communities.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to dive headfirst into long-term volunteering is to truly become a part of the community you are serving. Plus, you will get to stick around long enough to really see a project through and watch it evolve. But that won’t be the only thing that evolves. Like most who are passionate about volunteering, your ultimate goal is probably to help people. But intentionally or unintentionally, volunteering will also change you in countless ways.

GoAbroad’s Inside Scoop

Relationships. The relationships you build when you do a 1-2 year volunteer program abroad are the rock solid, in it for life kinds of relationships. Long-term volunteers are not just pop-in visitors—they’re family.

Homesickness. Leaving behind everything you’ve ever known and trading it in for a life in a strange land for years to come is bound to bring about some bouts of homesickness here and there. No one is immune. The best way to combat this? Invite your friends and family to come visit you in whatever super rad country you now call home!

Be the Change. While short-term volunteer projects often place the emphasis on accomplishing short-term goals and changes, long-term volunteers are the ones backing these changes. They are much more rooted in the creation of transformational aspirations. Long-term volunteers are the ones who work towards the systemic changes that many aspire to accomplish. Volunteering is not an excursion but a lifestyle change.

There are those who point at what’s wrong and hope someone else will put in the hard work to change it, and then there’s you. You are among those who get out there, roll up your sleeves, and try to make this planet better for all. Long term volunteering takes a lot of grit, dedication, and no shortage of elbow grease, but we think you’re up for the task.

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