Volunteer in Economic Development Abroad

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553 Economic Development Volunteer Abroad Programs

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Volunteers are required NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Ecuador! With a wide range of volunteering placements available, volunteers can choose from teaching English, work with street children, school support programs and summer projects in the Ecuadorian city of Quito and suburban Quito. * Teaching English Similarly to other Latin American nations, Spanish is ...

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This project is in San Carlos, Alajuela province. The La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center is a privately funded organization. Injured and displaced animals are brought to the center from all over the country by Costa Rican officials. Many are able to be nursed back to health and re-released back into their natural habitat when rehabilitated. Tapirs, spider monkeys, green macaws, scarlet macaws, an...

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Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join us on an affordable, safe and responsible Economic Development voluntary service project for a truly memorable experience! Check out our exciting program options!

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For those with little time to spare, but who still want to volunteer, this is a great opportunity to make a real difference while traveling in Thailand. You can volunteer with local communities and school children in a stunning part of Thailand, famed for its beautiful beaches, to help them learn English. Join GVI on this short term project in Thailand and volunteer to assist communities that a...

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Ecuador has been named by ecologists as one of the world’s “megadiversity hotspots” and is one of the most species-rich countries on earth. The Galapagos Islands are 1000km (621mi) off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Due to their isolation, the islands are home to many unique species of flora and fauna. This uniquely evolved wildlife is famous for helping Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evoluti...

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Through this project you not only get the chance to take amazing wildlife and magnificent landscape portraits, raising money for conservation projects, but your work will also be noticed, shared and used in various marketing drives. Your photos will support research and be used as part of the identification process of the animals on the 2 local reserves you will work between. You will have ...

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Join our Sustainable Economic and Community Development volunteering in Ecuador. Work with local families striving to preserve their environment, culture, and values while creating a sustainable livelihood. You will take part in an NGO-supported forestry project that incorporates ecotourism, jam making, dairy processing, and organic gardening. This initiative is also supported by scientific res...

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Connect-123 can facilitate a wide variety of environment and sustainable development related volunteer positions that allow you to participate in a variety of projects, working side-by-side with locals and other volunteers. Those interested in all things green can volunteer with one of Dublin’s many environmental initiatives. Environment volunteers can work on wildlife and conservation campaig...

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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.

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Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields and causes (listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Volunteers can work for up to 12 months and programs are offered year round. Programs are customizable; you'll be paired with organizations in need of specific skills while allowing you to reach your academic and career goals. Oaxaca is one of the most biodiverse ar...

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Like any third world country, the Philippines suffers from diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation brought about by poor awareness programs. This is one of the major issues the country needs to face, and come up with solutions to. A lot of people in rural areas cannot afford to pay for medicines and regular medical check-ups. Volunteer for the Visayans is reaching out to those in need of...

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Work with an international community development volunteer project in Uganda. Participants work with a grassroots community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and ...

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We have a great volunteer place for you! Provide a genuine service while learning about this captivating South Pacific culture. Our NGO host partner on the main island of Rarotonga directs our work to help bolster literacy, elder care and social services in several settings. Your "helping hands" help deliver essential services to the island's youth and adults! Global Volunteers has over 29...

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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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By joining with us on this volunteering project you will be working alongside a Thai NGO with over 30 years of experience aiding and developing forgotten hill tribes in the mountainous jungles of northern Thailand. We are extremely proud to be serving these communities who rely on assistance from volunteers to exist. You will receive the warmest of welcomes, the very best in day to day supp...

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Volunteering Abroad in Economic Development

Volunteering abroad is a great way to make a difference in the world, and when it comes to economic development that difference only increases. Those who volunteer abroad in economic development should be devoted to helping communities and increasing the standard of living and economic health of local people. Economic development volunteers can expect to interact with locals on a daily basis as they help increase access to various valuable resources for community members. Although volunteers will be sharing their own talents, they will also be learning from locals every minute!

Why Volunteer Abroad

Volunteering abroad in general is a rewarding journey that not everyone takes the time to complete. By volunteering abroad in economic development specifically, you will gain a new perspective on the issues facing our world today. Being exposed to economic concerns and society issues that exist outside your own country will allow you to become a more culturally sensitive and globally aware individual.

Economic development projects and programs are becoming increasingly crucial for low-income communities around the globe. While some countries have benefited greatly from globalization in recent years, others have lagged behind and are in immense need of international aid to build up their economies. In this way, volunteering in economic development abroad will allow you to share valuable skills you have learned through your personal experiences, education, and profession, which means you’ll be leaving a long-term impact on the communities you work with. Skills that may be beneficial to communities in need include financial management, project development, marketing and communications, and much more.

Volunteering abroad in economic development is a great way to show future employers that you are committed to helping others, willing to tackle any challenge that comes your way, and that you are able to interact with people from different backgrounds. These are all essential characteristics employers look for in future employees across fields.

Locations

Although there are countless options when it comes to where to volunteer abroad in economic development. Typically developing countries are in the greatest need for economic development programs and projects, due to the obvious fact that they lag behind in terms of societal growth and development.

Countries in Africa are some of the most common places for volunteering in economic development abroad, which is most likely due to  the region’s history of inequality. Those who choose to volunteer in Africa can expect to work toward initiatives related to HIV/AIDS, food security, water distribution, education, program development, and agriculture. By volunteering in economic development in Africa, volunteers will support and empower local communities to begin to help themselves and overcome obstacles to their success.

South America is also home to many impoverished communities, both urban and rural, in need of economic development programs. If volunteers already know Spanish and wish to go to a Spanish-speaking country, volunteering in South America may be one of the best regions to searching for programs in. Volunteers in South America can expect to focus on areas such as micro-financing, leadership training, artisanal and construction projects, eco-tourism, and teaching English to local leaders.

Surprisingly, various countries in Europe, though already well established, offer opportunities to volunteer in economic development. Volunteers in Europe will likely be working with specific underprivileged populations or low-income communities through placement with NGO organizations. On the other hand, by volunteering abroad in countries with stable economies, volunteers will be able to learn more about the components required for successful economic development. Volunteers will also have the chance to learn more about historical trends in development and how to apply these in other countries. Projects in Europe usually focus on business and financial development.

Volunteering in Economic Development

Economic development placements span a range of project types and programs, from working in local villages to develop entrepreneurial skills to developing a marketing plan for a local NGO or working on accounting procedures for new small business. Regardless of the placement, volunteering in economic development will place volunteers in a supportive, nurturing role in communities abroad.

Placements can last anywhere from one week up to multiple years, depending on how much time volunteers have available or if they can afford to do an extended stay. Each placement may require varied amounts of previous experience, but for the most part experience in not required to volunteer abroad in economic development. In some countries, there many be a minimum language proficiency requirement (but not all!).

When it comes to placement types, individuals who volunteer in economic development most often work with local or national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), which focus on a wide range of areas, that may include social services, health services, teaching and education, or financial projects. Within this realm, volunteers may choose to work with an organization or community that focuses on a certain type of economic development. An example of this may be a placement related to information technology (IT), where volunteers may help educate local communities and provide technical training.

The second most popular type of placement for volunteering in economic development abroad is in business development, where volunteers may work in chambers of commerce, embassies, or tourism centers to build up local sources of economic growth. Volunteer work in business development may range from administrative tasks to translating official documents.

Benefits

  • Helping Local Communities. Volunteering abroad in economic development is important in the lives of volunteers, but it is even more impactful for beneficiary communities. By donating your skills, you will be providing locals with a background to further continue their growth and success in the future. Passing on your skills will also allow them to teach others, and the learning will continue for generations. Many volunteers will find they take out much more than they expected on a personal level, because of the lasting impact they realize they are providing.
  • Creating Connections. Volunteers will be interacting with local people on a day-to-day basis and creating lifelong personal relationships. However, they will also be interacting with and working for local organizations, that may prove to be helpful additions to their professional networks later in life.
  • Tangible difference. After volunteering in economic development abroad, you will be able to show concrete evidence of the improvements the community has made (ex. if you worked on a financial project, you can show how you helped improve their budgeting).

You never know where your next step in life might take you, but volunteering in economic development abroad is sure to prepare you for many career paths and life experiences down the road!

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