Top Volunteer Travel Destinations 2011
In a world that has become increasingly globally aware the desire to help underprivileged people has resulted in considerable interest in volunteer work. This may take the form of local enterprise but more often the needs are in developing countries and those hit by natural disasters and many volunteers are prepared to travel to distant destinations to lend a helping hand. For some it may take the form of a flexible holiday, part of which is spent helping the community around them, for others the stay may vary from weeks, to months to a year.
In recent years young people have also taken up the challenge. The desire to travel, coupled with the purpose of volunteering to help, can be a heady mixture. However, it can also be a practical decision in a situation at home when many young people leave school or university without the imminent prospect of work. Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 travelling into an unknown situation may be at risk so it is important for them, and especially for their parents, to be aware of what they are volunteering for and the safety of the destination to which they are heading.
Gap work.com offers assistance and information about reliable companies involved in Volunteer work http://www.gapwork.com/voluntary-jobs.shtmla and gives details of the top volunteer destinations in 2011. The decision of where to volunteer depends upon the kind of voluntary work you are looking for and your principal reason for volunteering, ie. Whether you are doing it to help others or to help yourself or a combination of both.
Africa is a definite top volunteers’ destination especially for young people. A gap year there will be a year to remember with adventure on land or sea when you can interact with elephants, dolphins, conservation and working with children. Africa caters for all your preferences with no less than a 53 countries to choose from. This has to be a top destination for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary work, environmental challenges and social work. http://www.conservationafrica.net/
India has long been of interest to young people wanting to experience a culture totally different from their own. This would also be a good choice for volunteers considering a medical career. You would have the opportunity to visit community hospitals, even giving some basic treatment, visiting the slums and teaching English. http://www.gapguru.com/GapYearProjects/Gap-Year-Work-in-Community-Hospital
On a slightly different note NewZealand is a top destination for volunteers, especially in the summer when there are many opportunities to work on the land. So if you would like the experience of farm work in New Zealand you may be interested in the following: http://www.gapwork.com/article42371511122010.shtml
Australia rates itself as a the best destination with good reasons as you will see if you check out the following. http://www.bunac.org/bunastories/work-australia-stories.aspx . This seems to be the ideal place to spend a gap year if you are seeking friends and fun as well as having the experience of a lifetime.