Meet people, travel, gain new experiences and help others
My name is Zoe, I am 19 years old and I am interning with Global Vision International. If you’re looking for a worthwhile cause to dedicate your time this is definitely the place! I am based here in Quepos Costa Rica in the community development programme. As it is youth volunteering week I thought I would write this to inspire more young people to volunteer. Whether this is in your hometown or internationally!
I decided to volunteer in the middle of my last year at school before I started university. This is a perfect opportunity for my gap year as I can include travelling as well as volunteering and gaining new experiences. However you can volunteer with GVI all year round for 2-24 weeks! We also have an under 18’s program which is more involved in construction work around schools.
Mondays start with planning classes for the rest of the week and gathering materials. We also give or attend training workshops or Spanish classes. Tuesdays and Thursdays I work in the community of El Cocal giving English, arts and sports workshops. We work primary with grades fifth and sixth and have an amazing time doing it! In the evenings on Mondays I also assist on adult English classes in the same community. Wednesdays and Fridays we work in Roncador, another community close by. Again we give English arts and sports workshops there with kids around 10-13 years old. Outside the normal school days there also are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. For example this Friday the GVI team are assisting a beach clean up to help environmental education in the El Cocal community.
Although it is a lot of hard work and commitment, followed by many late nights making weather wheels or banners, it is very much worthwhile. Youth volunteering is not only a great way to meet people and travel but it’s also a way to gain new experiences and help others. Not to mention opening doors for possible work opportunities in the future. From my experience working with GVI I would love to go on and work in non-profit organisations as a permanent career.
One of the main things I have seen by being here is that you can be any age and volunteer! I have met a huge rage of people from all different ages who bring a variety of creativity, dedication and experiences to the team. So being “too young” or “too old” is definitely no excuse not to try it! Therefore I really recommend researching whether it is locally in your community or internationally, as it will give you more knowledge and unforgettable experiences.
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