Many of has have given a thought to international volunteering at some point in our lives, but a small number of people actually go through with it. However, each of those people comes back with amazing stories of their time abroad and tells you how fun and life-fulfilling it was. Every day the number of volunteers becomes higher, but so does the number of organizations and places that need help. Whether you have never seriously thought about international volunteering and you want to know more about it or you just need some extra bit of motivation to make your decision final, here are five reasons why you should volunteer abroad.

Make valuable connections with people

When you travel the world in order to be a proactive member of the community and help those in need, getting close to the people around you is inevitable.

All of us have experienced how our hectic schedules can make us distant from one another and if you need a break from that kind of environment, volunteering abroad in countries like Malawi where everyone instantly learns your name and where you can become a part of the close-knit community, could be the best choice for you.

Make a difference

So often in life, we forget that there are people all around the world who could benefit from our help. Going to an abroad destination in order to be there for people who need you can change lives for the better and it also rewards you with a sense of fulfillment that you can achieve only when you are making a real difference in the world.

Explore the World

During your volunteering experience, you’ll find yourself with a unique opportunity to deeply explore a place full of wonderful culture, nature, and traditions. African countries, for example, are popular destinations for volunteering partially because of their natural beauties and traditions you won’t be able to be a part of in your home country.

It is fun

Besides helping people in need, you can have a lot of fun while on your volunteering journey. You will meet many interesting people and be able to spend a weekend exploring islands in Thailand, or rafting in Costa Rica. The possibilities are endless.

Learn new skills

Learning a new language is also a great reason to volunteer this year since there is no easier way to learn a language but to be surrounded by people who speak it. More than that, volunteering will take you out of your comfort zone, which also helps to improve your teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and people skills.

Whether you decide to volunteer because of your philanthropic tendencies or in order to explore new places in the world, volunteering will be an unforgettable experience that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.