3 REASONS WHY I CAN’T STOP VOLUNTEERING: A TESTIMONIAL BY VINCENT

INTRO

For me, volunteering – aside from everything else it brings – simply feels good. When I was a student, I started helping out at a homeless shelter on weekends. This gave me my first taste of the rewards I would experience from it. Then, in my early 30’s, I crossed the pond to Poland and Hungary where I continued to give my time at similar shelters.

However, bitten by the travel bug after my move, my priorities started to shift, leaving me torn. How could I spend my spare time and money travelling whilst also giving back? Little did I know that not only could I do both, I could actually get even more out of my time volunteering than I ever had before.

REASON 1: Everything I need is taken care of: meals, accommodation, local transportation

This is where I stumbled upon Angloville. At first, it seemed a little too good to be true. My transport from the departure city was all taken care of and my meals and accommodation whilst on the programme were all covered too – all I had to do was give my time. It made it so easy and checked both of my boxes; I was to see the world whilst helping others.

REASON 2: I’ve grown a new Me and a better version of myself

Secondly, I feel I’ve grown so much from my experience. I’ve completed several programmes and not only have I visited new parts of Europe (Matla, Dublin, Bucharest soon) but I’ve made so many new friends along the way. Getting to know the locals as well as like-minded travellers has helped me open my mind as I’ve learned more patience and understanding. Plus, my communication and problem solving skills are so much stronger. Each conversation you have on each programme is different, bringing with it new challenges and hurdles. These obstacles however, in such a friendly and open atmosphere, become more exciting rather than daunting. You become a part of a community – I still keep in touch with many of the people I’ve met (both fellow volunteers and attendees). 

REASON 3:  I’ve strengthened my professional skills and my resume 

Secondly, I feel I’ve grown so much from my experience. I’ve completed several programmes and not only have I visited new parts of Europe (Matla, Dublin, Bucharest soon) but I’ve made so many new friends along the way. Getting to know the locals as well as like-minded travellers has helped me open my mind as I’ve learned more patience and understanding. Plus, my communication and problem solving skills are so much stronger. Each conversation you have on each programme is different, bringing with it new challenges and hurdles. These obstacles however, in such a friendly and open atmosphere, become more exciting rather than daunting. You become a part of a community – I still keep in touch with many of the people I’ve met (both fellow volunteers and attendees). 

About me

My name is Vincent and I am living now in Poland thanks to Angloville as a mentor recruiter. I realize now I would not be where I am today without volunteering and highlighting the value of these experiences during my job interviews. After my time as a recruiter, I may volunteer again and I’m even looking at getting a formal qualification with Angloville- either an AngloTEFL or CELTA – I just haven’t decided yet. 

Lastly, I’ll never forget the new friends I’ve made, the new skills I’ve learnt and how I’ve grown as a person – all while I was helping homeless people or teaching English to locals. It’s the most I’ve gotten from volunteering and I can’t wait to see where I’ll go next! Perhaps I’ll see you on an Angloville programme sometime?