3 ways to make the most of your
skilled volunteering experience in India
Volunteering abroad is a great way to gain real experience, immerse yourself in a new culture, and use your time and effort in a meaningful way. Whether this is a completely new terrain, or you’re a seasoned globetrotter – it is important to understand how to make the most of your time abroad. Especially in India, a country that is so vibrant and has so much to offer, you want to make sure you have the best experience possible. Here are three ways you can do exactly that:
Dig into the dish with the tongue-twister name, use your two left feet to join a cultural dance, accept that wedding invitation, and forgo your beauty sleep to take an overnight bus to an exotic location. You might not always be sure what you’re saying “yes” to, but often it leads you to have experiences you wouldn’t normally have.
Only when you say “yes” you will come home from your volunteer experience with stories of cultural immersion, interesting people you met and delicious food you ate.
Face Your Fears
Volunteering abroad in a new country can feel like a daunting challenge. It requires you to leave your comfort zone. People speak differently, act differently and cultural norms may take a while to pick up. There are a lot of ‘firsts’ when you volunteer your time and skills in India.
You might find yourself in situations where you need to adapt to different cultural norms, be humble, not take yourself too serious and communicate with your hands, or try the dish made of ingredients that shall never be identified. But that is part of the accomplishment and learning process – once you face and overcome your fears, you will experience amazing personal growth. You’ll view future adventures, and most importantly – challenges, in a completely different light.
Volunteering abroad in India can be an intense experience and some people undergo culture shock when arriving for the first time. It is a rollercoaster for the senses with its interesting mix of smells, tastes and vibrant colours. When you volunteer with local organisations and share your skills to make an impact, no two days will be the same, and you will have a lot to take in when you first arrive.
The best way to process all your impressions and experiences is through reflection. Whether you take 10 minutes our of your day to meditate, write a daily journey or think about the previous day during your morning shower. Reflection is incredibly rewarding, it’s the space where personal and professional growth happens. Volunteering abroad can be one of the most enriching experiences of your life – taking time to reflect on your learning and personal development can help you make the most out of this experience.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about skill-based volunteering in Hyderabad, and find out how we can help you make the most of your experience abroad.
By Bella Buchmann