Have you ever been interested in joining a global volunteer opportunity somewhere else in the world? Did something get in your way of going after that dream? Do you still have that idea of taking a gap year somewhere hidden in your head but can’t take the next step?
If so read Agustina’s blog post, where she shares her story on volunteering abroad.
It really inspired us so we thought we would translate some of it and share it with you!
Agustina is a microbiologist, a women and travels round the world. However all those labels don’t quite define her. For about a year now she knows how to answer to those asking “but why don’t you get a job doing “your thing”… You are a microbiologist! What are you doing with your life?
Give yourself a chance
She is quite clear on what she is doing, she is giving herself a chance. That thing that many people have imagined many times but never dared to try. Due to fear, to losing what’s familiar and comfortable to them, or to not knowing how to do it. For a year she has been travelling round the world with only one target: give anything she can in those places she arrives at and where a hand is very much in need. This sounds quite simple and it does fulfil her and define her: “it exposes me to realities I would have never been exposed to if I had stayed at my lab job." This is the life that uplifts her soul and teaches her all of those things that neither University nor a 9 to 5 office job can teach you. And they are so important to turn you into a better person and allow you to give more to the world.
What do you need to be able to travel and become a volunteer?
Agustina is very clear on what she needs to turn her intentions into action and to travel and volunteer abroad. “You first need to be flexible and be willing to GIVE and know that every situation you will encounter will offer you much more. And without any doubt you need to be determined. If you adapt and are clear that no matter what, you need to keep finding ways to get what you are looking for, things will happen. What pushes me to move on is knowing that what I do help others, what I have to offer works, and it also makes me feel better.” When you know who you are and where you are heading, everything becomes easier to handle and even more important “it is not irreversible”. The step you take doesn’t need to be permanent. If something doesn’t work out or you feel you were mistaken, you can always go back and take another path.
If you are keen on turning your dream into a reality please check out our World Volunteering projects and talk to our specialists who will help you along the process and clear any doubts our queries you may have: