Volunteering for an NGO: your top 5 questions answered

Volunteering for an NGO is fantastic, but a lot of questions come up if you've never done it. That's why I answered the most frequently asked questions about this experience. Check it out!


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Federico

Dec 20, 2018

I'm just a regular guy like you who decided to save money, quit his job, leave his comfort zone, grabbed his backpack full of dreams and went to ex...

Volunteering for an NGO is fantastic, but a lot of questions come up if you've never done it. That's why I answered the most frequently asked questions about this experience. Check it out!

Volunteering, in general, is the kind of experience that will make your CV look very interesting and will give you the best memories ever

Worldpackers offers you the possibility to be part of a social impact! How great that is? 

Volunteering for an NGO can demand more time and might be a little more challenging but it is something you will never regret or forget. 

Not only you will travel to a city that you like but you'll be giving something back! 

It doesn't matter how big or small your impact will be, what really matters is you do it consciously and acknowledging the challenge. 

So for your peace of mind, I came up with some questions that I had before joining an NGO:

  1. Do I need a different type of Visa to legally volunteer in that country?
  2. Is my English sufficient enough to give my best for this position?
  3. I'm a little concerned on how well I'll develop in this area. Should I apply?
  4. If it says shared-dorm, who am I going to be sharing it with?

  1. How is this experience going to help my future self?


volunteers teaching children in amazonia, brazil

The TOP 5 questions I had before volunteering for an NGO

1. Do I need a different type of Visa to legally volunteer in that country?

Well, it depends on the country you're applying to. 

If you're going to the USA, you can volunteer with a tourist visa as you'll not be "working" in the legal sense of the word and you will not be displacing jobs available to American citizens. 

What you will need is a B1 visa. It may be useful if your host sends you an invitation letter explaining this exact thing so you can present shows in the border (if needed).

2. Is my English sufficient enough to give my best for this position?

This will depend on your previous education/experiences with the language.

Generally, you'll first have a video-call interview and they will know if you manage the language fluently enough or not. But each of us knows how much we know so, I encourage you to apply because it might just be your insecurity playing you. Don't let it!

volunteer taking bus with monks in Nepal

3. I'm a little concerned on how well I'll develop in this area. Should I apply?

For most of us, this will probably be our first experience teaching languages, sports, being a tour guide or working with animals but that is no reason to be afraid at all. 

Of course, the host will train you as they need you to do a good job. So don't worry because you won't be the only volunteer and, if you still have some questions, you can always message the worldpackers who have already done the experience (like the print below) or even reach them through the Worldpackers community.

So don't be shy and get in touch with them! 

worldpackers allows you to talk to former social travelers

4. If it says shared-dorm, who am I going to be sharing it with?

This will depend on the facilities of the Organization. If they have their own accommodation, you'll be sharing rooms with other volunteers which I think is great because that way you'll make really good friends! 

And if they don't own a facility, you'll probably be staying at a hostel close by but still will be able to meet people on the common areas and also with the other volunteers. 

Always remember to ask all your questions to your host, you're not disturbing anyone.

5. How is this experience going to help my future self?

Being part of a social impact and volunteering for an NGO is something that changes not only you (like the way of understanding the world and improving your self-confidence) but your perspective of traveling. 

Regardless of the type of social work you'll be doing, this can be very full filling and it'll make you discover a different kind of joy by helping others. So don't underestimate yourself, you can share all you know with the world and change someone's day by just sharing some of your time with them. Best feeling in the world! 

And the last thing I want to tell you: don't limit your options just on areas you think you can be the most useful and explore all the opportunities and challenge yourself to grow, leave your comfort zone and make of the world a better place! 

Best of luck!


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Federico

Dec 20, 2018

I'm just a regular guy like you who decided to save money, quit his job, leave his comfort zone, grabbed his backpack full of dreams and went to ex...


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