we are identical triplet sisters who love to travel and love each other even more. kylie is the videographer and photographer, lisa is the chef, and megan is the crafty one. this is our blog about traveling and having fun!
Recently, a Traveling Triplets follower asked, "How do you find volunteer opportunities? How do you afford the cost?"
First, I ask myself three questions:
1- Where do I want to help and why?
2- What do I want to do and what talents/strengths can I offer?
3- What can I do NOW to prepare?
If volunteering and humanitarian work is where your heart is, you need to do your homework. Research online to find organizations that are trustworthy. I have found the best luck through networking with others of similar interests. Through talking to people and asking them questions, you will find groups and organizations that are legitimate and worth your time through others' experiences with them. Otherwise, seek out opportunities yourself and take the risk - 99% of the time it is worth it! If volunteering is something you are passionate about and you care deeply for serving others, then the right opportunity will find you. And when you read their mission statements, their visions as an organization, and their values - you will feel a connection to it. There is a sense of resonance and assurance that "this organization/opportunity is for you."
In regards to cost, it's all about saving. Create a budget and stick to it. I know that is easier said than done but you'd be surprised how much more possible it is if you pass on a few movies and eat in instead of out. If you're like me and really love movies, give yourself a limit per month. Don't go shopping for a month - don't spend money on "frivolous" items that you can easily live without. You will find the dollars accumulating if you are willing to sacrifice "going without" in exchange for the experience of a lifetime.
Living and working in third world countries as a volunteer is possible. Anyone can do it - you just have to put the time and effort into preparing to get there. Your dreams to see the world are attainable - one country at a time, you can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Whether you touch one person or 300, the result is the same - a spirit of love and charity goes a long way.