Hey guys – It’s again YOUR TURN to give ME some advice!
As you all know, I love to travel. I haven’t explored much of the world yet, but so badly yearn to! Most of the places I have been are the usual ‘touristy’ Caribbean areas. You know – the all-inclusive, snorkeling extravaganzas.
I want to change that up. I have always, ALWAYS wanted to volunteer abroad, but I’ve never built up the courage to do so. It’s so much easier to spend money *that I don’t have* on trips with friends or my significant other to drink and lounge somewhere tropical. But I want to be immersed in the cultures and learn from the native people as I bring whatever skills I can to help them. I want to make what little or large difference I can. I want to be out of my comfort zone a bit. I want to literally be halfway around the world. Problem is – I have no idea where to begin! Most programs I keep looking at are insanely expensive!
For example, Cross-Cultural Solutions STARTS at $2,500 for one week and no airfare included. But reviews say it’s an amazing program. The Peace Corps is ‘free’, but it’s a two year commitment. I want something that’s affordable, but safe. I want to have guidance and someone to lean on in a country that’s across the world. At least until I build up a bit more confidence to travel completely ALONE!
Have any of you volunteered abroad? What program did you use? Length? Cost? Pros? Cons?
And how did you fund it, if I may ask? Are there any good programs to raise money?
I’m using my ‘business’ as a start to save and pay off debts, but there’s no way that will cut it anytime soon!
I’m wander-lusting hard, guys.
30K in debt makes it a bit harder.