Results for - International volunteering?

2,405 voters participated in this survey

Hello, I recently found a book (Lonely Planet's "Volunteer: a traveller's guide to making a difference around the world") that discusses international volunteer opportunities. After reading it, I wondered how common this type of experience is.

1. Have you ever heard of volunteering internationally?

Yes
47%
1,126 votes
No
53%
1,274 votes

2. What type of volunteering would you be interested in doing internationally?

Wildlife conservation
15%
364 votes
Medical - immunizations, safe sex workshops, HIV prevention / management,
4%
90 votes
Environmental conservation
5%
110 votes
Developing sustainable businesses such as bee-keeping or starting a coffee roasting shop
3%
61 votes
Working with people with disabilities
4%
104 votes
Fundrasing for agencies such as World Vision or PLAN International either domestically or overseas.
1%
22 votes
Education / Training (literacy, life skills, English etc)
8%
197 votes
Emergency + disaster relief
5%
130 votes
Agriculture + farming
2%
36 votes
All of the above
7%
175 votes
None of the above
45%
1,073 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
38 votes

3. If this is something you would consider, what are some reasons why you might NOT volunteer internationally?

Lack of time (these types of opportunities normally require 4 plus weeks of time commitment minimum)
5%
119 votes
Can't afford it. These types of programs do not pay and they do charge volunteers a fee from $2,000 to $10,000, possibly more depending on airfare.
27%
645 votes
Family responsibilities
10%
243 votes
Not interested in international volunteer opportunities. There are lots of opportunities right here.
9%
209 votes
Not sure my skills as a Canadian / American / whatever translate well to a foreign country such as Laos or Egypt or Norway or Mexico, etc.
3%
78 votes
Concerned for my personal safety in a foreign country. Some people do not like Americans because of America's policies in the middle east for example.
10%
245 votes
Other (please specify)
4%
84 votes
Not Applicable
32%
777 votes

4. If this is something you WOULD do, what are some reasons you might do so?

I'm free - no family, no full time job so sign me up!
7%
160 votes
To develop international experience for my resume.
2%
56 votes
To travel and contribute to my host country while there.
9%
215 votes
To meet new and different people.
11%
262 votes
To gain a specific work experience I could not get in my native country.
3%
80 votes
To experience cultural immersion and learn the culture and language.
9%
215 votes
I have a specific skill set that is exactly what the volunteer agency is looking for! This is my opportunity to really make a difference in my field.
4%
94 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
48 votes
Not Applicable
53%
1,270 votes
05/16/2019 Living 2405 24 By: Primer_Scott46

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