Going abroad on your own can be a challenging experience. Everything changes for you: your bed, the citizens, the customs, even the water you drink. But it is nothing compared to volunteering in another country. There, you won’t find comfortable accommodation nor full dishes of food. Your comfort isn’t a priority now. You must help people around you, and in order to achieve it you have to forget your lifestyle as a citizen of the developed world.
On the one hand, volunteers go abroad sometimeS even risking their lives, since there are many places where street violence is usual. In spite of knowing that, they keep teaching illiterate children, healing people or building shelters. All of these tasks aren’t paid, so it’s an altruistic project. And if you aren’t really convinced, forget about it.
On the other hand, going abroad to help people is something that everybody ought to do, if we all were generous and concerned people. I think it must be a really enriching experience, in order to meet foreigners and see how they fight against poverty every day, and the way it doesn’t affect their mood. With this experience, you learn to appreciate your life, and realize that we don’t need too much to live properly.
So answering the question, I really don’t know if I am ready to volunteer abroad. I don’t want to be a selfish person, but I am not very adventurous and this experience might overwhelm me. I believe you have to be mentally prepared, because it is hard and it requires a mental stability. For now, I won’t consider the possibility of travelling to help other people, but who knows if, in the future, I will join this project.