A volunteering placement overseas is the ideal place to learn new skills or build on your existing ones. With an animal care placement, you can learn hard skills such as handling animals, conducting basic health checks and administering medications. But even if animal care isn’t part of your 9 to 5, you’ll still develop a multitude of ‘soft skills’ that you can use back home, like teamwork, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a proven willingness to put yourself out there are try something new. And, of course, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you have experience dealing with cultural diversity and can adapt yourself to any situation.
In many impoverished areas, people simply do not have the time or money to properly care for their pets. In some areas, people simply do not know how. Similarly, governments in developing countries are less likely to pour money into animal shelters if they have to tackle issues such as poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure. If you’re an animal lover or experienced pet owner, you can use your enthusiasm and your knowledge of animal care to help animals that are so desperately in need of love and affection. The best volunteers are those who keep the flame burning even once they land; ask your hosts how you can support the animals from back home.
No overseas volunteering placement would be complete without some downtime to enjoy the beautiful surroundings! You can spend your days off exploring the all of the beautiful landscapes that the Caribbean has to offer, and whilst the animals are snoozing you can sample the local nightlife. Choosing to volunteer means that you will be placed in the heart of the community, so you’ll be sure to get plenty of tips from co-workers about where to go and what to see.