Going to a Humanitarian Mission: here's how to Volunteer Abroad

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Joel Fulleda

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Leave in humanitarian mission for a travel as a volunteer it is a help and support activity not for profit, organized by individuals or associations for reasons such as altruism e generosity for the benefit of others. In itself the voluntary it can be practiced individually or in organized associations (as we will see shortly). This aid can be used in various sectors: it goes fromassistance of people with different problems, to the animal protection, or of the nature in general. It all comes from solidarity of people's will willing to cope and - at least- soothe unresolved problems as usual issues poorly managed by governments or from market, that's why volunteering is part of the "third sector", ie with the organizations not related to the labor market, nor at public state institutions.

There are several organizations that allow you to participate in humanitarian missions among the most varied. We can to enroll specifying the your preferences between different optional activities by volunteers; these activities are aimed at support the work of the staff on a permanent basis, who - unfortunately - often lack the time and resources necessary to deal with everything they set out to do: it is with the latter that the volunteers define a work surface.


  1. How to participate in humanitarian missions
  2. The best international voluntary associations
  3. Solidarity Travel and Responsible Tourism
  4. User questions and comments

How to participate in humanitarian missions

Le how to register for participation in humanitarian missions can be done directly online, or it is also possible book a meeting (on Skype or at a information for young people) in order to submit your candidacy. Except in exceptional cases, for participate in humanitarian missions all that is required is good will accompanied by a full of energy and enthusiasm (in fact, it is not necessary to have any particular qualifications). Volunteers who sign up for a particular humanitarian project will support the staff already located in the selected destinations, therefore they will be followed in their work: generally, after registering, the association staff with whom you decide to sign up will contact you on purpose to define the roles based on related knowledge and needs of the project itself. However these organizations try to make the most of knowledge of the volunteers they have undertaken specific studies: if your course of study concerns social disciplines, educative o medical-social, your participation can also be validated as internship abroad. For example if you are studying or have completed your studies in psychology, education Sciences o sociology, you can get in touch with the association for which you have requested to participate in order to define your project.

The best international voluntary associations

There are many associations with which it is possible leave on a humanitarian mission as a volunteer abroad. One of the best known is Projects Abroad.
This assigns the volunteers in specifics structures scattered around the world where help is required, with the aim of providing a sustainable educational support, caring for and assisting disadvantaged children and / or groups of vulnerable people to improve physical characteristics, cognitive, social ed emotional. To facilitate the success of these purposes, Project Abroad has drawn up a detailed report in each country in which it operates Management Plan for projects on humanitarian missions; every planning it is created ad hoc on the basis of the different needs of each country. THE Management Plans from time to time they highlight the objectives of the current year, listing the activities to achieve them.
There is also the European Voluntary Service (EVS) which allows young people to go abroad to participate in volunteer projects.
Projects comprise different types of activities in sectors such as animation, social care, cultural activities and environmental protection. In the case of EVS, the results obtained and the acquired skills during their stay abroad they are certified by Youthpass, a valid recognition tool throughout Europe.

Solidarity Travel and Responsible Tourism

What distinguishes the solidarity trips from responsible tourism? Under a project for street children, for example, you may be involved in activities such asliteracy or food distribution; volunteers in a orphanage they can follow the little ones in their daily activities, organizing games and helping them in the study; or again, for example, in nursery schools of disadvantaged areas, they can look after newborns, accompanying them in their growth, thus allowing their mothers to go to work. Volunteers can also participate in teaching projects (which concern in particular thelanguage teaching) or sporting projects.
Unlike solidarity travel, responsible (or sustainable) tourism is an approach to tourism that is distinguished by a dual concern for the place where one goes:environment and populations. In this case, the responsible tourist must be characterized by respectful ways towards the culture it encounters, also guaranteeing the welfare of the population. In most cases, this particular approach to tourism is typical in Third World (or in development): this is where most of the Earth's environmental heritage. From the point of view of ecotourism, the environment must be protected and the populations helped. There are many environmental organizations international level ed beneficial associations that promote theecotourism which tool for integrate sustainable development policies. However, it is still to be universally defined what "responsible tourism" means, of which we can highlight some key elements in the different interpretations:

  • respect and safeguarding of culture traditional of local populations;
  • informed consent by populations on activities undertaken for tourism purposes;
  • respect and protection of the environment, in particular ofecosystem and biodiversity, minimizing theenvironmental impact of the structures and activities related to tourism;
  • sharing a more complete experience for the tourist thanks to direct relationship with the local community and to a better knowledge of its culture;
  • active participation of local populations as for the management of ecotourism businesses.

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