There are many reasons why people will decide that they want to volunteer.
In some cases people wish to learn about a different culture, or they may wish to further develop their professional skills, or give something back to society.
What is certain, is that the experience is beneficial, not only to those you work with, but also to yourself.
Spending time within the local community, learning to communicate in the local language and learning about the customs, the social life and comparing the differences with your own, means that you do not get a superficial glance at the way things are, but can actually develop a real insight into the country. And, of course, there is the opportunity to meet other people and make friends.
You can also watch the SKIP movie to get an idea of what life is like volunteering for SKIP and to see the volunteer house.
Please note, to provide some stability for the working team and in particular for the children, we do ask that all volunteers work with SKIP for a minimum of one month. For Coordinator positions, this is a minimum of 6 months.
What some of the volunteers at SKIP have had to say about the programme
From Marley Lynch; volunteering for 3 months, teaching English in Public schools and Yoga to the mums:
"The main draw for most people to volunteer is to give back, give time, skills, knowledge, experience, energy, caring. Whatever YOU can bring to your volunteer experience will stay behind long after you leave. But there is also a lot to gain. You can widen your perspective and see how the developing world lives. You can stretch yourself, explore your identity, share your passions, and challenge your beliefs. You can learn another language, get to know a different culture, and gain insights on the local ways. You get the unique opportunity to hang out with the locals, and your co-volunteers might well turn into lifelong friends. Your experience as a learner, a teacher, a worker, a giver, and a friend will stay with you, too, after you depart."