When looking for an organization that offers volunteer opportunities overseas, it’s good to first know what volunteer work you want to do. It’s true you can volunteer in different places abroad based on the volunteer work you are used to, for instance, in a hospital or animal park. However, you may also volunteer in other areas such as in refugee camps and get new experiences. There are more than 60 million refugees in the world who need help. You may have noticed that the Syrian refugee crisis has received wider news coverage nowadays. Here are some of the questions that some people preparing to volunteer in refugee camps ask themselves:
Who are found there?
It’s good to know that refugee camps host all people whether adults or children. However, most of the volunteers who have ever been in these camps are irresistibly empathetic towards the deceased children they find there. In fact, some of the deceased children in refugee camps can’t explain what happened to their parents and where they went. The most painful thing is that they are willing to be academic champions but resources are limited. For this reason, anyone who is willing to volunteer in India as a teacher would be saving a life.
What triggers people to flee to refugee camps?
No one wishes to flee from their country and be a refugee in a foreign country without a compelling cause. It’s also good to note that those who flee to camps for refuge don’t do it willingly. Some of the factors that contribute to refugee crisis include natural disasters, political persecution, and civil war. When such things occur, people innocently suffer and all they can do is look for refuge somewhere else. Actually, civil war and political differences were the main factors that contributed to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Is safety guaranteed?
Reputable volunteer organizations respond to all questions that their prospective volunteers ask. Any volunteer concerned about their safety has the right to do so. Although you may have confirmed through Skype and email that refugee camps are safe, it’s good to confirm it with the organization sending you there. However, most of those who have been in refugee camps say it’s even safe sleeping in the camps since most refugees are friendly. Safety is always guaranteed for anyone who wants to be a passionate volunteer India has to offer. More information at Involvement Volunteers International.
Is budgeting necessary?
Though you won’t be volunteering in India expecting any payment, the truth is that you would have some personal expenses to meet. It’s good to note that the organization dealing with the volunteering activities may not pay for all your expenses. Some of the expenses you should expect to meet concern food, public transportation, and housing. Moreover, you would also expect to buy some things for the refugees you are about to meet. If not so, have some money with you since anything requiring your financial support in the refugee camp may occur.
Other people may also wish to know what they would need to carry and probably the period they would spend in the refugee camp. If you have always volunteered in schools and hospitals, you would find things different while in a refugee camp. Again, it would be a good opportunity for you to learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis and its repercussions.