Depending on the placement, different skills and experiences are required. Skilled Impact offers three different types of placements, which require different skill sets. Volunteering for professionals requires you to be an expert in your profession. In order to complete a medical elective abroad, you need to be a registered student or recent graduate of the relevant field. If you are at the start of your career or you’re looking for a career break, you can search through our internships.
Skills needed for volunteering are often transferable. They might not be skills specific to your degree or profession. But instead those that you will have developed through your personal and professional experiences. These transferable skills are often relevant for sharing your expertise abroad. Examples include skills such as interpersonal skills, leadership skills, the ability to quickly learn new processes, or excellent written and spoken communication skills.
Listening skills and flexibility also play a big part in skill based volunteering. Skilled volunteering can push you out of your comfort zone. Being able to adapt quickly, keep an open mind, and show an eagerness to learn is important.
The most essential skills for making an impact
Volunteers need to have an understanding that learning is a requirement for making a positive change. There needs to be a realistic expectation of what can be achieved during the placement period. Often, the impact occurs after you’ve completed your placement.
Lastly, humility is a leadership skill that plays an important part in skilled volunteering. It is necessary to get the most out of the experience. To act with humility you must be able to: admit when you’re wrong, seek advice, practice listening, and be comfortable in acknowledging your weaknesses. This approach will gain the respect of your colleagues. It also means that you are positioning yourself as someone who is willing to listen and learn from those around them.
Building and Construction Volunteer Programs
If you are reading this and have access to the internet then you are in a very good position. Unfortunately in developing countries some communities especially those in remote regions lack basic facilities for example proper housing, medical institutions, schools and even toilets.
The harsh reality of life in some countries can be quite shocking, not having access to clean water and children not being able to get an education due to no schools. You might have seen images of extreme poverty in places like Africa but there is also a need in other countries which can be quite advanced. According the international respected organisation Habitat For Humanity over 1 billion people live in substandard housing and over 30% of people in urban areas live in slums. Governments in some countries do not have the funds to pay for new infrastructure and because of this there is a need for international volunteers to sign up to join building and construction projects.
- Airport pickup
- Travel Insurance
- Volunteers Certificates
- Accommodation and catering
- Doing Placements
- Teaching all volunteers about African culture
- Kenya orientation