Asia has many promising emerging markets, and recent reports show that it is poised to bring over 100 million people out of poverty. This will largely driven by local entrepreneurs creating new solutions for its people.
For that project to be realized, volunteer should focus not on doing, but on transferring skills to locally-led organizations and their people. So when you search for a project in Asia, beyond ensuring that it is safe, and legitimate, make sure it can create a long-term impact, too. To ensure that a volunteering project is legitimate, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this project use my real skills?
- Is this something that a local could be doing? Is it possible that I’m taking a local job?
- Will the tasks I will be completing leave a lasting impact on the organization and the surrounding community?
- Are the goals and objectives I am being asked to complete locally driven?
- Is the host organization reputable?
There are many organizations that make sure the volunteering opportunities they post are through organizations that operate in an ethical and sustainable manner. Some
include: VSO International (Voluntary Service Overseas), MovingWorlds, Cuso International, and Peace Corps.
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