More and more children from wealthy countries are doing unpaid work in poor countries, such as teaching, building houses etcetera. Why are they doing this? Who gets more benefit, the community or the young people?
In the last few years, volunteer tourism has become very popular among the youth from the developed countries. They travel to the developing and under-developed nations to contribute towards the development of the infrastructure or to educate and aware people. There are many reasons that have led to this tendency, and in my opinion, both the youth and the communities they are serving, benefit from it equally.
There are several factors that have led to the popularity of the volunteer work in the underprivileged sections of some nations. The main reason is the spread of awareness and information by the digital and other forms of media, which connects us to the events all over the world. There is news about natural calamities and other emergency situations from all over the world, which makes the youth, want to help the needy and lend a helping hand to the local authorities. Also, in most developed countries, it is a part of the education to sensitize the students towards the importance of sharing and helping others, as this helps them to become better citizens.
This development has benefits for both the youth volunteers and the people they are serving. For the youth, volunteer work adds to their work experience and gives them an opportunity to put to work the skills they have learned at school and college. These days even the employers look for employees who have a volunteer work experience. So, the youth can get better jobs if they have a good background of some social work. To add to it, they get more exposure because of the travel to other countries and coming in contact with people from different cultures and social strata. It broadens their horizons.
The communities these youth volunteers work in are definitely benefited, as their standards of living are improved, with the development of the homes and other infrastructure. In times of calamities and other natural disasters, the volunteer workers help rebuild their homes and other facilities. The education provided by them helps them to gain knowledge and makes their future brighter. It improves their chances of getting a better job, which in turn improves their quality of life.
To conclude, it can be said that the volunteer work done by the youth is a positive trend, which is advantageous for them as well as the communities they work with.
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