You may or may not be familiar with non-governmental organizations. Just to give you a heads up, let’s take a look at some facts and figures that may surprise you:
- There are an estimated
10 million NGOs
(non-governmental organizations) worldwide.
number of people worldwide donating money to NGOs
increased from 1.2 billion in 2011 to 1.4 billion in 2014. By 2030, the number is expected to grow to 2.5 billion.
- The term “non-governmental organization” was created in
Article 71 of the Charter of the newly formed United Nations in 1945.
An NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent of government influence and is not-for-profit.
Governments in developing countries don’t have the means or infrastructure to provide communities with the support they need. This leads to communities being sidelined
because of a lack of options. This is where NGOs step in and where you as a volunteer can help. NGOs notice the needs of the local community and take action to
improve the prospects by throwing members a lifeline. Apply for an NGO program and embark on an exciting experience which will make a long lasting difference.
Volunteers eager to put their managerial skills to the test in an international environment will find various opportunities to apply their strengths.
If managing people isn’t your thing, perhaps you’re an expert in marketing and understand all the ins and outs of social media. Marketing skills are
impertinent to the success of volunteer organizations by creating social awareness and attracting supporters.
Ok, maybe not marketing, then perhaps you’re an IT guru. All programs need someone to teach the local staff and enable smooth sailing of the IT
infrastructure. You get the point, there are many options for volunteers. NGO’s offer excellent international internship opportunities for student
volunteers or those seeking meaningful work experience abroad.
If you’ve always wanted to engage in an international experience, apply for one of these programs. You’ll be involved in the daily management of the organization
while forging a strong connection with the local community. Combine this with a breathtaking location and you’re set for a life-altering adventure.