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Old 24th April 2014, 2:55 AM   #1
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I am a Social Work Student, I want advice about something to do with a future career.

I volunteer already and it is year one of my degree.

I also plan to combine my love of travel with volunteer work.

In a years time I will be volunteering in Africa or South America, looking after orphans and also assisting in community work/projects.

Now I am doing this for me, as a life long organisation I have decided that I will likely use a lot, since I can combine my love of travel AND volunteering in one bang, opposed to doing both independently.

However, if you were hiring a recent graduate for a job in Social Work and Human Services,

Would you look favourably upon a resume that read:

" have volunteered from year one of my 4 year degree"

" Volunteered in Africa assisting community projects"





I am doing this volunteer work irrespective of whether it benefits me, I just want to know what y'all think from an employment perspective.

I don't want to expect it to help me get employment but I think it shows dedication to the field, the fact I am choosing to spend 5K on volunteering must mean I am pretty dedicated, right?
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Old 24th April 2014, 8:36 AM   #2
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Of course!

If nothing else it makes you look more intresting as a person and someone there more likely to want to chat to on an interview!
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Old 24th April 2014, 8:58 AM   #3
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Well I could have taken the cash and had a work free holiday, but instead I am suffering malnutrition from living on noodles and baked beans on toast ( I am a healthy weight but I often feel ill due to not getting meat or vitamins) Due to saving for this volunteer mission.

So volunteering to me shows that you like the cause enough to spend over 5K on a trip strictly for volunteering. You know, I love seeing the world but I would have seen the world without working during the entire trip.

I don't think I am mother Teresa but it shows dedication to the cause of human services, that I was willing to pay my way over there for a cause I felt as WORTH paying for, to experience the difference I could make.

I think it is more important that I get volunteer work HERE and stick with it long term, since most students do not volunteer in my degree and rely on the placements and grades.
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Old 24th April 2014, 9:30 AM   #4
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Well it looks like I have chosen Canada instead.

I am an only child, and my parents went NUTS about Africa, like. LOLZ.

They fully freaked.

So yeah, I am decided that it is a great future career move to work with the disadvantaged in Canada, as lecturers tell me that no amount of study and reading case studies can give you first hand experience and knowledge of the exact ins and outs of being disadvantaged in a given country... You have to be there.

I am hoping the experience, of working with disadvantaged over there, will help me be better at my future job.
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I think thats a great idea and definitely looks great on a resume. Any amount of volunteer work looks really good.
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ugh ugh ugh.

Well I have committed to going in a year, but UGH.

NO work in Canada, only nannies who get paid to go to Canada for a year (via their program)

There is a Humanitarian volunteer program in Peru, and it even says on the program description " this is guaranteed to look very good on a resume/cv"

Hmm. South America sounds safer than Africa.

I am stuck guys, I don't know where to volunteer, my parents will be livid if I pick South America They will be worried sick and my father is very ill and I don't want to stress him

Should I pretend I am going to Canada and just go to Peru instead?

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I am going in a year just don't know the location
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ugh ugh ugh.

Well I have committed to going in a year, but UGH.

NO work in Canada, only nannies who get paid to go to Canada for a year (via their program)

There is a Humanitarian volunteer program in Peru, and it even says on the program description " this is guaranteed to look very good on a resume/cv"

Hmm. South America sounds safer than Africa.

I am stuck guys, I don't know where to volunteer, my parents will be livid if I pick South America They will be worried sick and my father is very ill and I don't want to stress him

Should I pretend I am going to Canada and just go to Peru instead?

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I am going in a year just don't know the location
How about Central America or Mexico?
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You are an adult Leigh, if you want to go to Africa, go to Africa. I may do that myself, not for the resume but for the experience.

My parents are probably the most over-protective parents ever and they let me travel all over Thailand alone. They didn't want to hear it at first but I was so persistent they had no choice. So don't give up just because parents freak out!
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I was going to join the army if I didn't get in the fire service - I've got a brother and a sister but that doesn't mean my mum liked the idea of her youngest under gun fire - its not about being an only child its just part of parenting is knowing when to step back and let your kid try......personally I think the younger you do that the better prepared your kid'll be, but that's by the by, you need to tell your folks your super grateful for there concern but that you have to live your life.

Get them to help you plan/book/find a reputable company/etc etc etc if it'll make them feel better?
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Hmm. South America sounds safer than Africa.
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You are an adult Leigh, if you want to go to Africa, go to Africa. I may do that myself, not for the resume but for the experience.

My parents are probably the most over-protective parents ever and they let me travel all over Thailand alone. They didn't want to hear it at first but I was so persistent they had no choice. So don't give up just because parents freak out!



I would do my research and go to places where tourists have not been gunned down before.

I am travel savvy and I have head of tourists being gunned down in Peru, for instance, in a "safe" touristy area...

I want to volunteer but I think it is Ludacris to risk a high chance of being gang raped in the name of altruism.

I am thinking Zanzibar, Tanzania or the humanitarian one in Peru.

My parents want nothing to do with it though. At all.

Man, I cant do it, they genuinely think I would die, and then I have to live with guilt that my parents are worried sick every minute of every day I am there



LOL. I am SO going to just tell them I went to Canada and then... just go someplace else just to shut them up.

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I was going to join the army if I didn't get in the fire service - I've got a brother and a sister but that doesn't mean my mum liked the idea of her youngest under gun fire - its not about being an only child its just part of parenting is knowing when to step back and let your kid try......personally I think the younger you do that the better prepared your kid'll be, but that's by the by, you need to tell your folks your super grateful for there concern but that you have to live your life.

Get them to help you plan/book/find a reputable company/etc etc etc if it'll make them feel better?


It IS reputable. lolz.

They basically think that going anywhere in Africa, even for a mere 2 weeks, is a death sentence.

Same goes for South America.
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I would do my research and go to places where tourists have not been gunned down before.

I am travel savvy and I have head of tourists being gunned down in Peru, for instance, in a "safe" touristy area...

I want to volunteer but I think it is Ludacris to risk a high chance of being gang raped in the name of altruism.

I am thinking Zanzibar, Tanzania or the humanitarian one in Peru.
The chances are significantly higher in countries where sexual violence towards women is common. That stands to reason. Your best bet is to stick with other volunteers until you are somewhat comfortable. The location won't necessarily help you.
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They basically think that going anywhere in Africa, even for a mere 2 weeks, is a death sentence.
I travelled, lived and worked there for the best part of 2 years. On my own.
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They basically think that going anywhere in Africa, even for a mere 2 weeks, is a death sentence..
I survived!
Africas a really amazing place, theres some great projects you can do out there too! I wanna do kili!


If you really wanna alternative I don't think Canada's a great one - I was under the impression there pretty good at looking after there own disadvantaged kids? How about a poorer European country? Say somewhere like Romania? Bulgaria?
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