Pros: experience, build a new home and relationships that will last forever, made me a more thoughtful and critical person
Cons: work might be unreliable, adjusting to a very different environment, far from friends and familiarity
Truly one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about myself and others.
Training was sufficient to prepare me for the work I would be doing.
Staff were kind, considerate, and cared about the volunteers' needs and success. From the beginning (recruitment, application, country/site placement) to the end (wrapping up, going over reverse – more... culture shock), HQ and country staff made themselves available for any concerns and questions we would have.
Daily challenges were expected as part of the work. Some days were indeed very difficult, but as a whole experience, the pros/benefits/relationships made the whole time worthwhile. – less