Whether you are thinking about doing a volunteer or an internship abroad you have already made the decision to go, and there is no way back. Your family and closest friends will be sad in the beginning, but they know deep inside that this is a great opportunity for you.
Both experiences will be useful for you in terms of personal development and career advancement. In fact, for most of your future positions, a period abroad (beyond your Erasmus study period), in which you have probably acquired new language and intercultural skills, will be very welcome by all HR Managers. Furthermore, in both cases, enjoy the experience and keep all your professional contacts for the near future!
Especially recommended for future social workers and international aid workers, but not only. This is an experience that only requires the solidary attitude we all have, more awaken or more asleep. Some people do a volunteer abroad as a gap year, and then get inspired to start writing, open a photography blog or a make low-cost documentary. Others would rather focus on their future plans: perhaps thinking about establishing their own NGO, for example. If your dream job is working within the social sector, a volunteer period will be key in your CV.
If you decide to do the so-called European Voluntary Service, you will find many projects around Europe and a very easy procedure: by applying, you will be given a Sending and a Host Organization, which will provide you with an apartment (for free), pocket money (the amount depends on the cost of living of the country of destination), and even a mentor to help you during your arrival (and later on).
Here you will find the link to all the available European volunteers:
Ok, you like helping other people but you feel like, firstly, you should save yourself. If your professional career has nothing to do with the social field or you don’t find any volunteer project that fits with your goals, you better do an internship abroad.
You will find placement opportunities for 3, 6 or 12 months (companies normally prefer Interns to stay, at least, 6 months). Most of them are paid, especially if you have already graduated (salaries vary from 300€ to 600€ monthly, on average). During your internship, you will be probably working within an international team, so not being only in contact with locals but with business professionals worldwide.
In sum, this is a professional experience that can make the difference during a recruitment process. Here you will find some interesting Internships in European companies:
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