Volunteering abroad is way more profound than just a vacation or excuse to snag a Toblerone from the airport and escape the “real world.” Volunteering abroad is diving head first into the real world. It’s a meaningful experience that provides you with important things to do, places to go, and people to see, while giving you with something much more significant than passport stamps and Instagram likes (it is volunteer traveling, after all!).
Now, time to get down to business. Choosing a volunteer program abroad is an exciting, yet daunting, task. You can search for volunteer overseas programs based on a specific destination, field of work, length of stay, or a general region. If you are all over the map (literally and figuratively), WOSAB Online advisers are here to ease the burden of choice and offer a short list of suggested volunteer programs that match what you’re looking for.
As a volunteering applicant, you must be able to prove that you are:
1. Able to function in an English-speaking society (both in a living and host company environment)
3. Must be 20 years or older (at the time of USA, Australia or Canada arrival)
4. Able to arrive in the USA, Australia or Canada before your Trainee Program begins
5. Able to stay in the United States, Australia or Canada for the duration of your program
6. Must be able to prove sufficient funds for the entire program period
7. Capable of performing the duties and tasks outlined in your training plan
8.All applicants must also undergo an interview and screening process conducted by a WOSAB staff member.
Housing for program participants is either organized by the employer or by WOSAB. Housing is the most difficult part of organizing your program! We ensure that housing is safe and affordable.
Housing costs in the USA, Australia or Canada are not the same as in your home country. It can be very expensive. We do our best to keep these costs as low as possible while still maintaining your safety in close proximity to your work place.
Housing is usually in an apartment, motel or dormitory style. However, there are many housing options across the USA, Australia or Canada and you will be presented with your options upon your selection at the point of Registration.
It is unacceptable to move/change your housing without sponsor verification. We must verify and approve all housing.
While living in the US, Australia or Canada, you must follow all federal, state and local laws along with the rules and regulations of WOSAB, Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
Participants are expected to honor all housing commitments and respect all housing assignments for the duration of the program.
Adjusting to Life in the USA,Australia or Canada
After traveling across the globe and arriving in the US, Australia or Canada, it is natural to have feelings of shock. This is commonly known as Culture Shock. Culture Shock is common in most overseas travelers and can last anywhere from one day to three weeks for participants.
When you land in the US, Australia or Canada, you should follow your arrival instruction sheet that you received 2-3 weeks before arrival via email. If you have not received this email prior to home country departure, please contact our office!You should not travel to the USA, Australia or Canada if you do not know what to do and where to go upon arrival! Be sure that you collect all of your baggage and file any missing baggage claimsbefore you leave the airport.
Please try to call home, eat a good meal and get a good night’s sleep as soon as possible! And don’t worry – after the initial adjustment period, it’s hard not to have a good time in America, Australia or Canada. Our staff is available 24-7 for any major issues or emergencies. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Always remember that the United States, Australia or Canada are melting pots of different nationalities from around the world. Please be patient as your adjustment will take time. A good way to begin your program is to visit a tourist attraction in the city where you are working and living. A national park, amusement park, national landmark, city center or museum is a great way to quickly learn about your area and experience the same feelings as other tourists that are visiting the USA, Australia or Canada.
The WOSAB Programs requires a deposit at the point of Registration This is for many reasons: there is limited space and we have to ensure that applicants are eligible to participate.
The Volunteering program in United States, Australia or Canada is Paid which means that the participant will earn a monthly salary from the employer. Salaries are paid every 15
days or once a month depending on the company and they may range from USD1200 per month for entry level positions to USD4000 per month for higher positions. In addition to
that salaries will be according to the city where the participant is living because not every city in the United States, Australia or Canada has the living cost. In any case the
salary earned will be enough to cover all the expenses during the stay in United States,
Australia or Canada