I met a bunch of foreigners from all over the world; some great, interesting and unforgettable people and even some friends for life. Volunteering changed my way to look at life. It made me realize how blessed I am to be able to do this. It helped me sort my priorities in life again.
There are many ways to perceive volunteering. For me, it means holidays when I can escape the everyday stereotype, travel an exotic country, meet new people and help a good cause. Compared to a standard vacation, volunteering is for more intense experience that resonates long after the project is over. I fully recommend a volunteering to everyone who wants to experience something beyond a standard travelling, who wants to enrich himself but also help others.
After I left the corporate world I had an amazing opportunity to fulfil my dream and I went to Thailand to volunteers as English teacher in a local grammar school. The reality exceeded my already high expectations. I got to know a new culture, I established new friendships with people who now inspire me, I began to enjoy little things in life again and I gained a new perspective and confidence. When someone asks me what I enjoyed the most in Thailand, I say that I enjoyed everything. This “EVERYTHING” had one thing in common – feelings of excitement, happiness, unity, meaningfulness, positivity and being proud of who I am.