Based on ‘On the pros and cons of volunteering abroad’, this paper discusses the pros and cons of the experience of volunteering abroad and attempts to address a void in the literature on what is required of such volunteers. Following a brief sketch of the volunteer abroad and the motives to for following such a career path, the author provides a first-hand account of the pros and cons of this arcane vocation. While the advantages are commonly known, the author argues the less appealing aspects are often not and are of equal importance whatever an individual’s situation.
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