So, you’ve have decided to do Transition Year, and now you need to plan your work experience placements. You may be asking yourself “What can I do for work experience?”. You could try to get experience at a company in your hometown or look at doing volunteering work nearby. But, have you ever thought about taking this opportunity to travel the world? You can gain amazing life experience and make a real impact all at the same time!
Sound interesting? Well, we have a wide range of Transition Year opportunities available including:
- Medical internships
You can choose a project related to your future career or your personal passion!
We have several options for Transition Year students; however, our most popular choice is our High School Special trips. These are group trips specifically for 15–18-year-olds, which run on set dates throughout the year. This includes during term time, making them perfect a perfect option for your Transition Year work experience.
However, if you’re looking for a longer-term project or maybe even a combination of a few different projects, you could also join us on one of our Flexi Trips. These run year-round, you can join at any time and stay for as long as you like.
So why should you volunteer abroad for your work experience?
#2 Experience new Cultures
As we all know, it’s a big world out there and it’s easy to get comfortable in our hometowns. Getting the chance to experience new cultures has a positive impact in so many ways.
- It will broaden your horizons! The first thing you’ll notice when volunteering abroad is how different everything is compared to back home. You’ll get the chance to learn about new traditions, try new food, and maybe even learn a new language. You may experience a bit of a culture shock but we will provide you with country-specific cultural training which will help you adapt to this quickly and our professional local staff will be there to support you through this transition.
- It’s easy to take life for granted. All the things we have in life that have always been there for us, such as clean drinking water, good sanitation, electricity, and fresh air. When experiencing new cultures it really puts life into perspective and makes us realise that not everyone has these luxuries. When you return home you’ll notice how differently you look at life and it really makes you appreciate the small stuff, which is actually the big stuff that we often take for granted!
- Be happy! Thailand is known as ‘The land of smiles’ for a very good reason. However, Thailand is not the only country that is good for this; in all of our destinations, you'll notice the positive energy amongst the locals and how happy they all are. This is infectious and it is very true that when someone smiles at you, you smile and then your smile is passed on to another person like the domino effect. This is definitely a positive habit to take back home with you!
#4 Use your Transition Year work experience to enhance your CV
Choosing what to study can be tricky, it’s very hard to know what career path you want to take before ever experiencing the working world. This is where an internship or volunteer placement can give you that first-hand insight into what to expect.
For example, you may want a career in the Medical industry but then realise you then faint at the sight of blood! Or, on the flip side, you may find a career within a passion of yours that you never thought was a possibility to have a profession in.
With Projects Abroad, you’ll get the chance to work alongside professionals, see what their day to day roles are, and develop your own personal skills. For example, on a Medical Project, you will learn crucial skills such as taking blood pressure and suturing classes. Meanwhile, on a Childcare Project, you will learn how to prepare lesson plans, and work alongside a local teacher to teach a classroom full of children.
Regardless of which project you choose and whether it ends up being related to your future career or not, there is no doubt that volunteering abroad will boost your CV and improve your employability. It will provide you with invaluable life experience and will be something you are able to refer to during future interviews, as well as provide you with professional and personal skills. You will learn:
- The importance of time management
- How to develop professional relationships
- Team work
- Working independently and using your own initiative
- Strengthen your own self-confidence
- And much more!
When you look back on your life, it’s the adventures you took that stand out, almost like a highlight reel of your life. If this is your first trip abroad without your family, that makes it even more special. This will be the one to give you the famous travel bug, and without a doubt, it'll be the one you remember for the rest of your life!