Why choose INLEX/CA for your volunteer experience?

[h4a] “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill [/h4a]

Female volunteer playing with children in a school during breaktime.
Volunteer on a child care project playing with the children during break time.

If you are reading this blog then my guess is you understand the reasons why you should volunteer. There is a ton of information online about this topic and the benefits to you, and to those you serve, by spending some time volunteering. It’s simply a fantastic way of putting your time to better use; making a difference.

This blog is here to give you the top five reasons you should choose INLEX/CA to volunteer with. There are many great organizations out there willing to offer you a wonderful volunteering experience, just like us! But, here are the top reasons why we think; we are the right organization for you. The top reasons that make INLEX/CA special, very capable and willing to make your experience the best you have ever had. So, read on and let us convince you to sign up with us today!

Two physiotherapy volunteers with a little girl lying down during her therapy session.
Two physiotherapist volunteers helping a little girl relax during her treatment in a clinic in rural Guatemala.

1) We’ll place you where you can be most useful

We have a huge variety of projects and focuses, across three different countries! Whatever skill you have to offer, we have a need to match you to. Everybody has a skill to offer, something they are good at and it’s important to us to match you where you can make the most impact. Are you training to be a nurse? Then come work with the underpaid, understaffed nurses in clinics. Are you good with children? Then come and support teachers or daycare staff stimulate the many children they have to take care of.

If you aren’t sure what your skill is, apply to us, tell us about yourself and we will help you find where you can make your biggest impact. Or, to start browsing our project opportunities, click here.

A group of volunteers jumping on the corner of a street in Antigua Guatemala
A group of volunteers with INLEX/CA on a walking of Antigua Guatemala before starting their volunteer service.

2) We’ll be there for you

In my blog last week we talked about how scary volunteering is; going into the unknown, to a unknown country, learning an unknown language, it can make you feel nervous, excited or downright terrified! At INLEX/CA we understand this and we support you through this.

We’ll come get you from the airport; we’ll handpick a loving, kind, open host family to make you feel welcome. We’ll teach you everything you need to know at your orientation and prepare you as best we can. We’ll introduce you to your project, project director, beneficiaries so you feel comfortable. We’ll be there for you, if you ask for help, every step of the way.

For more information about what we offer as part of our package, click here.

volunteer posing in front of a wall in a education project
We’ll support you but we won’t do your job for you!

3) We’ll support you but won’t clip your wings

However, we also understand you need to shape your volunteering time. We will set you up in your project, home stay, and make you feel comfortable but then it’s up to you! You have chosen this experience, so you deserve to live it! You will be placed in a project where your skills are needed so you need to show them where you can help, how you can help and what you can do. After all, that’s why you are with us! If you do need extra support, we will of course be close by!

A girl looking back at the camera whilst sat in a park
Shantall takes care of our INLEXCA volunteers whilst they are in Nicaragua

4) We know our stuff and are locals!

Our offices are run by local staff, from the towns we work in; they know everything you need to know about the location and the projects we work with! This is deliberate. We choose the most knowledgeable, local people to design your volunteer experience so that they can offer you the best time, in a project that most fits your skill set – where you can offer the most support and have the most impact. They are the James Bond’s of their field!

Tune into our blog next week when we will be introducing some of our highly trained experts to you!

Convinced? Then sign up today! Still not convinced? Why not take ay my previous blog about Elijah’s fantastic experience volunteering.

Volunteering in Guatemala with INLEX

Let’s face it, volunteering can be scary! Going to a new country. Speaking a different language. Living with a whole new family. But what is it really like?

A lot of people, before they sign up to volunteer have a lot of questions about what it’s like to volunteer:

What will my host family be like?

What will my placement be like?

What will the town I live in be like?

Will I enjoy myself?

Asking lots of questions is perfectly normal, we even encourage it so that you have as much information as possible to prepare you for your experience as a volunteer. But, at some point, you just have to take a leap of faith, sign up, book your flight, pack your bags and start your adventure.

That is exactly what Elijah Freeman did when he signed up for our Physiotherapy Volunteer Program in Guatemala. He took that leap of faith, booked his flight, came to Guatemala, volunteered, and he loved it! And luckily for you, he documented his amazing experience to help future volunteers, just like you, understand just what volunteering is all about. So take a look at his video and sign up to volunteer…you never know, you might just love it!