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Opportunities in International Community Service Work

December 3, 2014

iStock_000034444892_SmallCommunity service work is a selfless career path dedicated to supporting society’s most vulnerable and at-risk members. While the concept of community service is well-established in Canada, there are other parts of the world where well-trained, humanitarian workers are harder to find. Often developing countries struggle with issues such as providing healthcare and extending support to disabled citizens. This is typically due to a weak economy, limited infrastructure, or natural disasters which prevent growth, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. International community service work is an effective and immediate way to utilize your community service worker diploma and help people in a truly beneficial and rewarding way.

Enhance Healthcare Quality

In many parts of the world, one of the greatest barriers to development is the lack of sufficient healthcare training and access to medicine. There are many organizations (including the World Health Organization) which have developed programs to pair community service workers with healthcare professionals to provide medical services to people in developing countries. Workers with dental assistant training may work in rural areas teaching locals proper oral hygiene. A well-trained community service worker can take on jobs in hospitals and local clinics, improving patient quality of life, taking on administrative tasks and helping to support families in need.

Elderly Care in Remote Regions

The elderly are the backbone of society—they hold the stories that form a country’s culture, traditions, and history. Often in remote areas, the elderly have very little health support aside from family aid. With old age diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis and osteoporosis affecting people in developing nations just as much as here, there is a demand for support staff. Humanitarian-minded professionals with personal support worker training could take their expertise overseas to help improve the health and quality of life of vulnerable senior citizens.

Protecting the Rich Local History

Are you interested in taking your community service worker education overseas, and would love to explore an ancient culture? A humanitarian trip to Nepal could be an ideal way to feed your explorer spirit while giving back in meaningful ways. Nepal is a country with ancient roots, situated in between China and India. The Himalayas are home to over 80 tribes, many of whom embrace mostly oral modes of communication. There are many projects based in Nepal which employ people to help document the languages, way of life and people living in the country’s remote regions. Other community service options in Nepal include working at orphanages, helping build schools, and even performing work with children in the mountain monasteries.

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