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Getting Started

10 Self-Inventory Questions


1. What is my personal minimum requirement for accommodations? (Do I need running water? My own bed? My own room?)

2. How much money can I truly spend to pay for this trip?


3. How much time/percentage of my trip do I want to dedicate to volunteering and how much to travel?


4. How sensitive am I to deprivation, poverty, starvation, health issues, etc.? (Can I be with children who have no arms or legs, or cleft palates, or bloated stomachs from malnutrition?)


5. Can I tolerate extremes in climate? (Desert heat? Arctic cold? Rainforest humidity?)


6. What food preferences and aversions do I have? (Can I eat anything that is placed in front of me? Food allergies?)


7. How good are my people skills? (Do I feel comfortable speaking with anyone, anywhere, regardless of who it may be? Do I like to travel alone?)


8. What people, events, and experiences have led to my interest in volunteering abroad?


9. What do I hope to get out of the experience?


10. What do I hope to contribute?