The desire to volunteer and make a difference is a great place to start, but to ensure that you don't end up in your own worst nightmare, it is best to come into the process with open eyes.
Volunteering can be challenging, in many different ways, so whatever you choose to get involved with, it will certainly not be a beach holiday. The challenges of working as a volunteer are part of what makes it such a great experience, but if you're not ready for those, then they can ruin your trip and prevent you achieving what you set out to do in the first place.
We have a lot if tips for you to prepare yourself. Visit our blog and read about others experiences and the importance of expectations.