There is a common misconception that volunteering is only available for people who are on a gap year according to a new study, released today.
A new poll has shed light on the reasons why more Brits shy away from volunteering aboard with 47 per cent believing they are ‘too busy’ to volunteer aboard.
The straw poll, conducted by leading international volunteering company, Projects Aboard, found nearly half of Brits feel they don’t have the time to devote to volunteering aboard, perhaps because of the common misconception that volunteering just gap year travellers with plenty of time on their hands.
Interestingly, 34 per cent of people polled cited cost as a factor, believing volunteer projects aboard are too expensive, while ten per cent say they would prefer a ‘relaxing’ holiday.
Dr. Peter Slowe, founder and director of Projects Aboard, says there is a popular misconception that volunteering is only for students with a lot of free time on their hands, which is simply not the case.
“There are many projects available that run for just two weeks, which can still offer valuable help to developing countries but also provide a meaningful experience to the volunteer,” he said.