What does it mean to be a ‘global citizen’?

It’s not about how many places you’ve visited, how many languages you speak, or the number of stamps in your passport. It’s all about your global outlook and the way you engage with the world around you.

How many of these signs can you relate to?

 

1: You’re open minded and constantly learning

As a global citizen, you understand that across the world there are countless different perspectives, beliefs, cultures and traditions very different from your own. You approach situations without pre-judgement and are always willing to try to see the world through someone else’s perspective.

 

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2: You strive to be more than a tourist when you travel

For you, travel is not simply about ticking destinations off your bucket list. You understand that to have meaningful travel experiences, you have to wander off the beaten track a little, spend time getting to know local people – and endeavour to make sure your trip gives something back to the country and the communities you visit.

Volunteering overseas and living within the heart of a rural community very different from your own gives you a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding of another culture, to appreciate the differences but also to enjoy the shared humanity that brings us closer together.

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3: You care about wider issues beyond your own immediate circle

You are not only concerned about your own family and friends and the people in your town, but have empathy for people across the world – people you perhaps haven’t even met. You’re motivated to engage with the world and help make a positive impact on the lives on others.

 

4: You understand the world’s issues don’t just concern people, but animals and environments too.

Part of global citizenship is understanding the interplay between all these types of life on earth, and the importance of protecting the natural environment, wildlife and human communities in order for us all to thrive.

At Camps International, we incorporate these 3 aspects into all our volunteer programmes. As you work alongside local experts on varied projects, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the diverse issues faced in different parts of the world, and the ways in which we can work together to make positive and sustainable change.

 

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5: You’re always willing to push your comfort zone that little bit further

Aside from an awesome adventure, there’s a lot to learn if you’re brave enough to break out of your familiar routines and experiences. As a global citizen you’re not content with sitting still. You know that the rest of the world lies just beyond your comfort zone, and you jump at the opportunity to take on new experiences and broaden your horizons.

 

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If all of this is sounding pretty familiar then you’re exactly the kind of volunteer we’re looking for.

Find out how you can join a team of inspiring global citizens just like you on our amazing volunteer programmes in Africa, Asia or South America – get started by requesting your brochure today.