You’ve finally made the decision to volunteer or intern abroad. As your finger is about to hit the “Apply Now” button, a thought dawns on you. “Do I need to speak the language of the country I want to volunteer or intern in?”. Instead of closing your browser and giving up on that dream, let’s give you some good news.
The good news is that if you speak English, you’re already ready to join most of our volunteer projects and internships! However, we do have language requirements to volunteer in a Spanish or French speaking country. With that said, your language skills will all depend on the project and country you choose.
We don’t need you to be an expert in French or Spanish or speak Khmer to join a project. However, you can always join a language course to get a headstart on learning the language. Our advice would be to immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen destination with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!
You might even head home having learned a new language abroad. Our recommendation: don’t forget to take your notebook and write all the different words you hear!