A lot of us are ready to take up volunteering work abroad. There is also the romantic idea of living in a different culture to yours for a while. You will have to plan out such a tour if it is to bear fruit.
You will have first to establish what issues you are most concerned with out there. It is best to volunteer in something that shall be in line with these beliefs and causes. Your search for a suitable organization should have that as the primary criteria.
It helps to find out all you can about the area you shall be based. There are many things you will hear about life out there. This will likely be in contrast to what you experience once you land there. You are thus better reading more cultural, socio-economic and political facts about the destination.
You should then evaluate your skills in relation to the country. You need to be in a position to offer services that are needed in that region. Anything less and both parties shall be disappointed. You should only proceed if what you have to offer is necessary there. This shall prevent you from wasting so much time and resources if you decide to quit in the middle of it.
There is also a need to think of your future career prospects. Such work normally goes into your resume. It helps if it something that shall add more value to it apart from the keen sense of volunteering.
You also need to be ready to finish something you started. You need to make sure the volunteering work is balanced enough to be sustainable. You need to live your life there in a manner that shall allow you to develop the energy needed to keep doing it. You need to know if there shall be provisions for you to do sightseeing, visiting the region, free weekends, and other refreshing activities.
It is even better when you and a friend or colleague happen to be there together volunteering. You are who shall be there for one another. You do not have to do the same volunteer work, as long as you are regularly near each other.
You should take time to measure and manage your expectations. You should not rely on your imagination for what shall happen when you are there. You can only be sure once you arrive there. Go ready to work the moment you arrive. You also need to be ready for the culture shock, since this is the reality.