There is a considerable chance that you already have a preference or an idea about which country you would like to go to. Are you attracted to the generous Latin-America? Are you curious what the African culture is like or would you rather go to the colourful South-East Asia? On the map you will see where former volunteers went. Besides that, you can find some information about cultural differences on this page.
Cultural differences in countries
Every country is different, which also means that the local culture can be very diferent from the local culture in your country. Why would the Vietnamese sit right next to you when the whole bus is empty? Why does the Chilean point you the way when he does not know the way himself? How can that Ghanaian help you with so much patience, even if I do not understand it after the fourth time?
Do you already have an idea where you want to go? Then it is a good idea to read more about the culture of that country! You can do this by checking out cultural dimensions scores. These scores tell you exactly what is important in a society. Take a look below to see exactly what these dimensions entail.
1. Power Distance
With a high score on power distance there is a great sense of hierarchy. Your boss and your father are far above you. With a low score it is more normal to have a discussion with people above you and it will even be appreciated.
With A high score on individuallism, the inidividual and his/her development is important. With A low score the community is the most important and you are expected to put your aside your issues for the well-being of the community or family.
With A high score on masculinity, much value is attached to tradional male and female qualities. As A man you are strong, and you take care of your family and as A woman you are modest and helpful. With A low score, there is no clear traditional role distribution between men and women.
4. Avoidance of uncertainty
With a high score on uncertainty avoidance, people are very well prepared for the uncertain, with regulations, procedures of rituals. If you ask, "What if ...", you get a clear answer back. With a low score 'we’ll come back to that.
5. LONG-TERM THINKING
With A high score on long-term thinking, people are very forward-looking and active in shaping the future. You are already working on your career when you are 20 and you start early on with 'saving for later'. With A low score, people live more from day to day and more in the here and now.