3. Orientation : Making your students feel immersed and comfortable in their volunteering destination is important to them and the community they'll be working with, and many countries have rules and codes that might seem alien to your students. That's why each college/university volunteer abroad program will begin with a comprehensive orientation course. These courses cover a broad range of topics – like etiquette, customs, culture, history, and language – that will help your group immensely to understand and participate in life in their new country.
Volunteer work reads very well on college applications. Higher education institutions wish to see that you have an outlook that transcends your immediate interests, and volunteer work demonstrates a readiness to go above and beyond what is strictly required of you. This is the type of student colleges and universities pursue—a person who will not just involve him- or herself in the community and reach out to those in need, but who will also work past the minimum standard in classes. But, as previously mentioned, take care to avoid allowing the practical benefits of this work to become your only rationale for volunteering.
Modern societies share a common value of people helping each other; not only do volunteer acts assist others, but they also benefit the volunteering individual on a personal level.  Despite having similar objectives, tension can arise between volunteers and state-provided services. In order to curtail this tension, most countries develop policies and enact legislation to clarify the roles and relationships among governmental stakeholders and their voluntary counterparts; this regulation identifies and allocates the necessary legal, social, administrative, and financial support of each party. This is particularly necessary when some voluntary activities are seen as a challenge to the authority of the state(., on 29 January 2001, President Bush cautioned that volunteer groups should supplement—not replace—government agencies’ work).