Volunteer travel is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way! Since 1992, nearly 100,000 international volunteers have supported the developing world while travelling and learning from other cultures. We work in more than 30 developing countries and our volunteer programmes and international internships make it easy for you to travel with purpose and help others.
Volunteer Travel – the best way to travel
There are a number of benefits to travelling as a volunteer.
Travel with like-minded volunteers: We send over 10,000 volunteers abroad each year. During your time abroad, you will get to spend time working and socializing with a community of volunteers from around the world.
Travel with the support of local staff: Our local local staff will meet you when you arrive, help you settle in, introduce you to other volunteers, arrange a worthwhile work placement for you, and more. Most importantly, they will be available any time you need them.
Travel without being a tourist: Live with a host family, eat local food, and take local transportation. You will be fully immersed in the country you've chosen to volunteer and travel in.
Travel with a purpose: As a volunteer, you are more than just an observer. Be part of our ongoing volunteer and internship work and you will fulfil an important role while you navigate a different country and culture. In addition, you will be travelling through the structure and guidance of volunteer work.
Explore the world through Volunteer Travel
A volunteer travel program allows you to completely immerse yourself in a different environment and culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the world in a way that isn't possible through ordinary travel.
While any of our programs will give you the opportunity to travel the world and give back, here are some options that are particularly good for volunteer travel:
- Care and Teaching Projects - Work in care centres, kindergartens and special needs centres – all of which are frequently understaffed and lack resources. You can also spend your time overseas teaching English to local children.
- Environmental Conservation – Live and work in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, dive with sharks in Fiji, preserve and enhance biodiversity in the Himalayas and more.
- Culture and Community projects - These may be some of the best programmes for volunteer travellers. Get a taste of true adventure by living with a nomadic family in Mongolia or Morocco. Learn more about traditional Khmer culture in Cambodia, Maroon Culture in Jamaica, or Maasai Culture in Tanzania. Live in a village community in Fiji or Samoa.
- Our Archaeology programs in Peru and Romania are a fantastic way to explore a culture through its history.
Develop a truly intercultural understanding during your travels. No matter what you choose to do, by the time your project has finished, you'll realize that you've gain much more than you could have as an ordinary traveller. You'll come away with a greater understanding of the culture, friends all over the world, and travel memories that will keep you on the path of exploration. What better way is there to travel?