Volunteering is a great and rewarding way to experience the world. Make a difference and give back to some less fortunate regions. You will learn a lot about the local people and culture, make friends and stretch your yourself. It can give you the most rewarding memories of your life.
There is no shortage of companies proposing diverse and widespread opportunities. There can be a massive difference in the fees charged for different reasons. Many organisations are acting as middle men and taking a huge percentage for theirs services. Dealing with such a company may provide you peace of mind. They spend time verifying projects, ensuring that they are not scams. They can give help and guidance, often with a representative in the country so you have support on the end of a phone should you need it. The problem is that a large part of your placement fee is eaten up by western company overheads such as their flashy website, offices, marketing, administration etc. Often very little of the money makes it to the organisation you are actually volunteering with. We have also seen local travel agents, who charge the same amounts as their tours, then send you to the local project while pocketing the difference.
It's important to do your research. Things to look for are a registered charity number, a proper website, ideally with recent testimonials. YouTube videos are perfect where volunteers can relate their experience. Think about posting some videos on social media. Another thing to watch for is disguised employment : it's not the volunteer experience you signed up for. You should look to pay as little as possible up front, so that you always have the choice to pack your bags and walk away.
Grassroots Volunteering is a resource empowering travelers to connect to causes and communities in the places they travel. Volunteers should directly contact the organizations listed in the database.
True Travellers Society is a community of travellers sharing stories and resources to help you genuinely experience travel.
True travelling is getting off the tourist track and integrating with the local community. It is about exploring and experiencing culture away from the gift shops and the tourist traps. It is about leaving the all-inclusive resorts and going beyond simply meeting the locals. To truly travel, you need to immerse yourself with the locals and their culture. We want to genuinely experience travel while having a positive impact on the local community. The trick is finding opportunities that will enable you to do this.
This site aims to help you find ways to truly travel. We share interesting travel stories and adventures of people truly travelling.
Volunteers Base is a moneyless help exchange network, it's free and always will be! Hosts in need of helping hands list their Projects and Volunteers interested in joining can get in touch. Projects can be almost anything: farming, building, hostels, language teaching, house-sitting, community work, arts & crafts, housekeeping, etc.
committed to effectively and efficiently addressing the immediate and long-term needs of global communities impacted by disasters. All Hands and Hearts arrives early for first response and stays late to rebuild schools and homes in a disaster-resilient way.
Support programmes in over 30 countries, focused on wildlife research, nature conservation and sustainable community development. We strive to provide volunteer experiences that positively boost self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction while supporting our volunteers’ education, career and life goals. WorkingAbroad takes action for nature and society and makes a firm commitment to the ethical treatment of animals.
GVI runs programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by our own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners.
Fronteering takes you off the beaten path and offers many different volunteer abroad opportunities! Wildlife Volunteering, Care for huskies and dog sled or help save the Amazon Amerindian Way of Life!
IFRE Volunteers is one of the leading volunteer abroad organizations in the world, and we offer the most affordable programs in the industry without sacrificing the high level of quality, safety and service we provide to all of our international volunteers.
African Impact are leaders in the volunteer travel industry in Africa and experts in responsible volunteering, gap year programs, study abroad service learning, high school travel and internships in Africa.
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a worldwide movement to link visitors with organic farmers, promote a cultural and educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming and sustainability practices.
HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, farmstays, hobby farms, lifestyle blocks, homestays, ranches, lodges, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.