Volunteer Travel Opportunities
Volunteer travel is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way. Over our 23 year history, nearly 70,000 international volunteers have supported the developing world while traveling and learning from other cultures. We work in over 25 countries and our hundreds of programs make it easy to see the world with purpose.
Volunteer Travel - the Best way to Travel
Travel with a community of like-minded volunteers: We send over 10,000 volunteers abroad each year. You'll have a community of other travelers built right into your time abroad.
Travel with the support of local staff: Our local staff will meet you when you arrive, help you settle in, introduce you to other volunteers, arrange a worthwhile work placement for you, help you make travel arrangements, and more. Most importantly, they are available anytime you need them.
Travel without being a tourist: Live with a host family, eat local food, and take local transportation. Truly experience the country you've chosen to volunteer and travel in.
Travel with a purpose: Don't just be an observer. Be part of our ongoing volunteer and internship work. You'll have a truly useful role while you explore and you'll be traveling through the structure of volunteer work.
Explore 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 orphanages, care centers, kindergartens and special needs clinics– all of which are 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 programs for volunteer travelers. 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 traveler. 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?