A voluntourist help a child with her reading and writing skills at a school in Belize.

What is voluntourism?

TRAVEL AND SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WHILE EXPLORING A NEW COUNTRY AND CULTURE

A combination of volunteering and tourism, voluntourism is a popular form of international travel. You use your time and energy to help others while exploring a different country and culture. 

At Projects Abroad, we take volunteer tourism a step further

Contact us to find out more about how you can make a real difference while exploring the world.

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Projects Abroad male intern waits to examine patients at a medical outreach in Kenya.

From $2,470 USD

Medical Internship in Kenya
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Gain medical work experience by learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $1,770 USD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $3,220 USD

Diving & Coral Reef Protection in Thailand
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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From $2,565 USD

Himalayan Conservation Expedition in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From $4,215 USD

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2,065 USD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $2,970 USD

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Legal clinic in session in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

From $3,365 USD

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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What are some good volunteer abroad opportunities?

You have a number of options for volunteer abroad opportunities with us. We make the volunteering process as hassle-free for you as possible, so you can enjoy your time abroad while making a real impact. 

You can do things like:  

These projects are just the tip of the iceberg! You can also do an international internship and we offer cultural exchange programs.

Voluntourists visit the small business they helped a local man build with the support of Projects Abroad.

How does volunteer tourism benefit the community?

Sustainable and ethical change is one of our core values. We plan, monitor, and evaluate all our programs in close consultation with local communities. As a voluntourist with us, you’re working towards making a real impact. Read more about our values and who we are.

Below, we explain in greater detail how you can use your skills, time, and energy to help others. 

When you contribute to a well-run and sustainable project, you’re helping to implement long-term development. Here are a few examples of how you can get involved. 

By providing a local teacher with support and by creating educational resources on a Teaching Project, you’ll indirectly impact the children they teach. 
When you help a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a Microfinance Project, you’re helping to support an entire family for years to come.
When you take part in environmental voluntourism, you’re playing an active role in protecting animals and habitats like the Amazon Rainforest. 

By participating in voluntourism, you’re contributing to the local economy. 

In their free time, most volunteers go sightseeing, like game drives and island tours. Many developing countries rely heavily on income from tourism. In this way, voluntourism companies and volunteers support local businesses.

Voluntourism companies employ local staff.

Projects Abroad employs dedicated, in-country staff wherever we work. We’re not just committed to helping you discover what you’re capable of. We do the same for our staff.

Volunteering tourism is increasingly popular and it’s important to carefully research the organization you’re considering traveling with. Experience, sustainability, and financial responsibility are essential to running programs that benefit local people.

Voluntourism Opportunities: more than just volunteering and sightseeing

With volunteering tourism, you’re well placed to make a tangible impact on the people you work and live with. You’ll also learn about the culture and traditions first-hand.

When they’re abroad, most of our volunteers live with local host families. Your host family will welcome you into their home and help you become part of the community. You’ll share their daily lives and learn their customs, which most tourists never experience.

When you choose to join a voluntourism program, you’re also joining a global network of volunteers. Our volunteers come from all over the world. You’ll find that most of them share your passion for giving back and your desire to broaden your horizons.

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