Summer Volunteer Work Abroad Programs & Opportunities
(Updated for Summer 2017 trips)
If you’re already planning a sunny, beachy, getaway for this summer, you’re not alone and there’s no shortage to the amazing trips you can take all around the world! But in addition to lazing about in the sand, why not combine your summer vacation with a volunteer project that will let you explore a new place, do some real good for a community in need, and take in a totally different—yet exciting—culture?
2017 Summer Volunteer Work Abroad Programs & Opportunities
There are a large number of international volunteer organizations operating all around the world that can benefit from a few weeks to a few months of your time this summer. And though summer may still seem a ways off, it's never too early to start planning for your volunteer abroad adventure. Keep in mind that summer is the most popular time to volunteer abroad (especially for high school students and teens), so it may be worthwhile to book your trip early to ensure you are able to reserve a spot with the organization of your choice in your desired location.
Here are just a few of the many volunteer abroad projects you may want to jump into this summer. If you’re looking for more ideas, click “Volunteer Abroad” or “Intern Abroad” in the menu at the top of this page to explore many more opportunities! And in case you're wondering, the beautiful picture above is from the Global Vision International Seychelles volunteer project!
Global Vision International, or GVI, has been committed to conservation and community development through firsthand experience since 1997. Each year, more than 2000 volunteers participate in GVI’s award-winning projects, giving an approval rating of 95% since the organization’s founding. In fact, most of GVI’s dedicated staff started as volunteers—and it’s their goal to give you the same wonderful experience that they had.
One of the many volunteer opportunities you can sign up for this summer is GVI’s Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles, where you can participate four weeks scuba diving in the Indian Ocean while engaging in and learning about marine conservation practices. You’ll learn to identify fish and coral, take PADI Advanced and Coral Reef Research Diver courses, search for sharks, rays, and dolphins, and much more. As a volunteer, you’ll provide data and statistics for local government surveys on coral reefs, invertebrates, and turtle breeding areas. In order to participate in this volunteer excursion, you must at least be PADI Open Water certified.
If you’re between the ages of 15 and 17, you may want to check out GVI’s two-week program in Greece for Animal Care Marine Conservation. Through this program, you’ll help conserve one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in Greece by checking the site every day and night, creating a record of the nesting activity, and protecting the nest. Throughout the program, you will be able to see the native reserves, observe sea turtles lay eggs or observe the hatchlings make their way to the sea, and learn more about Greek culture.
If you’re more of a jungle adventurer, there’s always the option of traveling to Costa Rica for GVI’s Jaguar Conservation program this summer. On this exotic journey, you’ll explore the rainforest and help protect endangered Jaguars—and help develop a long-term wildlife conservation plan. As a volunteer, you’ll set up cameras and survey a 16-mile stretch to be on the lookout for signs of jaguars, whose population has dropped since the 1950s from 400,000 to approximately 14,000. You’ll also learn more about the Costa Rican rainforest and its ecosystem, as well as other local wildlife.
If you’re interested in these trips or want to learn more about GVI, check out their website at www.gviusa.com.
What Volunteers Say
I was in need of a career break, and was looking to do something out of the ordinary. I was looking to get far away and do something worthwhile. After some heavy research GVI continued to be the organization that ticked all the boxes. They were incredibly helpful when I was choosing my location, and the onsite assistance and support throughout the entire journey was fantastic. I was so lucky to be involved in the Community development program of El Cocal, the children were amazing, I made some friends for life and hopefully one day soon I'll return for a visit! It really was an unforgettable experience!-Amelia
Maximo Nivel has provided affordable volunteer opportunities since 2003 in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Each program is internationally accredited, allowing most programs to be counted for university credit for student travelers. With a Latin American base, Maximo Nivel prides itself on commitment to quality and a high level of client service.
Maximo Nivel offers several different conservation programs in the rainforests, coasts, and mountains of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru. The many environmental and wildlife programs include a sea turtle conservation project, animal care, reforestation, environmental education, and cleanup and organic farming. With each of these projects you will live with local communities and will be taught and directed by professionals.
In each of Maximo Nivel’s destination countries, you can also choose to work on construction projects to help repair or build new homes and schools for children and rural villages. Many of the projects within each construction site include digging, carrying cement, laying bricks, painting, plastering, and other physically demanding activities. Workdays are based on weather, but are generally Monday through Friday.
If you have four weeks to travel this summer, check out Maximo Nivel’s TEFL certification course for travelers who want to teach English abroad. Based in each of Maximo Nivel’s destination countries, you’ll take an intensive, accredited certification course, which will open you up to paid teach abroad placements all over the world. Not only does Maximo Nivel provide job-seeking support to their alumni, but they also hire three to five graduates every month to work as teachers in their Native English program.
Maximo Nivel also is offering several different animal care volunteering programs in Guatemala and Peru this summer, where you can work at a dog shelter, in a zoo, or in an amphibian and reptile rescue center. At the dog shelter, you can help with providing veterinary care as well as grooming, education programs, fundraising events, and much more. If you volunteer at the zoo, you’ll help with animal feeding, cage cleaning, light construction work, and much more. And in the amphibian and reptile rescue center, you’ll help care for injured animals, release healthy animals into the wild, and other day-to-day tasks like maintenance, cage cleaning, and conservation. You’re invited to stay one week or longer, and can expect to volunteer three to four hours a day, with free time on weekends and in evenings.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering abroad with Maximo Nivel, visit www.maxinonivel.com.
What Volunteers Say
I've never participated in an international volunteer organization before and after talking with a few other travelers, found that I was very much treated with Maximo Nivel. Not only do they have an awesome staff to help you out with your stay and answer any and all questions, but their programs are very organized.-Lauren
They start you off with a welcome orientation and tour of the city, which I found very helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better host family to stay with and the project I am working in is soooo much fun! I also was able to brush-up on my Spanish in a one-week class, which proved to very beneficial. Maximo really makes sure you feel right at home. Furthermore, they provide you with other information for traveling and give you plenty of time to explore!
Your time as a volunteer here is invaluable and the Maximo Nivel staff is always there when any kind of support is needed.
Since 1993, International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT) has provided high-quality, internationally accredited TEFL and TESOL courses for travelers who want to teach English overseas. With more than 100,000 graduates to date, ITTT certifies more than 7,500 students each year through its online classes, worldwide in-classroom programs, and a combined course. ITTT also provides lifetime English teaching job support for all of their graduates, with services such as exclusive leads on unadvertised jobs, unique databases of potential employers, CV and resume review, and more. Online classes start at $190, in-class programs start from $1,490 for four weeks, and ITTT’s combined online/in-classroom courses start from $1,195.
ITTT’s online TEFL courses are perfect for students who want to learn at their own pace, or who don’t have time to travel abroad for a four-week, immersive in-classroom experience. Online courses range from 60-hour introductory programs, to a full 120-hour course. Depending on your comfort level with learning to teach English, both options are available with or without support from a tutor. Through this program, you can earn TEFL certification in Teaching Business English, Teaching English to Young Learners, and an advanced Diploma in TEFL.
If you’d like to earn TEFL or TESOL certification abroad, ITTT offers four-week, in-class courses in 15 different countries, including Thailand, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, France, China, US, UK, Australia, Canada, and many others. In-class programs are divided into six segments to ensure you have a well-rounded experience: teaching practice, foreign language experience, language awareness, student profile, teaching techniques, and a materials project.
One in-class course to check out with ITTT invites you to Calcutta, where you can immerse yourself in Indian culture while exploring amazing museums, galleries, marketplaces, and so much more. Earning your TEFL certificate in India also makes you perfectly suited to finding a teaching placement locally or in one of the neighboring countries, such as China or Nepal.
You also may be interested in ITTT’s TEFL Vietnam program, where you’ll have the opportunity to try authentic Vietnamese food, exploring amazing cities, learning about the country’s history, and so much more while completing your teacher training. Demand for TEFL teachers in Vietnam is high year-round, so earning your certification here is a great way to find a paid placement quickly in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, or many other areas.
ITTT’s Combined TEFL course is a great option if you want to earn TEFL certification alongside other students, but if you don’t have the time to attend a full, four-week course abroad - or if you’d like to earn your certification in time to teach and travel this summer. This combined program starts with a 120-hour online course that you can complete at your own pace from home, after which you’ll take a 5-day in-classroom course in one of more than a dozen locations in the US or Canada, or an 8- to 10-day program in Spain, Thailand, Italy, France, or the United States. You’ll receive full TEFL certification after successfully completing both portions of the combined course.
Since 1984, Global Volunteers has offered internships, volunteer trips, gap years, TEFL, and teach abroad placements in 34 countries around the world. To date, more than 33,000 travelers have signed up with Global Volunteers - and as one of the longest-running volunteer vacation providers in the world, this organization was granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations in 1999, and formalized a relationship with UNICEF in 2008.
And with Global Volunteers, your safety comes first: team leaders are certified in CPR and first aid; volunteers serving outside of the US are provided emergency medical evacuation insurance as part of their placement; and emergency contact is available for all travelers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Depending on where you travel, placements start from $1,045 for your first week, and may be tax-deductible for volunteers in the US. Right now, Global Volunteers is offering summer volunteer opportunities in China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, St. Lucia, Tanzania, and many more locations worldwide. If you’re traveling with your family, check out these summer volunteer vacations to get started!
Through this program, you’re invited to St. Lucia, where you can support schools, child care programs, and families through several different projects, including:
Maternal and infant support
Early childhood education
Repair and maintenance
Healthcare and hygiene education
If you’re traveling with your family this summer, Global Volunteers’ childcare, labor, and tutoring programs in St. Lucia are open to travelers with children eight years old and up. Younger volunteers can enjoy playing with children and helping on the playground and with storytime, while parents and older volunteers can help teach English pronunciation, homework, and much more.
This summer, Global Volunteers is providing the opportunity for you to visit Siedlce, Poland to teach at a summer language camp. As a volunteer, you’ll have the chance to teach conversational English to students aged eight to 18 so that they can pursue better educational and career opportunities within their community and beyond. A few ways you can help include practicing English pronunciation, vocabulary, and phrases and idioms through workshops, skits, games, songs, and much more. Global Volunteers will provide an English teaching guide to help you out during your stay, and you don’t need previous teaching experience to sign up.
Founded in 2007, International Volunteer HQ emphasizes community involvement and affordable volunteer travel. IVHQ partners with local organizations to develop volunteer projects for travelers worldwide, allowing for a positive community dynamic. By working directly with local organizations, IVHQ can remain affordable for volunteers on a budget—and as one of the highest-rated volunteer abroad organizations worldwide, IVHQ sends thousands of volunteers around the world each year. Since the organization’s founding, IVHQ has placed more than 53,000 volunteers on more than 150 projects.
If you’re interested in traveling to Asia this summer, IVHQ has a sea turtle conservation project based in Nusa Penida, Bali. As with most of IVHQ’s volunteer programs, you can choose to travel for one to 12 weeks with flexible start dates. Through this placement, you’ll work with a team onsite to help save the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia by volunteering directly with the turtles at the conservation center, participating in beach cleanups or waste management improvement, and helping to educate the locals of the danger they face of losing sea turtles.
If turtle conservation isn’t up your alley, then maybe you can try your hand at Forest Conservation in Nosy Komba, Madagascar. Unfortunately, much of the wildlife that’s unique to Madagascar is endangered due to habitat destruction. By choosing to help save the forests of Madagascar you can study lemurs, reptiles, and birds and butterflies. As a volunteer, you’ll collect data and create surveys to help identify and solve the problem of habitat destruction.
For more information and to view lots more volunteer abroad programs through IVHQ this summer, visit www.volunteerhq.org.
What Volunteers Say
As cliche as it sounds, my trip to Costa Rica was unforgettable. The online and in-country staff were very helpful. When planning my trip, they responded to all of my questions promptly and thoroughly and connected me via e-mail if I had questions about anything in-country. i didn't feel like I was on a school trip, it was a perfect balance of support and freedom. The information packet was well-made and had useful tips for enjoying my time abroad. I spent my weekends traveling Costa Rica and I enjoyed the time that I spent teaching English during the week as well. I met so many great people that I still keep in contact with. We lived in a volunteer house of about 20 other volunteers from all over world, from England to Thailand, but I still felt we were able to experience the culture of the family we were living with. For such a cheap price, it was 100% worth it and I would love to do it again in the future. I recommended IVHQ to all of my friends and I wish I had stayed longer!-Allison
One organization that’s perfect for teens and high schoolers who want to travel abroad and make a difference this summer is Global Leadership Adventures. Founded in 2004, Global Leadership Adventures combines community service, hands-on learning, and adventure travel. Because GLA specializes in youth development through travel, they place a great emphasis on safety and support, which you can see outlined in its Five-Point Safety System™. And as a forerunner in international service learning, Global Leadership Adventures has a database of nearly 2,000 references ready to speak to the impact of their programs - in fact, the organization’s co-founder was recognized by President Obama for making a positive impact in Africa.
One of GLA’s many service learning opportunities you can sign up for this summer invites you to Costa Rica, where you’ll learn about coastal sustainable development, work hands-on with a local NGO to help with beach cleanup and educating the community about recycling and pollution, and much more. This program focuses on the Whale Bay marine park, where you’ll connect with grassroots leaders and with members of the community to learn about the park’s history and its work to promote sustainable tourism. Plus, you’ll go zip lining, swimming in a waterfall pool, kayaking through mangroves, and much more during your stay in Costa Rica.
On this program, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a Guatemalan school, learn about Maya culture, and explore ruins and gorgeous communities. At the school, you’ll help refurbish or build classrooms, and play sports and games with Maya children. Throughout your stay in Guatemala, you’ll meet a traditional shaman, learn about medicinal plants used in the region, and even visit a local chocolate workshop. For the adventure portion of your trip, you’ll visit the Mayan ruins at Iximche, explore colonial Antigua, and check out Lake Atitlan.
Another opportunity you should check out is GLA’s 21-day sustainable development service learning program in the Dominican Republic. For three weeks, you’ll learn about Caribbean sustainable development, environmental conservation, and public health. For the volunteer portion of your trip, you’ll help with a variety of projects, such as construction for a community center, helping with reforestation system development, building vertical gardens, and more. You’ll also attend seminars on environmental protection and sustainability practices, and go hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and visiting a Haitian border town market throughout your visit to the Dominican Republic.
Agape Volunteers provides humanitarian aid and support to Africa, offering a variety of volunteer abroad programs to better the lives of underserved communities across the continent. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Agape Volunteers’ 15-member team includes many staffers who started as volunteers with the organization—and who work hard to make sure that all of their fellow travelers have the most impactful experience possible. And as one of the most affordable volunteer abroad organizations out there, you won’t have to scramble to plan out your travel budget.
One of Agape Volunteers’ many placements abroad is a four-week South African wildlife conservation expedition. During this program, you’ll work alongside community experts and veterinarians to protect endangered species from KwaZulu Natal to Pretoria. You can monitor animal activity, track leopards, participate in a Big Cat Rehabilitation Project, interact with elephants, take a snake and crocodile course, and assist the wildlife veterinarian. Other activities include interacting with lions and elephants, taking the Hluhluwek-Imfolozi Big 5 Game Drive, embarking on a Night Game Drive, stargazing, a Sodwanna Bay Beach day, and checking out the Traditional African Curio and Craft Market.
Another excellent option for you to make a difference this summer is through Agape Volunteers’ Kenya Sports program. You’ll partner with football clubs and community groups to teach sports to children—sports being hugely important in Kenyan culture and a major impact on children’s development. As a volunteer, you’ll immerse yourself in both teaching and learning by taking part in drills and play matches, and cultivating a great relationship with your team and the community.
If you’re musically inclined, perhaps the Ghana Music program is the right option for you! Agape Volunteers recently created a free music school in Aboadze, Ghana, providing tuition and musical instruments for students that could not otherwise attend school. In this program, you’ll take lessons with students of all different musical abilities.
To learn more about Agape Volunteers and the amazing trips you can sign up for this summer, visit www.agape-volunteers.com.
WHAT VOLUNTEERS SAY
Looking back at the diary I kept during our time in Kenya with the Agape, I find I have begun each day's entry with "BEST DAY EVER!!!"or words to that effect. Although we were only with them for 3 days, we managed to fit so much in and each day I think we all experienced something each day which took our breath away. I know for certain that the vivid memories I have of those 3 days will stay in my mind for a very long time.-Laura
If you want to try a truly unique travel adventure this summer, take a look at Fronteering, which is offering volunteer and intern abroad opportunities right now for travelers who want to visit exotic, unspoiled locations off the beaten track. With placements in 14 countries all around the world, Fronteering offers tons of impactful and educational programs for travelers who want to make a difference in environmental conservation, wildlife research, indigenous communities, and more. Volunteer and intern abroad programs start at an affordable $695 for the first week - and if you’d like to stay longer, Fronteering also offers placements to fill up your entire summer.
One unique program to check out invites you to Mongolia, where you’ll work alongside wildlife researchers and biologists to learn about the wild takhi - or Przewalskis Horse - one of the world’s rarest and most endangered horse species. During this project, you’ll collect data on the horses you’re studying, track horse behavior, provide data to the biologists that are managing reintroduction of the horses into the wild, collect information about plants and other animals, and much more. You’ll stay in a traditional Mongolian ger, and during your free time, you can go horseback riding, visit local nomadic families, and truly immerse yourself in Mongolian culture. You can sign up for one to four weeks, with a program fee starting at $895 for the first week.
In Australia, Fronteering is offering the opportunity to volunteer at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Sanctuary with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and other exotic creatures. During your stay, you’ll act as a wildlife spotter for nocturnal tours, photograph wildlife, help with path and fence upkeep, catalogue native trees, collect and disperse seeds, provide guided tours, and lots of other tasks that keep the sanctuary running and successful. Accommodation is provided in a farmhouse with other volunteers, with meal provisions on a weekly basis and a kitchen available. This project lasts two to four weeks, starting from $1,895 - and for an extra fee, you can arrange dive tours, bike tours, cave visits, and many other side trips and excursions.
For a volunteer program like no other - and for the adventurous traveler - check out this great white shark research opportunity in South Africa. There are lots of ways to get involved, including gathering data on a research boat, teaching about shark conservation with a local partner organization, assisting with database maintenance, giving presentations about shark tourism and other topics, and lots of additional adventurous activities like shark cage diving, observation, and more. During your stay, accommodations are provided in a shared, dormitory-style volunteer house on the western cape of South Africa. During your free time, you can visit animal parks and game reserves, go bungee jumping, explore the city, and take part in many other activities. You can stay two to four weeks, with a program fee starting at $1,700 for your first two weeks on the project.
Volunteering Solutions, or VolSol, was founded in 2006 to provide quality and affordable volunteer programs worldwide to high school students, people on gap years and career breaks, company groups, and beyond. Each year, VolSol sends hundreds of volunteers on projects to work with NGOs, schools, hospitals, HIV/AIDS clinics, women’s groups, social welfare organizations, and lots more. VolSol’s international team works hard to ensure every volunteer experience is the best one possible, and at a low cost to the volunteer (starting at $200 USD for one week).
VolSol offers many different volunteer opportunities perfect for travelers who want to take a break this summer to explore the world and give back to the wonderful communities you’ll visit. Whether you have one week or three months to volunteer and travel, Volunteering Solutions has no shortage of amazing trips to choose from! Right now, VolSol is offering four different volunteer adventure tours, which combine community service with guided tours and adventures in Ghana, Thailand, India, and Tanzania. These three-week programs invite you to volunteer, immerse yourself in your host country’s culture, take challenging treks, learn a new language, and embark on adventure tours.
VolSol’s 2016 Ghana summer program is perfect for anyone with a love of wildlife, culture, and adventure. Through this three-week experience, you’ll assist with a construction project with an optional teaching or children’s program placement. In addition to the volunteer work, you’ll have lots of opportunity to go on excursions—such as visiting the Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary—and embarking on an adventure to the Kintampo Waterfalls.
If Ghana doesn’t sound like the right trip for you, then maybe test the waters in India. This three-week excursion will have you making connections historically and culturally as you explore the top sights in Indian cities such as Delhi, Palampur, and Amritsar. As a volunteer, you’ll spend your trip teaching and playing with children, and volunteering at an elephant center. During your free time, you can explore the city, enjoy some shopping, and take on a Himalayan trek—and even extend your trip to hang out at the gorgeous beaches of Goa.
Another exciting volunteer adventure to take this summer is VolSol’s Cape Town, South Africa trip. Similarly to India, you’ll spend your days working with children in daycare centers and primary schools. Outside of your volunteer work, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful mountains and luxurious beaches, try out the phenomenal food, and make new friends.
If these volunteer opportunities pique your interest or you’re curious about some of VolSol’s other volunteer destinations, check out their website at www.volunteeringsolutions.com.
What Volunteers Say
I'm Fabian from Germany and I have been a volunteer for 9 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa. All in all I can say, that Volunteering Solutions was the best choice for me. The organization was very clear with a lot of information and help in difficult situations. South Africa is amazing and I met so many great people --> The best decision in my life.... Just travel!-Fabian
Naturally Africa Volunteers, and its charity, the Naturally Africa Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds and providing support for community and conservation projects throughout Africa. The organization aims to prevent poverty on the continent by advancing education, relieving sickness and promoting health, and promoting sustainable development so that people may become more self-sufficient.
If you’d like to do good and hang out at the beach this summer, check out Naturally Africa Volunteers’ Ghana Turtle Conservation and Ecotourism program. This project fosters a wonderful relationship between volunteers and the community—as a volunteer, you’ll work to conserve the sea turtle nests, get to know people within your host community, and learn about sustainable practices at the guesthouse you will be staying in.
If you’re looking to expand your education and build your career, why not try the South Africa Pre-Vet Wildlife Project? With this hands-on experience, you’ll work with a variety of animals such as elephants, rhinos, buffalo, cows, chickens, mice, and many more. You’ll also learn from an experienced botanist while you work with wild, domesticated, and agricultural animals.
For more information on these trips and others, go to www.volunteerafrica.com.
What Volunteers Say
From June-July 2-14, I volunteered with Naturally Africa in the village of Nkope, Malawi. My experience was excellent. I was impressed with the mix of international and local staff, the commitment to cultural awareness, and genuine community engagement. The program was oriented toward improving the lives of those in the village through health and education. Its goals were focused and realistic, making its work more impactful. The camaraderie between staff and volunteers was wonderful. I highly recommend this program.-Courtney
Projects Abroad was founded in the early 1990s for students who wanted to take a break in between schooling. Originally a small organization with only two part-time staff members, Projects Abroad has since expanded to include offices all over the world with more than 600 trained staff members. With more than 10,000 volunteers sent around the world each year through its programs, Projects Abroad emphasizes mutual learning and respect through cultural exchange. By connecting volunteers with counterparts in their host country, the organization encourages skills and cultural exchange for a greater impact on their communities and the volunteers that travel to them.
One of the many projects offered this summer is a two-week Shark Conservation and Awareness program in Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu Fiji. In order to sign up, you must be able to swim and be medically fit enough to scuba dive. During this two-week adventure, you’ll be able to get close to some of the most endangered creatures in the world, work alongside world-renowned shark research scientists, and get to know the community through teaching recycling and shark conservation.
If the ocean life is not for you, try the farms of Jamaica in Manchester parish, where you will learn about and participate in a wide range of agricultural activities. For four weeks, you’ll live with a host family and work on a sustainable agriculture project—about 20% of Jamaica’s workforce is comprised of farmers, making agriculture an important and impactful volunteer experience. There are many areas you can focus on including greenhouse production, biotechnology, soil research, farmer literacy, and developing a small school farm to encourage self-sufficiency among local schools.
To learn more about these programs and others you can sign up for this summer, visit Projects Abroad at www.projects-abroad.org.
What Volunteers Say
The best decision of my life was my semester off volunteering, and Projects Abroad made it so amazing. The staff in my country took me and all the other volunteers in and we felt like one big family. We have weekly meetings and dinners all together, then usually would go out after, and once a month we would do a Community Day and go out to a village or shelter or anywhere that needed help and just helped out... In my three months, I painted kennels at SPCA, went to a women and children's village on a holiday called Diwali, and built a fence in a village's farm to keep the pigs out. The best part was the people you got to meet while helping. They also place you in a school or whichever program you applied for (mine was a special needs school) and are there every step along the way, from meeting the other staff, to complaints or concerns, or in some people's cases, a placement change. You're also placed in a host family, which I believe was the highlight of my whole placement. The families you get to meet and live with take you in and you really become a family member while you're there, and even still after you're gone! Another relationship you hold onto after you leave are the friends you make in other volunteers and natives of your country. Everyone has Facebook nowadays, so it's not hard to stay connected. One of my closest friends now, who I met in Fiji, is from Denmark, and we still talk every week, if not more! Volunteering really helped me grow and find myself while making life long friends in my staff, natives, and other volunteers! Really a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it's a easy one to get to with all the help you receive from Projects Abroad!-Azimmerman1
Love Volunteers is one of the most affordable organizations that allows you to both travel the world and to do good. With volunteer placements starting from $210 per week (like this experience in Mexico), or $355 for two weeks (such as this program in Peru), Love Volunteers offers low-cost, safe adventures where you’ll develop lasting friendships and make an impact.
Love Volunteers partners with local communities in more than two dozen countries to ensure you have the best trip possible.
One of the many projects that Love Volunteers is offering this summer is a four-day House Build Project in Cambodia. Through this project, you’ll spend time with the families you are helping build for, meet volunteers from all over the world, and work alongside experienced volunteers and a local team to build homes for families in need. You’ll also have lots of opportunity to explore during the weekends. There is no need for previous construction experience, as Love Volunteers’ local team will find something just right for you that’s fun and safe, but still challenging and productive.
Another exciting volunteer abroad option Love Volunteers is offering this summer is a Summer Camp in China for children between the ages of 4 and 19. As a volunteer, you’ll teach English to children through games, dancing, drawing, singing, reading, and putting on plays. You’ll have the experience of a lifetime as you make friends and spend your summer learning about Chinese culture.
To learn more about Love Volunteers and the huge variety of volunteer abroad programs they have in store for this summer, visit www.lovevolunteers.org.
What Volunteers Say
Love Volunteers is such an amazing organization. I can't stress enough how kind and helpful they were doing the whole trip process. They were happy to answer any question I asked, and made the process as smooth as possible. I would recommend Love Volunteers to everyone. I can't thank them enough for helping give me this opportunity. It easily was the greatest experience of my life, and I can't wait to do it again.-Delaney and Jordan
IDEX projects are especially appealing to young travelers as their trips are affordably priced, located near beaches and major sightseeing attractions, attract like-minded individuals, and tend to run between two and four weeks (perfect for summer or winter break). One of IDEX's most noteworthy summer projects is their India Travel Experience program, which is geared towards participants aged 18-28. The India Travel Experience program, which is offered every two weeks in May through August of each year, brings together young travelers to volunteer and sight-see India's most notable attractions including visiting the Taj Mahal, hiking in the Himalayas, Bollywood dancing, and enjoying the beaches of Goa. To learn more and apply for this summer program, please click here.
Since 2014, Volunteering Journeys has offered impactful volunteer placements throughout Africa and Asia. This organization’s founding story inspires the work carried out by its team and travelers: after leaving her job as an investment banker in London, founder Ridhi Patel took time to volunteer for three months in South Africa. This life-changing experience encouraged her to build a volunteer organization in her home country of India for travelers who wanted to explore the world, give back to their host communities, and learn more about themselves.
Volunteering Journeys provides personal attention and tailored experiences for all volunteers, as well as high-quality service and programs that actively engage community leaders and local professionals. If you’re looking for the perfect summer volunteer program, check out these amazing opportunities!
If you’re a medical student or a pre-med student looking to enhance your education by volunteering overseas, take a look at Volunteering Journeys’ medical work experience program in India. With program locations in Kerala or Dharamsala, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how Indian hospitals operate compared to those in the West while gaining practical experience. During this program, you’ll work alongside a local medical professional to learn about day-to-day practices, assist with basic services, or even build a specialized placement based on your skills and area of study. A few specialized areas you can choose from include nursing, pediatrics, physical therapy, orthopedics, ophthalmology, biochemistry, pharmacy, yoga therapy, and much more. Learn more and apply at: https://volunteeringjourneys.com/medical-work-experience-india
Another way for your family to give back to a community in need while exploring the world is through Volunteering Journeys’ construction placements in India, Nepal, and Thailand. These customized trips are perfect for travelers of all ages and backgrounds, allowing you to build better homes and lives for people in need. From building homes, to renovating community centers, to refurbishing schools, and beyond, there are many different ways you can make a positive impact while embarking on a wonderful family adventure. Learn more and sign up at: https://volunteeringjourneys.com/construction-group-volunteering
On this three-week program, you’ll explore India while volunteering with a community in need and learning about this country’s vibrant cultures. For the first two weeks of your trip, you will volunteer in Kerala on one of three different programs: English teaching, working with disabled children, or supporting a women’s empowerment project, all of which are important to developing life skills and self-confidence for people who are experiencing poverty or otherwise a lack of access to quality education and support services. On the third week of your trip to India, you’ll go on a Golden Triangle tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, including a stop at the Taj Mahal, and much more. Learn more and register for your summer trip to India at: https://volunteeringjourneys.com/summer-volunteering-in-indiaPart 2 of this article coming soon!
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