Volunteer Forever’s new booking platform Abroadly invites you to research and compare impactful, responsible, and high-quality volunteer programs all over the world, based on your interests and skills.
Abroadly connects travelers with more than 150 programs from vetted partners that that commit to ethical and sustainable social impact in the areas of child and youth development, construction and community development, education, health and medicine, human rights, sports and recreation, and wildlife and environmental conservation.
Help refugee children whose families have crossed the border from Cambodia, seeking employment and a better way of life, by joining uVolunteer at a Buddhist Temple in Trat, Thailand. Language is a barrier for children who don’t attend school, and the monks at Wat Klong Phet offer an alternative to school through its community education program to help children develop skills they need to succeed, including conversational English. This is where you’ll be able to assist – you’ll also interact and engage students in sports, games, and show them life skills such as preparing food and practicing proper hygiene.
Spend your free time visiting sacred and religious sites, specialty museums, and cycling tours of the area. Trat lies along the Cardamom Mountains, with a coast on the Gulf of Thailand – and there are numerous islands nearby with white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Program costs start at $935, and you’re invited to stay three to 12 weeks. Learn more and apply here!
If you’re enthusiastic about conservation, you’ll love this wildlife volunteer project at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. The ranch cares for a variety of animals, including pygmy hippos, cape vultures, lemurs, meerkats, leopards, white tigers, and cheetahs. You’ll attend lectures and workshops to gain insight into breeding programs for endangered animals.
Tasks include food prep and feeding for birds and animals, cleaning enclosures and exhibits, providing animals with enrichment toys, making notes about their progress, assisting with maintenance tasks. When you volunteer with Cango, you become an ambassador for conservation, helping with a larger goal to positively change the way people behave, and how you care for animals.
Spend time touring local sites and landmarks, including Cango Caves, visit a working ostrich farm, go whale watching and shark cage diving, and more. Program fees start at $1,000 for two weeks, and you may stay up to four weeks on this project.Learn more and apply here.
Take moonlight strolls on exotic beaches to a new level with as a volunteer with Maximo Nivel, helping to protect and conserve the sea turtle populations of Costa Rica. Your work on this important project helps to support biologists and researchers performing important conservation work at turtle nesting grounds. You’ll be placed on either the Pacific or Caribbean coasts, depending upon need and weather, and you’ll take part in nightly beach patrols, tagging turtles, relocating nests into hatcheries, counting eggs and turtles, and more. You also will be able to take part in a community outreach program that promotes conservation practices.
To sign up, you’ll need to be physically fit and ready to live and work in a remote beach camp, but no Spanish language skills or prior experience is needed. While in San Jose, enjoy the sights and visit the Avenida Central, where it’s easy to walk to museums, parks, outdoor plazas, shops, and restaurants. Stop at the Teatro Nacional, or National Theater, for plays, dances, concerts, or even the opera! Check out the Park Cafe, a fusion of antique shop and French restaurant that’s a haven for foodies. Program fees start at $1,105 for two weeks, with stays up to 12 weeks on this hands-on project. Learn more and register here.
The Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa cares for impoverished young people after their conditions have been stabilized, and through Khaya Volunteer Projects you can help provide assistance to these vulnerable children. As a volunteer, you’ll work with children from birth to 12 years of age affected by malnutrition, tuberculosis, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, physical and sexual abuse, or the medical impacts of HIV/AIDS.
Your help is needed for various tasks from food preparation, managing donations and toys, tidying play areas, and providing mental stimulation through reading books and singing. You also can work with the staff, teaching English speaking skills and computer literacy to nurses.
Spend time off exploring the adventure, culture, and culinary arts that abound in Cape Town. Take a morning trip to Table Mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the city. Head for Boulders Beach to see the enormous penguin colony there. Learn about the city’s apartheid history at the District Six Museum and Robben Island. Immerse yourself in the city’s mixed Afrikaans and Muslim traditions at the Bo-Kaap and Greenmarket Square. Vineyards abound in this area, so take in a wine tasting while abroad. Fees for this program start at $1,345 for four weeks, but stay up to eight weeks. Click here to read more information and to apply.
With your help, the endangered elephant population of Thailand not only can survive, but thrive, when you volunteer with Global Vision International near Chiang Mai. Spend a week or more in this fascinating Southeast Asian country where you’ll be a part of an “elephant retirement community” – gentle, giant retirees from the tourism industry who finally get to live a life of leisure: exploring, eating, socializing, and sleeping in the forests and fields.
Most of your work is observational and supportive, but this GVI program has long-term goals that include promoting the ethical treatment of elephants, creating a viable ecotourism program, assisting elephants as they return to the wild, improving the natural resources management system, and improving the living standards and job opportunities of the people of the Huay Pakoot village. You’ll spend time in the forests and fields with elephants, and maybe even assist with a health checkup! You also can help out with the local school, teaching basic English and sharing your admiration for ecotourism.
Relax during your days off, enjoying scenic walks with mountain vistas, and appreciate the relaxed, easygoing way of life here. Fees for this program start at $1,840 for one week, with stays up to 12 weeks. Read more here!
Share your love for pets on a project in Cape Town, South Africa, assisting Love Volunteers at an animal rescue center. Work with stray dogs and cats at a nonprofit rescue organization that works proactively to protect animals and responds to the over-breeding problem with a catch, treat, sterilize, and adoption system.
This volunteer project requires you to be flexible as your help with day-to-day tasks, caring for neglected and abandoned animals in the impoverished Philippi farming community in Cape town. You’ll feed and play with animals, walk dogs, clean kennels, and even work on fundraising initiatives and cultural outreach. No experience is needed – just a compassionate and caring spirit.
From the Cape of Good Hope to Table Mountain, South Africa is a country with dramatic landscapes and beautiful scenery. Visit Boulders Penguin Colony, home to thousands of African Penguins, or Robben Island, former home to prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Now a World Heritage Site, this locale has been preserved as a memorial to those unjustly incarcerated here. Fees for this project start at $748, with stays from two weeks to 12 weeks. Click here to read more.