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Volunteer Trips for Female Solo Travelers

Written By
By Sarah Vandenberg
Director of Partnerships
Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

(Updated for 2024)

Are you considering a one-of-a-kind trip abroad — perhaps to volunteer for an amazing cause — but traveling alone is outside your comfort zone? Take a deep breath…and relax. Solo travel is easier and safer than you think, and it can be a profound experience!

Too often, women are discouraged from traveling solo by well-meaning friends or worried family members. It’s a normal reaction, but their concern can enhance your anxiety — especially if this is your first trip abroad on your own. Worse, it can be the reason for canceling an extraordinary and life-changing adventure. My advice? Do your research, stay connected, and be realistic and smart about choosing your destination.

Benefits of Solo Travel

If you’re planning a trip abroad — whether it’s to volunteer, a gap year, a semester overseas, or even just a week or two — and you’re worried you might get lonely, consider the benefits of traveling solo before coaxing someone into joining you: for starters, you won’t have to let someone else’s bucket list hold you back. You can plan the trip you want, visit all the sites you want, take part in the volunteer program you want, focus on earning a salary abroad, all without having to wait for others or sacrifice any of your plans for theirs.

Other benefits of traveling solo? You decide when you want to sightsee or shop. You can seize the day with a hike, linger in a museum, or spend a decadent afternoon reading at a beach. Be adventurous! Go snorkeling or zip lining with a local tour group. Try new cafes and restaurants. Dinner for one may be disconcerting the first night, but you’ll soon learn to relax, enjoy the food, and be at peace. And that’s just the time you’ll spend outside of volunteering for a cause that’s near and dear to your heart!

Traveling solo can also give you the opportunity to meet wonderful new people — whether they’re friendly locals or fellow travelers. If you’re worried about meeting the wrong people (really that’s the biggest fear our friends and family have when we travel alone), read on to see how volunteering, teaching, or interning abroad with the right organization can open you up to adventure, build lifelong friendships, and give you invaluable support to ensure you can make the most of your solo trip!

Before showcasing some great international volunteer organizations, we thought we’d share a great opportunity to earn a living abroad by Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). If you want to get paid to live abroad as a professional English teacher in a country like Spain, Thailand, or Costa Rica and want the best TEFL training and job services, then check out International TEFL Academy (ITA). Founded in 2010, International TEFL Academy (ITA) offers the gold standard in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad & teaching English online.

Volunteering Solo with International Organizations

Volunteering or interning abroad with the right organization can alleviate so many of your concerns as a solo female traveler. Safety is often a major concern for those planning solo trips, so finding an organization that has robust volunteer safety practices in place is critical. International Volunteer HQ is a great example: with a focus on safety before and during your volunteer abroad program, online safety training, onsite Risk Management Policy, emergency response, and lots of other resources, IVHQ is here to ensure a safe and fun trip abroad. In fact, a full 70% of IVHQ’s volunteers are solo travelers and 70% of their travelers are female as well so you will be in great company. IVHQ has even put together this handy guide for first-time female solo travelers!

Another trusted volunteer organization, GoEco ensures that safety is one of their top priorities for their volunteers because they know it is daunting to travel alone. For example, they have a 24 hour emergency hotline in every country; and for each project, they have on-site or nearby staff to answer questions or concerns. They also offer pre-travel guidance to make sure you are well prepared and your experience is as smooth as possible.

As well, Maximo Nivel — a leader in international education, study abroad, and travel — will work with you to arrange airport pickup, housing, meals, embassy relations, and emergency plans. They also constantly monitor their in-field conditions to ensure you’re safe and contributing to a meaningful project at each of their Latin American program locations.

Surfpop is yet another organization to consider. They are a local, grassroots organization based in South Africa and their Founder and Director, Daniel Botha, is located on-site to directly oversee their projects. They have an entire team dedicated to ensuring their projects are safe and impactful, which means you will be in great hands with Surfpop.

Solo travel can be an amazing adventure if you choose your destination wisely, learn about local customs, trust your intuition, and be aware of your surroundings. If you want to travel with an organization that offers round-the-clock security, consider Global Vision International. GVI has more than 200 trained staff members supporting 150 different volunteer projects in 10 countries worldwide. With its robust infrastructure, GVI offers pre-departure advice, documents outlining travel and safety, airport pickup, local orientation, housing arrangements, and a 24-hour emergency phone line. Bottom line: you have a safety net.

As a solo traveler, you can decide how much freedom you want or need. By setting your own agenda, you can enroll in classes and learn new skills, take salsa dancing lessons, try your hand at cooking local dishes, and even tackle a foreign language.

Are you ready for an amazing solo travel experience? Take a look at some of the opportunities below and let’s get started!

Great Volunteer Programs for Female Solo Travelers

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

Since 2007, International Volunteer HQ has placed more than 130,000 dedicated volunteers in 35 countries around the world. Focused on providing affordable and responsible volunteer travel experiences, IVHQ’s trips heighten global awareness and cultural understanding through the exchange of skills and expertise. With an emphasis on sustainability and safety, IVHQ partners with local NGOs to host volunteers on a wide variety of projects that can range from wildlife and animal care to teaching, to sports coaching, construction and renovation, and much more.

Construction and Renovation Volunteer Abroad Projects

Contribute to the long-term development goals of communities worldwide with IVHQ’s affordable construction and renovation volunteer abroad projects! As a volunteer, you’ll work alongside local professionals to build new structures, renovate existing community centers and temples, and improve local infrastructure. You don’t need the experience to sign up, as you’ll be supported and led by a skilled member of the local construction team to ensure the sustainability of your work. A few of the many countries that you can travel to on construction volunteer projects with IVHQ include Bali, Fiji, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ghana, Zambia, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. During your weekends and free time, you can relax, enjoy the local sights, and depending on where you travel, you can go snorkeling or diving, embark on cycling or trekking tours, visit natural landmarks such as mountains and waterfalls, and explore museums, temples, restaurants, and shops. Program fees start at an affordable $295 for your first week abroad, and you’re invited to stay up to six months — learn more and sign up here!

Volunteer in Victoria Falls

Another of IVHQ’s volunteer adventures invites you to a private game reserve in Zimbabwe, close to the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 animals: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. As a wildlife conservation volunteer, you’ll gain hands-on experience in game reserve management and help out with ongoing research — all of which is vital to the successful operation of the reserve, its surrounding areas, and the local ecosystems. Weekends can be spent whitewater rafting, sunset river cruising, exploring rainforests, and taking guided tours and safaris. This wildlife conservation volunteer trip starts from two weeks at $880, and you’re invited to stay for up to three months. Learn more and sign up here!



Since 2006, GoEco has offered affordable volunteer abroad programs and internships in over 40 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australasia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. With more than 150 different programs, GoEco is a great organization to check out if you’re looking for a variety of impactful trips to choose from, from wildlife conservation to teaching English. GoEco was recently recognized as the Top Volunteer Abroad Organization from GoAbroad, Top Eco-Enthusiast by Greenmatch, and has been recommended by Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and more. As a volunteer, you will have 24-hour support from the GoEco team, from start to finish. Currently, GoEco is offering a special travel grant where you can stay for the 3rd week free! Check out the qualifying programs here!

Women’s English Literacy Program in Sri Lanka 

Take a look at this program to empower Sri Lankan women through the English literacy program to give them better chances of employment and confidence. This project only accepts female volunteers. You will be able to meet other solo female volunteers going through the same experience as you. Through this program, you can be a part of a movement to break down education barriers by teaching English. You will lead the lessons, as well as help them practice English speaking skills in creative ways. Each day, you will spend 2 hours teaching and then some time on planning lessons. The longer you are involved, the more you will be able to contribute to the lives of these women and the more meaningful your relationships will become. Located in Galle, you can enjoy this coastal beach town or do nightly yoga sessions, movie times with fellow female volunteers. 

Nepal – Empowering Women in Kathmandu

For this project in Nepal, volunteers will help teach women, who’ve never had formal education, in a local school with various subjects including English, confidence building, and basic computer skills. These new skills will improve their chances of employment as well as being self-reliant. You will teach 4-5 lessons in these subjects during the week based on your skill sets and background. This involvement will help you understand the discrimination these women face and the help they need. The cost of the project includes accommodation in a dormitory style shared room and three meals a day during the week. You have the opportunity to explore the city and fun excursions to other towns on the weekends. This project does require volunteers to have intermediate English language, police clearance, and interest in helping women break barriers. Click here for more information and read about other volunteers’ experiences!

Costa Rica – Sea Turtle Conservation

Or, consider travel to Costa Rica, which is considered generally safe to travel. You can immerse yourself in a sea turtle conservation on beautiful beaches in Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. You may get to witness a mass sea turtle nesting, specifically the olive ridley sea turtles! Your work may include strolling on the beach to look for sea turtles and nests, protecting sea turtles nesting and hatching, releasing baby sea turtles to the ocean, beach cleanups, and helping to raise awareness on coastal and marine ecosystem conservation. In addition, you may help with research such as data collection, recording, and analysis. In your free time, there are many activities and tours that you take part in and to meet fellow volunteers.

Maximo Nivel

Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

Founded in 2003, Maximo Nivel offers volunteer trips, study abroad programs, internships, teaching opportunities, and Spanish language learning trips to Latin America. Programs are internationally accredited and university credit is available for most of their programs. To date, 25,000 travelers have signed up with Maximo Nivel to visit, learn, and make a difference in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. As a traveler with Maximo Nivel, you will have the wonderful opportunity to teach English, volunteer on a variety of impactful projects, learn Spanish, or even take on an internship that can enhance your education and boost your career prospects.

Volunteer with Indigenous Communities

On this one-of-a-kind volunteer program, you will live in a small mountain pueblo in the Andes Mountains, overlooking Peru’s Sacred Valley while immersing yourself in a Quechua-speaking community. A few activities you’ll take on include caring for animals and livestock, helping with agricultural work, trying your hand at weaving, assisting with local construction projects, and supporting children at the local school. This is an outstanding opportunity to expand your horizons while engaging in cross-cultural understanding and skills exchange. You don’t need to know Spanish to sign up (though Maximo Nivel offers Spanish language lessons), but you do need to be flexible and willing to take on manual labor and varying tasks depending on the season. This program starts from $625 for one week – learn more here!

Volunteer with Animals and Wildlife

If you love animals, then consider signing up for one of Maximo Nivel’s animal care volunteering programs, available in Guatemala and Peru! On Maximo Nivel’s shelter and rescue initiatives, you will be part of a program that cares for street animals, provides veterinary services, and adopts them to forever homes. You can help with medical treatment, spay and neuter programs, grooming, and walking the animals — you also can assist with basic obedience training, leading education programs, or taking part in fundraising events.

Maximo Nivel’s wildlife volunteer programs also are available at a zoo and an amphibian and reptile rescue center, where you can work with more exotic animals by caring for endangered species, assisting with rehabilitation and release, and sparking a lifelong love for animals in children who visit each day. As a volunteer, you can feed animals, clean cages, help with light construction work, care for injured or sick reptiles, and even release healthy adult animals back into the wild. These programs start from one week at $625 – learn more here!

Global Vision International

Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

Founded in 1997, Global Vision International provides volunteer trips and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the Americas. A family-founded organization, GVI aims to encourage travelers to make impactful contributions even on short stays overseas. GVI places 2,000 participants abroad every year, with more than 20,000 travelers placed to date. A few opportunities that you can be a part of include volunteering from one week and up, or even long-term internships for those looking to jumpstart their career or enhance their education. GVI’s differentiators and their emphasis on volunteer safety make the program appealing to first-time international volunteers as well as those traveling solo.

Marine Conservation Expedition in Seychelles

Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a member of an expedition and work on critical GVI marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of Seychelles! On this trip, you will earn your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification while working and learning alongside marine researchers. Five days per week, you will go snorkeling or diving to conduct underwater surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys, and turtle breeding areas. Expect to participate in training sessions, marine debris surveys, environmental education sessions, and more. During your free time, you can hike up Cap Matoopa and on the last days of your project, you can visit favorite sites to dive just for fun. Head over to Beau Vallon Bay for a well-earned break and enjoy its lovely long beach, hotels, shops, and restaurants. This marine research program starts from four weeks at $4,100. Learn more and sign up here!

Education Internships Abroad

Do you dream of becoming a teacher? As a GVI education intern, you’ll receive practical classroom experience to further your teaching career goals: on this program, you’ll work with people from disadvantaged communities where teachers are limited and schools are overcrowded. A few programs that you can choose from including teaching Buddhist novice monks in Laos, providing educational opportunities to children in a safe and nurturing environment in India, teaching basic English in Fiji, or even earning your TEFL qualification in Thailand so that you can get paid to teach English abroad. Education Internships begin with six-week stays starting at $3,000. Learn more and sign up here.

Nepal Community Development Service Learning Program

Learn about sustainable development through this service learning program that provides earthquake relief in Pokhara, Nepal. To start, you’ll learn about the history of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, plus how your personal, shorter-term involvement with this GVI program contributes to these goals. For the service portion of your trip, you’ll support students with English lessons, individual tutoring, and first aid training with an emphasis on health care and disease prevention. You also may lend a hand on construction initiatives or help local women become more self-sufficient through income-generating projects. But your trip isn’t all about service: based in the second-largest city in Nepal, Pokhara — also known as the City of Seven Lakes — is an adventure sports capital, with three out of the world’s ten highest mountains based within 30 miles. During your free time, you can go rafting or kayaking on the Trishuli and Seti rivers, mountain biking, and hiking — and if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, visit the beautiful Tal Barahi Temple or the Gurkha soldier Museum, or sign up for Nepali language lessons, dance classes, or a cooking class. This service learning program starts from one week, and you’re invited to stay longer — learn more and sign up here.



Founded in 2015 by Daniel Botha, Surfpop is a South African-based organization that aims to build a sustainable future for vulnerable children from township communities around Muizenberg, Cape Town through a powerful formula of surfing, education and life coaching. They have hosted over 350 international volunteers for their two surf volunteer projects in Cape Town.

Surfpop is very unique compared to other international organizations due to their long-term outlook on supporting the needs of the local community. On average, they work with each child beneficiary for around 8 years, after which they help them find sustainable employment or provide them with employment within the Surfpop organization. Their holistic model of surfing, education, life coaching and nutrition also sets them apart from most other organizations.

Surfpop is the only Volunteer Forever partner that exclusively focuses on surf volunteering, so if you are a surfer or have a strong interest in surfing, Surfpop is definitely an organization you will want to check out!

They are an especially great choice for single, female travelers who prioritize safety as their team is directly on the ground to oversee their projects. 

Volunteer with Surfpop in Cape Town, South Africa

Surfpop’s surf volunteer program is based in the beautiful seaside town of Muizenberg, South Africa. As a volunteer, you will play a critical role in helping disadvantaged children escape poverty, crime, and drugs. Through their comprehensive after-school program, you will not only teach children to surf and swim, but also tutor them on more formal academic subjects such as math, English, and computer literacy.

Surfpop’s volunteer program is open to volunteers ages 18 and up. No prior experience with surfing is necessary. This program starts at roughly $500 USD per week with a minimum duration of four weeks. The cost of the program includes accommodation, breakfast, airport pick-up, orientation, 24/7 support, and surf lessons. Volunteers will also receive surf gear rentals for their stay.

Involvement Volunteers International


Searching for a transformative experience abroad while ensuring you stay safe as a solo female traveler? Involvement Volunteers International (IVI), established in 1989, beckons individuals to be part of 25,000 volunteers who’ve positively impacted 112 projects in 23 countries. With their long operating history, they have rigorous and well-proven safety measures in place, including 24/7 in-country support, proactive risk assessments, and emergency management protocols.

Why IVI? 

Boasting a 34-year legacy, IVI is a unique non-profit that focuses on empowering communities in the South Pacific (Fiji) and India. Beyond just travel and volunteering, IVI delves deep into humanitarian aid, supporting impoverished communities and refugees. University students also find opportunities to complete practicum hours in diverse sectors such as health and teaching.

Diverse Opportunities for Volunteering, Interning, and Teaching  

IVI offers teaching projects for various age groups, primarily 3-12. For those eyeing internships, there are openings in medical, teaching, and physiotherapy across destinations such as Peru, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. These internships come with guaranteed hours and essential documentation for university placements.

Catering to all Travelers 

Solo traveler, family, or group, IVI has something for everyone. From teaching to construction, their projects cater to different needs. They even curate specialized itineraries for larger groups, making them a top pick for school expeditions.

For those aged 16-17, parental consent is mandatory.

Curious about IVI? Explore their story on their official website: and check out the projects we short-listed for solo female travelers below!

Volunteer in Fiji (Flagship Program)

Fiji is Involvement Volunteers International’s premier destination where they have over 25 years of operation history. With over one third of the population below the poverty line, malnutrition, and low literacy rates, Fijian communities desperately need the support of international volunteers. IVI offers project opportunities in five different parts of Fiji with projects including Public Health & Nutrition, Teaching, Construction, Medical Care, and more. Project fees are extremely affordable starting at just $295 and includes accommodation, meals, airport pickup, 24/7 in-country support and so much more. Click here to learn more about volunteering in Fiji with IVI.

Beach Cleanup in Costa Rica

Volunteer to protect beaches and nature reserves in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. If the place “Nicoya Peninsula” rings a bell, it may be because it is considered to be one of the world’s five “Blue Zones”. As a volunteer, your responsibilities will include assisting with trail maintenance at a nature reserve, assisting with beach cleanups, educating the local population on conservationism, and showing visitors around the nature reserve. Program fees start at an affordable $595 and includes meals and homestay with a local family. Click here to learn more.

Environmental and Beach Conservation in Hua Hin, Thailand

This project is located in the beautiful beach resort town of Hua Hin, which has some of the most incredible beaches in the world. Through this project you will take part in beach conservation, educating the local community on environmental conservation, and help in a mangrove nursery. Specific tasks include watering the plants, preparing seed and soil, planting mangroves in the nursery, cleaning up the beaches, and educating the community on effects of climate change, the need to protect the environment, as well as sustainable environmental habits. Hua Hin is a fisherman beach town, with lots of water activities to keep you busy in your free time. You will stay in a volunteer house with air conditioning (much needed in the tropics!), with 3 meals a day. Click here for more specific information!

Agape Volunteers

Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

Agape Volunteers is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reputable and affordable volunteer abroad program in Africa. Founded in 2011, AV is a registered UK charity that supports humanitarian efforts and environmental conservation – with volunteering, tourism, and development work in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, and Maasai-land available, programs range from medical volunteering to teaching abroad, to volunteering at a wildlife refuge. Costs include registration and administration fees, tours and excursions, housing and feed, and even travel insurance, making Agape Volunteers the most affordable option on this list for volunteering in Africa.

HIV Prevention in Kenya

Volunteer to provide HIV prevention counseling in Kenya on this meaningful program, where you will help to promote awareness and care for people in need, supporting the local healthcare teams on the ground. All HIV volunteers take part in the HIV Testing and Counseling Course (HTC), an internationally-recognized qualification provided by local universities that trains you on how to conduct safety testing techniques, and provides a useful qualification for your future medical career. Spend evenings unwinding with team members over dinner, and spend your weekends exploring Kenya. Side trips and weekend travel include safaris, beach weekends, mountain climbing, cultural city tours, and more. Costs start at £590 for one week. Learn more and apply here.

Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

Run with the Big Cats as a wildlife conservation volunteer in South Africa: travel to Marakele National Park where you’ll focus on animal protection – specifically lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, water buffalos, and hyenas. Learn how to monitor the movements and behaviors of animals and take part in anti-poaching activities, such as looking for suspicious tracks. Work with committed naturalists who have devoted their lives to protecting the reserve’s habitats. Stay in a large farmhouse with dorm-style rooms, protected from neighboring animals by a large fence. This program cost starts from £1,530 for two weeks, but you can stay for up to 12 weeks. Sign up today!

Teach English in Tanzania

If you want to teach abroad, consider this volunteer opportunity in Tanzania! No experience is needed except enthusiasm and a willingness to work with eager students who want to learn English. Spend time holding conversations to help improve their English-speaking skills. Volunteers stay at a lovely guesthouse near the center of Arusha. Spend weekends exploring Tanzania, taking a safari to the Serengeti, or on an excursion to the Moshi Waterfalls and Chemka Hot Springs. Stay one week or longer, with program fees starting at £695. Click here to read more!

Love Volunteeers

Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

Founded in 2009, Love Volunteers is a low-cost international volunteer organization that provides meaningful trips to 34 different countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Africa, The Middle East, and Europe. Volunteer programs and intern abroad placements range from 1 week to 6 months — and as one of the world’s fastest-growing volunteer organizations, Love Volunteers has placed more than 20,000 travelers abroad since its founding, with more than 4,000 placed just in the past year.

Medical Internship in Uganda

Love Volunteers’ medical internship in Uganda plays an essential role in supplying quality medical care to the people of Kampala while also offering participants practical African medical experience and intercultural exchange opportunities. As an intern, you can stay for two weeks or longer at one of four medical facilities, including:

  1. Ngora Health Centre 4: an outpatient clinic offering malaria/TB /HIV testing, ART clinic, immunizations, and maternity care
  2. Ngora District Maternity Unit: delivering 200 babies per month, offering baby check-ups, immunizations, HIV testing, and 6-week screening
  3. Ngora Freda Carr Hospital: providing a surgical theater, inpatient, outpatient, lab, pharmacy, maternity, dental, immunizations, and more
  4. Pallisa Hospital: with a large out-patient department, maternity unit, a theater, a pediatric ward, and general wards

During your free time, you can relax, have dinner with your host family, and explore and immerse yourself in Ugandan culture – this program starts from two weeks at $429. Learn more and sign up here!

Community Development in Bosnia

This social development program creates and improves relationships between the young people of historically conflicting ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through a combination of youth-focused education and arts initiatives. International volunteers like yourself can demonstrate compassion and indiscriminate empathy to the children, playing an important role in building at-risk youth’s confidence and self-worth. As a volunteer, you can assist with evening language workshops for young people and adults and provide a positive influence for young people in need. During your free time, you can relax, explore, and even try your hand at cooking Bosnian cuisine, which has Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European influences. You are invited to stay four weeks or longer, starting from $499 — learn more and sign up here.


Volunteer Forever - Female Solo Travelers

If you’re interested in a rugged volunteer experience in a remote, off-the-beaten-path location, check out Fronteering, which offers truly unique trips that conserve the environment and world wildlife, and support indigenous people throughout the world. With volunteer and internship programs located in 14 different countries worldwide, travelers have the wonderful opportunity to visit unspoiled locations and make a positive impact.

Horse Rescue Canada

Calling all horse lovers! On this volunteer trip, you will have the chance to work with horses — most rescued from the slaughterhouse — at a 40-acre farm near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. This is a great volunteer opportunity if you love animals and want to give them the care that they need, as many of the horses have suffered from abuse and neglect. You also will be able to work with other livestock, such as pigs, llamas, goats, ducks, and chickens. A few of the tasks you’ll take on include feeding the horses and other animals, helping with maintenance and repairs, assisting the vet, and cleaning the paddocks. Activities that you can engage in outside of volunteering range from hiking, to skiing, to dog sledding, and sightseeing the majestic Canadian Rockies. While this program is open all year, you should plan to travel between April and October for the best experience. This trip starts from eight weeks at $995 — learn more and sign up here!

Scottish Highland Conservation

Take to the Scottish Highlands and volunteer with wildlife and environmental conservation projects that protect wildlife like the European wild cat, white-tailed eagles, European otter, osprey, and golden eagle! A few ways that you can help as a conservation volunteer on this program include felling non-native trees, monitoring and researching wildlife, removing invasive plants, maintaining footpaths, constructing fences, installing reserve signs, building boardwalks, and more. Because of the intense training and logistics involved, you must be able to stay 24 weeks on this program, which starts at $1,095. Learn more and sign up here!

Amazon Amerindian Eco-Lodge Internship

Imagine waking up to a concert of tree frogs and exotic birds each morning in the Amazon rainforest. On this volunteer adventure, you’ll travel to Guyana, South America’s only English speaking country on an internship with an Amazon Amerindian-run eco-lodge! Depending on your skills and experience, you can support the eco-lodge with marketing and tourism management, teaching children and adults valuable IT skills, and teaching staff members the basics of accounting. On this impactful and responsible getaway, you will sleep in a private hammock in a shared village house, and you’re invited to stay four to 12 weeks. While there’s no base fee for this internship, you are responsible for your own costs, which are estimated at about $1,600 for your first four weeks in Guyana. Learn more and sign up here!

Ready to Travel?

Solo travel opportunities are on the rise, and more and more women are responding. Whether you’re embarking on a weeklong volunteer trip spent empowering other women in New Delhi, a month-long international internship with a medical center in Uganda, a long-term immersion in Spain that leads to TEFL certification, or even a gap year supporting wildlife conservation organizations in South Africa, the possibilities are limitless.

This is your chance to be independent and self-sufficient — and along the way, you can do good for the communities that welcome you and the natural environment surrounding them. If you’re ready to travel solo and need more ideas to find the perfect program, then check out these articles for more inspiration!

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