10 Places to Volunteer Abroad
Volunteering abroad provides you with a whole new opportunity to travel to different countries and experience new cultures. Think about how you can take action to impact the world before you decide where to go and book your flight.
Greece is the ultimate travellers paradise. You can currently travel on the cheap, and it is packed with hot (as in amazing) places to go. One of the first sea turtle conservation projects was also established here, which allows you to live and work on the beach near important turtle habitats and raising awareness for future conservation efforts.
When you think Australia, you probably think of koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and Finding Nemo. Why not head there yourself to see the wonders. Working on conservation programs will bring you close to the action and ensure you make a big impact during your time abroad.
If Australia is a touch too far for you, Mexico might be just the thing. Little known fact? Mexico is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Picture yourself scuba diving for 4 weeks, 6 months, or even more and protecting the local environment.
Did you know wildlife experts consider Zambia one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife? It also is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Zambia is a growing destination for volunteers and tourists alike as it combines real economic development with outdoor adventure.
Don’t just observe Bollywood dancing via Hollywood movies. India offers the Taj Mahal, spicy hot food, and glorious beaches. Start your Indian adventure with a volunteer project to ease yourself into the culture. When you sign up for certain volunteer projects, it comes with airport pick up, food and accommodation – so you don’t have to worry about making all the plans.
For those of us with only one or two weeks to sightsee, try something different, and come home with a story that makes anyone jealous – try a construction project or working with children in Nicaragua.
Colombia is fast growing in popularity as a backpacker’s destination. Not only is it cheaper to get there, but also it is cheaper to stay. Participating in long-term volunteer projects will help you stretch your dollar and stay traveling for even longer. Forget what you have heard before about Colombia – it is a country of dancing, fun, and sun.
Macchu Picchu, enough said… or maybe not? Peru is home to mountains, beaches, and everything in between. There are also fantastic opportunities to complete long-lasting construction projects, especially building water tanks to improve access to drinkable water.
World Cup 2010 opened the floodgates of visitors to South Africa – and with good reason. As a volunteer in Cape Town, you can work on medical outreach programs, coach sports, or work with kids. Organized programs allow you to live with other international volunteers and make friends from around the world.
Head off the beaten path to work with children in orphanages in Nepal. The calm atmosphere and beautiful terrain will make your time magical. This is an excellent program for those looking to stay a while before traveling onto the next place.
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