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Minmahaw School

Minmahaw is a post-compulsory school for disadvantaged Burmese students (aged 17 - 23). It introduces the students to an international-style experiential education taught by foreign and local volunteers in an immersive English environment i.e all classes and conversations must be conducted in English.
Education

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.
Accommodation Animals Education Environment

FONHARE provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services in addition to other programs to people living with disabilities, especially those in dire poverty, without regard to ability to pay for services.
Accommodation Meals Healthcare

YAAPHA (YOUTH IN ACTION AGAINST POVERTY AND HIV/AIDS) is a non profit organization working in Tanzania main land.Established in 2010 and got registered in July 2011. YAAPHA operates in Kilimanjaro, Tabora and Kigoma Regions.

Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

Volunteers Peru is a small registered Non-Governmental Organization based in the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. We currently support two projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the local community.
Childcare Education

Colobus Conservation Limited is a conservation organisation designed to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of primates like the nationally threatened Angolan colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and its coastal forest habitat in south eastern Kenya.
Accommodation Meals Environment

TANF GHANA

TANF supports the neediest people within Ghana, by providing them with an education and access to health care. We believe this is an investment into a brighter future for our country.
Accommodation Meals Childcare Education Healthcare

The center receives wild animals caught by the police and the environment ministry as pets. We work on their rehabilitation to bring them back to the wild.
Accommodation Meals Animals

HCDP GHANA

HCDP GHANA is a registered and recognized non-governmental project and volunteer organization incorporated under Act 179 at the Registrar General’s Department in Accra, Ghana. Registration number G.32, 619, and it has a unique rule to play in the lives of the deprived living in the rural communities
Accommodation Meals Education Healthcare Women Development

Volunteer Abroad

The How’s and Why’s of Volunteering Abroad

You may be surprised by what you’re about to read, but your volunteering journey actually starts long before you officially find the right place, cause, or organization that’s right for you.

Wanting to make a difference somehow, somewhere, is the very first step you’ll take to embark on this life changing journey. Just by reading these lines, the journey has started.

The next step is to acquire a sense of direction. To explor volunteering opportunities without the right set of questions is like attempting to find a needle in a (very) large haystack. But whether you’ll be volunteering from home or abroad, when heading out on an exciting new path these questions will serve as your useful tour guide that will direct you towards an accomplished and meaningful volunteering experience.

How to Volunteer?

The trick with choosing the right volunteering program or opportunity is first ask yourself what goals you are looking to accomplish through this experience? These answers will be the stepping stones for your journey. How can you decide on your volunteering goals?  Well, let’s see:

What cause do you care about?

This is first and most crucial question of your adventure, and one that only you can answer. We are all moved by different things, and now is the time to focus on your own drive: education, wildlife, children, enviroment - what is it that gets you going?

What makes you feel accomplished?

Personality and drive go a LONG way in the volunteering world, so start by asking yourself what makes you feel fulfilled. Let your dreams lead the way, not just your resume: matching between skill, need, and WILL means that the smallest contribution can have a huge impact. Think what you can give and get that would make you the happiest - that would make your program targeting both accurate and rewarding.  

Which travel destination do you want to explore?

If you’ve ever dreamed about a exploring a Tiger Reserve in a Wildlife Conservation Project in India, or rather wanted to teach a class in a South African Community Development Program, here’s your chance to act on it. Which location has been on your mind? That’s where you should start exploring.

For how long do you want to volunteer/ When is the best time to volunteer?

Are you a summertime-outdoorsy kind of person or is the wintertime that suits your travels best? Do you have a time-frame you want to make meaningful? Are you looking to get away for a while or rather trying to squeeze in a short, but valuable contribution? 

However you look at it, time is actually a crucial factor to be taken into account before setting the volunteering wheels into motion: how long would you like to volunteer for, and when you would like to start would definitely affect where you will end up traveling to.

So while there’s no right/wrong here, it is important to plan ahead as much as possible. Remember: dedication isn’t measured through duration! A longer stay doesn’t necessarily mean a more profound contribution. Think through how much time you are able to dedicate to your volunteer journey and to fulfill your commitment to the chosen project; leaving early can do more harm than good. Your volunteering can be just a few days or over a year -try and make your time evaluation as honest as possible.

Now that you have the answer for the 4 volunteering basics, it’s time to choose an organization!

Latest Reviews

Incredibly meaningful experience
"I cannot express how meaningful and worthwhile my time as a teacher at Minmahaw School was. While being pushed to think about issues along the Thai/Burma border and models of community development, I also had this opportunity to build connections with individual people and an entire community through Minamahaw school. I continue to recommend this experience for all motivated to make a difference in the world and who have skills to share. "
on 11/05/2016
The Best Volunteer Experience I have ever had!
"My time working at IPBio could not have been better. As a volunteer coordinator my work saw me take on a variety of different roles as I helped other volunteers. In particular, I focused on assisting with the amphibian program, which enabled me to hike across the reserve weekly to assist in field work. Additionally, I created a brand new volunteer package for the organization, as well as numerous information packages on many different subjects, ranging from local tourism - to wildlife guides. Living at the reserve is comfortable. The Darwin House has a fully equipped kitchen, nice bedrooms, a full bathroom, and most importantly, air conditioning! After work the other volunteers and I would relax, play games, watch movies, and swim in the river (which is amazing, and so refreshing on a hot day). The weekends were exciting and were spent doing many different fun activities. We explored caves, hiked to waterfalls, tubed down rivers, went camping, and so much more. The Atlantic Forest really is a nature lovers dream, and IPBio is such an incredible organization. Definitely and incredible experience, I would recommend it to anyone looking to do meaningful work in an amazing setting. Worth every penny! Go volunteer! "
18 days ago