Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer Abroad

Helen Keller International

Volunteer & help save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable children in Vietnam!

Hanoi, Vietnam
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Education Healthcare Women Development

Biodiversity Research Institute

Come to Brazil and learn more about Biodiversity & the Environment!

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

TANF GHANA

Accra, 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.
Childcare Education Healthcare
Accommodation Meals

Minmahaw School

Mae Sot, Thailand
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

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.
Healthcare
Accommodation Meals

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.
Agriculture Education Environment
Accommodation Meals

Volunteers Peru

Arequipa, Peru
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

HCDP GHANA

Ho, 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
Education Healthcare Women Development
Accommodation Meals

Un poco del Chocó

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

7Elements Peru

Oxapampa, Peru
We are a non profit organization organizing service-service programs to connect young leaders from the Amazon and the western world
Agriculture Education Environment
Accommodation Meals

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!