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Why Volunteer Abroad?

Many people use their time travelling to get involved with volunteer work abroad. In fact, recent statistics indicate that in the past three years approximately 1 million Americans have volunteered abroad. It might not be for everyone, but there are a number of reasons why you might want to consider volunteering abroad during your travels.

Keeping Costs Low

Volunteering can be the perfect solution for the traveller on a budget. Some volunteer organisations may place you with a host family, which can considerably reduce accommodation costs. Other volunteer plans may include at least one meal each day. Alternatively, you may be able toraise money to fund your volunteering project. There are many crowdfunding websites, whereby you submit your plan and anyone can fund part of it (by the way this is not exclusively for volunteering, but really any venture). If you’re already thinking of booking parking4less at the airport and flying at unsociable hours in order to save money on your travels, then volunteering could be another great way to keep costs down.

Meeting New People

Volunteering can also be a great way to meet interesting people. In DC, Vicky and I volunteered regularly with DC Cares and, through one of our events, Vicky met a girl who invited her to join her catering company. Had we not been volunteering, Vicky never would have had this interaction and the business opportunity that ensued.

Getting Off The Beaten Path

If you’re keen to avoid the tourist hotspots and find out what local life is all about, then volunteering can provide you with the opportunity to do just that. If there is one thing for sure, volunteering is NOT touristy. It’s a chance to truly interact with locals and see first hand the state in which they are living. This is an enlightening experience few ever have the chance to involve themselves in.

Making A Difference

Above all, volunteering can be a great way to help make a difference by offering the skills, which you have, to others. In poorer parts of the world, there are many causes and communities, which can benefit from the support of volunteers. You don’t need to have a special talent aside from a willingness to dedicate yourself to a cause. It doesn’t need to even be for a long period of time, as many volunteering stints last only weeks, and some only days! This, therefore, can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time travelling.

(A Few) Organizations For Volunteering Abroad

  • Red Cross
  • Earthwatch
  • Keepers of the Wild
  • G.V.I.
  • Save Elephant
  • Help Exchange
  • Volunteer In Nepal

If you have a volunteering story, please share it below and we will add it and the organization to the list!


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7 Responses to Why Volunteer Abroad?

  1. Such an important point. Thanks for including my article in the mix!

    Lillie - @WorldLillie September 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM Reply
  2. In the USA, there is a great organization called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. For those who love animals, are traveling in the USA (or live here), and want to combine some volunteering with a trip to any of the National Parks in the area – Bryce Canyon, Zion, the Grand Canyon – Best Friends could be a great option!

    My kids and I volunteered here in the summer of 2011 and had a wonderful time. You can come for as little as 1/2 day, up to the entire summer. It’s an incredible organization – completely funded by private donations. They work to rehabilitate animals and eventually adopt them out, or keep the animals that cannot be adopted out. Animals such as rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, pigs and birds are cared for. Highly recommend for singles, couples and families with strong kids. The work can be tough, but so rewarding.

    Tiffany F September 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM Reply
  3. Very nice article for people looking volunteer abroad program.

    If any one interested to volunteer abroad with local organization in Nepal, submit your application to be a volunteer in nepal with Volunteer Aid Nepal.

    Mr. Poudel November 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM Reply
    • Thank you and we will add your organization to the list!

      Dave and Vicky November 18, 2012 at 5:24 AM Reply
  4. Thank you Dave and Vicky.

    Mr. Poudel November 18, 2012 at 5:26 AM Reply
  5. Volunteer in Nepal and Travel website for volunteering services, Volunteer in Nepal and travel website also associated parterner of EuropeanVolunteerQuest company and globalworcamps company

    Volunteer Nepal October 3, 2013 at 6:35 AM Reply
  6. Volunteering is about helping others and definitely it is also about learning new culture and language also.

    Medical Volunteer January 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM Reply

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