Do you consider yourself lucky in this world? Have a philanthropic spirit? Or do you just love to travel, but would like to feel like you’re doing something good — or that you’re part of something positive that’s bigger than yourself? These are all excellent reasons to find out more about the concept of volunteer traveling, and what you can do to become part of a worldwide movement connecting eager travelers with compelling volunteer opportunities around the world.
Organic Farming Around the World
Have you heard of WWOOF before? Short for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, this very cool organization is an international network connecting small organic farms around the world to people who are willing to work in exchange for simple food and accommodation. Volunteers for this program love how they are able to connect to real local people and an authentic way of life in the countries they work in.
Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali
Want to get far away from your current day-to-day life and do something good for others in a gorgeous, tropical location? The International Volunteer Headquarters lists several travel opportunities in beautiful Bali, paired with a variety of do-good activities, including local turtle population conservation work. Also in Bali, the organization is looking for teachers in environmental education, kindergarten, healthcare education, and workers for construction projects.
Global Work and Travel Co.
This organization offers volunteer travel opportunities on six continents, in the areas of local community work, nature and wildlife preservation. While these opportunities aren’t free (volunteers need to fund their own trips), part of the plan involves you supporting your own travel fund through your volunteer work. Global Work and Travel Co. can connect you to a school in Kenya that needs reading tutors, or to a village in Central America that needs help digging latrines, all while making sure you have support and a place to land at your chosen destination.
Remember that volunteer travel is almost never simply an opportunity to get a free trip. Volunteer travelers are usually expected to pay their own way in addition to whatever work hours they put in to their chosen cause. So if you’re willing, get on out there and change the world!