Change your life, or someone elses by volunteering
Thinking of volunteering? Read our guide below for some ideas
Volunteering is one of the greatest experiences you'll have in your life time. Whether you're doing it to help others, care for animals or just experience new and unique environments you'll always remember it.
You are often given a lot of responsibility when volunteering. That could be looking after children, using a power tool or saving animals.
There's all kinds of different projects you can volunteer on and it gives you an insight into the local community. It can be a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.
All Hands Volunteers
This is an amazing non-profit organisation set up to help with disaster relief. They rely solely on funding and dont ask volunteers to pay a penny, they only ask you to try fundraise even if its just a small amount by posting on facebook but this isn't compulsory. They have projects around the world depending on the time and the disaster. It's sad to say but they always have a project running somewhere in the world. They started back in 2004 after the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami hit Thailand. They have now had projects in Nepal, Peru, Ecuador, Hawaii and the US, just to name a few. This is an organisation close to our hearts and we would definately recommend it if you're travelling in the area of a project.
Work away is a great site for volunteers to find homestays and cultural exchanges around the world. As a volunteer you have to commit to a certain amount of hours or days per week in exchange for food and lodgings.
It's a great way to meet locals and experience life as you never have before. It's perfect for learning or practising a language or putting your skills to use. Remember that people are inviting you into their home to work and help them so it's not like laying around in a hostel. Just be sure you're cut out for the work you're signing up for and you'll have an amazing experience!
Help to teach english, work in a B&B, build houses, be a farm hand or reunitie children with their families. The possibilities are endless and the destinations are vast. All you pay is a small registration fee to use the site but nothing for the actual project. Make sure you've got a good porfile and sell yourself well to the hosts, after all they might be inviting you into their home so don't look weird! It's a great way to travel the world on a budget and give back to the places you visit and the people you meet.
These are just projects that we've tried and tested and we know that work. There's hundreds out there so it's just whats right for you. It's just worth knowing that you don't have to spend a fortune to volunteer, but then it all depends on the experinece you want and the budget you have. There's no right or wrong answer but volunteering could quite possibly be the highlight of your trip!
If you've had an experience you want to share with us we'd love to hear it. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org