Volunteer Opportunities For Free Travel

10 Volunteer Opportunities For Free Travel

Want to travel the world? Want to give back to humanity instead of just taking from it?

Believe it or not, there is a way for you to travel the earth, and give back to mankind at the same time. Plus you’ll be given the opportunity to meet all sorts of people you never would have come into contact with had you not volunteered to change their lives.

There are literally thousands of charities and organizations that welcome the help from travelers passing through the area. Some ask for donations or fees to cover their costs, while others are at-profit businesses – but all of them are worth being involved in.

Below is a list of 10 organizations that need help, at little or no cost to the volunteer.

1. Appalachian Trail Conference, USA

At over 2,000 miles long the Appalachian Trail is the classic long trail in the Eastern US an home to almost 2,000 endangered or threatened species.

Volunteers help with trail building and maintenance in return for food and (usually very basic) accommodation: www.appalachiantrail.org

2. Conservation Volunteers, Australia and New Zealand

Short-term project in Australia, New Zealand and a few international locations. Working in teams to protect habitats and promote eco tourism. Find out more at: www.conservationvolunteers.com.au

A small fee (usually around AUS$100 for a week) is usually required to participate, but covers all food and lodging. British based BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) also has similar opportunities: www.btcv.org.uk

3. Help Exchange, Worldwide

A website that lists worldwide hosts that are looking for an extra pair of hands; whether it be in their farm or garden, working in schools or on religious projects, building houses or community centers to simply helping a family take the kids to school.

A small membership fee is required to access the details of hosts but board and lodging is provided in exchange for your work: www.helpx.net

4. Kibbutz Volunteer, Israel

An area that is rarely out of the news, Israel offers superb community but complicated politics.

Being a volunteer gives you the opportunity to experience this region first hand while living as part of a socialist community where everything is provided. The region also serves as a good base from which to explore the Middle East and North Africa. Find out more at: www.kibbutzvolunteer.com

5. Peace Corps, Worldwide

A unique chance to live and work in another country; working on a variety of projects from healthcare and the environment to business development.

A real commitment to 27 months on placement is required, but for those that are willing, this is a life-changing position: www.peacecorps.gov

Open only to US residents but similar projects are available for other nationals with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) www.vso.org.uk

6. Sudan Volunteer Programme, Sudan

Teach English in one of the world’s most impoverished countries. Placements are at schools or universities but many volunteers help with community projects in addition to their teaching.

Volunteers must pay for their airfare but all other costs are covered, including a small monthly stipend. Find out more at: www.svp-uk.com

7. Trip Leader for HF Holidays, Europe

One of Europe’s most popular walking holiday operators is searching for volunteers to lead their hiking and coach holidays. Leaders are provided with accommodation, meals and the chance to explore Europe in return for sharing their passion and knowledge with groups they accompany. Find out more at: www.hfholidays.co.uk

8. Turtle Teams, Worldwide

A generic name for the thousands of small groups that help threatened sea turtles. Most groups are based on one or two nesting beaches–which are typically at risk from over exploitation-and appreciate help for even just one night.

Search for groups at the local tourist office close to any tropical beach and help a species come off the endangered list. More information can be found at: www.seaturtles.org and www.cccturtle.org.

9. United Nations Volunteers, Worldwide

From health care and economic development to assisting after natural disasters, the UN offers positions for those that are dedicated to making a difference abroad.

While many positions are open only to experienced professionals, the UN has links to hundreds of international NGOs and QANGOS that are looking for help in similar fields on a less formal basis. Find out more at: www.unv.org

10. WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), Worldwide

Board and lodging is offered in exchange for a days’ work on the farm. Stays available from one week to many years, and with thousands of hosts available in 53 countries there is an opportunity suitable for everyone. http://www.wwoof.org/

For more information on how to get started as a first-time volunteer with WWOOF, check out http://matador.org/a-first-timers-gudie-to-wwoof-ing/

As with anything, remember to do your due diligence when choosing an organization with which to volunteer and research, research, research.

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my name is Mr. Pashupati chaudhary form siraha, Nepal. I am 23 year old boy and have done my intermediate in Health Education from nepal.
now i am studying in batchelor 3rd year and i want to do free volunteer abrod so can i get any suitable apportunity?

I am Carol from Metro Manila, Philippines. Informed that I am DEAF person who loved traveling lot of Asian countries. I also loved visiting Deaf Community and Deaf organizations plus interacting with Deaf people. I am looking for volunteering with Deaf community as possible as free travel expenses. Have there any information or details for Deaf Volunteers?

Hope your next mail. Have a good day!

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