Looking to boost that CV, learn more about your host country’s culture and get involved with the local community? If you want to bring more than novelty souvenirs and a killer photo collection back from your trip, then volunteering abroad might just be the one for you.
But with so many worthwhile projects out there; which should you choose? Well, we’re here to help you with just that! Read below and find out which volun-tribe is right for you.
The closet mermaid
Your happy place is chilling out on a sun-kissed beach, sailing, surfing, or indulging your adventurous side with a cheeky scuba dive. It’s time to head Down Under to volunteer at the ultimate beach destination; the Great Barrier Reef.
Work in conservation and get up-close-and-personal with stingrays, witness baby turtles hatching and help protect the wildlife of the world’s largest coral reef. And the best bit? You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the reef’s idyllic islands, try your hand at epic water sports and experience the buzzing Cairns nightlife.
The Mum/ Dad of the group
You’re always there with a hug and a bucket of popcorn when your mates are feeling down; you’re the unofficial party-planner and the one with an entire pharmacy in their bag. Every friendship group needs an unofficial parent and you’re it; caring, fun and oh-so-organised. Put these qualities to good use and help improve children’s futures by teaching in Cape Town, South Africa.
Seeing your students smile when they learn something new will be extra rewarding… and there’s plenty of safaris, mountain hikes and sight-seeing trips for you to organise too!
The wildlife warrior
You like animals more than you like most people; you regularly stop in the street to pet strangers’ dogs and you mostly visit your parents to see your cat. Embrace that inner animal fanatic and volunteer in animal conservation on the Galápagos Islands. Help to protect this unique environment and enjoy close encounters with giant tortoises, Galápagos penguins, unique marine life and a bazillion species of bird.
Once you’re done saving the planet, use your free time to learn to dive, swim with friendly sea lions and take a dip in the brilliant turquoise sea.
The outdoorsy one
With your morning runs and weekend hikes, you’re the outdoorsy one of the group. Grab your backpack and head to Costa Rica; a natural paradise, where you can indulge in your love of nature with a volunteer placement in turtle conservation.
Use your free time to seek out the vibrant wildlife of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, go on a white water rafting trip, or fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline.
There really is a volunteering project for everyone; so grab your passport and make it happen!
Browse here and find the right one for you.