Top Volunteer Abroad Programs
Volunteering, as we all know, is not only a noble act of helping the disadvantaged, but also a self-satisfying activity that will transform your perspective on life. Volunteering may also be an essential step in the career ladder for students and gap-year travelers who want to contribute to society. Others see it as a way to learn what real love is and to become more understanding, compassionate, and humble. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to be a part of a volunteer trip, it's not too late!
Here are the ten finest initiatives for which people have volunteered for over a decade, and it is now your chance to be a part of them. You can choose any of the programs below that fit your needs and preferences.
Street Children Project, New Delhi, India
Travelers have long admired India, and one of the most popular initiatives among those who like spending time with children is the Street Children Program. There are around 100 million homeless children in India who do not get their basic necessities, such as food, housing, and education. In New Delhi alone, there are over 175,000 homeless children who unquestionably deserve a better life. Volunteers for this initiative work at Street Children Schools and shelter homes, where they must care for the children, feed them, teach them basic arithmetic, English, and general knowledge classes, and give them the attention they need.
Childcare Volunteering Project, Nairobi, Kenya
This project would allow you a glimpse into Nairobi's orphanages, where many children (ranging in age from a few months to 12 years old) have been sheltered. Unfortunately, these children have either lost both or one of their parents, and the other has refused to care for them due to the poverty-stricken circumstances. Being a part of this initiative will help you understand that not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. The volunteers' major responsibility would be to care after the children, nurture them, wash and feed them, play with them, and shower them with love. Participants may also help the orphanage staff with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. While volunteering in Kenya, visit Maasai settlements to learn more about their lifestyle. And, of course, wildlife safaris are a must-do when in Kenya!
Volunteer For Sports Coaching Program, Tamale, Ghana
Participants in the Sports Coaching Program in Ghana are passionate about the beautiful game and feel comfortable passing on their knowledge to the next generation.
Football is Ghana's national sport, and as such Ghanaians are highly enthusiastic about football – people are wearing Ghana team shirts, and automobiles on the road have team stickers and flags.
Volunteers in this program are placed in local schools and football teams in the Tamale district of Northern Ghana. As a volunteer, you will assist in the development of young players' football skills, help the coaches with their daily practice programs, and organize matches. Volunteers in the Football Coaching Volunteer project are also encouraged to engage in the Community Development or Orphanage Programs, allowing them to combine two projects at once.
Two-Week Special Volunteer Program, Peru
Join Volunteering Solutions' 2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in Peru and enjoy the finest that the nation has to offer! You'll be able to volunteer for Cusco's poor communities and make a significant impact in their life. On weekends, you'll have the opportunity to see Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Humantay lake, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and other historic and cultural places in Cusco.
This program is especially useful for volunteers who do not have the time to devote to a month or more of working overseas. It will be an incredible chance to gain firsthand job experience while also traveling with like-minded individuals from all around the globe.
Summer Volunteer Program, Thailand
This is an incredible volunteer and adventure trip for those looking to go on an all-encompassing trip and explore the finest of Thailand in three weeks. Thailand is without a doubt one of the most popular volunteering destinations, and this program will allow you to educate children in a school in Surin as well as volunteer for elephants in a village where you will be able to stay with the local herders who care for these gentle giants. You should also visit some of the most spectacular places in Thailand, including Kanchanaburi, the pristine beaches of Krabi, and the stunning island of Koh Lanta.
Volunteer for Wildlife & Conservation Project in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
This is an excellent chance for volunteers who want to have a full African experience while also helping the local wildlife and ecology. Volunteers in this program are assigned to a wildlife reserve area, which is a massive 6000 hectares of land situated about 45 minutes outside of mainland Port Elizabeth. The area is home to a diverse range of game, birds, and wild creatures, including the BIG 5! The wildlife program will captivate your imagination, leaving you physically and intellectually revitalized, emotionally inspired, and in awe of this spectacular corner of South Africa.
Turtle Conservation Program, Sri Lanka
The Turtle Conservation Program in Galle, Sri Lanka, is without a question, one of the most popular! Here is your time to be a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of the sea turtles that live off the south-western beaches of Sri Lanka. Excessive commercial fishing, as well as the poaching of turtle eggs by people and predators, have led to major population declines, and these turtles are now classified as endangered. As a volunteer, you can help hatcheries save money by helping them with conservation efforts, which are important for their long-term success. The hatcheries get a placement fee for each volunteer they get, allowing them to earn more cash. You will also get the opportunity to educate the local populations on the benefits of environmental conservation and how to maintain the health of the ecosystem.