Bitten by the travel bug? Itching for your next adventure? Make it an experience to remember by also giving back. Consider becoming a volunteer abroad. It’s a great way to see a new place, make friends, and help out a community in need. Think volunteering abroad is just for youth? Think again! There are so many programs for people of all ages! Whether you’re looking to lend your professional skills or if you want to help out a cause you love, doing it abroad offers a glimpse into other cultures. Here are a few ways you can help:
Teaching English is a great way to see a new place and build relationships with locals. No, you don’t need any teaching experience. A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate or similar certification can be beneficial, but isn’t necessary. There’s a high demand for English language teachers in Asia and the Middle East and you can find opportunities that will pay for your efforts! The biggest benefit is you’ll be giving people a marketable skill that can help improve their future.
Assist healthcare workers
Whether you’re in the healthcare industry, working towards a medical degree, or are just interested in lending a helping hand, there are numerous opportunities. Use your specialized skills to help the people that need it most. There are volunteer programs tailored to your profession, including nursing, dentistry and physical therapy. If you’re a student, there are opportunities to shadow doctors and nurses as part of your studies.
Work with animals
You don’t always have to volunteer to help other people. You can volunteer to help animals. Volunteers can scan the beaches of Costa Rica to conserve and protect turtle hatcheries or research wildlife in the Amazon. Whether it’s a safari or research facility, there are many ways to get involved.
These are just a few kinds of ways you can volunteer. For even more opportunities, like building sustainable housing or working with small, local businesses, check out these sites:
With programs lasting from a week to a couple years, and at all ranges of prices, there’s something for everyone. Don’t wait! Start your research and get out there!