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Best Volunteer Abroad Destinations for Europeans in Spring and Summer 2021

Best Volunteer Abroad Destinations for Europeans in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

As lockdowns begin to end and borders start to reopen, we’re experiencing a surge in interest from people wanting to embark on their long delayed volunteer abroad adventures. With people prioritizing meaningful travel this year, IVHQ has seen an influx in bookings from eco-conscious and impact-focused travellers from across Europe, especially from the UK.

Places on IVHQ’s most popular programs are limited, so if you’re thinking of volunteering this spring or summer, now is the time to confirm your plans so you can rediscover the world in a more kind and life-enriching way. It’s free to change your plans later on if you need to.

Which volunteer abroad programs are attracting European travellers right now?

Although summer is just around the corner, Europeans are seeking out sunshine, impact and new experiences. IVHQ’s volunteer abroad programs satisfy all three requirements – Europeans can give back to local communities while exploring stunning destinations and cultures with warm and sunny climates.

In just a few weeks time, you could be in Costa Rica teaching local children while exploring volcanoes and white sand beaches!

Wondering where you should volunteer abroad as a European? We’ve put together this guide to help you decide where to go and what activities to do.

Alternatively, If you would prefer personalized destination and program recommendations for your 2021 Spring & Summer holidays, submit this quick form and our team will get back to you to explore your options.

Here’s a list of the most popular IVHQ programs with European travellers right now. They are all open, accepting applications and already have volunteers on the ground making a difference.

Due to a surge in interest for 2021, programs are quickly booking up, so get ahead of the curve and lock in your next volunteer adventure for spring break, summer break and beyond! Click on the destination you’re interested in to learn more about the volunteer projects that are available and what adventurous excursions you can tack onto your itinerary.

Top IVHQ volunteering programs for Europeans:

Costa Rica

European volunteers are traveling to Costa Rica in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes including lush rainforests and stunning beaches on IVHQ’s Costa Rica program. With 15 projects available, volunteers can choose from Childcare and Teaching to Medical, Eco Agriculture and Turtle Conservation.

Take your experience to the next level with exciting tour add-ons including volcano treks, coffee plantation tours, adventure sports and popular mini adventures.

Hear from recent IVHQ volunteer Alexandre to learn what it’s like volunteering in Tanzania right now.

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Tanzania

European volunteers are traveling to Tanzania in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Discover East Africa on IVHQ’s Tanzania program and choose from 5 impactful projects: Teaching, Medical, Childcare, Women’s Education and Animal Welfare.

Immerse yourself even further with meaningful program add-ons, including safari tours, Kilimanjaro hikes, Maasai village visits and other adventures.

Want to know what it’s like volunteering in Tanzania right now? Read about Aysha’s recent Tanzania volunteer experience.

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Zanzibar

European volunteers are traveling to Zanzibar in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Discover the aquamarine ocean, unique wildlife and rustic markets on this paradise island just off the coast of Eastern Africa where you can chose between the incredible Turtle Conservation and Rainforest & Coastal Conservation projects on IVHQ’s Zanzibar program.

Free time can be spent pursuing Zanzibar’s white sand beaches and getting to know the friendly local community.

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Nepal

Americans can travel and volunteer abroad in Nepal with IVHQ.

Get a taste of authentic Asia, with fantastic food, the friendliest locals and the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas on IVHQ’s Nepal program. Choose from projects including NGO support, Medical Elective, Sustainable Agriculture, Construction and much more.

Travelers must have a Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR/Gene Xpert/True NAAT or equivalent) obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure.

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South Africa

European volunteers are traveling to South Africa in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Explore beautiful surf beaches, rugged landscapes and incredible wildlife on IVHQ’s South Africa programs in Cape Town and the world renowned Kruger National Park. Choose from a diverse range of life-enhancing projects, including Teaching, Sports Development, Childcare, Surf Outreach, Animal Care and a new Widlife Conservation project.

Spend time sightseeing around Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. Long weekends can also be arranged to go on a safari or travel to places further afield, such as the famous Garden Route.

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Kenya

European volunteers are traveling to Kenya in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

On IVHQ’s Kenya program volunteers will explore the Maasai tribes, authentic villages and incredible African wildlife. With 6 impact driven projects to choose from, including Women’s Education and Teaching, you’ll be making a valuable contribution to the local community.

Explore Kenya’s beauty with your free time – roam around Nairobi or embark on a safari adventure amongst other thrilling add-ons.

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Ghana

European volunteers are traveling to Ghana in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Become part of the local community on IVHQ’s Ghana program and choose from 7 incredible projects, from Healthcare Outreach to Sports and Teaching. Projects are based in rural villages and townships within the Greater Accra Region.

Want to explore more of West Africa’s beauty? Arrange a long weekend to travel further afield such as Cape Coast.

Want to hear what it’s like to volunteer in Ghana at the moment? Read IVHQer Tonja’s story to find out.

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Madagascar

European volunteers are traveling to Madagascar in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Explore the island of Nosy Komba on IVHQ’s Madagascar program and choose from 5 volunteer projects, including Marine Conservation, Turtle Conservation, Forest Conservation, Teaching and Community Development.

Get out and explore Nosy Komba by joining local village guides to encounter friendly lemurs and meet other Malagasy wildlife and plants. Go even further off the beaten track to Diego Suarez and enjoy adventure-sports activities such as kiteboarding or quad biking.

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Mexico

European volunteers are traveling to Mexico in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

Make an impact and immerse yourself in one of the world’s most vibrant cultures. Volunteers on IVHQ’s Mexico program are based in the beautiful city of Mérida and can choose from incredible projects, including Sustainable Agriculture, Teaching English, Animal Care, Childcare and Special Needs Care.

Take your adventure to the next level and explore popular local sites, such as Chichén Itzá – the most famous of the Yucatán’s Mayan ruin sites and one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations.

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Belize

European volunteers are traveling to Belize in Spring & Summer 2021 with IVHQ.

IVHQ’s Belize program is based on a stunning private island in the Caribbean. The special Marine Conservation project involves helping local scientists with a range of scuba diving tasks to protect marine life.

On this program, you’ll also have time to relax on the white sand beaches, hire kayaks or paddle boards and even take yoga classes. There are also ancient Mayan sites, spice farms and waterfalls you can visit within a day’s trip.

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Check your entry and visa requirements

Fill out the quick form below to find out what the entry and visa requirements are for the IVHQ destination you’re interested in, based on your country of residence. Some destinations require you to bring health documents, wear masks in public spaces, or apply for a visa.

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