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Christmas Volunteering Abroad

Christmas Volunteering Abroad Opportunities eith IVHQ

Once again Christmas is creeping up quicker than ever with gingerbread men, snow-capped window displays and twinkle lights making a come-back. The good news is, it's not too late to book a Christmas volunteering abroad with International Volunteer HQ. Join hundreds of other IVHQers for an alternative Christmas break and make the upcoming holiday period one to remember.

Whether you want to travel post-Christmas, or if you're happy to spend 'the big day' embracing the culture and traditions of a community overseas - IVHQ has a program to work around your Christmas plans! If you want to escape the cold or if you're in search of a white Christmas abroad, there are endless options to consider - browse our 30+ destinations here or keep reading to uncover a selection of options.


Volunteer in Romania

Recently ranked the #1 Region to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet, Transylvania in Romania is the #1 destination to deport to this Christmas. While volunteering your time and contributing to projects, such as Childcare, Teaching or Special Needs Care, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside local people, meet like-minded volunteers and explore this celebrated region against a breath-taking backdrop. Think striking mountains, ancient castles, fortified churches. Enough said. 

Christmas Volunteering Abroad in Romania

"This volunteer experience in Romania was my first abroad volunteer experience and I hope it is not my last. This trip inspired me to continue volunteering and made me fall in love with travel, culture, and meeting new people. Everyone in Romania was so welcoming and friendly and I have to go back one day to visit the many friends that I made there. I had a home stay with two other girls and they contributed to my very positive experience. Meeting the people there that I did and working with the local team in Miercurea Ciuc was very inspiring and makes me so excited for my next trip." - Michelle Fagela (IVHQer in Romania)


Volunteer in Kenya

Traveling to Kenya provides a priceless experience year-round, and those volunteering here over Christmas have the unique opportunity to join their host families, community members and fellow volunteers to mark the occasion. If you're planning on traveling solo, you'll be well supported by our local team and never short of volunteer travel buddies to explore the adventureland at your doorstep. In the lead-up to Christmas and post the celebrations, you'll be able to engage in Teaching, Childcare, Special Needs Care, Sports Education, Women's Education and Music projects in the rural and urban areas in and around Nairobi. Many volunteers are pro-active in organizing Christmas parties or activities to exchange traditions and get into the Christmas spirit too.

Christmas Volunteering Abroad in Kenya

"I'm having a great time in Kenya. Thus far, the work has been both interesting and challenging. The NGO provides counselling and support educational services to people who are HIV positive. The NGO encourages volunteers to think of creative ways to assist the clients so I'm constantly thinking of possible initiatives. Christmas in Kenya was great fun! I went to Church in the morning then had a feast for lunch at the house with Wambui and Milka (the two Kenyan ladies with whom I’m living). I then spent the evening dressed as Santa Claus at a home for street kids. The kids had a great time and received gifts." - William Sparling (IVHQer in Kenya)


Volunteer in Ghana

A much-loved destination amongst IVHQers, Ghana holds a special spot in the hearts of those volunteering with IVHQ over Christmas. Whether you're volunteering in Teaching, Childcare, Construction and Renovation or Agriculture, all volunteers in Ghana have the opportunity to immerse themsleves in the local culture while supporting important community projects in the company of other international volunteers. Come ready for a bit of adventure during your free time with the Kakum National Park, Wli Waterfall, Korokobite and Cape Coast within easy reach of the volunteer accommodation in Accra.

Christmas volunteering with IVHQ in Ghana

"Spending Christmas with the children at the orphanage was such a highlight of this experience. You could just feel the joy exuding from everywhere. It was a wonderful program. The Ghana support staff was wonderful. I knew I could count on them to take care of me and my friend. I also feel like in two weeks I have grown incredibly. Thank you for this experience." - Kristina Grundmanis (IVHQer in Ghana)


Volunteer in Guatemala

Spend your Christmas supporting community projects, developing your Spanish skills and making new friends from the world-over in Antigua, Guatemala. Volunteers looking to make a social impact can consider Childcare, Teaching English, Elderly Care or Medical projects. Or those looking for a real hands-on experience can consider our range of wildlife and conservation projects, including Turtle/Environmental Conservation, Animal Care, Lake Conservation or Eco-Agriculture. Beyond the sights and sounds of Antigua, there are countless adventures to be had - from hiking to Tikal, zip-lining through forest and coffee plantations, or taking a surf trip to the nearby El Salvador.

Christmas Volunteering Abroad in Guatemala

"Everything is super! The local staff are the best, I am so happy with my host family and the volunteer experience is rewarding. I am working in a nursing home, within walking distance of the local office. I walk from my "casa" to work and then go to the partner organisation for daily Spanish lessons (two hours a day). I have been assisting with serving breakfast to the residents coordinating art and craft type projects. The residents are making Christmas decorations that will be hung throughout the residence next week. Some of the people are very sick and confined to a wheel chair and yet others are ambulatory. I am working on my Spanish. Both the residence and staff are very patient with me." - Sandy Stewart (IVHQer in Guatemala)


Volunteer in Peru

If you're interested in volunteering abroad in Peru this Christmas, IVHQ offers opportunities to work in the capital of Lima or the sacred city of Cusco. With Teaching, Medical, Childcare, Special Needs Care and Construction and Renovation projects on offer year-round, those volunteering over the Christmas period can also get involved in festive activities, including party-planning and decoration-creation at their placements. You'll have Christmas Day free to enjoy the atmosphere in Lima or Cusco, and you may want to plan a short get-away to celebrate New Year's Day! Plus, don't miss a trip to the magical Machu Picchu, which is easily accessible to those volunteering in either city.

Christmas Volunteering Abroad in Cusco, Peru with IVHQ

"The construction work is great - we're in the process of building a preschool for the local kids, and every afternoon I've been taking Spanish lessons which has helped enormously even with just 4 lessons! A group of us are spending Christmas Eve on Lake Titicaca with a local family sharing in the local traditions and I've planned to undertake the Inca trail and a trip to the Amazon once I've finished volunteering." - Alana Plehwe (IVHQer in Peru - Cusco)


Whether you have 1 week or 24 weeks to commit to volunteering abroad over Christmas, IVHQ and our local teams will ensure that you are contributing to impactful projects while having the unique opportunity to spend the holiday period in a community abroad. For more information, see our full range of volunteer abroad programs.

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