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Best Volunteer Vacations Abroad

Best Volunteer Vacations Abroad

Volunteer vacations add purpose to your travel, enabling you to be of service to a community abroad while gaining an immersive cultural experience. You can take a volunteering vacation with International Volunteer HQ for 1 week or more and choose from over 50 destinations, including Costa Rica, Peru, Nepal, Thailand, India, Greece, USA and Mexico. Our affordable volunteer vacations are available for singles, couples, families and seniors, and you can choose from a wide range of volunteer project opportunities in the areas of education, construction, healthcare, childcare, wildlife and conservation, community development and social enterprise.

Here are examples of the types of volunteer vacations available:

  • For singles or solo travelers who want to travel with a purpose and meet like-minded travelers
  • For families who want to volunteer with children and take an active vacation together
  • For seniors who want to volunteer abroad after retirement or take an alternative vacation
  • For animal lovers who want to take a volunteer vacation with animals and volunteer with sea turtles, wild elephants or other wildlife
  • For couples who want to volunteer abroad together as an alternative getaway or honeymoon

With International Volunteer HQ, you’ll pair your passion for exploring the world with a volunteer opportunity abroad, immersing yourself in a culture and being part of authentic, worthwhile experiences. That’s volunteer vacations summed up!

International Volunteer HQ has supported more than 100,000 travelers on inexpensive volunteer vacations. We know that it’s important for you to match your skills and passions with a volunteer project, and you can trust IVHQ has a volunteer opportunity that’s a good fit for you. So if you want to set off in confidence, keep reading our collection of the best volunteer vacations abroad…

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Affordable volunteer vacations for singles

Volunteer Vacations For Singles

IVHQ’s volunteer vacations are perfect for singles or solo travelers who are looking to explore the world and add meaning to their travel experiences. You can take singles volunteer vacations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America or the Pacific at any time of the year with IVHQ. It’s an inexpensive way to travel because you won’t need to pay a single supplement fee - instead, you will be housed with other like-minded volunteers from around the globe in shared accommodation, so you’ll quickly form life-long friendships with your fellow volunteers.

Whether you’re interested in volunteering with youth or animals, or supporting eco volunteering or healthcare projects, IVHQ offers the world’s largest range of volunteer project opportunities. The following IVHQ programs are recommended for solo travelers, however no matter which program you choose, you’ll have a life-changing experience and the chance to work alongside local people on community-led projects.

Volunteer Vacations in Bali:

  • 6 meaningful project options, including Teaching English, Kindergarten, Construction and Renovation, Healthcare Education and Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses
  • Between 40 and 80 volunteers start in Bali each month
  • Spend your free time soaking up the breathtaking beaches, vast views across rice fields and a harmonious mindset

Volunteer Vacations in Sri Lanka:

  • 8 meaningful project options, including Temple Renovation, Wild Elephant Conservation, Rural Community Development and Teaching English
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses and homestays
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
  • Volunteers have the weekends free to experience epic train journeys and tropical beaches

Affordable family volunteer vacations

Volunteer Vacations For Families

Family volunteer vacations enable you and your children to expand your global awareness and appreciation for different cultures, while developing valuable life skills and learning how to travel responsibly and work effectively as a team. IVHQ offers a range of volunteer abroad programs suitable for parents who would like to volunteer abroad with children as part of a family volunteer vacation. IVHQ recommends that families with children under the age of 15 years-old look at programs which offer homestay accommodation, rather than those which offer dormitory-style accommodation. This provides families with greater privacy and the opportunity to be accommodated together in private rooms. Our friendly Volunteer Travel Expert are happy to support you in selecting a volunteer abroad program that is best suited to the ages and abilities of your children and your family travel desires so don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here are some recommended volunteer holidays for families…

Volunteer Vacations in Costa Rica:

  • Your family will be accommodated together in a homestay with a local family
  • There are a number of volunteer projects suitable for families in Costa Rica, including Working with Children, Eco Agriculture Conservation or Construction volunteering
  • During your free time, explore the beaches of Manuel Antonio or take a trip to the cloud forests of Monteverde

Volunteer Vacations in China:

  • Private accommodation can be arranged for your family in China
  • The team in China can arrange projects that are the perfect fit for volunteering overseas with children, ensuring volunteer work hours are suitable for younger ones
  • On your weekends in Xi’an, you can visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, explore fascinating markets, and enjoy a dynasty show dinner with your family group

Volunteer Vacations in Ecuador:

  • Your family will be accommodated together in a homestay with a local family
  • There are a number of volunteer projects suitable for families in Ecuador, with the top recommendation being the Street Children Support project
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands, colonial towns and local markets

Affordable volunteer vacations with animals

Volunteer Vacations With Animals

On a volunteer vacation with animals, animal lovers can volunteer with sea turtles in Bali, Costa Rica and Guatemala, support wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka and Victoria Falls, or provide hands-on support in shelters for cats and dogs in Cambodia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Romania and Tanzania. The possibilities are endless. Here are two animal focused volunteer programs to consider for your next volunteer vacation….

Volunteer Vacations in Mexico:

  • Meaningful Animal Care/Animal Rights project
  • Working alongside the limited staff at an animal shelter to bathe, brush, train, walk, and play with the cats and dogs to prepare them for adoption
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Mexico each month
  • Tropical temperatures, impressive Mayan ruins and crystal blue waters

Volunteer Vacations in Victoria Falls:

  • Unique Wildlife Conservation project
  • Opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management activities and assist with on-going research in a private game reserve
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Victoria Falls each month
  • With the natural wonder of Victoria Falls at your doorstep, you have no shortage of awe-inspiring and thrilling adventures to fill your weekends!

Affordable volunteer vacations for seniors

Volunteer Vacations For Seniors

With age comes experience, knowledge and patience; skills that will hold you in good stead for volunteering abroad. At IVHQ, we are seeing an increase in seniors taking volunteer vacations abroad, and this is making a positive and powerful impact on the local communities in which we operate. Combining your interest in travel with your energy, skills and need to give-back makes taking charity holidays abroad an easy decision. And, your contribution will be highly valued by local communities, as are the skills you bring to the volunteer group dynamic. IVHQ’s programs cater to everyone, with a growing number of seniors deciding to go further and see more as a volunteer.

Here are two recommended volunteer vacations for seniors:

Volunteer Vacations in Peru

  • Home-stay accommodation offers an immersive and personal experience
  • 10 meaningful project options so you can find the right program for you
  • Endless opportunities to interact with, and learn from, other cultures and people
  • Easy access to incredible sights and unlimited weekend activities

Volunteer Vacations in Zambia

  • A range of impactful community-based projects, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Elderly Care and Community Development
  • Relaxed and family-friendly environment makes this an ideal program for volunteers of all ages
  • Spend your weekends taking a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, admiring the world wonder of Victoria Falls and taking an wildlife

To continue researching your volunteer vacation, be sure to browse IVHQ’s full range of volunteer abroad programs, or start your volunteer journey by applying today.

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