What is volunteer travel?
When you seek a travel experience, you want it to be more than just a few weeks at a resort ticking the cliche must-do list. You want a truly unique and positive experience! You want to uncover a new culture, discover adventure, get to know new people and to positively support the place you’re visiting.
Volunteer travel enables you to do that.
It helps you to be a conscious traveler who puts the needs of the community at the heart of your experience, while also having the flexibility to explore your surroundings and experience everything the destination has to offer.
Why should you choose to experience volunteer travel?
If you’re new to the idea of volunteer travel the benefits might not seem obvious at first, but if you speak to anyone that has done so, they will tell you how they loved every minute of it - even the moments that pushed them out of their comfort zone. Check out some of our volunteers’ reviews.
Volunteer travel allows you to form lifelong friendships with host families, the people you assist while volunteering and your fellow international volunteers. You’ll also eat the local cuisine, speak the local language and share in the local knowledge. The best part is, you get to repay this hospitality via your volunteer efforts and gain shared experiences with other volunteers.
How to travel and volunteer?
Researching how to take a volunteer travel program abroad can feel like an overwhelming task. There are free options available that come with a range commitments and then there are affordable options that allow any type of traveler to have a streamlined volunteer experience. With this, you gain the flexibility to volunteer abroad at a time that works for you, in a destination of your choice. And by paying a transparent Program Fee you’re ensuring you cover the costs associated with your stay. It’s just another simple way of making sure your travel has a positive impact.
The process of preparing to volunteer abroad can be as thought out or as spontaneous as you desire. There are two main ingredients for how to get started, choosing a destination and volunteer project. This enables you to set a blueprint for the adventure ahead.
Here’s how you would set out on your volunteer travel with IVHQ:
- Research online
- Apply and Register
- Prepare with your travel expert
- Learn about the program
- Set out on your adventure
- Meet the local team
- Volunteer your time
What are the best volunteer travel opportunities?
IVHQ has volunteer travel opportunities available year round in 45+ destinations where you can choose to volunteer from 1 week through to 24 weeks. Each destination has its own unique feel and volunteer opportunities, so it’s truly in your hands for what travel experience you choose to undertake.
If you need a helping hand on what volunteer travel opportunities are right for you, check out our 14 best volunteer abroad programs in 2019 or better yet, take our quiz for where you should volunteer and travel in 2019 for all your inspiration needs.
We’ve also got you covered for each type of travel experience, whether you’re going solo or volunteering abroad as a group, consider the options that best suit your situation.
So there you have it! Volunteer travel programs are the perfect way to see the world and provide support to a community in return. Start your journey with IVHQ today.