Here is a collection of articles I’ve written about volunteer travel for Volunteer Forever, a company dedicate to helping volunteers find and fund their volunteer, intern, and teach abroad abroad trips. Find the perfect program for you at Volunteer Forever and Abroadly, search program reviews, and raise funds for your trip using the crowdfunding platform at Volunteer Forever.

PADI Open Water Certifications & Internships for Divers & Divemasters

The ocean is a mysterious place. It covers 70 percent of the planet, yet only 5 percent of it has been explored. It’s a magical place too, thanks to the phytoplankton that creates half of the air that we breathe. It’s also a secretive place, hiding the deepest spot on Earth: the Mariana Trench, at 36,200 feet below the surface, is more than a mile deeper than Mount [...]

2019-02-17T15:46:10-05:00By |

Childcare Volunteer Programs Abroad: Daycare or School Assistant

If you’re looking for a travel opportunity that combines volunteering with social importance, consider a child care volunteering program that places you at a kindergarten or daycare center within a disadvantaged community. The stories you read and the songs you sing will help toddlers to learn creatively, and engage them from the start. A child’s early years lay the foundation of their entire future. In fact, scientists say [...]

2018-10-09T07:41:33-05:00By |

Conservation & Environment Volunteer Projects: Forest, Marine, Savannah

Scientists claim we’re living in the Anthropocene, an “unofficial” geological era in which humans dominate the planet. We’ve left the Cenozoic era, the Age of Mammals, which began 66 million years ago, because people are having a massive influence on the biosphere, altering it to suit our needs. Thanks to collective learning, people are better at sharing information so they know how to build new things. With each new highway, [...]

2018-10-09T07:41:42-05:00By |

NGO Volunteer Opportunities Abroad: Gain International Work Experience

Want to do good for others while doing good for yourself? Volunteering with an NGO can help you build capacity and support long-term goals in the underserved communities of developing countries. It also can enhance your resume as you gain hard and soft skills. NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, are nonprofits or citizen-operated agencies and groups that operate independently of governments, generally on an international level. They provide aid [...]

2018-10-09T07:41:50-05:00By |

Travel Photography Internships and Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

Do you take great photos? Do you write amazing stories? Are your friends and family constantly complimenting your artwork and articles? Maybe it’s time to turn your hobby into a career. Hit the “digital streets” on a photography and journalism internship abroad. If you have camera and are willing to travel, you can use this opportunity to create a unique portfolio - one that no one else in [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:01-05:00By |

Volunteer with Buddhist Monks: Teach English or Work in a Monastery

Learn first-hand the spiritual beliefs, traditions, and practices of Buddhism when you volunteer to teach English to young children and monks in Asia. Travel to mystical Nepal and join other adventurous pilgrims at ancient temples with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including majestic Mount Everest. Choose Chiang Mai, Thailand's "Rose of the North" and a land that's rich in cultural diversity, tranquil villages and other natural wonders. Visit [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:23-05:00By |

Volunteer in Bolivia: Spanish Immersion, Animal Care, Under 18s Trips

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider a volunteer trip to Bolivia, a country with such distinctions as the World’s Most Dangerous Road, the World's Largest Salt Flat, and the Largest Lake in South America. Toss in sky-scraping Andean Mountains, dense Amazon rainforests, and the Atacama Desert, and you’re in a quandary over what to pack. The climate is as varied as the landscape, so it’s best to start in one locale, [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:32-05:00By |

Big Cat Conservation: Work with Cheetahs, Tigers, Lions & Leopards

Big Cat Conservation isn't a topic they teach you at school. If you want to learn how to work with these complex wild animals and preserving the endangered species of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, then this is an amazing opportunity to take control of your education and go into the field. The term “big cat” refers to the four largest members of the Panthera genus: the tiger, [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:41-05:00By |

Volunteer in Borneo & Malaysia: Orangutans, Tigers & Sea Turtles

When you volunteer for a conservation program in Malaysia and Borneo, you’ll learn about wildlife protection in a key area of the world with critically endangered ecosystems and species. But you’ll also learn about yourself when you spend the night in the rainforest, watching as the fireflies to come out, listening as bird calls fall silent and frogs and insects crescendo. You'll challenge yourself and find inner strength [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:48-05:00By |

Yoga Teacher Training: Certifications & Retreats in India, Costa Rica &More

If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. By taking a yoga retreat, and even becoming a certified yoga instructor, you will learn to balance stress and alleviate anxiety so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle. When you learn the proper techniques of yoga from expert practitioners and instructors, you’ll deepen your understanding of this ancient form of exercise. You’ll increase your [...]

2018-10-09T07:42:56-05:00By |

Volunteer Farming and Agriculture Projects | Sustainable Farming Abroad

Help protect and preserve forests and farmlands, and study food, agriculture, and rural life when you join NGOs, universities, and independent growers on a sustainable farming experience abroad. You'll learn that all farmland is not created equal, and farming today is more than just producing crops. It's about business management as much as it is about animal or crop production. HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE? [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:04-05:00By |

Business & Microfinance Internships Abroad: Get Hands-On Experience

With the semester winding down, you probably have some free time on the horizon. You could go home and see if your job at the local grocery store is still open...or if you’re looking for an adventure, you can choose a totally different path and sign up for a business internship abroad. There are so many internship opportunities around the world for students who want to gain hands-on [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:12-05:00By |

Yoga & Volunteer Experience in India | Visit the Birthplace of Yoga

The ancient science of yoga has been practiced in India for thousands of years. It's well researched and acknowledged as bringing happiness, health, and peace of mind to those who practice it. During the past 100 years, yoga has been recognized and welcomed in the West, and become important as a fitness regimen. But yoga is not merely a physical exercise. Yoga practitioners know that slow, measured breathing, [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:21-05:00By |

Journalism Internships & Volunteer Projects | Get Experience Abroad

If you're a creative person looking for a career opportunity in communications, then you know it's difficult to get hired without a solid portfolio. But how do you go about developing that portfolio if you don't have a job? Great news! You can jumpstart your career as a professional journalist or photographer with an internship abroad. There are news agencies in Morocco and Ghana, radio stations in Argentina, [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:30-05:00By |

Volunteer in Namibia Wildlife Sanctuaries – Elephants, Cheetahs & More

Do you like wide, open spaces? Enjoy sleeping under the stars? One of the best reasons for choosing a volunteer abroad program in Namibia, a country beloved for its rugged, harsh, yet beautiful landscapes, is because you will be able to live and work in the great outdoors. The world “Namib” means “vast place,” which is fitting because this is one of the least crowded places on the [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:40-05:00By |

Volunteer in Zambia & Victoria Falls: Chimpanzees, Medical, Teaching

Visit Victoria Falls in Zambia as a responsible traveler - and while you’re there, lend a hand as a volunteer! From projects that have you teaching at a rural village with International Volunteer HQ, to shadowing medical professionals at hospitals with Love Volunteers, to romping with chimpanzees at Chimfunshi with African Impact, you'll have tons of possibilities to plan an amazing African adventure. As a volunteer traveler in Zambia, you’ll gain [...]

2018-10-09T07:43:53-05:00By |

Volunteer in Belize: Work with Marine Wildlife, Research Coral Reefs

On the Caribbean Sea and bordered by Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is home to the second-longest Barrier Reef in the world, a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site. It’s also home to the phenomenal Great Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole that’s more than 400 miles deep. The Great Blue Hole is on most scuba divers' bucket lists, and was named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top five diving sites in the [...]

2018-10-09T07:44:01-05:00By |

Best Solo Vacations for Lone Travelers: Volunteer Vacations for Singles

If you’re thinking about volunteering abroad, but the thought of traveling solo has you thinking twice, consider this amazing fact: The United States alone may send 20 million volunteer travelers on projects worldwide by the year 2020. The UK, the EU, Australia, and Canada also are seeing millions of its citizens travel for volunteer opportunities. Nearly all of these individual travelers are alone when they begin their journeys. Want [...]

2018-10-09T07:44:08-05:00By |

Spanish Immersion Programs: Learn Spanish Abroad, Earn College Credit

Immerse yourself in a Spanish Language program abroad and earn college credit. Foreign language courses are required for most university degrees, and being conversational or even fluent in another language can improve your career prospects. Being bilingual can help you stand out in a competitive job market. Need another good reason to learn Spanish? Consider that only English, Mandarin, and Hindi have more speakers than Spanish, and it’s [...]

2018-10-09T07:44:23-05:00By |

Volunteer Vacations for the Family, Seniors, or Singles

If last year’s snapshots of your trip to the beach look a lot like the ones from the year before, and the year before that, it might be time for a fun change. Vacations are supposed to be a wonderful change of pace, especially when you’re with family and friends, but when you’ve been there and done that, it might be time for something new. It’s time for [...]

2018-10-09T07:44:31-05:00By |