Want to play with dolphins? Protect Turtles? Do deep sea research?
Vacation budget is not always easy to set aside. Sometimes we avoid a vacation altogether afraid of the exorbitant cost of the trip.
That is when volunteer vacationing, the latest travel trend, comes to the rescue. You can satisfy your wanderlust without breaking the bank. Read on to learn more about it.
Volunteer vacation is the best news for single people and families. All you need is some “time” to spare. The concept of working holidays is really exciting. Who said work and travel cannot go hand in hand?
It is simply amazing to see the many wonderful options available to people who would like to vacation to exotic locations on a minimal budget. Sometimes, the vacation could be as good as free too!
I am sure that many of us love the concept of helping people in free time. But what if you could spend doing just that in a foreign location you have always wanted to explore? That too at a reduced cost?
It is a dream come true for many travel enthusiasts like me, to be able to help people while enjoying exotic travel destinations at a much cheaper price.
While many of the volunteer programs need you to spend at least 4 weeks to do any meaningful work, some projects can take only a week or two. A few programs are available only for weekends also.
Many of these volunteer vacation programs need you to work for a few hours a day and leave you to explore the local area and enjoy the new culture around.
The options are unlimited
Want to play with dolphins? Protect Turtles? Want to do deep sea research? Or work your way through an organic farm? Go sailing? Or scuba-diving? Help preserve trails in national parks? Teach school children?
The options are unlimited and exciting too. Depending on the skills you would like to share with others to help, you can pick and choose the destination.
In some cases, all you have to spend would be your airfare to that destination. Even if you are not very happy with the accommodation in some places, you can always check out the couchsurfing option.
Check out the below websites to look at various fun options to travel and volunteer abroad
Volunteer Programs in Latin America: Volunteer Programs in Latin America
An exciting option of Eco-tourism: Popular Mechanics
Almost free vacations: Go Overseas
For more academic projects: Free Volunteering
Location specific list: True Travellers
Other programs: Volunteer Forever
A word of caution
But before packing off for your wonderful trip, do your research about the project you are going to take up. Make sure that the program is legitimate.
If you feel that something is fishy, it probably is. Check thoroughly for the genuineness of the program before you step into it.
Some projects may have only families, so, if you are single, you might be a little uncomfortable in that program. The same is true for families in a single people dominated programs. That is because the activities tend to cater to the majority of the group. So, children might get left out.
Obviously, when your time is limited or you have people depending on you like young children, taking extended vacations might be impossible at times.
Cheer up! Delightful holidays in exotic locations at a low budget are here to stay. Also, some volunteer vacation programs cater to projects that take as little as a weekend.
So, have a great time on your lovely vacation. Do not forget to post your favorite locations to vacation in this post. Have a great trip!
For more work/vacation information, check out this Forbes article. Good luck!
Great post! I’ve completed volunteer work on my travels before and it really is a powerful thing to undertake!
I have always wanted to do this! Now that we have an 18 month old it’s comforting to know that all is not lost.
Awesome.. have fun 🙂
Great idea! And such a good way to explore the world when you don’t have much money.
Great tips! Thank you for the useful links you put at the end of the article. Have been thinking of going abroad to volunteer for a while now 🙂
Cool..best of luck.
I love volunteering abroad so will be checking out those links you posted. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂
I love the idea of volunteering and travel..sometimes, there are also some events and festivals where it is possible to volunteer in exchange for accommodation.
Great tips ! Such a good way to explore the world when you don’t have much money 🙂
This is a great resource, thanks for putting it together! It’s always good to have ways to travel without spending all your money 🙂
My pleasure ?
Great article! I am so much about volunteering also! ):
Yep, as a volunteer traveller myself, I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been using the website workaway.info which I really like, worth adding to your list 🙂
Great,thanks for the tip.
I’ve always been curious about volunteering abroad! Seems like a great opportunity to make a difference and travel for cheap! Will definitely have to look into this a little more!
Volunteering is a fantastic way to travel! I am definitely an advocate and you have some fantastic points here!