Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)
Spend time volunteering with one of our projects in Laos and Cambodia, and you'll take away so much more than souvenirs or photographs—you'll engage the local community with building and education initiatives, and still have the opportunity to explore incredible ruins at Angkor Wat and experience French influences in riverside cafés. Whether you're marvelling at stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries or the face of a smiling child, this journey will allow you to dig deep into the people and culture of South East Asia.
Highlights: Volunteer with New Hope Cambodia in Siem Reap, marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat, enjoy a local homestay, relax in the riverside town of Vang Vieng, meet workers of a local NGO in Luang Prabang
Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)
From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you're there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.
Highlights: Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs, chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast, search for the elusive quetzal bird, take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting
Spend time in India's great capital, working with a determined and focused community project which aims to make a difference in the most meaningful way through education and vocational training. About this Project: Located in the heart of Delhi, this project provides support to children living and working on the streets of this bustling city. With five shelters and eleven care centres, over 5000 children seek help here every year. In addition to basic health care, food and shelter, the organization provides vocational training, informal education, and scholarships to enter formal education based on each child's individual interests. How you can make a difference: Volunteers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives are of enormous benefit to children and staff. With programs ranging from literacy and vocational training to arts and sports, volunteers are able to bring their own skills and experience to share with their young students. As as a volunteer here you will learn a lot too – not only about yourself, but also about Indian culture and the people and issues that are faced on a daily basis. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Get creative with art projects and help youth with their work •Join staff and take students on outdoor field trips •Teach guitar , dance and music classes •Use your camera to teach some basic photography skills on the streets of Delhi •Help brighten the care centres with murals •Teach basic English and practice conversational skills •Coach cricket or other sports •Teach basic computer skills to High School students
Highlights: Best Bits: Delhi - Volunteer at various local youth shelters helping those in serious need - Immerse yourself into local culture - Numerous optional activities in the city
Immerse yourself in heartwarming Khmer Culture whilst providing life changing opportunities for these beautiful but struggling people. Assist local teachers with lessons in English, Math, Computers or Sewing, for disadvantaged children and their families. About this Project: This community outreach centre is based in Mondul Bai, one of the poorest slum areas on the outskirts of Siem Reap. While travelers from all over the world marvel at the wonder of Angkor Wat, many people in this community live in abject poverty. The project aims to restore hope, dignity and promise to these once proud and prosperous people by providing education, health and vocational training programs. How you can make a difference: Offering a wide range of community programs to one of the poorest areas of Siem Reap, volunteers provide valuable support to teachers, health care providers and other staff to ensure that New Hope can continue to offer services to the many people who need it most. The free education centre provides classes to children age 6 to 14 for over 600 students that are not able to access governmental education due to the costs of providing additional resources (textbooks, uniforms, etc.) A day in the life of a volunteer: •Volunteer for either a half or full day during your stay •Assist Khmer teachers with English, Math and Computer lessons •Lend a hand with sewing workshops •Relax in the evenings at your guesthouse or explore Siem Reap •Explore Angkor Wat and other temples sites during your free time •Dine with other volunteers at the project’s vocational training restaurant - built by Planeterra and G Adventures •Learn about the challenges faced by local families •Visit the onsite health clinic to learn about local initiatives
Highlights: Best Bits: Siem Reap - Helping underprivileged families break out of the poverty cycle - working with children - Immerse yourself into local culture - numerous optional activities in the area
Work alongside other volunteers and local staff teaching and interacting with young people. Your contribution will improve the future prospects of the Children in this developing region. About this Project: During your time in Dong Ha, you’ll enjoy the chance to teach English at the community schools, as well as contributing your time to local initiatives. At the Trung Vuong Primary School you’ll assist in the teaching of art, music and computer classes, as well as standard Vietnamese curriculum. You’ll also have a chance to interact with some of the brightest students in the region, eager to strengthen their conversational English at the Le Quy Don Secondary School. How you can make a difference: Volunteers bring a new level of excitiment to young students, eager to practice English with native speakers. Students are able to improve their pronunciation and gain confidence in speaking English both in class and in their daily lives. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Explore Dong Ha, a small city off the beaten path •Spend mornings teaching English to students in Grades 1–6, afternoons to Grades 10–12 •Visit the Vinh Linh Blind Association and learn about this member run organization •Enjoy dinners at local restaurants—you may even earn an invitation to one of your fellow teacher’s homes •Live like a local and ride your bicycle to and from the Schools
Highlights: Best Bits: Hue - Teaching English to Rural Primary and Secondary School Children - Immersing yourself into local Village life - DMZ Tour.
Take part in a successful after-school program that helps to improve the lives of children who live just outside the beautiful colonial town of Antigua. Making lasting friendships and living with a local family adds to the unforgettable experience. About this Project: This after-school program seeks to provide meaningful education opportunities to over 1000 children who hail from under-served communities. The goal is to help improve living conditions and provide skills and confidence needed to create a brighter future. Programs include computer classes, tutoring in reading and writing skills, English classes, recreational activities and a bi-monthly health clinic. How you can make a difference: Volunteering with children and youth at this vibrant centre means making a real difference in lives of young people that would not have the chance to receive this extra support without you. Volunteers support the programs and you also make a difference by staying with a family, sharing your culture, learning from them, and of course helping them increase their family's income. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Spend 4–6 hours per day working alongside friendly staff and international volunteers •Share your skills and enthusiasm in areas of your interest •Take part in IT programs, literacy, arts, crafts and sports •Participate in recreational and educational activities that make learning fun •Inspire children to continue with their studies •Learn about Guatemalan life in a family home stay and greatly improve your Spanish skills •Explore the beautiful and famous colonial town of Antigua before or after your volunteer experience
Highlights: Best Bits: Assisting at a successful after-school program - Helping at-risk children find a brighter future through education - Living with a local Guatemalan family - Exploring Antigua and the surrounding areas in your free time
Spend a half day learning Spanish and half day volunteering at various projects in Granada. A perfect combination of learning and giving in this beautiful colonial city. About this Project: The Spanish Language School assists students in quickly and efficiently establishing a firm foundation in Spanish. Family homestays will help you to communicate effectively and introduce you to Nicaraguan social and cultural life. Your time spent volunteering at a pre-school, after-school program or on an eco-lodge will enable you to give back to this friendly country. How you can make a difference: Granada has a great need for volunteers and support of the many community, non-profit programs that exist to provide support to underserved communities. Children do not have the chance to go to kindergarden unless they can attend a volunteer-run for example, and after-school programs also depend on generosity of others to survive. Your participation helps not only the children you work with directly, but for the programs to continue. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Spend half days learning Spanish with the balance of the day volunteering •Based on your interests, participate in an after-school program teaching painting, jewelry-making and English or working on a recycling project; assist in the day-to-day care of 2–4 year-olds at a daycare centre or help with sustainable farming practices at a cooperative family eco-lodge •In your free time explore the colonial city of Granada, kayak through the many isletas in Lake Nicaragua, or visit the craft market and volcano in nearby Masaya
Highlights: Best Bits: Take Spanish lessons and practice with your new local friends - Various volunteer options depending on your interests - Spend time with children - Make new friends staying with a local family
A perfect project for animal lovers who want to learn more about the unique and endangered creatures of Costa Rica and assist in their rehabilitation and release back into the wild. About this Project: Costa Rica is known for its incredible forests and wildlife; however, human encroachment has resulted in a decline in wildlife populations and an increase in the number of species listed as endangered. This project works to rehabilitate injured animals and seeks to educate the public of the need to protect their habitats. How you can make a difference: The wildlife of Costa Rica is some of the most diverse and spectacular. Due to various causes, such as changes in habitat, illegal wildlife trade, development, etc., many species become injured or abused and need to be rehabilitated before going back into the wild, if at all possible. Programs like this rely on volunteers and donations to function and so your participation is vital in helping these animals! A day in the life of a volunteer: •Assist with receiving and evaluation of recently arrived animals •Introduce animals to their new living quarters according to their natural habitats •Cleaning of cages and living areas •Maintenance of facilities •Preparation of animal diets and foods •Daily care and eventual liberation of animals back into the forest
Highlights: Best Bits: Help care for and rehabilitate wild animals - Learn about the unique wildlife and environments of Costa Rica - Learn about and spread the word on conservation - Integrate into local life and culture at a homestay with a local family near La Fortuna
Lend a hand for one week at pre-schools and primary schools on the coast outside of Cape Town. Spend time with over 35 children between 2 and 6 years at a local day care and school in Khayelitsha -- the largest township in Cape Town, South Africa. You will also support a grandmothers' project. Grandmothers are becoming the new guardian to sometimes 10 grandchildren as AIDs has taken away their own adult children. Grandmothers are in need of child assistance, especially in after school classes to make sure their grandchildren are receiving the attention and resources they need. About this Project: Township schools on the outskirts of Cape Town are often ill-equipped and the facilities in need of refreshing. As a volunteer, you’ll assist teachers at a pre-school and lend a hand with assisting the teachers, simple building projects, and arts and sports with the children. As a teaching volunteer, there are a number of schools you could be placed in, based on the needs of the community, which are constantly changing and evolving. How you can make a difference: With limited resources and staff, volunteers provide much needed support and assistance in the classroom. Many children would otherwise not get the individual attention many of them require. Volunteers also often assist with refurbishment and improvement projects to ensure that the school facilities are maintained and continue to be great places for young students to learn. Volunteers will also support the teachers with lesson plans and classes coupling their teaching role with dance, healthcare, and sports development. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Assist teachers in preschools and primary classrooms •Tutor students in English and Mathematics •Encourage creativity with arts and craft projects •Organize sports activities for students *Free time to take a cable ride up Table Mountain and visit Boulders Beach and its resident penguins •Relax in the evenings at the volunteer house, equipped with a private pool
Highlights: Best Bits: Help teachers and children at local day cares and schools - Volunteer on various community development projects - Spend time in the beautiful Cape area - Interaction with local people
Gain a unique perspective on Kenyan culture while assisting teachers at local primary and secondary schools. Give a little of your time to Africa and take away a truly imersive experience that few travellers encounter. About this Project: Volunteer with primary and preschools in Limuru, located near Nairobi. As an assistant to the teaching staff, you’ll provide extra support and encouragement to the young students at schools which are often understaffed and underfunded. How you can make a difference: Volunteers provide assistance and support at schools and children's projects in Limuru, which are often understaffed, and have limited resources. In order to ensure continuity and consistency for both the children, schools, and volunteers, each volunteer will be placed at one institution alongside one teacher for your entire duration in Kenya. You will be placed at the school for four days a week with the exception of a Friday where there will be community days where you will help a local project with practical needs.. Every other Friday is used for fundraising activities for the local community. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Gain teaching experience in a challenging environment •Provide support to teachers and students and contribute to a positive learning environment •Organize sports and arts activities for the students •Work on refurbishing school buildings •Spend time with community members from Nairobi’s slums, and gain a greater understanding of what life is like in urban Kenya •Relax at the volunteer house
Highlights: Best Bits: Volunteer at community projects - Spend time with local children - Experience African culture
Volunteer Masai Mara (STA exclusive) (TDKMMT)
Assist with lion, elephant and cheetah research and monitoring while learning from experienced Masai guides about life in the African bush. About this Project: In the midst of the “Greatest wildlife show in Africa”, help preserve the balance between the local Masai communities, and the endangered species in the area. You will be involved in exciting conservation and wildlife research activities in a new and spectacular Masai Mara conservancy area! Make an impact by promoting the “Green Villages” sustainable conservation concept in surrounding Masai communities! You will also be assisting at the Koiyaki Guiding School to train up local Masai guides to promote sustainable tourism in the area. How you can make a difference: The Masai Mara is quite possibly Africa’s finest safari destination and volunteers will assist with the monitoring of lion, leopard and cheetah populations. Volunteers also have the unique experience of working at a Guide Training School and camp, that provides training to local Masai so that they can gain employment in tourism. The School has a wide range of programs, from Environment and Wildlife Management to photography and cultural history. During the school year, volunteers will also run an environment club with young students at a local primary school. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Upon arrival at your volunteer base, settle in and receive a Welcome Pack and begin an orientation program, receive a guided tour of the facilities that will be your new home. •With an early start of 6:30am or 7am, spend the morning alongside student guides on training walks and monitoring the local cheetah population and other wildlife. •Break for breakfast before preparing an English lesson at the Guiding School •In the afternoon, have a break from the heat and input data, prepare lessons for the following morning at the Guide School or primary school •Your schedule during your volunteer time will be subject to change based on the time of year due to holidays at the Guide school and local primary school •Evenings are free to relax and spend time with fellow volunteers and staff •Week-ends are free to take advantage of the many optional activities available
Highlights: Best Bits: Volunteer at wildlife and community projects - Learn about the amazing wildlife of Africa including: lion, cheetah, and elephants - Spend time getting to know the Masai people and experience African culture
Spend a week volunteering at local schools on the island of Zanzibar, helping teachers to organize educational games, arts and crafts activities and sports. About this Project: Based in a village on Zanzibar’s east coast, you’ll assist at one of the local schools, which are typically understaffed and underfunded. English language training provides a great benefit to many in the community -- from students, their parents, to the teachers themselves —and although it’s not necessary, volunteers with TEFL qualifications are an asset! How you can make a difference: As a volunteer, you will help to provide children and adults with a better education, especially by aiding them in the development of their English language skills. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Spend a few hours in the morning and in the afternoon at local schools helping both children and adults with their language skills. •Bicycle to and from the schools, returning to the volunteer base for lunch •Develop creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring Help support and promote women empowerment projects in the community •Organize sports programs •Assist in improving educational facilities in the community •Get a taste of Zanzibar’s culture—learn a little Kiswahili •Relax in the evenings at the volunteer beach bungalows
Highlights: Best Bits: Stone Town - Tropical white-sand beaches - Help teachers and students - Volunteer at community projects - Spend time with local children - Experience African culture
Spend 7 days providing some much needed assistance at Home Based care facilities in Livingstone. Help out at a home for the elderly. About this Project: Provide much-needed assistance at care homes for the elderly and support home- based caregivers. Gain insight into Zambia’s health care field and make a positive impact on the local community through a specially structured program. While you don’t need to be medically qualified for this project, basic first aid is highly recommended. How you can make a difference: During the past few years, volunteers have cared for over 30,000 patients in nine different Home Based Care districts in Zambia, and contributed over 60,000 hours towards these health and community development initiatives. Volunteers without medical experience help with administrative tasks and assist trained staff in providing medical treatement, while volunteers with medical training will become more involved in caring for patients. Life as a Volunteer: •Assist staff with basic care, take vital signs and help with record keeping Assist with medical test for malaria, disease and pregnancy •Work alongside caregivers and outreach staff on visits to homes throughout the region •Lend a hand with school refurbishment and building projects •Spend afternoons assisting adult literacy and family planning •Spend time with residents at a home for the elderly—and organize activities •Relax in the evenings at the volunteer house with fellow volunteers •Visit nearby Victoria Falls and take advantage of the variety of activities on offer
Highlights: Best Bits: Livingstone - Volunteering with local medical workers - spend time with local children - Community involvement
Teach English in Buenos Aires and share your skills and enthusiasm by assisting in teaching English to students of all ages and backgrounds. About this Project: The organization works with local projects to encourage sustainable development in the community through various programs. Volunteers are matched with projects across Buenos Aires that are in need of support. Where you are placed is based on both the needs of the community and your specific interests and abilities. How you make a difference: Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, and doesn't appear to have a lot of need. But there are small kindergartens, schools, and community centres all around the city that do have need and benefit greatly from the participation of volunteers like you in their programs. You will make a difference to the children, youth and adults you work with in their lives and in your own! A day in the life of a volunteer: •Assist students with pronunciation, reading, writing, comprehension, grammar and vocabulary •Help prepare for upcoming school and international exams •Develop, at your discretion, a teaching project on topics such as traditions and celebrations, historical events, music, theater plays, etc. •Play educational games with the kids •Serve as a role model and mentor for the students •Share a volunteer house with other volunteers
Highlights: Best Bits: Experience Buenos Aires; the Paris of the Americas - Volunteer with children, helping to enrich the learning experience - Teach English to young people and share in their culture
Extra add-on week to TSATET Teaching English in Argentina (STA exclusive)
Learn Spanish whilst volunteering with children in Buenos Aires. Enjoy Spanish classes to improve your language skills and then practice at a local Buenos Aires kindergarten. About this Project: An educational centre for young children who are threatened by poverty and faced with problems such as environmental pollution, malnutrition, violence and a lack of education. This centre in Buenos Aires is supported by donations and the help of volunteers only, and does not receive any public funding. Your time will be spent providing an environment where children can develop intellectually and emotionally in a safe and stable environment. You'll assist the centre's teachers, participating in various activities and providing much-needed support to the staff. How you can make a difference: Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, and doesn't appear to have a lot of need. But there are small kindergartens, schools, and community centres all around the city that do have need and benefit greatly from the participation of volunteers like you in their programs. Kindergartens like the one you'll be volunteering at do not receive funding and rely completely on volunteers and donations to survive. You will be helping young children have the chance at early education, so important in the development of a young child. A day in the life of a volunteer: •Improve your Spanish with 10 hours of classes per week, enabling greater interaction with children at the project •Sing, make handicrafts, draw, and play games in the kindergarten classroom •Assist in the planning of activities •Teach the preschool children numbers, the Spanish alphabet and their first words in English •Serve as a personal contact and role model for the children •Assist the two teachers in cooking and serving food, washing dishes and cleaning •Share a volunteer house and explore the city of Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South
Highlights: Best Bits: Spend time in one of the most vibrant cities in the world; Buenos Aires - Volunteer teaching at-risk children - Be a mentor to young people - Learning Spanish and practicing with local people.
Extra add-on week to TSAVCT Learn Spanish & Volunteer with Children in Argentina (STA exclusive)
Volunteer Cusco Kids (TSPJMN)
Spend two weeks working at a voluntary drop-in centre for children and youth where they can get help with homework, a hot meal and participate in a variety of workshops. Children living in extreme poverty in Cusco are often forced to drop out of school to work or beg on the streets to help support their families. You will be contributing to a project that provides children from poor families with a place to get guidance and support.
Highlights: Volunteering at a drop in centre for children and youth, participating in workshops like leather-working and jewelery-making, exploring the cultures and history of Cusco.
Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN)
Experience the Peruvian Amazon on this exciting and hands-on jungle adventure. Travel by motorized canoe up the Tambopata River to the G Lodge Amazon. Spend five days volunteering at a centre for the rehabilitation and conservation of wild animals. Work alongside staff to feed and take care of animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Next, spend two days in the rainforest learning about traditional medicinal plants, spotting birds, cayman and monkeys.
Highlights: Volunteering in the Amazon with the rehabilitation and conservation of animals, exploring the jungle and searching for wildlife.
Volunteer Brazil (TSZPBN)
If you're looking for a life-changing experience then volunteering in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro while enjoying the sites and sounds of Brazil is right for you. Spend the weekdays assisting in a community-run daycare that provides support to over 100 children and youth, and spend your free weekends touring Rio.
Highlights: Getting to know the locals, volunteering at a daycare centre in a Rio de Janeiro favela (shanty town).
Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)
Volunteer Masai Mara (STA exclusive) (TDKMMT)
Volunteer Cusco Kids (TSPJMN)
Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN)
Volunteer Brazil (TSZPBN)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)||15 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teach Children in New Delhi (STA exclusive) (TAHSKT)||14 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teaching Children in Cambodia (STA exclusive) (TAKSRT)||14 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teaching English in Central Vietnam (STA exclusive) (TAVTCT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Volunteer with children in Guatemala (STA exclusive) (TCGLST)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Volunteer & Learn Spanish in Nicaragua (STA exclusive) (TCNSVT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Wildife Rescue in Costa Rica (STA exclusive) (TCRWRT)||8 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teach Children in South Africa (STA exclusive) (TDACBT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teach Children in Kenya (STA exclusive) (TDKKTT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Volunteer Masai Mara (STA exclusive) (TDKMMT)||17 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teach Children in Zanzibar (STA exclusive) (TDTZJT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Zambia Medical Project (STA exclusive) (TDZLMT)||7 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teaching English in Argentina (STA exclusive) (TSAETT)||15 days||Classic||Basic||
|Teaching English in Argentina (STA) - Extra Week (TSAETTX)||8 days||Classic||Basic||
|Learn Spanish & Volunteer with Kids (STA exclusive) (TSALST)||15 days||Classic||Basic||
|Learn Spanish & Volunteer with Kids (STA) - Extra Week (TSALSTX)||8 days||Classic||Basic||
|Volunteer Cusco Kids (TSPJMN)||14 days||Classic||Basic||
|Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN)||9 days||Classic||Standard||
|Volunteer Brazil (TSZPBN)||14 days||Classic||Basic||