Travel Tips – Volunteer While Traveling
While we all love to escape with our girlfriends, throw on some stilettos and sip on cocktails, sometimes the best way to feel truly enriched and connected with a destination is to volunteer while traveling. Volunteering while on vacation is a great way to really get a feel for how the locals live. Here are some great sites that can launch your volunteering adventure.
Project Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Project Favela is an organization that partners with 35 local NGOs and provides individual placement for volunteers. “We ask a volunteer what their dream volunteer opportunity is, then we ascertain their skills and schooling and find the best fit for them. We have found volunteer opportunities ranging from teaching hip-hop to ping-pong,” explained one of the administrators, Scott Miles in the article Volunteer While Traveling in Rio.
They provide the NGOs with volunteers as well as a stream of revenue. On average, a two week volunteer experience in Rio, with lodging included, costs around $2,150. A part of the price is a donation to the volunteer’s particular project and the amount is presented on the volunteer’s first day on the project. “Approximately half of our volunteers are travelers who arrive in Rio and are moved to do something more with their vacation,” Scott states.
Conservation Volunteers, Australia and New Zealand
Through various short-term projects in Australia, New Zealand, and other locations, you can work in teams to protect habitats and promote ecotourism.
A small fee (usually around AUS$100 for a week) is usually required to participate, but covers all food and lodging. UK-based BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) has similar opportunities.
Help Exchange, Worldwide
A website that lists worldwide hosts who are looking for an extra pair of hands, whether it be in their farm or garden, working in schools or on religious projects, building houses or community centers, or simply helping a family take the kids to school.
A small membership fee is required to access host details, but board and lodging is provided in exchange for your work. Want to work the front desk in Buenos Aires? Help an organic farm in Morocco? Then this is the site to find your next adventure while living like a local.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
Love & Travel,
The Escape Artists