As a TravelWorks volunteer, you have the opportunity to volunteer abroad in various countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia in social work, education/culture, and health/medical gap year projects. We also offer several conservation volunteering opportunities for animal and nature-lovers, in countries like South Africa, Costa Rica, and Mozambique.
Volunteer Abroad: Experience the World
Live and volunteer abroad in vibrant foreign cultures, help to improve living standards, or engage in conservation work to protect wildlife and the environment in gorgeous-yet-threatened destinations around the globe. Learn as much as you can about the land, culture, and people in your chosen host country as you volunteer abroad and expand your horizons – you’ll be surprised how much you discover about yourself in the process!
What should I expect when I volunteer abroad?
Whether you are teaching English abroad in a school in Thailand, working as a national park ranger on the coast in Costa Rica, volunteering in a health education project in South Africa, or caring for children in an orphanage in Guatemala, your volunteer work abroad will be greatly valued, even if it is just a small contribution, and even if you do not have any professional training. Please do not expect to be able to completely change the living conditions in your host country when you volunteer abroad. This approach, to remodel your host country after the European standard, would certainly not be very desirable.
Aside from doing volunteer work abroad, you will also have plenty of time to discover your host country:
- Excursions to markets and places of worship, national parks, beaches, or surrounding cities
- Trekking tours
- Pleasant evenings with other TravelWorkers and backpackers from around the world
- Possible tours into neighbouring countries
Many opportunities are open for volunteers abroad, so throw on your rucksack and discover the world!
Please observe the following:
As a volunteer abroad, you will be volunteering, not doing a practicum or internship. You will be well integrated in a team of local workers; nevertheless, there will hardly ever be a fixed work schedule, regular feedback talks, or similar during your volunteering stay. Depending on the country, you may not receive work instructions, either. When in doubt as to how you should help as you volunteer abroad, ask someone how you can pitch in and what you should do.
As the project placements and accommodation are often in very poor regions or city districts, the safety, health, and infrastructure standards abroad will not be what you are used to at home. Therefore, it is essential that you have the ability to adapt, as well as a high degree of personal responsibility, independence, and flexibility.
Before you volunteer abroad, you can find current information about the conditions in your host country at:
As a volunteer abroad, you will be a guest in a foreign country where the culture, life, and work are completely different from Western Europe.
TravelWorks cooperates very conscientiously with local partner organisations, in order to offer you the most authentic volunteer abroad experience possible. Therefore, we ask you to accept that when you volunteer abroad, many things will be done differently from how we expect them to be done in the United Kingdom and other European countries.