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Projects Abroad is the world’s largest provider of international volunteering, internships and meaningful travel experiences. We’ve been running for over 25 years and have been trusted by over 120,000 participants who’ve joined our award-winning trips.

As champions of Responsible Travel, all our volunteer projects work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This means you’re helping to work towards a better and more sustainable future for all.

While you’re making an impact, we make sure you do so safely. Safety is at the heart of everything we do, so we never outsource your welfare to others. When you book with Projects Abroad, you’re with Projects Abroad from start to finish. Why is this a good thing? Because we take full accountability for what we do from the moment you first contact us, until the moment you return home.

We truly believe that travelling abroad should be easy, fun, and rewarding. That’s why we take care of everything, so you can focus on making the most of your time abroad. Whether it’s our impactful volunteering projectsstructured internshipsHigh School SpecialsEthical Consumerism trips or Authentic Adventures, you’ll be sure to get the Projects Abroad gold standard of staff support.

So come and join us. Learn new skills, meet new people, make a real difference, and have the experience of a lifetime.

We cannot wait to help you find out what you’re capable of.

What makes us different?

Gold Standard of Support

Safety is everything to us and has been for over 25 years. We wouldn’t dream of contracting-out your safety to third parties, as some do. Instead, we employ, thoroughly vet, and train all our own staff. Together, we provide a world-class support network to help you thrive.

Read about our unique approach to safety

Hassle-free approach

We take care of everything, so you don’t have to. Shopping around for insurance, organising airport pickups, and finding safe, clean accommodation all takes time and extra money. We take care of it all for you, and it’s included in the price as standard.

Find out how easy it is to travel with us

Make a Real Impact

This isn’t just a holiday and we don’t want to waste your time. That’s why we invest in planning, measurement tools, and training resources. This means any project you choose is meaningful and creates real, positive change where it’s needed the most.

Read about how you can make an impact

Brandon P in Madagascar

Projects Abroad Madagascar have incredible staff members. They were able to improve on previously established projects and develop them into something that the community needed, wanted and benefited from. Additionally, they were there for us 100% of the time.

Brandon P

Volunteer with Children in MadagascarRead the review 

Mairi C in Sri Lanka

I would highly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone as they’re well organised and take the stress off of you especially when you have to travel far from home. It’s comforting knowing they’re always only a phone call away if anything goes amiss.

Mairi CRead the review 

Jenny G in South Africa

Don’t believe words can truly describe the unforgettable experience I had. From the people, cultures and trips, the memories I gained will forever remain with me. Not once did I feel unwelcome and Projects Abroad worked very hard to make sure everyone felt safe and happy.

Jenny G Read the review Read more Reviews 

Volunteer in the USA

Finding the right volunteer program in the USA can be tough, but we’re here to help you learn about funding, requirements, location opportunities, and the best programs. Read reviews to ensure you find the perfect experience volunteering in the USA.

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Whether you’re from outside the U.S. and want to experience this vast, diverse nation as a volunteer, or you’re an American looking to travel outside your hometown, this guide will help you figure out what sort of volunteer projects you can do based on region.

From volunteering with horses on a ranch in Wyoming, wildlife conservation in the marshes of Florida and the wild mountains of Colorado, or assisting with youth development in the south, there’s a project out there to meet any level of experience, interest, or duration requirement.

Unique to the United States are the opportunities to volunteer with specific native American populations — from the Navajo in the south to a myriad of tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

Excited yet? Then let’s take a look at just a few of the volunteer programs operating throughout the U.S. — both through this guide and the programs listed below — and how you can get involved!

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Volunteer Programs in the USA

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Volunteer in USA, New Orleans with IVHQ

2 REVIEWSWishlistInternational Volunteer HQ – IVHQ 

Most Affordable & Rewarding Volunteer Programs in USA

United States of America9.50 •2 reviewsTrusted by 114,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer…

Experience the unique culture on the Blackfeet Reservation

12 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Volunteers 

Family and Group Service on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana

United States of America9.75 •12 reviewsGroups and families of all ages serve on the Blackfeet Reservation in…

HMI Gap students planning their route for a day of backcountry travel

52 REVIEWSWishlistHigh Mountain Institute 

High Mountain Institute Gap (HMI Gap) Semesters

Multiple Countries9.62 •52 reviewsHMI’s Gap Semesters unite outdoor adventure, environmental service…

Colorado state welcome sign

7 REVIEWSWishlistAmigos de las Americas 

Amigos de las Americas – United States: Western Colorado

United States of America9.14 •7 reviewsColorado has a natural beauty and landscape that is unparalleled in…

California: San Diego Service Adventure

8 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Leadership Adventures (GLA) 

California: San Diego Service Adventure Program for Teens

United States of America9.00 •8 reviewsTake a trip this summer that you will never forget. The California…

forest restoration with local non-profit

8 REVIEWSWishlistGIVE Volunteers 

GIVE Hawaii Forest Conservation & Responsible Tourism Excursion

United States of America10.00 •8 reviewsVolunteer in Hawai’i with GIVE and explore the rugged coastlines…

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3 REVIEWSWishlistAll Hands and Hearts 

Louisiana Hurricane Laura Relief – Free Flights!

United States of America9.00 •3 reviewsLouisiana was hit by five named storms last year, two of which…

Thorp Lookout

2 REVIEWSWishlistGIVE Volunteers 

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Canada government plans to bring more than 1.2 million immigrants next 3 years CANADA AIMS TO BRING 401,000 NEW SKILLED WORKERS, FAMILY MEMBERS And REFUGEES IN 2021, 411,000 IN 2022 AND 421,000 IN 2023 Canada […]

Pacific Northwest Volunteer, Responsible Tourism & Hiking

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsVenture into the Pacific NW wilderness to volunteer on conservation…

MT Farm and Ranch Backpacking Trip

1 REVIEWWishlistVISIONS Service Adventures 

Montana Farm and Ranch Program

United States of America10.00 •1 reviewRoll up your sleeves for a summer of service projects and untrammeled…

Work with children on Rosebud

2 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Volunteers 

Volunteer on American Indian Reservation – Rosebud, South Dakota

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsExperience life in an American Indian community on the plains of South…

Volunteer in USA Garden Projects

2 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Volunteers 

Volunteer in Appalachia – West Virginia Coal Country

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsVolunteer for one week with the resilient people of Fayette County in…

Strategic Ministry Time

3 REVIEWSWishlistMission of Hope

Mission Trip in the Dominican Republic, Key West, or Haiti

Multiple Countries10.00 •3 reviewsYou can help share the love of Christ by serving on a short-term trip…

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Thorp Lookout

2 REVIEWSWishlistGIVE Volunteers 

Pacific Northwest Volunteer, Responsible Tourism & Hiking

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsVenture into the Pacific NW wilderness to volunteer on conservation…

Traditional dress seen at a powow on the VISIONS Blackfeet program.

WishlistVISIONS Service Adventures 

VISIONS: Montana Blackfeet Middle School Service Program

United States of AmericaFor middle schoolers who wish to immerse themselves in Native American…

Staff Supervising Volunteer

WishlistAll Hands and Hearts 

California Wildfire Relief – All Hands and Hearts

United States of AmericaAll Hands and Hearts is now recruiting volunteers for our California…

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19 REVIEWSWishlistVolunteers For Peace (VFP) 

Volunteer Projects in the USA

United States of America9.47 •19 reviewsVolunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982…

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2 REVIEWSWishlistXperitas

Quileute People of La Push, Washington

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsXperitas has partnered with the Quileute Tribal Council for more than…

Volunteer in USA, New Orleans with IVHQ

2 REVIEWSWishlistInternational Volunteer HQ – IVHQ 

Most Affordable & Rewarding Volunteer Programs in USA

United States of America9.50 •2 reviewsTrusted by 114,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer…

California: San Diego Service Adventure

8 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Leadership Adventures (GLA) 

California: San Diego Service Adventure Program for Teens

United States of America9.00 •8 reviewsTake a trip this summer that you will never forget. The California…

Colorado state welcome sign

7 REVIEWSWishlistAmigos de las Americas 

Amigos de las Americas – United States: Western Colorado

United States of America9.14 •7 reviewsColorado has a natural beauty and landscape that is unparalleled in…

Experience the unique culture on the Blackfeet Reservation

12 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Volunteers 

Family and Group Service on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana

United States of America9.75 •12 reviewsGroups and families of all ages serve on the Blackfeet Reservation in…

Thorp Lookout

2 REVIEWSWishlistGIVE Volunteers 

Pacific Northwest Volunteer, Responsible Tourism & Hiking

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsVenture into the Pacific NW wilderness to volunteer on conservation…

Traditional dress seen at a powow on the VISIONS Blackfeet program.

WishlistVISIONS Service Adventures 

VISIONS: Montana Blackfeet Middle School Service Program

United States of AmericaFor middle schoolers who wish to immerse themselves in Native American…

Staff Supervising Volunteer

WishlistAll Hands and Hearts 

California Wildfire Relief – All Hands and Hearts

United States of AmericaAll Hands and Hearts is now recruiting volunteers for our California…

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19 REVIEWSWishlistVolunteers For Peace (VFP) 

Volunteer Projects in the USA

United States of America9.47 •19 reviewsVolunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982…

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2 REVIEWSWishlistXperitas

Quileute People of La Push, Washington

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsXperitas has partnered with the Quileute Tribal Council for more than…

Volunteer in USA, New Orleans with IVHQ

2 REVIEWSWishlistInternational Volunteer HQ – IVHQ 

Most Affordable & Rewarding Volunteer Programs in USA

United States of America9.50 •2 reviewsTrusted by 114,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer…

California: San Diego Service Adventure

8 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Leadership Adventures (GLA) 

California: San Diego Service Adventure Program for Teens

United States of America9.00 •8 reviewsTake a trip this summer that you will never forget. The California…

Colorado state welcome sign

7 REVIEWSWishlistAmigos de las Americas 

Amigos de las Americas – United States: Western Colorado

United States of America9.14 •7 reviewsColorado has a natural beauty and landscape that is unparalleled in…

Experience the unique culture on the Blackfeet Reservation

12 REVIEWSWishlistGlobal Volunteers 

Family and Group Service on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana

United States of America9.75 •12 reviewsGroups and families of all ages serve on the Blackfeet Reservation in…

Thorp Lookout

2 REVIEWSWishlistGIVE Volunteers 

Pacific Northwest Volunteer, Responsible Tourism & Hiking

United States of America10.00 •2 reviewsVenture into the Pacific NW wilderness to volunteer on conservation…‹›

Provider Scholarships

GoEco

GoEco Volunteer Scholarships

Award$1,000 – $3,000

To assist prospective volunteers in taking part in one of their programs, GoEco, an eco-tourism company, awards one flight voucher of $1,000 and waived fees for a two-week program, plus travel insurance to successful beneficiaries of their scholarships. To apply, you must be currently enrolled at an educational institution to be eligible for the award.Apply NowRustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways Scholarships

Award$500 – $1,500

Every year, travel company Rustic Pathways give away $250,000 to students from across the world. Scholarships are varied and it’s worth checking back in after they’ve been awarded as late-season scholarship redistribution — where uncollected grants are reallocated to new applicants — takes place a few months later. Among their scholarships, the most relevant to prospective volunteers are the following:Apply NowOmprakash EdGE

Omprakash Ethical Global Engagement Grants

Award$500 – $1,500

The Ethical Global Engagement Grants, funded by volunteer platform Omprakash, are for those planning on volunteering with an Omprakash partner abroad and who also wish to enroll on the EdGE learning platform, but are financially unable to do so. They have a range of scholarships, including:

EdGE Gap Year Grant: Available to those aged 22 and under who plan to volunteer for six months with an Omprakash partner and completely covers the cost of the EdGE tuition, plus $2,700 towards travel and living costs abroad.Apply Now

Frequently Asked Questions

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Recent Program Reviews

Amigos de las Americas – United States: Western Colorado

10/10September 30, 2021I really liked my experience on this trip. First of all, the setting was beautiful. This was my first time out West and the mountain vistas were incredible. Pretty much everywhere we went was…Continue reading review 

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Julian17MaleUnited States

Louisiana Hurricane Laura Relief – Free Flights!

7/10September 19, 2021My overall experience with the all hands and hearts hurricane laura relief program in Louisiana was pretty interesting i must say i had a couple of problems with two of the team leaders. When i left…Continue reading review 

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Amigos de las Americas – United States: Western Colorado

9/10September 9, 2021I initially joined this program on a bit of a whim and didn’t quite know what to expect, but I can say without a doubt that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Our days were a perfect…Continue reading review 

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Every year GVI welcomes 1000’s of students who join our programs from around the world. Student volunteering is popular among young people looking to make an impactful difference in community development and conservation efforts while seeing new countries and experiencing different cultures. GVI offers a variety of student volunteering opportunities as a way to boost personal and professional skills.

Our programs cater to student volunteers with a variety of interests, so whether you are in search of adventure and looking to travel, or to improve your employability by showcasing your international experience, we have the perfect program for you. International experience shows potential employers that you are able to get out of your comfort zone and handle situations that you wouldn’t necessarily encounter in your home country. This, in turn, shows personal growth and maturity, making you a better candidate for employment.

Volunteering abroad with us will allow you to improve your job prospects and develop yourself through new experiences, and by learning “soft skills” that will be helpful in the working world. These are attributes such as social skills, communication, teamwork, responsibility and work ethics, that will allow you to better interact and work in a professional setting.

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10 of the Best Volunteer Abroad Programs in the World

Volunteering will not only give you the chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of others but it will also equip you with a wide range of skills you can take home with you. If you want to volunteer abroad, consider the following programs – they’re among the best volunteer abroad programs in the world!

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By Steph Dyson Published September 7, 2021

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Amber, Volunteer Programs Bali Bali

Traveling overseas generally ranks among the best experiences that people can have. It’s recognized for its capacity to grow you as a person, the way it widens your awareness of the world, and broadens your goals and ambitions in life. But there’s one way to taking the life-enhancing properties of traveling even further: it’s called volunteering abroad.

Before you decide to volunteer overseas though, it’s important to evaluate prospective programs to be sure you’ve picked one whose efforts are 100% responsible and their impact 100% positive. To inspire you to head down the purposeful path of volunteering, we’ve compiled this list of the ten best programs, as evaluated and experienced by Go Overseas users. This is the Volunteer Abroad Great Hall of Fame and you’re guaranteed to find a project that speaks directly to you.

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Best for Community Engagement: Think Pacific

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Andoni, Think Pacific Fiji Islands

With a 98% positive rating from 115 alumni reviews, Think Pacific’s volunteering projects on the Fiji Islands pips strong competition to the post by taking the coveted top spot in our Volunteering Abroad Hall of Fame.

Their projects allow you to get under the skin of the Fiji Islands, where you’ll live with a local family and spend between four- and eight-weeks supporting community projects here. Alumni rated the program over 9.5/10 for everything from impact to safety, value and — probably the most important one — fun.

But don’t just believe our words! These are some things program alumni themselves have said:

  • “The experience was challenging, exciting and rewarding. I am so so glad I went. A huge adventure that will allow you to really get beneath the culture of Fiji in a sustainable and responsible way.” — Katie
  • “I would like to thank Think Pacific for the best experience of my life. Living in Namuka village for one month, staying with a wonderful family that I can now call my own and working at the local school alongside an amazing team have given me memories that I will never forget. This experience has been a true privilege.” — Andoni

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Volunteering Projects on the Fiji Islands with Think PacificProvider:Think Pacific Location:FijiLearn more about this program!9.83 Ratingbased on 113 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.6
  • Support9.7
  • Fun9.8
  • Value9.5
  • Safety9.6

 Good for Students, Adventure travelers, Solo Travelers

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Best for Work with Children: Volunteer Programs Bali

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Rigaud, Volunteer Programs Bali

Receiving the second top marks for volunteering abroad programs, with a 96% positive rating from 222 alumni reviews, Volunteer Programs Bali comes in second place.

You can expect to be an integral cog in a powerful machine by participating in this volunteer abroad program, where you work alongside other volunteers from around the world in workshops and English classes to Balinese young people. You also get housed with a local family for a truly immersive experience.

Previous alumni rated how this program delivered both a valuable experience and a supportive network of colleagues and program leaders — thus permitting them to squeeze every last bit of purposeful juice from their time. But what they considered the program’s strength was its attitude towards safety.

Here’s the low-down, according to former participants:

  • “VP Bali is the most incredible volunteering program I have participated in. You get two groups of children with a co-teacher and teach them English at different levels. The kids are loving and incredible. The people you meet and the kids are people you will never forget and you will definitely stay in touch with other volunteers. VP Bali becomes family!” — Maria
  • “I have had the chance to live with a loving Balinese family, meet amazing, like-minded people of which some I call my best friends today. But most importantly I got to be the teacher of the most loving kids.” — Lillemo

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Volunteering Programs by Volunteer Programs BaliProvider:Volunteer Programs Bali Location:IndonesiaStarting Price:$300.00 USDLearn more about this program!9.59 Ratingbased on 235 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.2
  • Support9.5
  • Fun9.3
  • Value9.5
  • Safety9.7

 Good for Solo Travelers, Students, Adventure travelers

Our volunteer Savannah having fun with one of our students.
Volunteer in Bali, volunteer Tiffany working on a one on one with her student.
volunteer Programs Bali, teaching English to the children of Bali.
Volunteering in Bali, volunteer Victoria teaching about numbers.

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Best for Affordable Programming: IVHQ Ghana

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IVHQ runs a vast number of programs across the world but the ones that have made a big impact on Go Overseas readers are those in Ghana. A 96% positive rating from 100 alumni hints at how trusted and impactful this volunteer experience is.

Some of the bonuses of this program are the flexibility it grants and its affordable price point. Not only does it run year-round — with starting dates each and every Monday — but you can choose to volunteer from one to 24 weeks. What’s more, one week starts at $270 with your volunteer program fees covering housing, meals, 24-hour support, and more. With projects in childcare, health, construction, and teaching, you’re bound to find something that calls to you.

Previous participants gave the following glowing feedback:

  • “As a pre-med student, I went to Ghana as a part of the medical and healthcare outreach team. We did malaria testing in schools, wound care for the locals in their homes, and examination of patients in clinics. Seeing the differences in the healthcare system of Ghana versus America was such an eye-opening experience.” — Alexandra
  • “Being able to live within the community and see how the children lived is so eye opening as well, as you really get to know them more as time goes on, even though I was only there for a month. I’ve never had an experience like this one and it really showed me what I take for granted at home.” — Holly

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Ghana from $270Provider:International Volunteer HQ – IVHQ Location:GhanaStarting Price:$270.00 USDLearn more about this program!9.63 Ratingbased on 104 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9
  • Support9.5
  • Fun9.5
  • Value9.3
  • Safety9.5

 Good for Solo Travelers, Students, Adventure travelers

Volunteering in Ghana with IVHQ
Medical volunteering in Ghana with IVHQ
Farming volunteer in Ghana with IVHQ
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Best for Diverse Projects: Maximo Nivel

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Deborah, Maximo Nivel Costa Rica

Over to the other side of the globe and the sterling work of Maximo Nivel, whose Costa Rica projects left previous volunteers with that warm, fuzzy feeling. A 96% positive rating from 176 reviews says it all, really.

One of the most appealing features of this project is how Maximo Nivel run programs across the country: everywhere from the bustling capital city San Jose to the beachside Guanacaste province and the tight-nit Monteverde community in the western cloud forest. With this much geographical variety, you can be guaranteed to find a place that feels like home.

What’s more, projects run in every field from English teaching to conservation and after-school clubs. As a really immersive experience, you’ll have tons of opportunities to pick up some Spanish along the way.

Former alumni had this to say about their volunteering experience:

  • “I did both the Teaching English project and the childcare project and found them both an amazing and rewarding experience. Getting to know the locals in this way opened my eyes to a new culture and feeling like I was helping the lives of these kids was my reason for coming.” — Indy
  • “Traveling from Zimbabwe, I had never spoken Spanish, so was completely thrown in the deep end but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Being fully immersed in the culture has to be the best way of exploring and learning a new language.” — Nicola

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Volunteer in Costa Rica with Maximo Nivel – Best Rated ProjectsProvider:Maximo Nivel Location:Costa RicaStarting Price:$695.00 USDLearn more about this program!9.63 Ratingbased on 177 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.3
  • Support9.7
  • Fun9.5
  • Value9
  • Safety9.4

 Good for Students, Solo Travelers, Adventure travelers

Beach Conservation in Costa Rica
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Best for Environmental Research: Biodiversity Research Institute

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Janina, IPBio Brazil

A 95% positive rating from 84 reviews gives you a sense of how powerful previous participants found the experience of conducting scientific research in Brazil’s Atlantic forest.

The Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio) has substantial credentials when it comes to empirical research (they’ve been accredited by UNESCO after all), so their programs are a must for those pursuing a science or conservation degrees or careers, with a focus on supporting conservation and eco-tourism.

Not only do you acquire hands-on experience in these fields, but you can also choose to work on wildlife documents or even help prepare all-important research grants. You’re guaranteed to come away feeling twice as intelligent – and having made a considerable contribution to the field of conservation to boot.

Previous program alumni have waxed lyrical about their experiences:

  • “I found the work comfortably structured but also open-ended as I was able to design and pursue many of my own projects. While I was there, I had the opportunity to grow 5+ species of never-before-grown species of mushrooms, and I was able to take part in a lot of the same work the professional biologists on the reserve were doing.” — Jason
  • “The organization is doing such incredible things and it so great to know that the work you do as a volunteer is actually being used for scientific research.” — Rhiannon

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Biodiversity Research Institute in the Tropical Forest of Brazil Provider: IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute Location:Brazil Starting Price:$170.00 USD Learn more about this program!9.61 Rating based on 111 reviews Read Reviews Visit Site

  • Impact9.2
  • Support9.7
  • Fun9.6
  • Value9.4
  • Safety9.6

 Good for Solo Travelers, Photographers, Students

Photography Volunteer
Boia Cross/Tubing
The Research Center
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Best for Environmental Conservation: Sadhana Forest

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Peter, Sadhana Forest India

If you’re a keen eco-warrior or just someone who wants to do their part for helping to save our planet, Sadhana Forest’s reforestation program is the ultimate one for you. Scoring an impressive 100% across 20 reviews, it’s fair to say that this project helping to protect southern India’s final tracts of tropical dry evergreen forest left quite the mark on the Go Overseas fam.

Work in an animal rescue sanctuary or alongside local children all in the name of conserving our most important resource: the planet. You’ll need a decent commitment to green living, as the project practices veganism, uses composting toilets and relies on solar energy.

Former green volunteers had this to say:

  • “I think it’s an amazing learning experience that I wish everyone in the world could experience. I don’t say it’s easy, but definitely worth the trouble. Everyone is genuine and honestly wants you to have a good experience and are willing to take the extra step.” — Nandita
  • “I have been at Sadhana forest for 2 months now and it’s been an unforgettable experience. Sadhana Forest connects to those who see the problem of forest degradation and are fighting for healthy ecosystems and sustainable living households. It’s a great place to escape from hustle and bustle of the city.” — Diksha

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Reforestation Volunteer Program in Southern IndiaProvider:Sadhana Forest Location:IndiaStarting Price:$8.00 USDLearn more about this program!10 Ratingbased on 20 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.8
  • Support10
  • Fun10
  • Value10
  • Safety9.9
Planting a tree
Hand Washing Station
Solar Panels and Natural Architecture
Vegan Organic Food

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Best for Skills Training: EMT Hatzalah

Jordan, GIVE Volunteers Nepal

United Hatzalah Colombia’s EMT Volunteer Program is a fast-paced volunteer experience that also provides valuable training in first aid and pre-hospital care. While in Colombia, you will act as a first responder in real-life emergencies, caring for sick and injured people. Community health camps and local hospitals will also benefit from your skills as a volunteer EMT.

This program, that gives you the chance to earn an international EMT certification while you volunteer, receives consistently top review from past participants. Alumni have enjoyed the quality of the organization’s training as well as their ability to make a noticeable difference in the community. Not to mention, it’s a great way to brush up on your Spanish skills!

Reviewers have had said the following about this project:

  • “After a day to rest after my long flight, I started volunteering along with their first responders, was the best feeling ever to right away being out there attending real-life emergencies with them. this is for sure what they promise! 100 percent hands-on practical from day 1.” — Pernille
  • “The experience itself was absolutely fantastic, giving me a really great taste of what being an EMT is like. It was such a great trip and has now convinced me to get into that line of work back home.” — Miles

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: EMT Volunteer Program – International EMT Certification (Optional)Provider:United Rescue ColombiaLocation:ColombiaStarting Price:$999.00 USDLearn more about this program!1 Ratingbased on 1 reviewRead ReviewsVisit Site

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  • Value1
  • Safety1
The team in action
hatzalah students in action
our voluntiers in action
allways smiling

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Best for Teaching: Vietnam Volunteering

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Harriet, Vietnam Volunteering Vietnam

With a 99% positive rating from 22 reviews and 10/10 for value, this program operated by Vietnam Volunteering is a worthy use of your time.

Participants are immersed in the friendly local culture, helping to boost life experiences for their Vietnamese students who are looking for English tuition. Your work and your explanation of the ins and outs of the English language will give them the leg up towards a skilled and well-paid job.

A large part of this project is the cross-cultural understanding and experiences that you can expect to have, allowing you to leave an imprint with you volunteering – and Vietnam to leave a huge mark on you, too.

Previous alumni have been effusively positive about their experiences:

  • “Volunteering with VCV was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was so nice to spend time with local people beside classes, and the teaching experience has been a blast. I’ve learned more than what I taught and I’ve met some of the nicest people ever!” — Sofia
  • “I stayed at VCV for two months and it was one of the best decisions I made in my life. Teaching at VCV is an amazing experience, whether you have teaching experience or not. You will teach both kids and adults, which makes your schedule diverse.” — Kirsten

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: English Teaching and Cultural Exchange in VietnamProvider:Vietnam VolunteeringLocation:VietnamLearn more about this program!9.91 Ratingbased on 22 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.7
  • Support9.8
  • Fun9.9
  • Value10
  • Safety9.9
English conversation in a coffee shop
Charitable giving
Kid class
English conversation in a coffee shop

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Best for Health & Medicine: EcuaExperience

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Dylan, Up With People On Tour Greece

EcuaExperience‘s pre-medical and volunteer program uses a “Help, Learn, and Discover” model. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer while you learn and explore the beauty and diversity of Ecuador. Whether you’re a pre-health student or already in medical school, hospital rotations allow exposure to different procedures during the “learn” phase. As a volunteer, you’ll engage in a large service project such as building houses for members of the community.

This program isn’t all work and no play though. Trips to beaches and rainforests are included where you can enjoy activities like tubing, surfing, and hiking. The program fee includes all housing and breakfasts and lunches. Transportation in-country is provided and you will be accompanied by bilingual guides.

Former volunteers have raved about the program:

  • “It was my first long trip alone and I felt at home. We were accompanied by a driver and translator at all times and I personally never felt unsafe. As for the medical portion of the trip, I witnessed procedures (multiple surgeries) and learned skills that I wouldn’t have until third year of medical school here in Canada.” — Shahrzad
  • “This trip has impacted me in so different ways and I 100% recommend it to anyone who is adventurous and wants to get first hand experience in the healthcare profession of their choice. The first component of this trip (which was the LEARN portion) I got to watch crazy surgeries and shadow interns. These med rotations helped me solidify my decision of pursuing a career in a medical field.” — Constance

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: EcuaExperience: Pre-Medical and Volunteer ProgramsProvider:Ecuaexperience Location:EcuadorStarting Price:$2,499.00 USDLearn more about this program!9.72 Ratingbased on 231 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Impact9.7
  • Support9.7
  • Fun9.2
  • Value9.7
  • Safety9.7

 Good for Students, Adventure travelers, Solo Travelers

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Best for Teens: Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Best Volunteer Abroad Program - Karen, GLA Costa Rica

Sending volunteers out to the rainforest and coasts of Costa Rica, Global Leadership Adventure’s summer and spring break programs scored an impressive 98% satisfaction from 66 discerning Go Overseas alumni.

One of the real keynotes of this program is the variety of experiences open to participants; everything from sea turtle conservation to supporting and empowering rainforest communities is on the task list.

This one’s also open to high school students, meaning you can snag that first volunteer abroad opportunity early – and begin a life-long love-affair with service projects!

Previous alumni have said the following about this program:

  • “We learned so much about the culture and how to respect the way of life while there. One of my favorite lessons learned was responsible voluntourism.” — Natalie
  • “I had an amazing time on the Empowering Rainforest Communities trip to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures. Everything from the wildlife to the food to the culture made a memory for a lifetime!” — Michor

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program: Costa Rica Summer Travel and Volunteer Programs for TeensProvider:Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) Location:Costa RicaStarting Price:$2,499.00 USDLearn more about this program!9.83 Ratingbased on 66 reviewsRead ReviewsVisit Site

  • Growth9.7
  • Support9.8
  • Fun9.7
  • Housing9.7
  • Safety9.9
GLA Costa Rica
GLA Costa Rica
GLA Costa Rica

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Whether it’s Bali or Ghana, Costa Rica or the Fiji Islands, we’re sure there’s plenty to whet your appetite for a volunteer trip overseas. Just don’t blame us if volunteering abroad becomes a life-long obsession; we did warn you, after all!

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