5 travel experiences you should try at least once

Misadventures-with-Andi-Guest-PostIf you’re considering a holiday abroad, why not try something a bit different? Here are five ideas for unforgettable trips around the world.

Build houses in Ghana

Ghana is an exciting and vibrant place to visit, with some fantastic beaches, wild landscapes and beautiful rainforests. The modern culture and vibrant music scene make it a great introduction to Africa for British travellers.

Across Ghana, many families live in inadequate accommodation with children going to school in broken-down buildings. By joining a building project, you’ll be working alongside local people to create a better community for everybody. Building volunteers make an early start and complete their work before the hot midday sun – perfect for inquisitive travellers who want time to explore and enjoy the amazing scenery.

Look after animals in India

Photo credit Heifer International

The land of beauty and spirituality, India can offer a lifestyle which is completely different to Western culture. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a country which has a heritage dating back 5000 years.

Animals are very important in Indian culture with a large amount of the country’s land used for farming purposes. If you want to get some experience in looking after animals while enjoying the best of India, why not volunteer as a veterinary assistant? Work alongside local vets and learn how to handle a range of animals – your work will go a long way to eradicating illnesses and supporting local livestock.

See the mountains in Nepal

Annapurna mountain, Himalaya

Anyone who has been to Nepal will tell you that it is an absolutely breath-taking country to visit. The snow-capped mountains, beautiful old temples and colorful cities will provide you with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Visit the spectacular Annapurna Mountain Range and you can help preserve and enhance the precious biodiversity in the area through a volunteering project. This area is home to some beautiful endangered animals, such as the Snow Leopard and Black Bear. As well as having the chance to help conserve the mountains, the city of Pokhara is situated close by – another great place for volunteering travellers to explore in Asia.

Campaign for human rights in South Africa

South Africa is a thriving and lively place in which to spend time, with the busy city of Cape Town situated close to the southern tip of Africa. A complex nation, South Africa has a powerful history which is well worth learning about during your visit.

By campaigning for human rights in South Africa, you will be able to make a real impact on the lives of local people. Working with vulnerable communities, you’ll be able to bring about social justice and educate residents in human rights issues. Have yourself a fantastic learning experience while visiting one of the most diverse and interesting places in the world.

Teach English in Fiji

Teach English in Fiji

World-famous for its perfect beaches, Fiji is an amazing place to visit for a trip abroad. The emerald green forests are also well worth exploring, with plenty of opportunities for hiking and sight-seeing.

Fiji is also fast-becoming urbanized and local young people will find it very useful to learn English so that they can obtain good jobs later on. As a volunteer teacher, you will work alongside Fijian staff to help the children improve their language skills, as well as core skills such as maths and science. You could also lend your hand in specialized skills such as sport or art if you like and make the most of your gorgeous surroundings.

Don’t restrict yourself to the usual holiday spots – take a chance on a volunteering holiday and experience life as you’ve never seen it before. Locations are available all over the world with organizations like Projects Abroad – you’re sure to find something for you.

Find more volunteer travel in AFAR’s Wanderlists on the topic.

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.

Comments

  1. Thomas Murphy says:

    This all sound awesome, I would love to see the mountains in Nepal

  2. I would love to do all of this!! I would love to go to Fiji!

  3. Richard Hicks says:

    Would be nice to travel to these places. I have always wanted to visit India and South Africa. Maybe one of these days!

  4. The hiking in Fiji and the beaches would be my first pick. Sounds lovely.

  5. Susan Smith says:

    I’d love to visit all of these places, especially Fiji, volunteering is a great way to interact with the locals

  6. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    Wow, such cool ideas! I’d love to look after animals in India! Maybe some day!

    • @Jennifer, I think it would be fun too. But I guess it depends on the animal. I had a friend who used to volunteer every year at a dog pound in India and her stories made me cry. I hoping for the not-crying types of volunteer assignments!

  7. I would love to see the mountains in Nepal. Sadly my motion sickness and constantly changing elevations do not mix. I will have to live vicariously through photographs. But the Fiji trip sounds like something I would love. As a former teacher I could totally see myself taking a nice working vacation 🙂

  8. Helping in Fiji sounds like my best option. 🙂 Would I make much of an impact in a week? I hope so…

  9. They all sound like a win win to meeeee!

  10. Hannah Mwanthi says:

    As someone who married a man from a country in Africa, I love these ideas. We love traveling, but we like to go beyond tourist destinations when we do!

  11. Thanks for the ideas – some great alternatives to conventional vacations. I’d love to visit Nepal some day.

  12. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you so much for sharing I don’t get to go on vacations but this sounds really nice I love mountains in Nepal looks so pretty!

  13. The mountains in Nepal look beautiful. I can’t wait until I visit them one day! It would also be nice to teach English in Fiji!

  14. Diana Camden says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. I love that there is a website for volunteer abroad opportunities. I love to volunteer, and maybe someday I can afford to do it abroad.

    Diana C

  15. They sound fabulous!

  16. I love the new banner on the site! The SF cable car is fantastic! 😉

    • @Koren, funny enough it is my old banner that I had for 3 years. I changed my design in Sept to the other one, but love this one so much more that I brought it back!

  17. Fiji sounds amazing. Maybe when my children are grown up!

  18. What amazing creative ideas!

  19. This is great. There are other countries/regions that are not on this list, but the bottom line for me from this post is, you can get out of your comfort zone and actually do something that’s one part adventure, one part learning experience and one part making a difference. Volunteering, whether on your home soil (in another state or just down the street) or abroad has a great benefit: It allows you to feel good because you’ve been selfless helping someone else. I’ve had two cousins who have volunteered in Ghana…not to build houses, but on medical-related humanitarian trips. Hard work. Long hours. But priceless rewards.

    • @BrainyPintSizer, I couldn’t agree more. I am looking for something to do in this arena as it is something I very much want to do.

  20. I would love to have gone to Nepal, but I wonder if I’ll be up for it by the time my kids get old enough. At least I have lived and seen the world. That makes everything so much easier.

    • @Jennie, it is so true, you have done a lot of traveling prior to family which in my mind does make things so much better.

  21. Lovely post. You’re making me kick myself harder for not visiting Nepal when I was in India. I need to stop reading you blog and start earning more money to travel

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