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
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
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
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.