Certainly, travelling is fun and enriching experience. But what if you want to add a deeper meaning to your travels? Whether you want to do something interesting and new for your gap year or you just want to travel with a greater cause, consider travelling as a volunteer.
Volunteer travelling opens many new doors for travel enthusiasts. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to volunteer by helping people from different cultures, by preserving endangered wildlife and saving animals, or you can opt for eco-friendly trips and conserve nature. Besides doing something good for the community, you’ll also be able to gain skills no school can teach you and make amazing friends along the way. If you haven’t decided where to go yet, here’s the list of the best volunteer travel destinations in 2020 and what they offer.
1. Help Women in Ghana
There is no better way to get to know the culture and make an impact than by volunteer travelling. Helping in a community will give you an insight into what it’s like to live in the conditions we’re not accommodated to. In addition to that, you will learn about local customs and traditions. Furthermore, having a chance to make someone’s life better and easier gives that deeper meaning to your journey. If you want to see a new culture, meet new people and help them, volunteering in Ghana by helping women is an ideal destination for you.
Gender equality is a large issue mainly in third world countries. With little to no education available, especially for women, many problems that include health, domestic violence and human rights remain unknown. Depending on the community’s needs at the moment, your tasks may vary. For example, your main task could be conducting workshops that impose discussions about domestic violence and gender roles, teaching women useful skills, and increasing their knowledge of preventative health and children’s development. Working in empowerment initiatives gives you the power to be their hero.
2. Save The Turtles In Costa Rica
Not everyone is comfortable enough to volunteer and live in a smaller community. Some individuals simply prefer being surrounded by animals and nature instead of working with people. And that is totally fine. Volunteering in shelters and communities are not your only options. There are a lot of other volunteer abroad options that include helping animals and conserving wildlife, while you’re developing some useful skills. These aren’t the only benefits of travelling. Besides saving the animals, you have a chance to enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and explore the country.
So, if you’ve always dreamed of saving baby turtles, then volunteering in Costa Rica will literally be your dreams come true. It’s a perfect combination of volunteering and relaxing on the beach. It’s not specifically demanding, so it’s suitable for individuals of all ages. Your mission is to collect eggs, help baby turtles hatch, and look out for sick and injured turtles. It can be a fun family activity or a basis for your future studies. Naturally, you will have some time to explore the island, get to know the culture, or just relax on some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.
3. Preserve Wildlife In The Sanctuary In Australia
Some people don’t want to limit themselves to helping only one animal species. They seek direct interaction with animals and are keen on improving their knowledge of authentic wildlife. If you’re one of them, getting to know the original wildlife of Australia will be a magical experience for you. Australia is an enormous country with so many things to explore and see. If you love animals and want to take care of them in a completely safe environment, consider volunteering in Australia.
As a wildlife sanctuary volunteer in Australia, you will assist in the maintenance and care of Australian well-known animals such as koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, parrots, cockatoos and many more native species in a delightful local sanctuary located in North Queensland. Your tasks will also include preparing the food and feeding the animals, as well as cleaning their enclosures. In addition to that, you have the opportunity to gain experience on the local farm and help with light construction work. Volunteering in a wildlife sanctuary is an eye-opening and unique experience that will provide you with a completely new perspective of the world.
4. Teach Children English In Mexico
If you’re not well-prepared, volunteering can be hard no matter the location or the type of work you do. After all, you’re visiting a new country or exploring the part of the country you’ve never been to. Travelling to a new country includes some things you need to do and know before you travel, such as climate and culture. Knowing the language certainly helps, but it’s not necessary if you’re adaptable and willing to learn. If that’s the case, think about volunteering with children in Mexico. You can teach them English, and they can teach you their native language and culture.
Mexico is an ideal location for this type of volunteering programme. There are a lot of children in Mexico, however, many parents are busy working, so they don’t have enough time to teach their children languages. If you indulge in such child development programme, you can help them learn English, while you’re learning or improving your Spanish. Teach them some tricks of learning languages and keep the kids entertained while their parents are at work. After the classes, you will have time to explore the city and closely see the culture.
5. Trekking The Great Wall Of China For Charity
Volunteering does not only include directly working with people or animals. Some simply feel more comfortable and relaxed by themselves, but still want to do something for a good cause. You may ask yourself: Is that even possible? Of course, it is. Many programmes include raising money for shelters and charity simply by doing something easy like walking. It doesn’t automatically have to include something boring, like protesting against global warming. Even though such protests are useful, they are dull at best. So, why don’t you merge volunteering and travelling into a whole new dimension that includes fun, physical activity and raising money? If you’re interested in this type of volunteering, consider trekking the Great Wall of China for charity.
Trekking can be fun especially if it’s for the good cause. You can challenge your physical and mental strength by trekking the Great Wall of China. All the money you raise will go to the charity of your choice. This is probably by far the hardest volunteer destination as the wall is approximately 21 000 km long and it will take you around 12 months to walk that distance. However, you can opt for a shorter version that is 10 to 18 days long, covers a decent distance and you can see some wonderful sights along the way.
Volunteer travelling has been popular for a while, but these original destinations allow you to see and live through different cultures while helping those in need. Depending on your preferences, helping grownups, children, animals or charity can be strenuous, but fulfilling activity. It doesn’t matter what kind of volunteering you do; the only important thing is to volunteer with love.