There has never been a better time to volunteer abroad. If you love traveling (we are willing to bet you do) and have dreamed of being able to make a difference, traveling abroad to volunteer might be the best decision you’ve ever made. Whether you are interested in building wells and houses, teaching English, environment and wildlife conservation, or refugee support, there are countless programs, destinations, and projects to choose from that will help you make a difference in a place that really needs it! Here are a few organizations which are, in our opinion, the best volunteer abroad organizations going into the new year. Adventure awaits!
International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ has placed over 95,000 volunteers since their founding in 2007. IVHQ offers 200 trips a year to 45 destinations across Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, North America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. IVHQ has been featured by The New York Times and National Geographic and is praised for its affordability, safety, and ongoing support they offer volunteers once abroad.
Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer abroad organization which can send you abroad on trips as short as one week and as long as 36 weeks. PMGY works hard to stay affordable and is 100% transparent with its fees. With 17 countries to choose from and countless volunteers in the field ready to meet and work alongside you, there is no doubt you will have an unforgettable experience.
Love Volunteers specializes in community-based development programs that promote lasting change and quality of life improvement. LV has ongoing projects in 34 countries, with popular choices including Thailand, Ecuador, and Tanzania, and won the 2017 Volunteer Forever Volunteer Abroad Program of the Year award. In independant reviews, past volunteers have rated Love Volunteers with a staggering 96%. Wow!
Projects Abroad has 25 years of experience sending volunteers and interns abroad, and has placed over 100,000 volunteers to date. The organization has been featured on CNN and Time Magazine, features high safety ratings, resources and training, a second-to-none staff support network, and over 30 destinations around the globe. The programs at Projects Abroad run year-round, so you can choose your own dates.
Most prospective volunteers cite finances as their biggest barrier to volunteering abroad. Fortunately, there are many scholarships that you can apply for to help considerably offset the cost of your trip, if not cover it altogether. To start your search, here are a few scholarships that work great with the above programs: