Volunteering is an fantastic and hugely worthwhile way to spend your time while travelling the world. Whether you can only get away for a week or two, have longer to spare, or want to include a volunteer stop within a wider trip there are a huge amount of options to consider that will each make a huge difference to the communities they benefit.
If you want to do something a little different and add an extra dimension to your travel experience, consider a volunteering project. Here are some of our favourites for under £500 each.
7 of the Lowest Cost Volunteering Experiences Around the World
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation – fr £349
What could be better than hanging out with adorable Sea Turtles, ah yes, how about hanging out with adorable Sea Turtles in spectacular Costa Rica? Amazing.
Costa Rica sits along side the other great bio-diverse nations of the world such as Peru and Madagascar as one of the most nature rich places in the world, it practically pulsates with life. Join in with the efforts to protect the turtles, patrol the beaches guarding their nests, learn about and help with conservation plans and, if you time your trip right, help hatching turtles to from their nests and release them into the ocean.
Teach Children in New Delhi – fr £419
Work with those so desperately in need by teaching and helping street children on the streets of Delhi, India.
You’ll spend time assisting at youth shelters teaching basic level educational skills such as English language, photography, sports and arts and will bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of the children who spend their lives living and working on the streets of India’s capital city.
Volunteer with Great White Sharks – fr £419
Perfect for anyone looking to take a thrilling step outside of their comfort zone in an exciting yet extremely important project in Cape Town, South Africa.
Assist the tracking and cage diving teams and chat with marine biologists to learn about these magnificent animals as you help with research efforts. This really isn’t for the faint hearted as most days will be spent aboard the boat in search of Great Whites – you’ll even get some time in the cage yourself!
Volunteer with Children in Guatemala – Fr £319
This project seeks to provide meaningful education opportunities to over 1000 children who hail from poor coffee-growing families in Guatemala. This is a unique opportunity to experience life in rural Guatemala by staying with a local family and making a very real and important difference into the lives of the local children. You may even learn a little Spanish yourself!
Thai Elephant Conservation – fr £399
Elephants are some of nature’s most beautiful creations, they’re full of character, highly intelligent and hugely lovable. Unfortunately, they don’t always get treated with the respect they deserve.
This fantastic sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand rescues abused and neglected Elephants from all over Southeast Asia and brings them to a nature haven where they are looked after and protected. As a volunteer you’ll be helping to feed and bathe the elephants and helping with the reforestation program in the surrounding rainforest.
Teach English in Argentina – Fr £499
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting and vibrant capital cities to spend time and explore, and this is an outstanding opportunity to not only give yourself an awesome travel experience but also touch the lives of the cities young people.
Help them with their studies and guide them towards success in their exams, and assist them with learning basic English including pronunciation, grammar and reading.
Volunteer and learn Spanish in Nicaragua – Fr £429
Meet and stay with locals and improve your Spanish as you spend half of your days learning the native language and the other half volunteering with your choice of local projects including, participating in an after-school program teaching painting, jewelry-making and English or working on a recycling project; assist in the day-to-day care of 2–4 year-olds at a daycare centre or help with sustainable farming practices at a cooperative family eco-lodge.