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Volunteer Abroad

At STA Travel, we've always believed in giving something back - it's at the heart of what we do. We offer a range of volunteering projects all over the world, which allow you to immerse yourself into a community and help you to give something back to the country you're travelling in. You can volunteer in a number of different ways and in a number of locations. Deciding which volunteering project is best for you depends on what kind of work you want to do and where you want to do it.


Why Volunteer With US

Our volunteering projects are authentic, sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the communities we visit through the STA Travel Foundation and by making sure that our travel has a positive impact. We only work with a select number of partners who build meaningful relationships with local communities, whilst ensuring that we fulfill our travellers' desires to make a difference.
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Types of Volunteering

So kind traveller, have a think about how you'd like to dedicate the majority of your time. All our projects are categorised below to help you decide...
Work with Animals
With so many endangered species around the world fighting for our survival, work towards their protection on one of our animal projects.
Work with Children
Help to break the cycle of poverty by teaching local children the skills they need for a better future. This type of project is also perfect for gaining experience working with kids.
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Work with Communities
Work in some of the world's most remote areas to improve the quality of life for local communities, helping to build a more sustainable future.
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Work in Conservation
Help local communities to preserve their fragile ecosystems, contributing to the long-term education of the environments we all enjoy as travellers.
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Teaching Sports
Sport has the power to cross all linguistic and cultural barriers. Use your enthusiasm to develop vital teamwork skills, boost confidence, and put a great big smile on the kids' faces as well as yours.
Do it All
Combine all the different ways to volunteer in one project - working with children, protecting local wildlife and helping the local community.

Volunteering in Thailand


Volunteer Projects

From £379

A volunteers’ favourite destination - from working with elephants in Northern Thailand and teaching children in Surin, to helping hill tribe villages in hospitals or schools, you can really make a difference in Thailand. Why not combine volunteering with travel? We offer 'voluntouring' programs for those who want to get the best of both worlds.

Volunteer Goa
Goa Beach & Volunteer
During the week you will be teaching English and maths to children in local schools plus caring for communities in slum areas. In the evenings and weekends zen out with yoga sessions, try some Bollywood dancing or chill out on the palm-fringed, silky sands of nearby Madagon Town.
2+ weeks from £68
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Sea Turtle Conservation
Costa Rica Turtle Conservation
Help save the tortugas (that’s Spanish for turtle, you know) on the beautiful Playa Matapalo in Costa Rica. You’ll be doing vital work patrolling the beach to stop egg poachers, monitoring nests and collecting data. Best of all, you might get to see the baby turtles hatch and release them into the ocean – go little tortugas, go
1-8 weeks | from £308


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Cape Town Volunteer
Help Children in Cape Town
Fancy spending your days telling stories, playing games and caring for the kids? Then this is the project for you! You’ll be supporting some really under-resourced centres with children from brand new to age 7 by co-ordinating activities, helping with feeding and nap time, general housework and of course lots of cuddles!
10+ days | from £508
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Shamwari Volunteer
Shamwari Conservation Experience
Experience one of our best selling projects and get a chance to capture the 'Big Five' on camera! Also your chance to help protect this amazing habitat for these animals by helping with research, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Feel like a real ranger doing wildlife tracking and work to raise environmental awareness in the local community.
2-12 weeks | from £824
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Volunteer with Pandas in China
Prepare for Panda-monium as this volontour introduces everyone's favourite black-eyed cutie in Chengdu. You'll be helping out the rangers with feeding, cleaning and general work around the enclosures. On Day 5, board a train to Xi'an and opt for a bike ride along the Ming City Dynasty Walls and enjoy local street foods that evening. Day 7, meet the Terracotta Warriors, then head to Shaolin for Mandarin lessons and an optional Kung Fu show. You also head to Beijing for a hiking and camping trip on the Great Wall. 
11 days | From £1,232
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Philippines Help Local Communities
They say it’s more fun in the Philippines and that’s certainly true at the GK Enchanted Farm! On this unique project that aims to eradicate poverty in the Philippines by 2024 you can help support budding entrepreneurs and their villages through teaching, building, farming, cooking and even football coaching. Our first volunteer loved it so much that she’s still there!
8 or 15 days | from £587
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