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Volunteer Abroad

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Make a difference in communities across the world

At STA Travel we're obsessed with the planet and everything in it, so it's a no-brainer that we've always believed in giving something back to the communities we travel to. We've got tons of volunteering opportunities across the world, which you can do as part of a gap year or something more short-term - from helping to save the turtles in Costa Rica to teaching children in Vietnam.

Why volunteer with STA Travel?

These days, there are a lot of volunteering projects around the world that are mismanaged and actually end up exploiting poorer communities for a larger profit, rather than helping them. 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 make sure 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. 

How do you want to volunteer?

We offer 50 projects in 22 countries around the world. First of all, you should consider whether you want to commit to one volunteering project for an extended amount of time, or opt for a voluntour trip, where you'll combine a volunteering project with a group tour. What's the differences, we hear you ask?
Volunteering in Kenya
- You'll focus on one project for an extended period.
- You'll stay locally and be able to immerse yourself properly in the community and culture.
- You can go your own way! You'll travel more independently when the time comes to see the rest of the country you're in. 


- You'll combine a volunteering experience with a group tour.
- You'll gain a local perspective instead of a tourist's - living with a community in your chosen destination will allow you to see it through their eyes.
- You'll meet and travel with like-minded, socially conscious travellers.

Types of volunteering project

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conservation work
    Help local communities to preserve their fragile ecosystems, contributing to the long-term education of the environments we all enjoy as travellers.
  • Teach 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.

Our featured volunteering projects

Turtle Conservation
Costa Rica Turtle Conservation
You might like to think of yourself as a seasoned globetrotter but you've got nothing on sea turtles, who travel up to 10,000 miles a year on their own flippers. But with egg poaching and climate change threatening their existence, their journey can often be tricky. Support the community led effort to improve the chance of survival for endangered hatchlings on Playa Montezuma. 
Projects from £312
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volunteer in borneo
Experience Borneo & conserve Orangutans
This project is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak and to bring harmony between people and orangutans. Be one of the special few who experience and help with orangutan rehabilitation. Plus take part in an adventure into the rainforest to meet descendants of the Iban tribe and experience a unique stay in a traditional longhouse.
Projects from £1,195 ​
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thailand volunteering
Thailand Voluntour
Only got 2 weeks but want a "real" Thai experience? Then this is for you! Combining a great first weekend in Bangkok with the choice of a week living in an elephant village or teaching in a rural school, and then finishing with a week on Koh Phangan - home to some of the best beaches and best parties in the world!
Projects from £779
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Shamwari Volunteer
Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa
Experience one of our best selling volunteer projects with an amazing conservation experience at the Shamwari Big Five Game Reserve, South Africa - all ranging from 2-12 weeks. You’ll work closely with the Born Free Foundation to assist with animal tracking and research, game count surveys, reserve rehab and more.
Projects from £818
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Elephant Experience, Surin | 8-29 days
Work off the beaten track in a traditional elephant village in Surin province. You'll care for and feed these gentle giants as well as help the mahouts harvest crops. Spend free time kayaking in the river and learning the nifty tricks of Thai cuisine.
From £625
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Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica | 29 days
Get involved with a conservation project in Tortuguero National Park and help to position jungle camera and carry out biodiversity surveys to contribute to ongoing wildlife studies. Keep an eye out for sloths, turtles or jaguars! Spend weekends surfing, ziplining or lounging on the beach.
From £1852 
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Make a difference in the Philippines | 10 days
Get stuck into urban gardening and help to cut down on plastic waste. You'll head onto the coastal village of San Felipe to continue your good deeds and get involved in the community's reforestation project. 
From £756
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Teach children in Cambodia | 2-6 weeks
New Hope Cambodia is based in one of the poorest slum areas on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The project provides free education, healthcare and vocational training to the Modul Bai community. 
Projects from £732
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Jubilee Sailing Trust

Always fancied the life of a sailor? No experience required at Jubilee Sailing Trust! These voyages are inclusive to everyone, of all abilities/disabilities, meaning everyone contributes to the journey! You'll be navigating, setting the sail, preparing food and be on lookout duty, and if you're a fully-abled crew member, you might also be asked to assist other members with their tasks. Ahoy there!
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