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Volunteer Abroad

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Why volunteer with STA Travel?

We believe in exploring, not exploiting. It’s a sad truth that the most well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting local communities for profit rather than helping. We will only work with projects that can prove they make a positive and lasting impact, meeting the needs of the host communities to ensure sustainability whilst also meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. This is guaranteed by their acceptance and signature of our ‘STA Travel Volunteering Partner Checklist’ to confirm they adhere to current guidelines on ethical volunteering. STA Travel is affiliated with ABTA (Association of British Travel Agencies), WYSE Travel Confederation and has set up an industry-leading ‘STA Travel Animal Welfare Policy’.

How do you want to volunteer?

We support over 50 projects in more than 30 countries, whether you're looking to teach English, work with communities, animals or clean up our planet. There's something for everyone. Choose to volunteer or voluntour - what's the difference, we hear you ask?
Volunteering in Kenya
Volunteer
◦ With project durations starting from 2 weeks +
◦ You'll stay locally and be able to immerse yourself properly in the community and culture.
◦ You can go your own way! You're encouraged to explore the local area during your time off/weekends.


 

Voluntour
◦ You'll combine a volunteering experience with a group tour.
◦ Experience the best of both worlds - live with a community in your chosen destination before heading off on an organised itinerary.
◦ You'll meet and travel with like-minded, socially conscious travellers.

What kind of work do you want to do?

  • Work with animals
    Work with vulnerable animals in rehabilitation centres, sanctuaries or game reserves.
  • Work with children
    Help at schools and day centres, teaching English, developing workshops and life skills.
  • Work in communities
    Get stuck in with grassroots not-for-profit projects to improve life in local communities.
  • Work in conservation
    Go behind the scenes on habitat conservation, data collecting and animal tracking.
  • Teach sports
    Develop teamwork skills and boost confidence amongst kids and communities.
  • Do it all!
    Get involved with more than one style of volunteering all wrapped into one project.

Our featured Southeast Asia volunteering projects

Teaching in Indonesia
Make a difference in Indonesia
Work alongside local communities to teach English to kids and young adults, arranging beach clean-ups and monitoring newborn turtles in their habitats. 4-week options include more in-depth tutoring and community visit opportunities.
14 days from £1032​
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Teach Children in Vietnam
Assist with English lessons and homework and opt to stay at a shared volunteer house or with a local host family. Optional activities include a boat ride to the Mekong Delta, a meal wiht a local family and a trip to Miu Ne beach.
14 days from £602​
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thailand volunteering
Thai Elephant Conservation
This project offers a peacefull home for more than 30 neglected and previously abused elephants. Play an important role by preparing food, feeding and assisting in maintenance of the park.
7 days from £395
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Borneo & Conserve Orang-utans
Experience Borneo & Conserve Orang-utans
This project is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak and to bring harmony between people and orang-utans. Be one of the special few who experience and help with orang-utan 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 £1195
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Our featured volunteering projects

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 £782
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Women's Empowerment Project in Ghana
Join in the fight to promote gender equality, this program specifically works towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equality. Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives and live in the lively beach-side village of Kokrobite and enjoy Ghana's year round summer. 
15 days from £1161 
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Costa Rica Turtle
Costa Rica Turtle Conservation
In this community led effort, participate in night patrols, monitor the beach for unwanted predators, collect data and help keep the area safe for its hard-shelled residents. You may even get to wave them off and witness that glorious scramble towards the sea (season dependent).
9 days from £321
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Panthera Lion Sanctuary
Panthera Lion Sanctuary
Get involved behind the scenes at a big cat sanctuary. Daily tasks include caring for lions, leopards, jaguars and tigers, preparing their food, helping out with enrichment programmes and educating visitors about the sanctuary and the conservation work.
17 days from £1115
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Projects available online

Thailand Voluntour
Combining a great first weekend in Bangkok with a week living in an elephant village and then finishing with a week on Koh Phangan - home to some of the best beaches and best parties in the world!
15 days from £788
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China
Volunteer China Pandas
On this tour you will care for vulnerable giant pandas, hike and camp the Great Wall of China (seasonal), explore the diverse city of Beijjing amd have a kung fu lesson from Shaolin Masters.
12 days from £1380
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Make a Difference in the Philippines
Volunteer at the Enchanted Farm, a thriving hub for social entrepreneurs, get stuck into urban gardening, and help to cut down on plastic waste. You’ll head on to the coastal village of San Felipe, located north of Manila and popular with surf fans.
10 days from £756
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