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Volunteer Abroad

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 with children in Kenya


◦ 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.
Nature conservation volunteering in Fiji


◦ 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.

Volunteering projects in Asia

Group of children 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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Phone taking a picture of fruit

Vietnam Food and Culture Voluntour

Work with an organisation that seeks to better the lives of those in need. Learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine and serve the local community with time to explore Halong Bay and other sights.
21 days from £1,104
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Two elephants in a forest

Elephants and Beaches

From grey trunks to swimming trunks, this voluntour stretches from the northern highlands to the southern beaches of Krabi. Care for elephants and stay in a local homestay.
15 days from £899
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Turtle swimming in the sea

Perhentian Islands Environment Education

Support local communities by helping to develop sustainable living practices. Help educate the local community on sustainable living and conserving their fragile ecosystems.
1 week from £284
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Volunteering projects in Africa

Rhino in Shamwari Big Five Game Reserve

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 volunteering project in Ghana

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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Voluntouring projects

Beach in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Voluntour

Get some iconic hotspots under your belt and give back to Mother Nature along the way. Spend five days volunteering at a sea turtle conservation project then further afield to sample Costa Rica's biodiversity.
15 days from £986
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White sharks in the sea

Great White Sharks and Marine Conservation

Get up close to great whites and bronze whaler sharks, and work alongside the marine biologists of Marine Dynamics Academy. Work on a leading shark cage diving vessel and learn about shark behaviour and tracking.
1 week from £548 | 1-12 week durations
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Person selling fruit on market in Thailand

Colombia Voluntour

This voluntour hones in on the coffee region of Colombia, where you'll use caffeinated energy to keep up with the local children, teaching them English, sports and arts and crafts. 
14 days from £944
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Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Elephant Conservation Sri Lanka

Based in Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka, this programme aims to encourage a harmonious relationship between humans and elephants. Help to conserve and monitor local wildlife using GPS, cameras, sound traps and remote sensors to help projtect the animals from dangers.
7 days from £764
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