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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’.

Up to 15% off selected projects. Book by 31st January 2020.

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
◦ 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.


◦ 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 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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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 | 15% off
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thailand volunteering
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 | 10% off
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turtle conservation
Perhentian Islands Turtle Conservation
Help protect hawksbill and green turtle nesting sites and keep tabs on their movements using snorkel surveys, turtle watches and collecting data. Sleep in a hammock under the stars for an idyllic project.
2 weeks from £721 | 10% off
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More 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 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 | 15% off
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Great white sharks
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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More projects

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 | 15% off
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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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