If you’re ready to give back to those who need it most while discovering a new country, culture and way of life, volunteering overseas is a great way to see the world. If you’d like to step into someone else’s shoes and observe the realities of life through someone else’s eyes, we’ve rounded up six places where you can go and volunteer to make the world a better place. Are you ready to take on an adventure that will stay with you a lifetime?
1. South Africa
Despite playing home to one of Africa’s largest economies, South Africa faces many problems too. The country is also home to the world’s highest HIV/AIDS rate. So, whether you choose to work with children of the families affected by the deadly disease or educating others, there’s much to be done. Plus, you can also volunteer across healthcare, wildlife rehabilitation and much more.
While many people will return home from Thailand with a picture of them riding an elephant, you can be the opposite side of the fence. The dark truth behind the abuse of these gentle giants is heartbreaking. If you want to make a positive impact, spend your time working at one of the many compounds created to combat the mistreatment of Elephants. Trust us, it’s so much more rewarding.
As home to 1.3 billion people, it’s no surprise that India is also home to widespread issues that could use some support of volunteers. From combating gender inequality and poverty to healthcare and education, you won’t be short of volunteer opportunities in the diverse nation that is India. From looking after abandoned babies to educating impressionable children, there’s lots of work to be done.
Peru is home to many significant social reform volunteer programs. From community development to healthcare and education, there are many sectors you can get involved in as you improve the lives of locals and immersive yourself in their welcoming culture. If cities aren’t your thing, you can off-the-grid as you immerse yourself into the indigenous communities that reside high in the Andes mountains through organised programs by Maximo Nivel.
Romania is bursting at the seams with history and enchanting culture. However, despite its natural beauty and welcoming people, Romania has a tragic past relating to the poor treatment of children who have been abandoned in orphanages. Help to nurture and love them, as every child deserves.
Zambia is dubbed one of the best places in Africa to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. If you’re ready to get your Dr Doolittle on and aid the rescue and rehabilitation of vulnerable and endangered animals such as elephants, lions and hippos, make your way there. The experience is like no other.