We provide resources to help you truly travel.

True traveling is getting off the tourist track and integrating with the local community. It is about exploring and experiencing culture away from the gift shops and the tourist traps. It is about leaving the all inclusive resorts and going beyond simply meeting the locals. To truly travel you need to immerse yourself with the locals and their culture. The trick is finding opportunities that will enable you to do this.

The aim of this site is to help you truly travel. We share interesting travel stories and adventures of people truly traveling. We also provide a variety of resources to help you truly travel.

Your International Volunteer Travel, Meaningful Travel and Gap-year Resource

One of the ways to truly travel is through volunteering. There are a number of fantastic volunteer opportunities that do not cost anything other than the cost of you being there. These organizations are run locally and can be a bit tricky to find, but they are worth it once you do.

We aim to help connect you with free or low fee international volunteer programs and provide you with resources to make the trip happen. These resource include fundraising sites like Volunteer Forever and educational sites like The Ethical Volunteer.

Please note, if you are interested in any of the organizations on our site, please contact the organization directly. We do not coordinate your volunteer experience. We connect you to the organization. It is then up to you to do the due diligence and make sure the organization and opportunity is for you.

If you have international volunteer opportunities to share or are interested in finding an opportunity, please let us know. Maybe we can help you out.

I hope that you find the site useful.

Safe and happy travels,
Andrew Wahba
Founder True Travellers Society
andrew @ Truetravellers.org

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  1. Snigdha Ghosh says:


    I am Snigdha Ghosh. I am looking for a volunteering opportunity where I can teach English to children ideally in Vietnam for a week with free accomodation and food. Would appreciate if you could mail me at ghosh.snigdha@gmail.com. I have a lot of experience in teaching English to children and am based in Kolkata, India. Looking forward to a positive response.
    Thank – you.
    Warm Regards,
    Snigdha Ghosh


    Tinkuy offers volunteer opportunities to professionals, trades people, retired individuals – couples, and students of all nationalities who want to share their knowledge and special skills with the people of Huancayo. Tinkuy is especially interested in providing English-language training, which has the potential to help open doors for these children to the global community. The most valuable asset that we have from our volunteers is their time. The volunteers bring a new world and provide a safe and positive experience for the children who often come from broken homes. Ultimately, we hope that it will give the children the desire to stay in school and a better outlook on life. The volunteers try to bridge the gap with education and new experiences for those children who cannot afford all of the basics. Volunteers are the heart of the program and without their continued support, Tinkuy Peru would cease to exist, and the future of our children would not be nearly as promising. This Volunteer program in Peru is an unforgettable and life changing experience, and many of our volunteers enjoy themselves so much that they end up coming back to Huancayo multiple times. Volunteering in Peru with Tinkuy will be an unforgettable experience.

    For more info: http://www.tinkuyperu.com

  3. Johnganesh Gurung says:

    Hi My name is Johnganesh Gurung (GANESH Bahadur Gurung) i am working on HIV and AIDS fields since 17 years in Nepal recently i am working in HELPING SOCIETY NEPAL (HIV&AIDS) as a chairperson and my responsibility is save to human being from HIV and AIDS in around the world .

  4. Hey Guys, Just wanted to add value volunteer information for people looking to contribute.
    http://inxchan.com/ is providing an unique give back program. Hope this information will help you.

  5. ANOPA (Playing for a better life) based in Cape Coast, Ghana are appealing for help. The project uses Sports to address social issues in the Country. The project started in 2010 as a German Government initiative and has chosen swimming as its main sports to address the issue of drowning along the coast of Ghana.
    It teaches young children and the vulnerable how to swim and also provide coaching experience to the youth to expand the idea of universal swimming among children in and around cape coast. The project has an unbearable financial issue with the renting of hotel pools to undertake its swimming activities since we do not have public pools in Ghana.
    As a result the project with its past international volunteers have launched a crowdfunding site to solicit for funding to enable the project construct its own pool in order to help reduce cost.We are therefore kindly and humbly appealing to your esteem organisation to help share our crowdfunding link amongst interest groups and individuals who will like to support our noble course to donate to our fund.Please see link below
    We are also appealing for used swimming noodles,goggles, and swimming costumes among others.
    We will also be happy for volunteer instructors on our volunteering program to come and support our local trainers and the children.

    You may visit us on our website http://www.anopa-project.com/facebook for more enquiries.
    Thank YOU

  6. Dollamika says:

    We are a registered community based organization in Western Kenya called Phildan Memorial Community Based Organization. We are looking for volunteers to teach English in our community school.
    Mika Ochieng Dolla.

  7. Mote OO Education are seeking a Social Science Teacher for 3 months from January 9th 2017 until March 31st 2017 in Loikaw, Myanmar. The main responsibilities of the job are: Teaching regular social science classes mainly on the History of Burma and Politics Taking responsibility for the students’ academic development and ensuring that students are guided in a safe learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the academy
    Guiding and mentoring all the students in term of academic study and extra curriculum activities
    Working collaboratively with the principal and other staff for the development of the program
    Supporting the vision, mission, goals and values of the academy in all areas of the job Experience, Qualifications and Attributes Experience in teaching young adults/adults Social Science teaching qualification and/or experience (at least one year) Graduate of social science or relevant course Fluent in English language Have excellent presentation and communication skills Be able to create positive/ supportive working environment Be able to work with diverse ethnic and religious groups Be independent, self-motivated and reliable in carrying out professional duties Be highly organized, hard working and results oriented Have the ability to teach different students effectively Have good interpersonal skills and an ability to work as a team member We understand that many potential applicants may have some of the experiences, qualifications and attributes listed above. We encourage such applicants to apply and we will assess on their potential as well as their experiences. We value and seek diverse staff in the program.
    Support available 1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with residential students 2. Accommodation at a house rent for volunteer teacher 3. Motorbike or bicycle is available for daily transportation 4. Business letter by Childs Dream for business visa application 5. Site visits to nearby places including the famous Pan Pet village, Htee Se Khar Waterfall, Kyat Cave, Hiking to Mount Lwe Nan Phat

  8. Hi There !!

    I am naveen from Indian Himalayas and we are a group of like minded people working hand in hand to make a change in the society through various developmental program situated in the Indian Himalayas of beautiful ‘Garhwal region’. The objective is to work for the benefit and upliftment of various age groups in the local community. Currently we are working with youth, adults and children.

    The work area/project area where we are currently working is government and private primary schools, a computer literacy center and a youth center providing various vocational courses for their better future. Also we intend to extend/initiative our program/new program for a sustainable development through various means for the betterment of our community and its people.

    We are looking for volunteers who could help us either in 1. schools, 2. computer literacy center, 3. youth center .The help required in these places are as follows:

    1. Youth center: assisting/helping in conversational English, confidence building skills, personality
    development skills, team building training, leadership skills and others. Our town has a small population of approx.

    2. Primary schools(public/private): assisting/helping in teaching basic subjects as English, maths, science, social studies, G.K, arts, crafts
    and music

    3. computer literacy center: assisting/helping in teaching basic/advance computers.

    These volunteering opportunities are offered 10$ a day only as to cover your food and accommodation expenses. No other expenses than this. Anyone interested to help in these places kindly let us know on godiyal83@gmail.com
    our volunteer facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YamdagniRishiSchool/

  9. We are two doctors from Macedonia. We are currently in the process of internship with all the exams passed waiting for the diploma. We are interested in work with children and young people. Duration from 3-4 weeks.

  10. We are the Peace Schools Foundation, NGO in Bogota, Colombia. We aim at creating, managing and invigorating projects that support the construction of peace as well as the reinforcement of networks of youngsters, instructors and schools of peace.
    Our focus is on educating in a culture of peace based on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, sustainable development, democratic citizenship, cosmopolitan and civic ethics based on tolerance and intercultural solidarity. We are a team of interdisciplinary professionals which takes part in an extensive network of national and international institutions.
    Through our volunteer program you will be actively participating in peace building projects in Colombia, improving your Spanish language skills and enjoying a hands-on working experience in a NGO in Bogota. Make a real impact on the peace education of future generations and discover the fascinating culture and vibrant cities of Colombia in your free time.
    Contact us any time: contacto@escuelasdepaz.co

  11. Hi Everyone,

    I am Volunteer Coordinator for E.P.C.Y.A an registered NGO in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We operate two Schools which gives classes every day to over 200 local Children and offer Homestay and Volunteer Opportunities in a beautiful local Village. Homestay offers accommodation and three Very good meals for only $10 per day, short or long terms. We have just started a Farming project and can always use Volunteers who would like to teach English, Computer or simply work on the farm. You can contact me anytime for more details. Thank you and hope to see you in beautiful Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    • Hi Rossetti,

      I’m a qualified Canadian secondary teacher in math, business, science and cooperative education who is looking for a volunteer teacher opportunity during my sabbatical year from my school in Canada (Sept. 2017- June 2018). I’m interested in helping you out in any opportunity you might have available in March 2018. I know this is in the distance future but I’d like to know where I’m going before I leave Canada on my round the world trip in September 2017. I’m open to helping you out for between 1-2 months. Please let me know if you can use my help and services. I have a B.Sc., H.B.Comm., B. Ed and an M.Ed and completed most of my M.B.A. Looking forward to your reply.

  12. African Actions International Missions (AIM) is a Non-profit Organization supporting disadvantaged children and youths in regions of Africa and other third world countries through provision of scholarships and educational centres,Health Care,protection of fundamental Human rights of destitute children and provision of livelihood projects to the community.

    The organization was founded as a result of the over-whelming conditions of orphans and other disadvantaged children roaming the streets of major towns of Africa due to the activities of guerrilla warriors and HIV/AIDS prevalence. AIM-is a wing that tends to cause a purposeful change in the lives of these disadvantaged children through holistic transformation.

    We are looking for volunteers , ambassadors, fundraising teams , partners and donors who can add value and help support the projects we are running.

    Contact me in the first instance and let me know how you can support our project and make a difference.

  13. I hope i can join next time 😎

  14. vinavolunteerservice says:

    Vina Volunteer Services offer affordable volunteer opportunities, works & placements in Vietnam.

    Please see more of our projects at http://vietnamvolunteer.net/projects

  15. DrGonzalez says:

    Good evening, I am Dr. Gonzalez. Currently, I am a professor at a university and have the fall off to do some volunteer work. Doctor in the field of mental health and a professor to master level students in the US, I am looking to volunteer this fall, short term, for a place in need. Would like to help in the most helpful manner. Are there any places accepting short term volunteers this fall? Thank you, Dr. Gonzalez

  16. I am Ngantu lesley serkwi will be graduating from the university of Buea by December reading geography willing to do voluntary service in relation to my field of study good in englis and can speak a little of frech language, i will do my best if am given the opportunity thanks my mail,ngantulesleybrown111@gmail.com

  17. Megz Snygans says:

    I Study Sport Management at Varsity College in Sandton, JHB. I want to know how to get involved. I want to make the world a better place. I coach children aged 3- 8.

    • Hi Megz

      I’ve joined this group so my details are not fully complete. I have a small primary school in rural Kenya called Roko 20 Academy. Please do check out the facebook page of that name and you will get some more information about what we do. We are always looking for people who can help our teachers improve their lessons in sports, art and music. Would this be of interest to you?

      Thank you.


  18. Ecotrekcameroon says:

    ECOTREK CAMEROON is a platform that points people who are in interested in volunteering with opportunties to make a difference in Africa,Cameroon.
    ECOTREK CAMEROON takes no responsibility for volunteers. We are here to provide information and support solely.
    Visit Cameroon through ECOTREK CAMEROON, work in a local NGO/CIG, research, visit cultural sites, organize your shows/meetings while staying with us…
    You #1 tour operator,( Enjoy Nature In Her Natural Context).

    Our Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/touroperator.cm/

  19. we are looking for volunteers in our projects in ghana.we have accomodations for our volunteers,any age ,country is welcome.we give our volunteers certificates and other documents that benefit them too as a return.

  20. Suen Ling says:

    Hi all,
    I am graduating soon this coming July with Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Management. I am interested in any volunteers work for 6-9 months preferable something related to management,marketing or teaching. It will be great if accommodation and food provided as i wish not to burden my parent after graduated. I am an organize person, loving, flexible and helpful person. I love reading books, music, travelling and cooking. Also, i have experience in organize events and working with children. I also involve in many volunteers work throughout my university life. Why i want to volunteer is because i find that volunteering is the most meaningful jobs in the works and I love to help those who needed my help. Thank you. If your organization need me, please contact me at kaori_shireen@yahoo.com

    • Hi, Suen

      Do you speak in Chinese or English, our project is based in Chiang Rai, volunteer will teach students chinese culuture and language for 2-3 months

      if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.



  21. Alexraj says:

    I am looking for a volunteer (female) from any country to work in a kindergarten . Job location – Pondicherry, India. Salary will be provided to meet all expenses. Urgently required soon. Contact for more details – aim4high@gmail.com .

    • Ganesamoorthi says:

      Dear Sir,
      i am looking for a job, completed Bachelor of Business Administration when i show this website already i send to you my resume if i suitable the position please can help me, Thank You!

  22. Hello. I am looking forward to volunteer into your organization. I am a professional photographer and also been an amazing administrator for the past 8 years. If in any way, my expertise might contribute to enhancing the life of a single person or creature, I would be more than happy to assist. Please let me know. I can speak English, French and Hindi and a little bit of Spanish. Thanks you.

  23. Rui Veiga says:

    Hi Everyone…

    Volunteers to work in Mozambique (Inhambane)

    Good morning , my name is Rui Veiga and im part of a Group called Grupo Trichilia, our primary busniess is processing of Mafurra, indiginous plant in Mozambique, (Trichilia Emetica)fruit seed and underutilized resource in Southern Mozambique , its a community based project and supply chain, and also we have BOM (Bio Oleos de Miombo) that makes skin care products out of natural sources and is a women run company , and we need a volunteer to help us develop our commercial and marketing sector, due to ur limited resources we cant hiered anyone with this capacity, we need a volunteer to train and develop this sectores for at least 1/2 years, were we will pay his/her ticket and give food and a house. we are based in Inhambane, a nice costal city.
    Rui Veiga

  24. kibugibethann says:

    Big up to the brains behind this platform! Good job!
    Am here to volunteer in whatever field and means..
    Am Beth from Kenya Nairobi. In addition I offer Customized Software Solution that act as a management tool for all the projects that all these energies bring on board. In particular we all must calculate our financials and resources e.g Hr as one of the organizations objectives and progress. so just in case you need any assistance being best in accountability Am here for you..feel free to contact me via bethann@wisedigits.com. Thanks.. bless you all!

  25. charity0918 says:

    Hello, My name is Bea from the Philippines. I was thinking of sharing my skills, generous time on my birthday, although it’s too far or few months to go (September) i want a productive birthday..benevolent work! Instead of celebrating my birthday as usual activity of mine..I’m currently working in government agency which promotes gender equality and women empowerment. I do have experience in nursing home before and tutorial skills with elementary kids. Hope i can do that on my birthday even 2 weeks of charity work, just giving back all the blessings i received. Thank you!

  26. Daisy Gabol says:

    I am Debraliz Sabelo Gabol, a social work degree holder and has been a service-focused government employee, community development worker , innovative youth leader, photographer, proud advocate and native from the tribe of Kalanguyas in Benguet, Philippines . I am also pursuing M.A. in Community Development which I aim to be a well-trained and effective student where I can put my learning into appropriate actions with a strong commitment in accomplishing such.

    I have been a social worker for two years I have the greatest job in the
    world. I am never been bored with my job . I’ve experienced travelling to different local and international communities because of my advocacies in Cultural Exchange and learning the purpose of of life ,witnessed a child turning into young men and young women. I have met children that I hope to be like when I grow up. I’ve made a career out of helping kids. Being a social worker is like a teacher. Probably because during this time of year I’m no longer in “helping kids” mode. I wanted to teach to cultivate joy. I wanted to make school feel like less of a prison. Moreover, you will find me to be understanding, dedicated, and personable aside from the fact that I am outgoing and have good interpersonal skills. I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and working in a fast paced environment.

    Moreover, travelling to different places complemented by my self-initiated has been also one of my hobbies. It really fulfills me to capture photos of people complemented with their own stories in it.

  27. Hi. My name is Lukas from United Kingdom but I grew up in Poland. I am looking for art conservation volunteer work in Asia or South America. I have 8 years experiences with art conservation and gilding. My email: l_kornacki@wp.pl

  28. Hi all I am a clinical lab tech and want be volunteer opportunities I can teach English can train unskilled persons . Much know about malaria HIV hepatitis etc can give awareness about stds etc

  29. bambu_tarapoto says:

    We are looking for volunteers in Perú

    We have two locations in Tarapoto and Arequipa, and we are looking for volunteers for our cozy hostel. We offer you a place to stay, meals, laundry service, access to internet and a confortable environment.
    If you are interested on this opportunity, send us an e-mail to tarapoto.bambu@gmail.com with information about you, (name, age, country, reason for travelling, and available time for volunteering).

    We hope this might be of interest to you.

    Kind Regards.
    Bambu hostel

  30. bambu_tarapoto says:

    Hey Everyone

    We have two locations in Tarapoto and Arequipa, and we are looking for volunteers for our cozy hostel. We offer you a place to stay, meals, laundry service, access to internet and a confortable environment.
    If you are interested on this opportunity, send us an e-mail to tarapoto.bambu@gmail.com with information about you, (name, age, country, reason for travelling, and available time for volunteering).

    We hope this might be of interest to you.

    Kind Regards.
    Bambu hostel

  31. We are based in Dali, China, along the tea & horse caravans.

    If someone with speech & language therapy experience, or just the passion and skill to play and communicate with child with delayed speech, boys games, rock climbing, horse riding etc., in English, interested in spending one month in China/Yunnan, I am offering room & board Dali home-stay for exchange.

    Roughly ten hours per week, easy work :)


  32. We, CliMates Tours, are a travel & tourism company registered in Oregon, USA. A branch of it is located in Sri Lanka. We seek Thai and Chinese volunteers (probably university students during their vacation) to work in Sri Lanka office to market and promote tour packages targeting Thai and Chinese tourists into Sri Lanka. An academic background in tourism and business studies is expected. Good knowledge in English is a must. Airfare and visa cost must be born by the volunteers themselves. Food and accommodation is provided by the company for free. Other benefits are depending on the performance. You can contact us via info@climatestours.com. Welcome to Sri Lanka!!!

  33. I am trying to find volunteer opportunities that have little or no cost. I have extensive structural and wildland firefighter training, and am an EMT-B. I also have a Master in Teaching and years of teaching experience. I would love to volunteer in Africa, but can’t seem to find any information on what programs are trusted and available. Any help would be appreciated. I am located in the Northwestern United States.

    • Hi Greggka,
      Mweva is a not for profit organisation, we are based in Jinja – Uganda, East Africa. We work with the disadvantaged and the vulnerable communities in rural areas. We provide free IT, Business and Entrepreneurship training skills to youths and adults.
      We are constantly in need of trainers/teachers in IT, Business or Entrepreneurship. If this fits into the area you are looking to volunteer, we would be delighted to work with us.
      There are no costs, fees or charges to work with us, its absolutely free. Uganda is a very beautiful country, the people are warm, friendly and you will have time to visit a lot of tourist attractions.

      You can email us on: mcitedi@gmail.com or admin@mweva.org. You can visit our website for more information http://www.mweva.org.

    • Hello Greggka,it is interesting to hear that you wish to travel in Africa.we are african foundation that recieve volunteers fro placement in to projects,we have schools for volunteers who want to teach,orphanage,disables,street childrens micro finance and hospitals.i think that you would have best fit in our projects if you can give it out to help transform and build poor childrens future.take care and hope to hear from you.
      Thank you.
      Humble Hub Foundation,

  34. empdevilstar says:

    Hi Im a malaysian currently working in Singapore. A lvl graduate with 2 years working exp. Would like to find a sponsored volunteer trip in May, Im interested in helping with the community, support the needy, community development or working for child advocacy/families/orphanage. Do drop me a message thanks:) empdevilstar0508@gmail.com

  35. humanitaryan says:

    Im arriving in Lima Peru the 12th of May. Looking for any form of sustainable volunteering opportunities with either children or teenagers in rural environments. Orphanages, care or education. Available up to 18 days. This would be my first volunteering experience abroad.

  36. sarah aturinda says:

    hello,my name is sarah from uganda am looking for a place to volunteer in south africa or zambia.hope to hear from you soon.

  37. hello, my name is shayne from canada. i am looking to find some free volunteer work in south east asia. want to do my part to help wjile i am traveling. currently in vietnam

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