Free Volunteer Travel Resource Guide

The following is a few of our favorite volunteer travel resources to help you prepare for your meaningful travel or volunteer trip. Hope you find our list useful.

Volunteer Travel Resources

The Underground Guide to International Volunteering – Kristy Henderson (the Nerdy Nomad) has put together a very valuable resource to help you learn about international volunteering. Her eBook will save you dozens of hours of scouring the internet for legitimate and affordable volunteering opportunities.

Shannon O’Donnell – Shannon is a travel blogger that spends a lot of time researching volunteer travel. She has written a book called The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook and co-founded Grassroots Volunteering; a resource empowering travelers to connect to the causes and communities in the places they travel.

The Ethical Volunteer – Sarah Carroll and Bob Kelly have created a resource to facilitate ethical and independent overseas volunteering. They have produced high quality informative videos that help you learn how to volunteer ethically overseas. Make sure you watch these videos before you decide on your destination and project.

Learning Service – Designed to better prepare young people about to travel abroad for the first time, and travelers of all ages looking to give back through their time, with the skills and mindsets they need to be of “service”. Another resource full of things to think about and learn before you go volunteer.

Volunteer Forever – Raise funds to volunteer abroad! Developed by volunteers who wanted a better fundraising solution, Volunteer Forever is committed to helping you overcome the financial obstacles to volunteering overseas.

The Travel Clinic – Dr. Mark Wise has created this site for anyone wishing to learn about the health risks that may be encountered when travelling and to find out how to minimize or manage those risks.

Omprakash – A very thorough general resource for individuals planning to travel and volunteer abroad. There are lots of organizations listed on this site if you are looking for ideas.

VolunteerSouthAmerica.net – Links to a number of great organizations in South America.  Steve McElhinney is a wonderful person and he has been providing this free resource for free for at least 10 years.

World Nomads Travel Insurance – Travel insurance for independent travellers.  Buy, extend & claim online, even after you’ve left home.

Nomadic Matt– Matt Kepnes shares free tips and advice on how to save money while you travel. His book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and website are both full of useful advice that will save you money.

Awesome Travel Agents

G Adventures – We really like the philosophy of G Adventures. It is a travel company that has sustainability at its core. If you decide to go on a trip through an agency, check out their tours.

Intrepid Travel – This organization offers a small group style of travel which means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way. You’ll get as close to real life as possible (without actually moving in). You’ll have the unsurpassed knowledge of a local leader.

Accommodations

Airbnb – Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. The site connects you to homeowners who rent out their spaces. This is a great way to get off the tourist track and stay with the locals. Use this link to receive $20 for FREE for your first stay!

Hostelworld – The world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform They also supported and sponsored our hockey equipment donation to India, so we really like them.

CouchsurfingCouchsurfers share their homes, cities and lives in profound in meaningful ways, making travel anywhere in the world a truly social experience.

House-sitting  – Dalene and Pete Heck have been house sitting their way around the world for a number of years. Check out their site for some basic information. Maybe it is something for you?

Flights

Airfarewatchdog – Provides airfare deals and money-saving tips from airfare experts. Airfare is one of the most expensive parts of travelling anywhere. This site will help you find deals on your flights.

Google Flights – Helps you navigate all online flight tickets. The layout of this site is very user friendly. One of our personal favorites is the bar graph based on price.

Airtreks – A world leader in around the world tickets.

Just so you know, a few of the preceding links are affiliate links. This means that we do receive a bit of money based on referrals. This occurs at no additional cost to you. However, rest assured, we would not recommend anything on True Travellers unless we stand behind it.

If you are looking for low fee or free volunteer organizations around the world maybe you will find our lists helpful:

TTS-Volunteer-Programs-list

We hope that you have found our volunteer travel resource guide helpful.  If you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Please help! I submitted complete info for my nonprofit organization In Defense of Animals-Africa (Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee sanctuary) but nothing has been posted. I would appreciate hearing from you & having the info posted. Thanks so much! Karen Bachelder

  2. Jawad Ben says:

    Hello, I am jawad , I am a popular blogger from Romania, and I’m 25, I’ll love if i can do volunteer this summer in Asia in africa or where you need me. I made and before in my country at different centers but now I want to try to help people outsite of my country. Because for me in final the memories count not staying at PC. I am good at teaching or helping and at a lot of things.

  3. Im looking for volunteers to come and help me build a natural playground based on permaculture principles in Kisumu Kenya. At Maendeleo Playscape & Farm, we believe that learning should not be left only for the classroom. Contact with nature plays an important role in brain development, providing children with a safe space to be engaged, to take risks, to discover, to think critically, to create, and to strengthen their sense of self. Our playscape and farm will provide a natural adventure world for the children; a place to play and learn that is different from the norm. By embodying the principles of permaculture, and integrating other enrichment activities, we can promote behavior change in vulnerable girls and youth. Our playscape & farm will provide many opportunities to explore new passions, such as drama, music, sports, and the visual arts. The children will be able to learn what they like, they are good at, and they will be able to develop the confidence and skills to carry these new passions with them as they grow. Furthermore, by partnering with other local and international organizations, we can combine imagination and playtime with health, human rights, peace building, and conflict resolving education.
    The trips are for 2 weeks each in Oct, November and December. Regular volunteers are accepted all year round
    More info is here http://www.maendeleohub.org/maendeleo-playscape–farm.html
    Contact me at omondidavid@gmail.com
    Thank you

  4. hola buenas noches, mi nombre es pamela. soy enfermera, con un lado artistico (bastante abarcativo). me gusta muchisimo viajar, en lo que pueda ser util al mundo, estoy abierta a todas las propuestas. me gusta la ayuda humanitaria, soy nueva en la pagina. cualquiera que pueda brindarme ayuda sera bienvenida.
    saludos desde argentina!

  5. Alexandru Popovici says:

    Hello, I am Alexander, I am a popular blogger from Romania, and I’m 17, I’ll love if i can do volunteer this summer in Asia in Thailand or where you need me. I made and before in my country at different centers but now I want to try to help people outsite of my country. Because for me in final the memories count not staying at PC. I am good at teaching or helping and at a lot of things.

  6. Younes Lbala says:

    nice

  7. then check this site and see if you like to volunteer in ghana .www.humblehub.org.or email me niendowiddrisu@yahoo.com

  8. Chloe Morris says:

    Hi, I my name is Chloe, I am fourteen and a few of my friends have been talking about doing something like this and I think its a really good idea. Message me back if you have any suggestions as to what to do.

  9. Hello World’s Volunteers,

    For the year 2016, the association AVS Volunteerism and Solidarity (Ouarzazate, Morocco) is organizing two international projects of volunteer work and cultural exchange :

    AVS 1 From 16 JULY – 33 AUGUST
    AVS 2 From 13 AUGUST – 31 AUGUST

    AVSKids : International work camp of child animation (Atrelier Music, Theatre Workshop, Clown, out with the kids) School : AL QODS – OUARZAZATE.
    AVSPainting : International work camp of Painting (Fresco, Drawing ….)
    School : AL QODS – OUARZAZATE.

    For more information on these two sites, which also contain several activities for volunteers (visits, excursions, parties … nationality …) http://www.avsozt.org please visit our website or contact us by email at: info @ avsozt.org or avs.ozt(at)hotmail.com as you can contact the AVS ambassador : info(at)avsozt.org
    best regards AVS

  10. Alexandra27 says:

    Hello,I am Alexandra and I am nurse .I would like to be a volunteer because I like help people and animals.
    I want to have a sense of my life I want give all the best things from my together with God.I hope like my wish to be accomplished with God.

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