Plan a Summer Voluntour

April 21, 2008

It’s an election year and people are shouting about change and learning to make a difference. Going green has never been more popular, or more important, and anyone with a conscience is thinking about ways they can help out. This summer, in between sleeping, sunning and sandcastling, how about traveling to take part in a volunteer project?

Volunteer travel is a great way to dive into a culture, get up close and personal with locals, and feel more than just broke and hungover on your way back home. There are dozens of programs available, so whether your interest is in health care, construction or education, you’ll be able to find something that excites you. 

For an experience that will let you combine good times and good deeds, consider spending time in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, or Tanzania with the Volunteer Abroad program. You can work with kids in a local school, support conservation efforts, help rebuild homes and schools in regions that have been hit by floods or earthquakes, assist in a medical clinic, or pick out one of the many other worthwhile projects available.

“Volunteer Abroad is owned by the Canadian Federation of Students (a not-for-profit student organization founded in 1981 that currently unites more than 450, 000 colleges and students across Canada). As part of this student movement, Volunteer Abroad connects motivated people with not-for-profit organizations, communities and government agencies in need of assistance around the world.”

Projects last between 4 and 24 weeks, making it simple to combine a shorter project with a backpacking trip you’re planning, or make the volunteer experience the main part of your itinerary. Volunteer Abroad will help you plan your travel arrangements, including any day trips, weekend activities, or other destinations you want to add to your adventure.

Visit www.volunteerabroad.ca for more information.


  1. If you are interested in volunteering abroad, there are many more resources available online.

    The best one I know is

    independent, sorted list of volunteer opportunities and internships worldwide

  2. Hi there,
    True idealist.org is the best one!
    If you wish to combine cycling/canoeing and berry picking with activism, then become a social / environmental activist by participating in the Belarus Solidarity Cycling Expedition 2008.

    Check http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/VolunteerOpportunity/147600-323

  3. ‘Voluntouring’ sure is picking up. Some doctors and students from Oregon did some community development work in Guatemala recently and with the Haitian earthquakes recently it’ll likely follow suit as it did in Thailand after the tsunami.

    Sorry for bringing up an old post – but I was looking for comparisons between the sense of charity between the Thai experience and the recent ones of Haitians.

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