GoEco is a good place to head if you’re interested in doing volunteer work that has a sustainability aspect. They are particularly focused on “ecological tourism,” that allows for tourism that promotes sustainable development. GoEco also conducts further research in the field of ecological tourism, such as the ‘Ecological Footprint’ as a tool for sustainable tourism development.
They send people all over the world for a variety of volunteer program categories. You can apply by going to GoEco and clicking “apply now” after deciding which project category is the one for you.
2.) World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms:
There is no one official organization for WWOOF’ing, but rather a network of organizations that help volunteers find a host. WWOOF allows volunteers to live and work, for 4-6 hours a day, on organic farms in exchange for a day’s room and board. There is no real standard for stay-length, and where you go in the world is up to you.
To apply, go to WWOoOF and pick the country that you would most like to work in.
3.) Cross-Cultural Solutions:
Cross-Cultural Solutions says its mission is to “operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustabible community initiatives.” They provide volunteers with the opportunity to work side-by-side and share cultural understanding through their programs. Through Cross-Cultural Solutions, a volunteer can take a look at each destination and field in order to find a perfect match.
Their programs run through a range of experiences: working with the elderly, teaching children, supporting people with disabilities, or working with those impacted by HIV/AIDS. To apply, go to Enroll @ Cross Cultural Solutions to pick your destination and stay length and find out how much the experience will require from you.
4.) Volunteers for Peace:
Volunteers for Peace has opportunities in more than 100 countries around the world, including locations in the U.S. They are part of an “international voluntary service movement,” where people from multiple cultures live together while working with local communities to improve their conditions. VFP offers an extremely affordable experience, costing only $500 for “food, accommodation and work materials for the duration of the project.”
To sign up, go to Register @ VFP and follow the steps toward your next multi-cultural experience.
5.) International Volunteer HQ:
Travelers who volunteer through International Volunteer HQ are provided with a “quality, flexible, safe and highly affordable” placement system. Volunteers provide aid and assistance to developing countries around the world, by increasing education and awareness through skills they bring to a host community. In turn, IVHQ says volunteers take back even more lessons to their own countries and cultures.
Depending on the length of your stay, IVHQ can provide you with one of the most affordable volunteer experiences. To see what prices are like per country and by length of visit, see VolunteerHQ and follow the links to apply online.
– Alycia Rock