Volunteering abroad, when done right, can be a life-changing experience. But you need to do more than just show up. At the end of the day, you’ll only get out of the trip as much as you put into it, so here are some tips to make the most of your volunteering abroad. Continue reading “11 easy ways to make the most of your volunteer vacation”
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If Ghana isn’t on your travel bucket list, then go ahead and add it right now! It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of must-see destinations, but volunteering in Ghana is a unique experience that you won’t regret. Read more “9 reasons to be excited about volunteering in Ghana”
Have you been telling yourself that this will be the year you learn Spanish? If you’re still pronouncing the “L” in tortilla every time you go to dinner, then it’s probably time to finally get serious about learning the language. Read more “How to learn Spanish in Costa Rica once and for all”
What separates a great volunteer abroad experience from an average one is being willing to dive into every aspect of learning the new culture, including speaking the language. Even if you sound a bit funny doing it! Read more “7 basic phrases to learn before you volunteer in Thailand”
From flights to travel insurance, international travel can add up quickly. However, with a bit of planning and saving, volunteering abroad doesn’t have to break the bank. Read more “How to pay for your volunteer abroad trip”
Are you considering teaching English abroad as a volunteer? There are many places where you could lend your skills, but no other country beats Costa Rica for its diverse natural beauty and friendly, laid back people. Add to that the fact that Ticos welcome English speakers with open arms, and the choice is simple: you need to volunteer to teach English in Costa Rica. Continue reading “Why you should volunteer to teach English in Costa Rica”
Ghana’s natural beauty makes it one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. And while it’s not as popular as safari destinations like Kenya, Ghana’s tropical forests, lush waterfalls, stunning beaches and abundant wildlife make it an absolute must-see for nature lovers. Continue reading “5 great reasons to volunteer at a national park or reserve in Ghana”
They say working with kids keeps you young. True or not, some of us just have a gift for connecting with children. If that sounds like you, there are many ways to volunteer with children in Thailand. And, no they don’t all involve orphanages. Continue reading “5 ways to volunteer with children in Thailand”
You know that feeling when you’ve zoned at work wishing you could be anywhere else but at your desk and computer? That tiny thought at the back of your head that maybe there’s something more out there for you? We’ve all had it at one point or another – the urge to escape the 9-to-5 drudgery and go on an adventure. Continue reading “Why you should volunteer abroad during a career break”
When you volunteer in one of our Thailand projects, we’ll take you off the beaten path so you can experience authentic Thai life. You’ll live and work among locals in the quiet, rural town of Trat on the southeastern coast of the country.
But what’s great about Trat is that it’s still easy to get to other parts of the country. uVolunteer participants usually work 4 days a week, giving them a long three-day weekend to explore the rest of Thailand. Continue reading “5 weekend trips to take when you volunteer in Thailand”
Few things tell you more about a culture than the food. That’s why we always recommend sampling as many local dishes as you can when you volunteer in Ghana. Continue reading “10 foods you must try when you volunteer in Ghana”
How many people can say they’ve watched up close as giant sea turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach at midnight? Or that they’ve spent four weeks living just a couple feet away from the beach? Not many. But when you volunteer in turtle conservation in Costa Rica, you can! Continue reading “A day in the life of a turtle conservation volunteer in Costa Rica”
Volunteering abroad is exciting, but packing for any trip can be a challenge. Between airport security requirements and simply trying to figure out what exactly you’ll need during your volunteer project, it can actually be one of the most intimidating parts of traveling. Continue reading “What NOT to pack for a volunteer abroad trip”
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact while gaining authentic cultural immersion in a beautiful country? Then you should volunteer to teach English in Thailand.
Whether you are a pre-med student starting a career in medicine or a healthcare professional looking for insight into medical care in a developing country, volunteering abroad in a healthcare project may be a great opportunity for you. Continue reading “What it’s like to be a healthcare volunteer in Ghana”
Few countries can compare with Costa Rica’s well-preserved natural beauty. Its many jungles and rainforests are home to a diverse range of rare wildlife and fauna, while its beaches, mountains, and waterfalls provide endless entertainment for adventurers. Continue reading “Top 7 things to do in Costa Rica”
We get it. Travel expenses can add up, and cost is one of the biggest considerations for volunteers planning their trip. But we believe you shouldn’t have to be wealthy to travel the world. With that in mind, uVolunteer offers affordable volunteer abroad programs to three destinations that are great for travelers on a budget. Continue reading “Which volunteer destination is best for your budget?”
It’s not hard to see why Thailand is a popular destination for volunteers. But there’s more to this beautiful country than exotic beaches, amazing food, and a famously laidback vibe (though there’s plenty of that as well!) If you’re a first time visitor, here are a few things that you should know before you volunteer in Thailand: Continue reading “10 things to expect when you volunteer in Thailand”
The thought of traveling and volunteering alone can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. You may worry that you’ll be bored and lonely or that you won’t have anyone to share all these great memories with.
But the truth is traveling and volunteering solo is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Continue reading “Why you should travel and volunteer solo”