What NOT to pack for a volunteer abroad trip

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. 

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Top 7 things to do in Costa Rica

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.

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Which volunteer destination is best for your budget?

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.

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10 things to expect when you volunteer in Thailand

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:

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Why you should travel and volunteer solo

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. 

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How to volunteer abroad for free

Here’s what most people do when they want to volunteer abroad. They Google volunteer abroad programs in your desired country and they’re shocked to realize that many programs not only require you to pay but that the costs can add up quickly.

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8 reasons why you shouldn’t volunteer abroad

Maybe you want to volunteer to experience a completely new culture. Maybe you’re looking to gain valuable career skills that will make your resume stand out from the crowd. The benefits of volunteering abroad are nearly endless, but the truth is not everyone is cut out for this.

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Check out our Affordable Travel Guide to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been called the happiest country on earth for good reasons. From the warm and friendly spirit of the Ticos (Costa Rican residents) to the peaceful, laidback culture famously summarized as “Pura Vida” (translation: pure life) — it’s one of the most welcoming destinations for volunteers, backpackers and travelers of all sorts.

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