Opportunities to be less of a consumer and more of a world-citizen are rare, that’s why Cheapflights.co.uk is highlighting these tried-and-trusted volunteer travel organisations:
Travellers has more than 16 years’ experience arranging projects in 22 countries around the world. Volunteer projects run from two weeks to 12 months – you choose the length. Projects are well supported with airport collection, accommodation, food and a network of support staff available 24/7. Projects include hands-on conservation and cutting-edge research work; teaching projects (English, sports, drama, music, art, IT, maths etc); care work in orphanages, creches and care homes; professional internships; language and cultural courses. No qualifications are required, just enthusiasm and a desire to help. Projects are open to all nationalities from 17 years (no maximum age) and are ideal for young and first-time travellers, singles, couples and groups. Tailor-made projects are available on request. (www.travellersworldwide.com)
Ecoteer has a different approach to volunteering abroad. Rather than charging expensive handling fees, Ecoteer puts volunteers directly in touch with grassroots organisations abroad – from Argentina to Zambia. For an annual membership fee of £15 prospective travellers have access to those most in need of support. In many cases, accommodation and food will be provided, leaving members to sort out only their own travel.
Ecoteer.com highlights volunteer opportunities in conservation, ecotourism, teaching and community development. One example is volunteering in Malaysia where the founder of Ecoteer has lived since 2005, setting up two projects: teaching English in Borneo and working in the community in Pulau Perhentian. (