Volunteer Travel Opportunities
Here are some examples of organizations who accept volunteers, but who aren't specifically engaged in volunteer travel. These organizations typically offer short term volunteer opportunities in a wide variety of interesting and life-altering situations... where volunteering would indeed wind up being a 'volunteer vacation'. For additional volunteer opportunities, see "Starting Points" in the left column.
Airline Ambassadors "... a network of students, medical professionals, families and retirees who volunteer as "Ambassadors of Goodwill" in their home communities and abroad. It provides a way for members to share their unique skills and talents to care for others and bring compassion into action.... AAI provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need as well as relief and development to under-privileged communities worldwide. We escort children in need, hand-deliver humanitarian aid to orphanages, clinics, and remote communities, raise public awareness and involve youth in humanitarian efforts around the world.... "
American Hiking Society "... at the forefront protecting the nation’s trails and the hiking experience. Our deep roots in outdoor recreation, advocacy, volunteering and experiencing nature through hiking bring me enormous pride and satisfaction. Hiking our nation’s trails offers Americans boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, renew themselves and establish a lifetime of fitness. American Hiking Society works toward ensuring that hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and for future generations as well...."
Amizade "... empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.... a 15-year record of cooperating with communities on service that local individuals and organizations define and direct. We not only cooperate with communities on issue identification, we also work collaboratively on project implementation, continuous evaluation, and regular improvements...."
Archaeological Institute of America "... is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world
of archaeology with nearly 250,000 members and subscribers belonging to
more than 100 local AIA societies in the United States, Canada, and
overseas, united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in
furthering human knowledge...."
Bridges "... low-impact independent backpacker tourism seems to allow the best
compromise between development and conservation..."
Caribbean Expeditions "... exists to support local efforts to record and document historic the architecturally valuable resources. We seek to contribute to the broader base of information about the Caribbean styles and stylistic influences, history, and the architecture of the Caribbean..."
Cross-Cultural Solutions "... volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable
community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side
while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are
an international not-for-profit organization with no political or
religious affiliations..... believes that the most successful approach to international
volunteering is one that defers to the needs and goals of the local
community. We recognize that local people know what is valuable and
appropriate for their own community. We're committed to providing
volunteer work that helps them carry out their own set of objectives,
rather than imposing another one...." They define themselves as a 'mini Peace Corps'.
Earth Watch Institute "... Earthwatch expeditions are more than just ecotours, voluntours, or volunteer vacations. Our international volunteers include teens and adults of all ages, and range from teachers to bank executives — all united by a desire to save our environment, its biodiversity and its endangered species. As a volunteer, you’ll learn about critical ecological and cultural challenges worldwide and how you can take action after your volunteer adventure. With Earthwatch, you change the world — yourself...."
Eden Project "... an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location; a global garden; a place of beauty and wonder. Our world famous architecture and art draws inspiration from nature, our educational work is about creating a positive future in a world that is going to go through radical change, and we try to ensure everyone who visits Eden leaves knowing something more about their connection to the world. That's the big stuff…Eden is also about simple pleasures; enjoying tasty food, rediscovering what puts the great into the great outdoors, imaginative play for children, taking time to stop and smell the flowers, having a good time...." Located in Cornwall UK
Food for The Hungry "... embraces an intensely personal and biblical response to God’s call to end physical and spiritual hungers worldwide. This intentional walk with the poor mirrors God’s walk with each of us, recognizing our own brokenness and His transforming grace that brings out our God-given potential...."
Food First "... shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change...."
Global Citizens Network "... strives to develop creative and effective local solutions to global problems by providing opportunities for individuals to interact with people of diverse cultures who share common global values...."
Habitat for Humanity International "... Join in the fight against poverty housing and homelessness around the world!..."
Mobility International USA "... Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their
human rights through international exchange and international
Oceanic Society "... primary mission is to protect endangered wildlife and preserve threatened marine habitats worldwide. The Society works to establish protected natural areas, supported and sustained through scientific research, in cooperation with local communities.... conservation approach is to foster alternative livelihoods for the
benefit of local communities bordering marine protected areas through
the development of eco-friendly economies as an alternative to those
that are destructive to wildlife and natural habitats...."
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps "... is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.... Volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots, veterinarians and support workers participate in expeditions (at their own expense) in some of the world's most exciting places...."
Service Civil International ".... Each year more than 5,000 volunteers participate in 2 to 3 week workcamps all over the world. Living and working together in an international group with people of various backgrounds and nationalities helps to break down barriers and prejudices between nations. You pay travel and we provide food, a place to stay, and the most amazing experience of your life. Work with asylum seekers in Norway Help on an organic tea farm in Japan Work with a childrens theater group in Kosovo Repair fencing for a wolf sanctuary in Colorado Hundreds of other opportunities in over 60 countries..."