Any traveler knows how pricey a good adventure can be. Most of the time, price point is the deciding factor in where the vacation is, how long it is, who goes on it, and what’s done during it.
Everyone who loves or wants to travel dreams of a cost-free vacation with no financial stress. Despite seeming like a fantasy, there are ways to explore without breaking the bank.
How? Volunteering. Here are a few great volunteer travel experiences to try this coming year.
Wildlife Research in South Africa
Want to cross South Africa off your scratch map? Consider signing up for the Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition Volunteer Program. This awesome program brings volunteers closer than they’ve ever imagined they’d be to large mammals such as elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos.
The volunteers stay at Big Five game reserve where they have the chance to study animal behavior, learn to track, and help take care of the residents of the reserve.
Heroes on Horseback in India
Taking Volunteers into the poverty stricken areas of India on horseback is the Heroes on Horseback Program. Offered by Relief Riders International, the program has volunteers aid in relief efforts around Rajasthan.
Volunteers may aid in providing free eye surgery, dental work, HIV/AIDS awareness, pediatric care, collecting donations, and assisting in many other ways.
English Lessons in Haiti
English in Mind Institute, a non-profit organization, poffers willing volunteers an opportunity to teach English in Haiti.
Volunteers spend part of their time at orphanages and part with the adults of less fortunate Haitiam communities. Their primary job is to teach the residents essential English skills that will help them secure a long-lasting job.
Sea Turtle Protection in Costa Rica
Have you ever wanted to dabble in marine conservation? Now you can with the Sea Turtle Protection Program in Costa Rica.
Volunteers conduct night surveys, monitor nesting sea turtles, relocate eggs to safe places, and guide baby turtles safely to the water. They can also help teach locals about environmental education.
Archaeology Volunteering in Romania
Travelers with a love for old things will love to volunteer in Romania. Through the Archaeology Volunteering Program, antique enthusiasts can dabble in the field and gain hands-on experience.
Volunteers will work with local teams to unearth and analyze exciting finds in different areas of the country.
Fitness Instructor Volunteering in Maldives
The Maldives is a popular location on many bucket lists. Travelers can, however, gain access to this tropical paradise through volunteering.
They can sign up to teach fitness or children’s soccer, getting to spend the summer on the beach and under the sun while benefiting the locals and making new friends.
Husky Ranch in Canada
For dog lovers, visiting a husky ranch in Canada is a dream experience – and one they can do for free! Volunteers can make their way to Canada’s national Husky Ranch where they can spend time caring for, training, and learning about huskies.
They can also go on dog sledding trips with the animals.