Travel and volunteer abroad programs are an exciting way to get out of your comfort zone. Explore new places, learn new skills, and surround yourself with like-minded travelers. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know yourself on a deeper level and make life-long connections! But how do you get started? In this article, we’ll help you to figure out:

  1. How to volunteer and travel abroad
  2. Where to travel and volunteer abroad
  3. How to make an impact through volunteer and travel opportunities

Are you an adventurous spirit, restless, and seeking opportunities to volunteer and travel abroad? At Further Travel, we’ve been creating volunteer and travel programs for adventurers since 2021. We believe that overseas volunteer work and travel are the perfect way to combine adventure and purpose. Let’s dive into how you can start volunteering and traveling abroad!

How to Travel and Volunteer Abroad

When looking at volunteer and travel opportunities you’ll encounter mountains of information, which can quickly become overwhelming. The pressure of finding the right kind of volunteer opportunity to support your passions can be a challenge. Adventure travel volunteering is a great way to gain valuable life experience while getting familiar with other cultures and ways of life. 

In 2016, 8% of UK university graduates lacked volunteer and life experience before heading into the workforce. Our college student travel programs are a surefire way for you to get the volunteer and life experience you need to become a valuable employee. Several ways to get the most out of travel and volunteer abroad programs include:

  1. Meeting all your travel requirements
  2. Being prepared for adventure
  3. Volunteering Through Further Travel

At Further Travel, we’re committed to providing life-changing experiences that help you build your confidence. Bridge the gap in your employable skills by participating in impact-oriented projects and volunteering with amazing conservation organizations and more. 

Travel Requirements

We make it easy for travelers to get started on their volunteer and travel abroad programs. Our travel requirements cover the basics that you’ll need to be as prepared as possible for your trip. We advise our travelers to pack lightly and focus on being environmentally friendly when preparing for our camps. 

Your destination of choice will have specific entry requirements that you’ll need to comply with. However, we’ve broken down the key things that you’ll need before you set off on your volunteer and travel abroad adventure:

What you bring on your trip is up to you. Our advice is to keep in mind that you’ll be moving around, so remember to prioritize traveling with ease. We recommend that you be APT when it comes to applying, preparing, and traveling for your volunteer abroad program. 

The next step towards getting ready for your adventure is booking your flights. We can help you find the right flight to get you to camp or connect you with our partners at SkyLink for assistance. Visit our FAQ for more information on our travel requirements and our recommendations on what to bring to camp. 

Get Ready for Adventure!

Now that you have a clear idea of what you need ahead of camp, it’s time to discover the best ways to travel and volunteer abroad. Get ready for so many unforgettable experiences during your travel and volunteer abroad program!

From swimming in the stunning waters at Camp Maldives to shipwreck snorkeling at Camp Philippines, there are so many exciting adventures that await you. This is the time to start getting excited about your camp and deciding on exactly what you want from your volunteer and travel abroad experience. Are you interested in finding the best Thailand beaches? Or the most instagrammable spots in Indonesia? Eat Nasi Goreng in Bali, find fun things to do in Phuket, or teach in Thailand! With Further Travel, you’ll get to know local communities, cultures, and cuisines in extraordinary places. Whatever your preference, we can help you find the perfect experience.

Volunteer Abroad Through Further Travel

Traveling with Further Travel means you’ll experience bucket-list adventures and do meaningful volunteer work. Our mission is to create enriching cultural exchange opportunities around the globe, and that starts by connecting with young travelers who are excited to explore! 

To volunteer with us, all you need to do is look at our trips and choose a destination. We cover your accommodations, itinerary, and transport during your trip. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the locations on your itinerary and get well-acquainted with your fellow travelers during your volunteer and travel abroad program.

We offer environmental volunteer programs, wildlife conservation projects, and social impact opportunities so you get a well-rounded travel experience that gives back to the destinations you visit. 

Where to Travel and Volunteer Abroad

When it comes to deciding on where to travel and volunteer abroad, there are so many exciting options to consider. From 2005 to 2022, Europe continuously took the lead in tourism with over 500 million travelers reported in 2022. Meanwhile, Africa and Asia Pacific areas had only 150 million tourists in the same year. 

If you’re someone who is looking for a meaningful travel experience then going somewhere unfamiliar is the perfect option. For people who are interested in traveling with a purpose, we recommend the following destinations when considering where to travel and volunteer abroad:

  1. Bali
  2. Thailand
  3. South Africa

Volunteer and travel abroad programs that are still open in South Asia and Africa have so much to offer. Our diverse range of camps and exciting itineraries provide rewarding and thrilling experiences for intrepid travelers. Let’s get to know the volunteer and travel abroad experiences available in Bali.

Travel and Volunteer Abroad in Bali

The best way to start your overseas volunteer and travel adventure is with Camp Bali. Vibrant culture and striking landscapes come together to create a haven for the young and adventurous in Indonesia. Bali boasts a unique blend of stunning beaches, world-class surf breaks, and thrilling nightlife. Further Travel's Camp Bali programs include: 

Enjoy the buzzing energy of Kuta's beach clubs, immerse yourself in the tranquility of Ubud, or find your inner peace with yoga and meditation on the beaches of Tanah Lot. From thrilling whitewater rafting expeditions to traditional Balinese ceremonies, Bali promises an unforgettable volunteer and travel program filled with exhilaration, cultural exploration, and endless opportunities for self-discovery. Other locations you’ll get to explore through Further Travel’s Bali itineraries include: 

  1. Seminyak
  2. Tirta Gangga Tama
  3. Nusa Penida
  4. Lombok

Unlock your sense of adventure and create lifelong memories on this island paradise. Bali is the perfect destination for college students traveling abroad because it offers an equal mix of adventure and purposeful travel. Help local communities by teaching English in schools, getting involved with turtle conservation, and volunteering at local nonprofits. 

Our itineraries help you make a difference in local communities and dive into unforgettable experiences. If you’re looking for somewhere to party, explore, and give back, then Bali is the perfect place for you to travel and volunteer abroad.

Experience Adventure in Thailand

Embark on an enlightening adventure with Camp Thailand, where vibrant culture, exquisite cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes eagerly await travelers. Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok, filled with busy markets and vibrant nightlife, or visit the stunning beaches of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi during your travel and volunteer abroad program.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant street food scene and try the best foods in Thailand. Visit ancient temples or explore Chiang Mai's beautiful lush mountains. Thailand is a treasure trove of discovery, promising a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable memories. Further Travel’s Camp Thailand programs to travel and volunteer include: 

Assist with elephant conservation efforts, teach in local schools, and have fun at big beach parties in Thailand. Experience the best of what volunteer and travel programs have to offer as you dip into Thai culture and connect with your fellow travelers in beautiful Thailand.

Volunteer in Communities in South Africa

Discover the hidden gem of South Africa's Port Elizabeth with Camp South Africa. Nestled along the stunning Eastern Cape coastline, this coastal city offers a blend of captivating experiences. Your volunteer and travel program offers a hands-on itinerary as you take on Camp South Africa Animal Conservation or Camp South Africa Teaching & Sports Coaching

On your weekends, acquaint yourself with the vibrant surf culture and catch the perfect wave at Jeffrey's Bay, or explore the untamed beauty of Addo Elephant National Park. Witness the Big Five up close or dive into adrenaline-pumping activities. Our reps can help you organize exciting activities for your free time, including: 

  • Skydiving
  • Bungee jumping
  • Shark cage diving
  • Safari and game reserve drives
  • Canoeing trips
  • Waterfall visits
  • Boat and snorkeling trips

With its welcoming atmosphere, electric nightlife, and abundance of outdoor activities, Port Elizabeth promises an unforgettable getaway that combines adventure, natural wonders, and endless opportunities for unforgettable memories. Your travel and volunteer abroad program in South Africa will connect you with local communities and empower you to teach, learn, and explore. 

How to Make an Impact Through Volunteer and Travel Abroad Opportunities

Regardless of which location you choose, volunteer and travel abroad programs offer a diverse range of opportunities to make a difference. To travel with purpose, you need to connect with organizations that are doing important volunteer work across the world. 

At Further Travel, we help you see the world and make a difference. Opportunities to volunteer and travel abroad encourage you to look deeper at the destinations you’re visiting and positively affect the communities you’re staying in. You’ll connect with local NGOs to do important volunteer work and make a profound impact. In this section, we’ll cover the types of organizations Further Travel will connect you with during your volunteer and travel abroad program, including:

  1. Animal conservation groups
  2. Environmental projects
  3. Social initiatives. 

Gain meaningful experiences during travel abroad programs and connect with companies that are mission-driven and making a difference. Your contribution to these programs is what makes your adventure purposeful and engaging. Let’s delve into the types of animal conservation initiatives you’ll get involved in during your volunteer and travel abroad experience.

Make a Difference in Animal Conservation

If you’re an animal lover, Further Travel’s array of animal conservation projects is sure to fire you up! Do important volunteer with incredible people, and make a difference in the lives of creatures great and small through the following initiatives:

Rescue P.A.W.S.

Further Travel’s Rescue P.A.W.S. in Thailand is one of our most popular animal conservation initiatives. This stray dog program relies on volunteers to assist with vaccinations, sterilizations, walks, and preparing dogs to be adopted. Not to mention lots of love and cuddles! 

Elephant Sanctuaries

Across Phuket and Kanchanaburi, Further Travel’s itineraries connect you to organizations focused on elephant care. Learn about the elephant's history in Thailand, and why they’re such protected creatures, and then get up close and personal! Your volunteer and travel opportunities will let you meet, feed, and care for these gentle giants. Prepare fruit, vegetables, and sticky rice balls as tasty treats, then take the elephants down to the river for a bath where you’ll give them a good scrub. 

Turtle Conservation

During your stay in Bali, you’ll get to know the local reptiles as you assist in feeding the turtles, cleaning enclosures, and completing beach cleans. Get involved in environmental education programs and repairing animal education displays as part of your contribution to the turtle conservation program at Serangan. 

The Big Five

One of our biggest animal conservation volunteer and travel programs is Camp South Africa Animal Conservation. This action-packed two-week program covers a wide range of responsibilities for the everyday animal lover. Conservation tasks may vary from physical volunteering to interesting and interactive lecture-based content surrounding the life and history of a range of South African wildlife. No day is ever the same at Camp South Africa Animal Conservation! Be sure to have an open mind and enjoy the unique ways to travel and volunteer abroad with this immersive wildlife-focused experience

Do Important Volunteering Through Environmental Projects

At Further Travel, we make it our mission to give back to the planet as much as possible during our volunteer and travel abroad programs. Our eco volunteers contribute to the locations they visit through a variety of environmental projects, including:

  1. Beach cleans
  2. Tree planting
  3. Reef conservation efforts
  4. Food planting

Our Vietnam & Cambodia Camp prioritizes beach cleaning as part of the 20-day trip with volunteers picking up trash along the beaches of Hoi An to help mitigate ocean pollution. 

During Camp Maldives, your volunteer and travel abroad program will focus on volunteering with local organizations to assist in environmental conservation efforts. Work with Save the Beach in Vilimalé where you’ll conduct reef surveys, plant coral, and assess coral health. In addition to volunteering with Save the Beach, you will also help to plant coconut palms. 

While visiting elephants in sanctuaries, you and your fellow travelers will be encouraged to plant food such as banana trees and sugarcane that the elephants can continue to enjoy for years to come. 

Assist Powerful Social Initiatives

Working within local communities, such as in schools and education centers, is another great benefit to volunteer and travel abroad programs. During your adventures, you’ll get to know students that you’ll connect with as you teach English, coach sports, and do creative projects with them. 

South Africa

Our Camp South Africa Sports Coaching & Teaching is our longest social initiative-focused volunteer and travel program. We assist with two main schools in the townships of the local village—a conventional primary school and a school for those with special needs. You’ll be involved in helping with Math and English to slow and fast-learning children in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. It’s an exciting way to make an impact on local kids and support their education over the course of 5 weeks. 

Bali

During your time in Bali, one of the ways you’ll give back is by getting involved in teaching classes or helping with activities. This can include painting, gymnastics, or whatever else is going on in the local learning center. In Ubud, you’ll spend part of your travel and volunteer program teaching English in local schools for up to 3 days. 

Thailand

Get to know the local children in Chiang Mai as you volunteer to teach English at the local school. You’ll spend your morning planning lessons and games and then head to the schools in the afternoon. Meanwhile, some of our other programs in Phuket are a little more involved. Make regular visits to the school during the first week of your trip and spend 3 hours each day teaching. It’s a highly rewarding way to connect to the community!

Coordinate with Further Travel to Volunteer Abroad and Make a Difference!

At Further Travel, we’re the ultimate guides in volunteer and travel programs. We connect driven and adventurous travelers to exciting overseas volunteer and travel opportunities without the fuss of having to organize it yourself.  

Contact us today by emailing info@camp.co.uk and learn how we can set you up for your next adventure! Or, give us a call; we’d love to help find the perfect travel and volunteer abroad program for you!

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Jun 30, 2023
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