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Volunteering abroad is one of the best ways
to see the world, experience different cultures, make new friends, and help
others who are in need. Performing charity
work is a very rewarding experience and there’s no shortage of
opportunities in some of the world’s most beautiful countries to become a part
of the non-profit agencies that are doing their part to help out local
communities. There’s an almost limitless
amount of fantastic places out there you can volunteer with the NGOs
(non-government organizations), but let’s take a look at five of my favourites.
Spain is a beautiful country full of stunning countryside and sandy white beaches. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, so volunteering in Spain will give you the opportunity to learn a language that’s spoken by a huge number of people. Spanish is spoken by residents in every country in South America except for Brazil where they speak Portuguese.
There’s no shortage of volunteering opportunities is Spain, with many of them taking place in the countryside where you’ll help out on farms in exchange for food and board. You’ll have plenty of free time outside your volunteering to see the country and experience the local culture and cuisine.
The UK is a great country to volunteer in and is one of the safest places in the world, so it’s an excellent choice for those who might be a little worried about volunteering a long way from home. There’s a variety of opportunities to volunteer in the UK and you’ll be able to find a volunteering job that offers free accommodation.
The type of volunteering projects you’ll find in the UK are often very varied and range from working with disabled people to working with animals. The RSPB, a charity who work to protect varies species of endangered birds are always looking for volunteers throughout the year. In the summer months the Scottish Wildlife Trust look for volunteers to help out with practical conservation work and wildlife monitoring where you’ll be able to help protect animals and learn from the wildlife experts that you’ll be working with.
If you’d like to experience life in France and gain exposure to what living in France is like then there’s plenty of volunteering jobs available where you’ll be able to experience local life, meet the local people and see the beautiful countryside and beaches France has to offer.
The types of volunteering jobs you’ll find in France are very varied and range from helping to restore an old Masonic castle to language exchange programs where you’ll get to learn French while teaching others English.
Volunteering in Australia is popular due to the sun and relaxed attitude. It’s an extremely safe place to live and travel and you’ll find a diverse range of volunteering opportunities available ranging from event volunteering to wildlife conservations. Australia has a huge range of unique animal species and there’s a lot of work available helping to conserve and protect Australia’s wildlife.
Since Australia is such a popular destination for volunteering and travel you’ll find lots of like-minded people on your travels and you’ll make a lot of new friends. Australia has some of the best beaches on the planet, so if you love the beach then you’ll easily fall in love with Australia and its relaxed culture.
Italy is one of the most exciting places to volunteer in and you’ll find a diverse range of activities to keep you occupied outside your volunteering. Italy has it all, the sun, beautiful beaches, fashion, delicious food, friendly people and it’s full of cultural landmarks.
You’ll be able to volunteer teaching English to the locals, helping the disabled and the elderly, or doing general charity work all under the Italian sun. You’ll be able to find a range of volunteering jobs that offer free board and food in exchange for your volunteering work, so even if you’re on a tight budget you’ll find something to suit your needs in Italy.