What to Consider Before Going on a Volunteer Vacation

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You can go practically anywhere in the world on a volunteer vacation. Every continent in the world needs volunteers and it’s best to choose something about which you’re passionate and knowledgeable.

It’s best to do some research into what’s available rather than making an impulsive decision.


Once you have a list of options, try to make contact with others who have some knowledge about them. If possible, talk to people who have already volunteered. You can also find unbiased information on discussion boards and review sites.

Do due diligence about specific companies, finding out exactly what you will be expected to do, where you will live, what you will be eating food and details of any materials provided.

You will also need to find out about the cultures and customs of the country you’re going to visit. You must know what weather to expect and what you should wear to help you pack correctly. In African countries, for example, it’s important to protect yourself against malaria and sunburn.

You will need to find out what type of vacation to expect. Some companies offer packages that include volunteering and sightseeing. It is also crucial to establish exactly where you will be volunteering too – working in a rural area is very different from volunteering in the city.