Collected by Lauren Nicholl
I'm always looking for volunteering opportunities, especially abroad.
Highridge Village, Kenya
Kenya will change your life. I took my first trip to Africa with in 2009 with a service organization, Heart for Africa. We worked with AIDS widows and street kids who have been placed in a home. It will break your heart and open your eyes. I have...
Sangkhla Buri District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
I volunteered with DREAM Project Foundation for 4 months earlier in 2012, and without a doubt it was one of the most rewarding, emotional and fun experiences of my life so far. Most of my time was spent at DREAM House, a children's home in...
2645 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, was one of the communities most severely affected. The St. Bernard Project, a...
Joining www.cardiostart.org on their mission to Uganda means spending your time encouraging patients, visiting wards and generally helping whereever it's needed. You can do outreach to local schools or help the children recovering from surgery. As...
Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve, Lydenburg, 1120, South Africa
It was pitch dark outside as I stumbled to the kitchen tent in search of coffee. One of the research assistants had stirred up the fire and a kettle was heating as we stood around, cradling cold, empty cups in our hands--waiting expectantly. One...
Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
Masai Village, Kenya
Working with the Born Free organization I had the opportunity to help a local village by building a lion proof boma to protect their animals from lions. This experience was life changing, not only did I create friendships with the local people,...
Cite Saint-Georges, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
As part of the "Do" Category, I can't even begin to communicate the life-changing experience that is volunteering in Haiti. Just because the news cycle has moved on to other stories doesn't mean that the need for help in Haiti has disappeared....
54A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Ripon Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
I volunteered several times during my first trip to India and found that volunteering at Mother Teresa Charities one of the most rewarding. I spent a week at Shanti Dan and worked with mentally-challenged women.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
I volunteered with this children's organization for 5 weeks, and it was an amazingly fun and enlightening adventure. If you're looking for part-time volunteering (which I did as I was living across the city), or if you want to do it full-time,...
I recently spent 10 days in Uganda working with Outreach Uganda (OU); helping women displaced by the LRA war. Although my third visit to Uganda with OU, this was my first visit to the villages up north. This photo was taken in the village of...
28-29 ถ.ลำปาง-เชียงใหม่ Tambon Wiang Tan, Amphoe Hang Chat, Chang Wat Lampang 52190, Thailand
I had a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants at the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand. As it was a lifelong dream of mine, the experience was one of the best of my life. I spent three days basically...
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
We traveled with non-profit Globe Aware on a volunteer vacation in Cambodia. A highlight of the trip was a 2-day project building wheelchairs for local disabled people. My 9 year old son even got in on the action, helping to build 2 chairs of his...
Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Accompany elephants as they make their way to a “retirement” park in Northern Thailand after careers in trekking camps. The project is an attempt both to give the elephants a more pleasant, natural life andto rebuild the bonds between the animals...
209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Hands Up Holidays specializes in combining work and play. Its nine-day Taste of Thailand in Style trip begins with an overnight cruise from Bankok to Authaya, with tours of both cities. Three days are spent volunteering at an orphanage in Phang...
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027, India
I was volunteering with Manav Sadhna, an NGO based out of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. My new friend, Raghubhai, started a project where he delivers tiffins (lunch boxes) twice a day to 15 elderly people in the slum villages. These people live...
Hili, West Bengal, India
Visiting orphans might not be on the top of your travel plans, but I believe it is most definitely worth mentioning. Bangladesh is an incredibly poor and dirty country. I had the unique opportunity to travel here to film a series of promotional...
McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, India is better known as Little Lhasa since the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan refugees now call it home. Perched on the side of the Himalayas the small town offers a plethora of activities and entertainment. But...
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