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Voluntourism: Europe

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Wherever you are traveling in Europe, opportunities for volunteering on the go are bountiful. In this list we explore some favorite options, from helping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity in Portugal to harvesting olives at a farm in Italy, but there are plenty more. Ask around while on the ground or check with a charity in the places you are traveling to.
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72017 Ostuni, BR, Italy

November begins the olive harvest season in southern Italy.  I traveled to a village near Ostuni, Apulia where I volunteered on an organic olive farm.  I arranged my gig through WWOOF—Willing Workers on Organic Farms.  Olives...

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Iberia
For 14 years, the international nonprofit Habitat for Humanity has been working in Portugal, where a large percentage of the population lives in dilapidated housing. The organization’s short-term program, Global Village, recruits volunteers to...
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Mayfair, London, UK
I had a chance to take a great walking tour of London with a twist. This tour was offered by a guide who was formally homeless and lived on the streets in this area. I highly recommend the volunteer organization that runs the tours, "Unseen Tours"...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Turkey's coastline has some dramatic topography and we learned this while voluntouring on the Southwest coast where the Aegean meets the Med. After a week of working for our room and board, we decided to take a hike to the beach and relax. We...
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5068 Nikiup, Bulgaria
I would say this happened at the height of our enthusiasm for voluntouring. We spent 6 weeks in a rustic little village, tending to animals and farming, in central Bulgaria. It was one of those old farm villages where all the houses are clustered...
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Tynnølsvegen 50, 2665 Lesja, Norway
Looking for a unique way to experience bucolic Norwegian life without breaking the bank? Nestled in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley (about two and half hours north of Lillehammer), Tynnøl Backpackers Lodge offers visitors the chance to stay in...
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del Borghetto, Strada Comunale, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
For two weeks, I volunteered as a WWOOFer at Podere Il Casale where after a day in the gardens, milking goats, or serving cheese tastings to tourists, we all gathered for a staff meal. We ate simple, delicious food like chestnut linguini with...