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Why Volunteer: Making a Difference While Travelling

Article by GVI


Posted: February 27, 2023

Volunteering while travelling can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It allows travellers to make a positive impact on local communities and the environment, while also gaining a sense of purpose and fulfilment. 

Here’s why you should consider volunteering on your next trip abroad. 

Benefits of Volunteering While Travelling

Volunteering while travelling has a range of benefits. First and foremost, it provides an opportunity to make a positive impact on the places you visit. Whether you’re teaching English in a rural school or working on a conservation project in a wildlife reserve, your efforts can help to improve the lives of local people and protect the environment for future generations.

But volunteering isn’t just about giving back – it’s also an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge. Depending on the program you choose, you may learn about topics such as sustainable agriculture, marine conservation, or community development. You may also develop valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving.

Volunteering can also provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Many travellers find that volunteering gives their trip a deeper meaning and allows them to connect with local people and cultures in a more meaningful way. It can also be a chance to step out of your comfort zone, try new things, and challenge yourself in new ways.

Types of Volunteering Opportunities

There are many different types of volunteering opportunities available, depending on your interests and skills. Some examples include:

Teaching English

Teaching English is a popular volunteer opportunity around the world. Volunteers may work with children or adults, and may teach in schools, community centres, or private homes.


Conservation volunteering involves working to protect the environment and wildlife. This may include activities such as wildlife monitoring, habitat restoration, and marine conservation.

Community development

Community development volunteering involves working with local communities to improve their access to education, healthcare, and other essential services. This may include activities such as building schools, providing healthcare education, or organising community events.


Construction volunteering involves building or renovating infrastructure such as schools, homes, or community centres. Volunteers may work with local construction teams or other volunteers.

Why Volunteer with GVI?

So why should you choose to volunteer with GVI? There are several reasons why GVI is a reputable and worthwhile organisation to work with.

GVI offers a range of programs that are designed to have a meaningful impact on local communities and the environment. Whether you’re working on a marine conservation project in Fiji or teaching English in Costa Rica, your efforts will make a real difference in the places you visit.

GVI provides comprehensive training and support to all volunteers. This includes pre-departure training, on-site orientation, and ongoing support throughout the program. GVI staff are experienced in working with volunteers and are dedicated to ensuring that you have a safe and rewarding experience.http://people.go.gviworld.com/volunteer-in-costa-rica/

GVI programs are designed to provide opportunities for volunteers to gain new skills and knowledge. Whether you’re learning about sustainable agriculture, marine biology, or community development, you’ll have the chance to develop valuable skills that can benefit you both personally and professionally.

GVI programs offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in local cultures and communities. You’ll have the chance to interact with local people, learn about their customs and traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of the places you visit.

Perhaps most importantly, volunteering with GVI allows you to make a positive impact on the places you visit. Whether you’re working to protect endangered species, providing healthcare education to local communities, or building schools for children, your efforts will have a lasting impact on the lives of those around you.

Volunteering while travelling can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It allows you to make a positive impact on local communities and the environment, while also gaining new skills and knowledge. If you’re considering volunteering on your next trip, check out GVI’s range of programs designed to have a meaningful impact. 

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