Did you ever wonder how to make a dream come true, volunteer for cheap and make this wonderful trip? It is not always easy, to cut the cost for your travel down, and have this unique travel experience. Therefore, we have selected some of the best and most affordable volunteer trips for you. We do our best, to keep your cost low and transparent, but at the same time, we have quality in mind. Simply, we want to deliver the best travel experience for you, meaningful and rewarding volunteer work and benefits both for the local people and for you.
If you are looking to volunteer for cheap, there is nothing better than a free program! Teach English in Ibagué, and explore this fascinating country!
Iko Poran runs it’s own projects in Rio de Janeiro, and therefore is most affordable. The local staff is always available and will guide you through your volunteer experience. Nathan and Lindsey from USA, first went for a volunteer trip to Argentina and worked on a building for a community, and then to Rio, for sports volunteering.
Ming from China never will forget the smiles on the faces of the children at school. She has been teaching English and enjoyed her stay with her host family. There are also environmental projects in the cloud forest available, or you dive into an experience with local arts and crafts, developing your creativity.
A dream came true for Isabella from Brazil, when she first went to Cape Town, to care for the children at Doreen’s Crèche. A volunteer trip to South Africa is much cheaper, than you may think!
When Odette Crisp from Australia came to Jaipur, she was overwhelmed by the Indian culture. In the first week, she took part in many free cultural activities, including Yoga, learning Hindi, baking chapati. There was even a dance workshop! Having this in mind, this trip is really cheap regarding everything which is offered. Then Odette started teaching English to children and to women. Claire soon followed in the women empowerment project, and now even a woman from Colombia wants to come and help the women in Jaipur.
In this last chapter, we come back to Nathan and Lindsey who started their trip in Buenos Aires. Read here about the exciting experiences. If you are into football, Argentina is the country! Coach boys and girls at school, and maybe, even discover a new Messi.
Many of our volunteers find Peru especially inspiring, as you can even get in touch with indigenous people. You can travel high up in the mountains and try out our Andean Immersion. In the Peruvian Amazon you can teach English and more, and live with the jungle community.
So far I have had a wonderful experience volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Iko Poran’s Urban Environmentalism program. I am half way through my two-month stay in Rio and I already know that it will be a very valuable experience for me. The project consists of work in Tijuca National Park and at a large community garden in a favela, where they grow almost every sort of common vegetable in Brazil. The people I work with in the communities are all incredibly kind and welcoming, not to mention they are doing work that makes a big difference for themselves and the environment.
Staying in a beautiful Home with the Host Family
Here in Rio, I have stayed in a beautiful home with the host family. The house is in an area within walking distance of some bars and restaurants and has a nice view, as well as a very comfortable living space. The family has been welcoming and make sure that I have everything I need to enjoy my time here. They also have two adorable kids and two cats, which has been great for me as well.
Wide Range of Volunteer Projects with Iko Poran
Overall, I recommend Iko Poran as a volunteering outlet. They offer a wide range of work that contributes to the local communities, while also assuring a fun and comfortable stay. – Elisa
Paige Bird is a junior in college at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is a communication major seeking a career in journalism and enjoys playing for the golf team at IPFW and spending her free time with her dog, Lucy.
I chose this program because I have always wanted to study abroad, but with being a student-athlete it is unrealistic to go away for an entire semester. I have always loved animals and travel so I decided volunteering abroad was the next best thing!
I chose Iko Poran’s Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation program because it is very affordable and sounded like a fun way to help animals.
What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?
My program advisor helped me prepare to travel to Costa Rica. Being a female and traveling abroad on my own, he helped me feel safe and comfortable to make the journey. He gave me clear and direct instructions of travel and assisting me along the way, what I would be doing in my program, and had a representative meet me at one location and bring me to my final destination.
If I could give a piece of advice to someone going to the program, I would tell them to take advantage of every opportunity they get to experience the culture.
We were allowed quite a bit of free time and my favorite memory of the trip was going away for a weekend with a group of friends and doing excursions. The volunteering was fantastic, but the friends and memories I made will always be something I hold close to my heart.
Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends.
Join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.
The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.
Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, your work schedule will include walking them to the river to bathe them, harvesting and planting food, feeding the elephants, everything is based around a new approach to elephant care that puts the elephant first.
The program will bring you in touch with the elephants. Therefore, the close and personal contact with these magnificent creatures on a daily basis will be an unforgettable beautiful experience. At the same time you will see the real Thailand, the daily life of its residents. Living in a traditional long house with other volunteers, that’s rural Thai life at it’s very best!
Volunteer for free teaching English in Colombia, traveling to this exciting country of South America. Since Colombian people are of the kindest, most peaceful and most welcoming of the world, you will enjoy teaching English to them. While volunteering in Colombia you may visit colonial cities, the Caribbean beaches, huge mountains and the Amazonian rainforest.
If you choose to volunteer with us in this incredible program in Colombia you will be working within a small English Institute in the beautiful city Ibagué; the capital of the department of Tolima situated in Western Colombia, just south of the famous Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. You will spend your days teaching English and practicing conversational skills; the institute offers a variety of classes of different levels and age groups, you may be responsible for teaching within different classes. You will be expected to teach 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday.
This is an incredible opportunity to gain some real teaching experience and to discover the true Colombia. Moreover, you will be living among local people and get all the benefits of a profound cultural exchange, while helping to broaden the opportunities of your students.
In this once-in-a-lifetime program all of your accommodation, plus one meal a day is completely free of charge. You also receive free Spanish classes, and normally our volunteers spend their weekends enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with all transportation included, for example rock climbing, Salsa classes, rappelling, horse riding, and partying with the local people!
Colombia has been often vastly underestimated, due to its history and problems with security in the past. But fortunately, over the last decade the security situation has changed dramatically for the positive. So, don’t to miss out on this charming country.
Colombia is blessed with natural beauty. Landscapes like the Caribbean coast and beaches, the coffee plantations on the hills, the Andean summits, Amazonian jungle make the country unique for travelers.
While volunteering Teaching English in Colombia you may take advantage and get around in the country with it’s fascinating history. Enjoy the Caribbean beaches, walk around in the city with its colonial architecture. Visit ancient ruins of La Ciudad Perdida. The archaeological site second only to Machu Piccu. But these are just a few of the many hidden treasures you will come across trekking through Colombia. You will experience a culturally rich country, and easily make friends with Colombians. Colombian people are of the kindest, most peaceful and most welcoming of the world; it is not uncommon for passers-by to welcome you in the street.
Out of a troubled history, through recent years turning over a new leaf, Colombia has blossomed. Therefore, tourism is increasing and art lines the streets. 2016 marked the signing of a treaty in a historic peace process between the FARC and the government in which they agreed to a cease fire and to surrender their weapons. Bogotá is awash with new restaurants, boutiques and other small businesses capitalising on the country’s status of peace. There is so much to discover!
Volunteering is a unique way to travel. You can take part in unforgettable cultural exchanges, gain professional experience and better understand the country where you are travelling. At the same time by giving your time and effort to this cause you get to play an important role in the lives of local people, sharing your knowledge and skills.
My experience at the turtles project was amazing. I had a lot of fun and met fantastic people from all over the world. The village is totally safe and local people are really kind.
The patrols at night were fine, you have to walk for four hours on the beach with guides, and if you’re on a lucky night you’ll get to see turtles coming slowly from the ocean, crossing the beach and laying eggs just in front of you. It’s something you want to live in your life, and something you want to protect.