Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you want to get off the beaten track while traveling but don’t have much time, you can volunteer in a community you’re visiting and make a difference in as little as just one day!
Amava Take: If you are going on vacation in Asia, Africa or Central or South America, and have at least a day to spend volunteering, take a look at Give a Day Global . Give A Day connects you to short term volunteer opportunities at vetted nonprofit organizations. You can often volunteer for longer than a day if you want to; many of the organizations welcome volunteers for 2-3 days or even a week or month. You can also sign up with your spouse or partner, or a larger group. Many past volunteers say it was the highlight of their trip!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Anyone who is traveling and willing to spend at least a day helping the local community.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Find a non-profit organization that aligns with your interests and come prepared to learn about the community and meet friendly locals. Check out the Give A Day Blog or volunteer stories.
What’s a typical day like?
Since there are positions all over the world in different countries, there isn’t really a “typical” day. Check out Give a Day Global for current volunteer opportunities. Some countries, such as Costa Rica, have many options, while others just have one or two.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
Getting to participate in the community and meeting locals you would never have met otherwise.
What are the hard parts of the job?
Realizing how much more good you could do if you could stay longer.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Give a Day Global?
You’ll be glad you took the time to volunteer while on vacation.
Special Requirements: There aren’t generally any special requirements to volunteer.
Finding a Position: Visit Give a Day Global to learn more and sign up. Some recent options included sea turtle conservation, planting trees, teaching arts and crafts, and leading language lessons. You can also read some reviews from travellers who have volunteered with Give A Day Global.