Amazing Volunteer Opportunities All Over The World

Not all volunteer opportunities have to feel like work. You can do something invigorating and exciting while using your time to help others. To get you started, we’ve compiled some of the coolest offbeat volunteer positions in your own backyard and around the world.

Local

Every community is full of small but important nonprofits and charities with the same needs as large ones. Many organizations need volunteers to run their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. If you’re an Internet whiz who enjoys engaging with others and writing snappy status updates, find a small organization near you that can use your help.

If you love the arts, you’ll find several options that include a free performance or other perks. Check with local theaters that may need ushers or box office help. Film festivals use volunteers for everything, including line control and transportation, and often offer off-duty volunteers free entry to showings. Museums love having knowledgeable docents to walk visitors around. Even if you’re not an expert, many museums offer training and other incentives.

Animal lovers have a host of opportunities with humane societies and rescue organizations, but you can also help out through animal therapy programs for the disabled. Horseback riding in particular is gaining popularity, and groups like We Can Ride have positions for experienced horse lovers and newcomers alike.

If you live somewhere fascinating but never get to see the sights, consider working with hostels to act as a tour guide for visitors. It’s a great way to do something fun and make new friends while getting to know your area better.

Abroad

More and more people want to scrap the typical vacation in favor of something more compassionate. “Voluntourism” volunteer opportunities turn your trip into something memorable and life-changing.

Go wild with a group like The Great Projects, which works to help animals across four continents. Travel to Botswana and assist in conservation efforts with lions and other big cats on a trip that also includes farm work. Other options include an orangutan project in Malaysia, a wildlife rescue in Bolivia, or a bear sanctuary in Romania. They even have excursions that are perfect for families.

If you love the beach but don’t just want to sit around, look for an organization such as the Oceanic Society, which sends volunteers on vacations to destinations like Belize to help sea turtles, coral reefs, and more.

Looking to get active? Climb to great heights with RadiatingHope, an organization that raises money for cancer treatment by climbing the world’s highest peaks. Last year they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and they take new climbers as long as you’re willing to train.

Whether you choose a trip across the globe or find someone who needs help close to home, fascinating volunteer opportunities are all around you.

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