Do you want to embrace the “meaning for the season” but find it nearly impossible among Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that extend an entire month? Why not Travel and Volunteer this Holiday season?  Instead of giving socks and sweaters to people who already have more than they can possibly wear – give of yourself to people truly in need. Voluntourism is a popular form of international travel that allows you to contribute to sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture. Voluntourism is a similar experience to volunteer travel or a volunteer vacation and many people find that doing meaningful volunteer work while also participating in tourism is a great way to get the best of both worlds.

Calabria, Italytown-in-southern-italy

For many years, southern Italy has been a door to Western Europe for migrants and refugees, who often attempt to cross the Mediterranean from Africa. Recently, as with other parts of Europe, the number of refugees and migrants has increased drastically, and the Italian government and local population, facilities, and infrastructure are struggling to support them.

San Pedro, Belizevolunteer-with-kids-in-belize

Volunteering as a teacher in Belize with Projects Abroad is a great way to gain practical work experience while giving back. You do not need to have any formal teaching qualifications or TEFL training or other previous teaching experience to participate. As a volunteer, you will have a positive impact on the lives of the children you teach, whether you are a gap year student, career breaker, or simply looking for a meaningful way to contribute during a vacation.

Krabi and Ao Nang, Thailandvolunteering-in-thailand

The project aims to develop skills and improve the quality of life for Thai and Burmese families, especially focusing on children, youth and women’s groups in the local area. Between 30 and 40 children usually attend the local nursery and interacting with these children is a valuable way to make a positive impact in their lives. You will be a vital asset to help communicate to these children in English and through songs and games.

Various villages on Upolu Islandsomao

Samoans are always eager to learn and as a volunteer you have the chance to exchange ideas and stories. Volunteers teach in the village school in the morning and get involved in other activities in the afternoons. The school, which is the center of the community, is where you will become a vital part of village life.

Arusha and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Tanzania remains greatly underdeveloped. The country has decent infrastructure, but blackouts are common and most roads outside of city centers are rocky dust roads. While the economy has improved greatly in the last forty years and the country’s political stability forms a solid base for continued growth, Tanzania still suffers from a great deal of poverty. There are many areas where volunteers can help.

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