Hand-Picked Volunteer Abroad Programs to Enrich Your Alternative Spring Break 2019

ishan | Fri, 03/01/2019 - 10:18 | | , Volunteer Abroad, Responsible Tours,

So you are done with your exams and semesters with flying colors? Feels quite like an accomplishment - right? We can top it up with some more excitement. 

Enhance your Gap Year with our awesome Volunteer Abroad Program with countless excitements. Sounds intriguing? Read along to find out our handpicked offerings at Go Discover Abroad! It cannot be a better time to go out there and indulge in your first Volunteer Abroad Program.

Ranging from orphanages in Tanzania to a 2-week program in Peru; the art of Yoga while in the Himalayas to the elephants and beaches in Thailand - we have handpicked few of our best volunteering programs that you can enjoy best during your spring break. Let's dig in deeper.

 

Orphanage Volunteer Program in Arusha, Tanzania

volunteer in tanzania with kids

Perhaps the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Tanzania is African wildlife! Undoubtedly, you'll get a chance to experience the thrilling safaris to spot the Big 5 at Serengeti and Ngorongoro, but the best part of your gap year journey will be the times that you'll spend with the adorable children at the orphanage while volunteering. Being a developing country where there's a huge underprivileged population, and children have been brought to the orphanages to give them adequate care and love. 

What you can do in your free time?

  • A wildlife safari is a must! Feel the chills while exploring the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • You can also visit Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara.
  • Head towards Zanzibar if you are interested in watersports like snorkeling and Scuba diving.
  • Visit the Masai village to witness the life of the Masai people and can also take a day trip to Hot Springs or Coffee Plantations near Arusha.

 

Learn The Art Of Yoga While Exploring The Himalayas

yoga volunteer adventure in India

Wish to ditch the chaos and cacophony of the city life and experience the bliss of being around the snow-capped Himalayas? Then choosing this tour would be the best decision for you! Designed for all those adventure seekers, gap year travelers, nature lovers and fitness freaks - this Yoga Voluntour in Palampur, India, would take your mind and soul to another new world.

What you can do in your free time?

  • Head out for a thrilling trekking experience in the Himalayas.
  • Shop at Palampur for souvenirs.
  • Try out para-gliding.
  • Visit the town of Bir, hugely populated by its Tibetian population.

 

2 Weeks Special Volunteer and Travel Program in Peru

short term volunteer in Peru

While Machu Picchu might be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Peru, but this incredible country has a lot more in store to offer you. Serve the underprivileged kids at rural nursery schools. Know how your small initiatives can make a big impact in someone else's life. And of course, travel to the various places, explore the beauty of the heritage sites, learn Spanish and savor the taste of the local cuisine. Spend 2 amazing weeks in Cusco during your gap year and gain experience that will immensely help you in the days ahead. 

What you can do in your free time?

  • Explore Cusco with all of its museums, heritage building, cultural centers etc in the city.
  • Take the sacred valley tour while going down beautiful lanes of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • Visit the renowned UNESCO Heritage Site Machu Pichu.

 

Teaching & Youth Development Project, Cape Town, South Africa

teaching volunteering in South Africa

Feast your eyes on the legendary scenic wonders and lose yourself in the wildlife extravagance of South Africa. And if the traveler in you hungers for diversity, Cape Town will surely lift your spirit! With its strong heritage and vibrant Capetonian culture, you’re in for a travel treat! On top of that, this coastal city also has some of the best-hidden beaches in the world, all lying in wait for you to live it up on their shores.

What you can do in your free time?

  • Make an exciting weekend out of the Peninsula tour and can simply drop by the Good Hope Nature Reserve, Hout Bay, Seal Island, Simons Town and more along the way!
  • Work off your trotters and hike up the Table Mountain or simply sit back and relax on a cable car. See you at the top!
  • Take up surfing lessons on the weekends and enjoy the amazing swells of Cape Town. 
  • Face-off a shark in a cage deep down in the ocean and feel your heart thumping out of your chest!
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with activities like Abseiling down the Table mountain, skydiving.
  • Become a wine connoisseur and treat yourself to fine wines and warm hospitality at Constantia and Stellenbosch wine farms. 
  • Explore the world-renowned road stretch of Garden Route, South Africa.


Elephants 2 Beaches - Voluntour in Thailand

volunteer with elephants in Thailand

As the name suggests, you'll get to spend a lot of time with the adorable gentle giants in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before heading off to the pristine beaches at Koh Samui. Can't have a better plan for your Gap Year, right?!! The Elephants 2 Beaches Tour has been designed for all those adventurous souls who can dare to take up challenges and have been bitten by the wanderlust bug! Apart from caring for the elephants at the serene villages and detoxifying at the beaches, you can also splurge into some adventurous activities and feel the adrenaline rush. So what are you waiting for? Thailand is calling you!

What you can do in your free time?

  • Visit the famous Chiang Mai night market.
  • Trailing along the serene elephant village.
  • Explore the Virgin Island of Koh Tan.
  • Visit one of Asia’s ancient wonders - the Ang Thong Marine Park.
  • Go sun-bathing at the beaches of Koh Samui.


Volunteer for NGO Support and Human Rights in Morocco

NGO support project morocco

You don't need to have any special skills to make a difference in someone else's life - all you need is the mindset to do something worthy of others. If you are planning to take a gap year and travel, then why not join a volunteering project abroad in Morocco and do something to help others? GoDiscoverAbroad, in collaboration with some local Moroccan NGOs, aims to bring a sustainable development with respect to human rights issues, education, childcare issues, government accountability etc. No matter how small a step you take, it'll undoubtedly make a big impact in the society and towards the lives of the underprivileged ones. Being a volunteer, you'll be providing a significant input in shaping the lives of weaker sections of the Moroccan population.

What you can do in your free time?

  • Explore the city of Rabat, which has an array of places and sights to surprise you! Visit the Chellah, the Hassan Tower And Tomb and other monuments that have an Arabic touch to them.
  • You can also explore the Rabat Zoo, that was opened in 2012 and has a huge variety of species.
  • If you are a beach lover, then you must head to Kenitra, a town very close to Rabat by train, and one famous for its surfing.
  • You can also go for exploring the popular Moroccan cities such as Marrakech and Casablanca.

 

Volunteer in Amazon Animal Rescue Center, Ecuador

animal rescue project in Ecuador

Have ever imagined how wonderful it would be to live at an animal rescue center with hundreds of them around you throughout the day? Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it can be a reality if you travel to Puyo in Ecuador during your gap year and be a part of the Amazon Rescue Center program. GoDiscoverAbroad works in partnership with the Ecuadorian Environmental Police (UPMA) and the Ministry of Environment in the fight against the trafficking, abuse, capture, and hunting of wild animals. As a part of the program, you'll be living inside the center for a considerable period of time and get to learn a lot from first-hand work experience. So are you ready for the adventure ahead?

What you can do in your free time?

  • Explore the city of Quito that has immense historical importance. Once a site where the Incas lived, Quito Old Town will surely take you back in time.
  • You can also go exploring the Amazon Rainforests and indulge in some adventure activities.
  • Go for exploring Cotopaxi volcano and Pichincha, Antisana, and Cayambe volcanoes that make the Andean contour.
  • If the beaches are calling you, then you can take a short flight and head off to Galapagos!

 

Conservation Volunteer Program in Spain

conservation volunteer in Spain

This is undoubtedly a perfect program for nature lovers and those who are keen on doing something worthy for sustainable environmental development. Located in the picturesque city of Valencia, you'll have an enriching gap year journey while working at the Parque Natural de la Albufera (Albufera Natural Park) and other wetlands, to improve the standard of flora and fauna in the region. You'll be closely associated with a team of experts who are already working for the betterment of the environment. You'll get to spend adequate time amidst nature, apart from learning the Spanish language and exploring the country's nooks and corners. 

What you can do in your free time?

  • Choose to relax on the beaches and explore the local eateries where amazing barbecues are served.
  • Attend Spanish language classes, or cookery courses to learn how to prepare the delicious cuisine.
  • Head towards Barcelona or Madrid for a short weekend getaway.
  • In case you are a football lover, then go and catch a local game. it'll surely be a treat for you.
  • Attend some local festival (if it's happening) or a flamenco dance show!

 

So to sum it up we have something for all and sundry to meet your need and role for your Volunteering Program as well as satisfy your dream visit to the country you intended to. So complement your spring-break with the best program from the above list or other hundreds of programs as our offerings. We are awaiting your decision and so is a breath-taking journey abroad. For any further queries drop us a mail at [email protected] and we will take care of the rest!

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