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5 volunteering experiences that change your life

In the hustle and bustle of our busy modern lives, sometimes we all just need to pause and consider what’s really important. If there’s one getaway that helps to open our eyes and get a fresh perspective on things, it’s a volunteering experience.

Volunteering projects can take travellers to new and exciting corners of the world, not to mention give them the chance to make a real difference in communities abroad. With this in mind here is a look at just 5 of the fantastic volunteering opportunities available.

Medicine in Cambodia

Medical training extends further than just the role of a doctor or nurse, with volunteer placements also available to midwives, dentists and occupational therapists. A country always in need of volunteer help in the medical field is Cambodia. Located in the country’s capital Phnom Penh, medical placements take place in the state hospitals, while Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy graduates are also desperately needed in rehabilitation centres for landmine victims.

Journalism in Ethiopia

During a journalism placement in Ethiopia, volunteers work on the Reporter Weekly newspaper, which is published in both English and Amharic. Located in Addis Ababa, this placement offers the experience of working on a busy weekly paper as you try and get to the heart of a story whilst navigating different cultures. Staying with a host family and interacting with locals on the job, the placement offers an unparalleled insight into the Ethiopian way of life.

Teaching in Jamaica

 With approximately 21% of Jamaica’s adults unable to read and write, basic skills teachers are invaluable in this part of the world. Teaching classes of 10-15 students, this experience will offer an entirely new perspective on teaching as you pass on the fundamental skills that can change people’s lives.

Social work in Ghana

With high rates of domestic violence and child trafficking, a social work experience in Ghana certainly isn’t for the feint hearted. Yet in the face of such exploitation there is a real opportunity to make a difference in people’s day-to-day life. It’s a great opportunity to share your skills and expertise within the community and offer a more hopeful future for the victims of abuse.

This is a volunteer experience that will expose you to one of the more shocking sides of society, but with an experienced volunteer project provider you can still expect a safe and rewarding getaway. One such company is Projects Abroad PRO and you can take a look at their website for a full list of volunteer experiences available.

Marina biologist in Thailand

The coastlines of Ao Nang, Thailand are some of the most beautiful reef environments in the world. As a popular tourist destination, pollution rates have risen dramatically in recent years and volunteer biologists are desperately needed to help improve the marine environment. This opportunity offers first-hand experience of working with an incredible ecosystem as well as the chance to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


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The Guardian

10 of the best volunteer holiday

Lonely Planet Thailand

A comprehensive guide to one of the available volunteer destinations

Visit Jamaica

Tourism and travel advice from one of the potential getaway locations.