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Volunteer Abroad

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Make a difference on one of our worldwide volunteering projects

At STA Travel we're obsessed with the planet and everything in it, so it's a no-brainer that we believe in giving something back to the communities we travel to... it's at the heart of what we do. We've got tons of volunteering projects across the world, which you can do for as long as you like, in a number of different ways and loads of locations - from helping Orangutans in Borneo to volunteering with children in India.

Why volunteer with STA Travel?

Our volunteering projects are authentic, sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the communities we visit by making sure that our travel has a positive impact on their local economies. We only work with a select number of partners who build meaningful relationships with local communities, whilst ensuring that we fulfill our traveler's desires to make a difference.

 

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How do you want to volunteer?

We offer 50 projects in 22 countries around the world. First of all, you should consider whether you want to commit to one volunteering project for an extended amount of time, or opt for a voluntour trip, where you'll combine a volunteering project with a group tour. What's the difference, we hear you ask?
Volunteering in Kenya
Volunteer
- You'll focus on one project for an extended period.
- You'll stay locally and be able to immerse yourself properly in the community and culture.
- You can go your own way! You'll travel more independently when the time comes to see the rest of the country you're in. 


 

Voluntour
- You'll combine a volunteering experience with a group tour.
- You'll gain a local perspective instead of a tourist's - living with a community in your chosen destination will allow you to see it through their eyes.
- You'll meet and travel with like-minded, socially conscious travelers.

Types of volunteering project

  • Work with animals
    With so many endangered species around the world fighting for our survival, work towards their protection on one of our animal projects.
  • Work with children
    Help to break the cycle of poverty by teaching local children the skills they need for a better future. This type of project is also perfect for gaining experience working with kids.
  • Work with communities
    Work in some of the world's most remote areas to improve the quality of life for local communities, helping to build a more sustainable future.
  • Conservation work
    Help local communities to preserve their fragile ecosystems, contributing to the long-term education of the environments we all enjoy as travelers.
  • Teach sports
    Sport has the power to cross all linguistic and cultural barriers. Use your enthusiasm to develop vital teamwork skills, boost confidence, and put a great big smile on the kids' faces as well as yours.
  • Do it all!
    Combine all the different ways to volunteer in one project - working with children, protecting local wildlife and helping the local community.

Where to volunteer

This is the really fun part... choosing where in the world to go. From the wilds of Africa to the palm fringed beaches of the Pacific - combine your passion for working with children with some temple gazing in Asia; mix a project preserving the fragile African eco-system with a safari to spot the 'Big Five', or spend your weekends chilling by the ocean in Mexico, Costa Rica and more...
volunteer in borneo
Experience Borneo & conserve Orangutans | 13 nights
This project is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak and to bring harmony between people and orangutans. Be one of the special few who experience and help with orangutan rehabilitation. Plus take part in an adventure into the rainforest to meet descendants of the Iban tribe and experience a unique stay in a traditional longhouse.
From $1,594
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thailand volunteering
Thailand elephant experience | 6 nights
A volunteer's favorite, this one! This lush forested setting in Chiang Mai is home to around 30 elephants which have been rescued from a lifetime of abuse working in the tourist trade. You’ll be helping to feed and look after the elephants, conserve their environment and of course taking part in the best time of day – bath time!
From $658
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india volunteer
Indian experience and adventure | 14 nights
This voluntour allows you to explore the many charms of India and also get a taste of volunteering with children and renovation/beautification projects in different locations! From visiting the Taj Mahal and exploring Indian markets to learning Bollywood dancing, this voluntour in India is too fantastic to miss.
From $1,402
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south africa Volunteer
South Africa - the Lion Whisperer Sanctuary | 7 nights
Kevin Richardson (also known as the 'Lion Whisperer') is a high-profile conservationist who runs The Lion Whisperer Wildlife Sanctuary. This 1, 2 or 4 week ‘muck in' opportunity will leave you smiling with the memory caring for various predators covering various duties from enrichment, to basic animal husbandry.
From $1,349
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Galapagos Island voluntour
Galapagos Island voluntour | 9 nights
On this self-guided voluntour you'll both spend some free time sightseeing in Quito (including a day trip to the equator line!) and support the national park efforts as a volunteer to help preserve native plant species of the island. You might even spot a giant Galapagos tortoises while working!
From $1,011
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cape town
Help children in Cape Town | 9+ nights
Fancy spending your days telling stories, playing games and caring for the kids? Then this is the project for you! You’ll be supporting some really under-resourced centres with children from brand new to age 7 by co-ordinating activities, helping with feeding and nap time, general housework and of course lots of hugs!
From $776
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cambodia volunteering
Teach children in Cambodia | 13 nights
Teach English to children in one of the poorest areas of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Help make a difference to local families and in your spare time soak up the delights of the local area and explore the formidable Angkor Wat temples. This project aims to restore hope and dignity to these once-proud and prosperous communities.
From $1,112
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Fiji marine research
Fiji marine research and conservation | 7 nights
Get your feel-goods in paradise on one of our Fijian island projects. You can get involved in wide range of work, from teaching and looking after kids in the local schools to marine conservation and diving, all surrounded by pristine white beaches and sparkling blue water. It will hardly seem like work!
From $1,648
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Montezuma sea turtle conservation
Montezuma sea turtle conservation | 6+ nights
Whether you are doing beach patrols and clean ups or collecting data on turtles there's plenty of work to help improve the chance of survival for endangered turtle hatchings on Montezuma. This project is perfect for those looking to learn about conservation, get hands on experience, and have some free time to check out the area.
From $454
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Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel Blog!

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7 ways to choose the right volunteer project for you

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What's volunteering in Thailand all about?

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3 reasons you should volunteer in Cape Town

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Thailand Elephant Experience - #STAELE

India Experience and Adventure - #DELINZ

Shamwari Conservation Experience - #PLZSHA

Lion Whisperer Sanctuary, South Africa - #JNBKNG

Cape Town - #CPTHFO

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Fiji Marine Research & Conservation - #NANMAR

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