100 Free or Cheap Volunteer Work Opportunities Abroad
Volunteer work has become big business. Hundreds of gap year companies are there to guide timid gappers into a voluntary project, but if you are willing to be brave and do it all yourself it can be much, much cheaper.
31. Ironbridge Gorge Museum, UK
Offers a free lunch to volunteers who dress up in Victorian garb and demonstrate 19th century social and industrial skills to tourists. Accommodation is available in a hostel three miles away.
32. Waterway Recovery Group Canal Camps, UK
Another project in Britain concerned with preserving the industrial past, Canal Camp volunteers may find themselves feeding 20 hungry workers, clearing gloop from a canal and learning to lay bricks. Camps last a week and cost around £50. Food and accommodation is provided.
33. Casa Guatemala, Guatemala
A home for 250 orphaned, abandoned, or abused children, located on the banks of the Rio Dulce. Long term volunteers must be over 24, prepared to live in the jungle, have basic Spanish and pay a $180 one off fee no matter how long they stay.
34. Proyecto Karumbe, Uruguay
Volunteers help with capturing and caring for sick Green turtles, research and with cooking and cleaning. A small daily fee is required for food and accommodation.
35. 3H Fund, Europe
3H Fund is a charity that makes it possible for disabled people, children and adults, to have memorable and fulfilling holidays. Volunteers assist the disabled guests during their holiday and must pay a variable fee towards their own food and accommodation.
36. Camino Seguro, Guatemala
Camino Seguro's mission is to empower the children of families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump. Volunteer positions, of varying length and skills required, are posted on their website.
37. EstYES International Youth Association, Estonia
EstYES run workcamps with the aim of supporting local development and take place in small villages, close knit communities, in the countryside, or in urban areas. A contribution of around €65 is required to cover administration costs and food and accommodation at the project.
38. Koke'e Resource Conservation Program, Hawaii, USA
Participate in weed control projects in native Hawaiian forests. Volunteers work four days each week and have three days off and in exchange are given seven nights of bunk house accommodation.
39. Farm Sanctuary Internships, USA
Internships are available year round in the New York and California sanctuaries. Interns must commit for three months and are required to be vegan while on the sanctuary premises. Accommodation is provided but interns are responsible for buying and preparing their own food and are required to pay a refundable $150 deposit.
40. Amis de Chevreaux Chatel, France
A three week international workcamp revolving around the restoration of the medieval castle at Chevreaux. A small fee towards registration and insurance is required.