When travelling we tend not to think of charity work or volunteering, however, it can come with a lot of benefits, offering new travel opportunities as well as making travel more budget-friendly at the same time, therefore more accessible to everyone.
Mixing volunteering and travel is something I have only started doing this past year and while it may not be something I do in every location I go to it is something I will be considered in most of my future travels.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider charity/volunteering work as part of your next travel plans.
Save on accommodation costs
You can often volunteer to work at a hostel for the time you are there in exchange for free accommodation or a discount on a bed saving you money as you travel, helping to extend a trip and possibly stay in nicer accommodation then you would normally be able to afford.
It is worth noting though that you may need to contact the hostel before you arrive to confirm that you can work there in exchange for a room.
Travel off the beat track
Some opportunities are off the beaten track allowing you to explore parts of a country you wouldn’t normally visit, for example, I am climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest thanks to a fundraising charity opportunity I got involved in.
This is something I would never have done if it wasn’t for this opportunity to work with the charity!
Learn more about the local culture
Living and working with the locals will allow you to experience a culture in a new light away from the touristy side you may experience most of the time.
Likely to go on activities that tourist wouldn’t normally do as well as being able to see the country and way of living through their eyes, opening up a new appreciation for the country.
As this is something people tend not to do it makes for a unique experience and story to tell. This new way of travel can also be more sustainable.
This form of sustainability comes from the help you prove the local community, supporting that business and economy to grow, but also the environment as you are likely to spend longer in that particular location with this type of ‘slow travel’ having a massive environmental impact for the better.
Learn something new
Volunteering with the locals allows you to learn more of the language as they may not speak another language very well compared to more touristy areas.
Learn more about the traditions and culture, giving you an understanding that you may not have gotten if you just attend a group tour to somewhere.
You may even learn a new skill so that you can complete the volunteering in the first place.
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Enjoy navigating the globe