Who of us has not dreamed of taking a break from work, travelling, and changing the World? For many it will always remain just this: a dream. The cost, the thought of organising such a trip, and the simple fear of the unknown, will forever deter them. But even for inexperienced travelers, the trip need not be scary or expensive! For less than half the price of the average London hotel room per night (£136/night) you can explore the far reaches of the world; experience life in a way you never have before; and learn invaluable new skills from wildlife rehabilitation to teaching English abroad. Check out our favourite affordable volunteering trips below:
From £350 for 7 nights (£50 per night)
Head to Tenerife – one of the best whale- and dolphin- watching destinations in the World – and help with vital conservation efforts in the area.
From £470 for 30 nights (£16 per night)
An incredible opportunity for vets and veterinary students: be a part of humane control of, and care for cats and dogs over-populating areas of Thailand.
From £823 for 14 nights (£59 per night)
Take a walk on the wild side and volunteer with the ‘Big Five’ at the Shamwari Game Reserve.
From £2,6000 for 56 nights (£46 per night)
This is one trip which will actually be an investment. Get TEFL training and you may find in future you’re getting paid to travel rather than paying!
From £385 for 7 nights (£55 per night)
Take an active role in helping the animals caught in human-animal conflict in this varied and truly rewarding project in Guatemala.
From £740 for 21 nights (£35 per night)
Help protect some of Malaysia’s most threatened jungle species – including tigers, leopards, and elephants – and take part in an adventure you’ll never forget.
From £540 for 14 nights (£39 per night)
Snorkel and take photos and help conserve the beautiful turtle population near the West Malaysian coast in the process!