If you are a college student looking for an ‘Alternative Break’ program or taking a gap year to decide what next to do in life – then you should definitely consider volunteering abroad.
And you should know that you aren’t alone in this. Thousands of students from all over the world are taking this altruistic step of traveling overseas in order to be a part of a meaningful philanthropic project.
Volunteering Solutions (Vol Sol) has a range of affordable and unique volunteer projects abroad for college students that are crafted in such a way that participants can travel, explore and volunteer to have an experience of a lifetime. The organization has been successfully placing volunteers for more than a decade now. Vol Sol is associated with trusted partner organizations in all the locations and ensures that the contribution of each and every volunteer is counted.
As a college student, you’ll have several options to choose from, but what matters the most is to opt for that particular program that will suit your needs and enable you to contribute effectively, while adding some value to your life as well.
In this article, we have made the selection process easier for college students! Scroll down and take a look at the volunteering projects that one can opt for:
The Short Term Volunteer Programs are perfect for those who are looking for alternative spring break programs or summer break programs.
The ‘2 week Special Volunteer Programs’ are crafted for college students who have less time to contribute yet are eager to travel and volunteer abroad. VolSol Team has worked hard to accommodate as much as possible in these programs, to provide a great learning experience to the volunteers. Most of these projects are located in amazing locations and are extremely affordable.
This program is available in 6 different countries – Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, India, Nepal, and Thailand.
If you think you can stretch your vacation a little more, then go for the Volunteer and Adventure programs offered by Vol Sol.
These tailor-made programs are designed in such a manner that volunteers get to explore the destination, live like the locals, indulge in some adventure sports, go for treks, learn a new language, and most importantly, make a difference to the host community by volunteering.
Students who are looking for programs to volunteer with children can opt for the Nepal Volunteer and Adventure Program. Similarly, those interested in volunteering with elephants can head towards Thailand.
The projects are available in 6 countries – India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Tanzania, and Ghana.
Who doesn’t love children? – But have you ever given a thought to the fact that not all kids are blessed enough to have a family or parents and some don’t even have a roof over their head?
Vol Sol has taken up this cause to provide a better life to all those underprivileged kids and shower them with the love they deserve. College students who are eager to volunteer with kids can choose these projects and they will be placed at orphanage centers, daycare centers, and centers for street children, according to their choice.
The main objective of these projects is to provide adequate love, care, and warmth to the children living in these centers. Volunteers will also have to teach the children, focusing more on activity-based learning. At some project sites, volunteers also might need to paint the centers, and decorate them in order to add some vibrancy to the place.
These projects are certainly challenging, as they involve a lot of creative thinking to keep the children happy and intrigued. And that is exactly why it is perfectly suitable for young college lads looking for some challenging volunteer program abroad.
Vol Sol has more than 25 childcare and orphanage volunteering projects for college students, located in different destinations, all across the world.
Want to be a teacher/ professor? This would be a perfect start for your career then.
Illiteracy is a major problem in most of the developing countries, even in this 21st Century, and it is our duty to take up the cause and educate children who are the future.
Volunteers taking part in the Teaching Programs abroad will be placed in local and government schools in rural areas near their chosen location, where there is a scarcity of quality faculty. Volunteers will also get a chance to share their experiences with the kids, information about their country’s culture and traditions, and make the children aware of several social norms to generate a basic civic sense.
Volunteers can get involved in basic administrative works on the school premises, improve the teaching schedule, and focus more on activity-based learning so that the children enjoy the entire process. Assisting the in-house faculty during lectures or taking an entire class individually – all depends upon how comfortable a volunteer is.
There’s a wide range of programs that are available – ranging from teaching computer skills to teaching English and Maths, and also teaching the little monks!
Teaching Programs are available in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they are designed to provide the volunteers with an immense learning experience.
Love spending time with animals? Make the most of your college break by volunteering with animals.
Vol Sol has amazing wildlife conservation projects in exotic locations, meant for college students who are looking forward to spending quality time with animals. The Wildlife Projects are designed in a way that they are meant for the preservation of animals and the entire biodiversity.
Volunteers will get an opportunity to be a part of the team of activists working to make the environment better and cleaner for these animals, as well as protect them from any external threat. There are programs located in animal rescue centers, elephant villages and camps, marine camps, and more.
The Wildlife conservation projects are distributed across Thailand, India, South Africa, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Spain, and Sri Lanka.
In many developing countries, women are still struggling to find their place in society. They often aren’t educated and lack the skills to earn a livelihood.
Volunteers joining these projects will be working for the enhancement and betterment of underprivileged women from poor families and those who have been victims of social crimes. The average age of women under these programs is 18 years, which reflects the sensitivity and seriousness of the project.
Volunteers can also take classes where they can teach them computer skills, English communication, or any other vocational skill such as knitting, sewing, painting, etc., to make them independent.
If you are a college student who wants to make a difference in the lives of these women of backward societies, then join the Women Empowerment Projects that are available in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ghana, and Morocco.
There are several communities in the world where people don’t even have the basic necessities of life. A global survey report by the UN estimated the total population of homeless people in the world to be around 100 million, and it just doesn’t end there!
There is an estimated count of close to 1 billion people who lack adequate housing facilities. Such facts and figures push forward the need for immense community development efforts. It is for this that Community Development Programs hold strong importance in our society, and volunteers are needed to make some real change.
Volunteers who are looking for some constructive work can join these projects. Participants will be working to build and/or repair houses, school premises, and shelter homes. Volunteers will work with the local NGOs who run the projects and community-building activities and help them achieve the targets of making society better.
Vol Sol has 9 different community development projects in different countries, and the duration of these projects range from 1 to 24 weeks.
For all pre-med, medical, nursing, and dental students, these internship programs would be a great learning opportunity to travel abroad and work in an international healthcare setup.
The medical and healthcare internship projects are located in developing nations, where the maximum population resides in the rural areas of the country. While the medical facilities in such areas are limited, there is a lack of awareness regarding personal hygiene and precautionary steps against diseases.
Interns will get the opportunity to work with experienced doctors, assist and shadow them, and occasionally they might even get the task of organizing health care camps.
Vol Sol has several medical internship options available for students as well as practitioners, in different parts of the world. These programs are available throughout the year.
Make the most of your college days and learn while volunteering. Your actions can inspire many others to take up a cause and make some difference to society.
Vol Sol has hosted many college and university students in the past, and they’ve all had great experiences during their volunteer vacation.
For more information about projects, mail us at [email protected] and our Program Advisors will get back to you 🙂
Riyanka is a traveler who is keen on exploring different parts of the world. She’s a travel blogger who’s equally passionate about photography. Her quest is to turn all her journeys into beautiful stories. Being a die-hard ‘mountain-aholic‘, her favorite destinations are all around the Himalayas! She can spend days gazing at the snow-capped mountains, binge on Maggi and lemon-honey-ginger tea, and reading Ruskin Bond books.
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