Short-Term Volunteer Abroad – Everything You Need to Know About

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To begin with a popular saying – “In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!” – and we couldn’t agree more with this.

Stuck in the regular chores of life, we all seek a break away from the monotony, in order to experience something out of the box. Whether you are a high school student or a recent graduate or stuck between your 9-to-5, you can’t really deny the longing that you feel for a vacation.

Just imagine how wonderful it’ll be if you can turn your vacation into a meaningful journey! In today’s date, we understand the value of time and money, and we know that if you are spending over something, you would want to have the best experiences worth cherishing for a lifetime. What if we say that along with memories of a lifetime, we’d also give you a chance of touching several lives to make a difference to the society?

Yes, dear friend – you read that right – we are talking about life-changing voluntours (volunteer travel experiences) wherein you can explore the country in the best possible manner while contributing something towards the host communities.

Volunteering Solutions has designed a range of short-term volunteering programs in a way that participants can get to work at their chosen project for 5 days a week and spend the weekends traveling across the most popular places of the country, relishing the amazing delicacies of the land and knowing the culture and customs.

Short-Term Volunteer Abroad Guidebook

 

In this article, we shall share with you all the information that you need to know about the ‘2 Week Special Programs’ before deciding which one you’d like to go for!

Why Should You Join Short-Term Volunteer Abroad Programs?

1. Make an impact in less time – It doesn’t really take much to touch someone else’s life with utmost love. Even in a span of 2 weeks, if you can bond with kids at a childcare center, or teach the young adults a few new English words or treat the animals who need care. No matter how small your steps appear to be, you can definitely make a lasting impact.

2. Meet some like-minded people from other parts of the world – During your journey, you’ll be working with a group of like-minded volunteer travelers from different parts of the world. You’ll get to know more about their countries and culture while living with them. Apart from that, you can also gain new skills from your peers, and widen your social network.

3. Gain first-hand international work experience and enhance your CV/Resume – Being a part of the short-term projects, you will be working in a completely different setup and end up gaining immense international work experience. You’ll learn how things work in certain developing parts of the world. Once you complete the project with Volunteering Solutions, you’ll be provided with a Certificate of Program Completion, which will immensely benefit you in your career ahead.

4. Change your way to look at life – To say the least, being a part of this journey will surely change your way to look at life and make you more grateful for the things you have. You’ll be touched by the generosity and warmth of the people you’ll work with. In a world where most of the people are focusing on themselves, your efforts of doing something for the underprivileged will definitely be acknowledged in the most beautiful manner. You’ll eventually become more compassionate and humble.

Requirements To Join The Short Term Volunteering Programs Abroad:

At Volunteering Solutions, we believe that anybody can be a volunteer if he/she has the zeal to make a difference and the confidence to step out of the comfort zone. However, the following are some of the basic requirements that need to be followed in order to join any of the programs:

  • You should be 18 years or older in order to join a program. In certain exceptional cases, 17-year-olds can also join with parental consent.
  • A Criminal Background Check Report needs to be submitted since most of these projects are related to childcare/ children’s welfare etc.
  • In places where the participant opts for the medical project (for example in Tanzania), he/she should be a medical student or practitioner and provide adequate documents to prove the area of study.
  • All the participants must have a valid passport with minimum 6 months validity, and necessary visa, travel & medical insurance etc.
  • Last, but not the least, all participants must be open-minded and eager to learn, adaptive and enthusiastic to explore.

Which ‘2 Week Special Programs’ Are Available?

No matter whether you wish to travel to Thailand and spend time with the adorable elephants, or explore the Inca Trails apart from teaching little kids in Peru – we have the best of the lot for you! Now it’s on you to decide which one would suit you the best.

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – PERU

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  • In a span of 2 weeks, explore this beautiful Latin American country and immerse yourself in the local Peruvian culture and interact with the locals to learn about their rich traditions.
  • Be an ethical volunteer in order to provide support in developing and bringing a positive change in the lives of several unfortunate families.
  • Visit the weekend markets in and around the city of Cusco and buy yourself some memorable souvenirs.
  • Enjoy your adventure trip all the way to the famous Machu Picchu, which is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Get the opportunity to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas – you’ll get to go on a guided tour to visit the beauty of Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, and small towns around the valley.
  • Gorge on some lip-smacking Peruvian cuisine and maybe you can try your hands in learning some cooking skills as well.

 

Cost – $775 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Pre-Departure Guidebook and Assistance from the Vol Sol Team
  • Airport pick up from Cusco Airport
  • Detailed Program Orientation
  • Accommodation (on all days)
  • Meal (3 meals a day, from Monday to Saturday)
  • Volunteer Project placement cost
  • Guided tours of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – THAILAND

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  • Explore the bustling capital city of Bangkok before setting out for the quaint town of Surin to volunteer, and finally, end up in the pristine Koh Phangan islands!
  • Go for fun-filled tuk-tuk rides, explore the gorgeous Wats and binge on delicious seafood from the street side stalls in Bangkok.
  • Experience the madness of Bangkok’s nightlife as you go out partying at Khao San Road with your travel buddies.
  • Stay at an elephant village in Surin with the mahout (caretakers) community folks and look after the gentle giants. Alternatively, you can also opt to be a volunteer teacher at a rural school and help the kids with their English and Maths lessons.
  • Enjoy some of the best local Thai delicacies, all the way from a native house kitchen.
  • Interact with the natives to learn about the age-old traditions and typical Thai cultural nuances.
  • Explore the beaches of Koh Phangan, relax and get tanned, drink and binge, go for snorkeling – in short, live life to the fullest!

 

Cost – $800 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • 24/7 Assistance from In Country Support staff
  • Airport pickup from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport
  • Program Orientation
  • Accommodation in hotel/guest house in Bangkok
  • Accommodation and meals in Surin
  • City Tour of Bangkok
  • Travel from Bangkok to Surin by train/coach
  • Volunteering placement in Surin
  • Daily transfers to and from the project location
  • Transfer to Koh Phangan
  • Accommodation in Koh Phangan

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – INDIA

  • A chance to be a part of one of the highly chosen volunteer work projects in India.
  • Get the opportunity to bring about a positive change in the lives of several disadvantaged kids.
  • Experience the diverse cultural and traditional nuances of India, and have interesting conversations with the locals.
  • Visit the number of heritage sites and ancient monuments in Delhi; such as the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate, etc.
  • Explore the bustling markets of New Delhi and pick up some inexpensive yet beautiful souvenirs (don’t forget to bargain!).
  • Enjoy the tangy taste of authentic Indian cuisine and let the spices blow your mind!
  • Take an amazing weekend trip to visit the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra, which is also known as the Monument of Love.
  • Try your hands on learning some common Hindi phrases.

 

Cost – $500 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinators
  • Airport Pickup from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi
  • Program Orientation
  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Volunteering Project placement in Delhi
  • City tour of Delhi – including all popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit world famous Taj Mahal in Agra

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – NEPAL

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  • Spend 2 weeks in the pristine Himalayan town of Kathmandu and enjoy the magical ambiance of Nepal, surrounded by snow-capped mountains as well as lush green valleys.
  • Enjoy the view of the great Himalayas at the backdrop of your place of accommodation.
  • Experience the goodness and volunteer for the development of kids at local orphanages.
  • Explore the several temples in Kathmandu and go on a weekend trip to Pokhara.
  • See breathtaking sunrise in Nagarkot and visit ancient temples in Bhaktapur.
  • Get to experience the wildlife adventure on your trip to the Chitwan National Park, which is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal.
  • Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, learn about their culture and traditions.

 

Cost – $550 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinators
  • Airport Pickup from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Detailed program orientation
  • Accommodation & Meals (on all weekdays)
  • Volunteer placement in Kathmandu
  • 3 Day Pokhara weekend trip
  • Day trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – SOUTH AFRICA

  • From beach lovers to wildlife enthusiasts, South Africa is a favorite for all travelers alike! Get the chance to spend 2 amazing weeks in Cape Town and explore the country in a unique way.
  • Volunteer with the underprivileged children living in the township areas of Hout Bay.
  • Take a tour of the most popular beaches of Cape Town, including the Boulders Beach where you’ll get to meet the adorable penguins.
  • Go for a thrilling safari & elephant encounter for the weekend, and get a chance to spot Africa’s Big 5.
  • Explore the wonders of the Cango Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the world.
  • Experience the journey on the Garden Route along with your fellow travelers.

 

Cost – $675 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinators
  • Airport Pickup from the Cape Town International Airport
  • Program orientation and walking tour of Cape Town
  • Accommodation in Volunteer house and meals (on all weekdays)
  • Volunteering placement in Hout Bay area
  • 2 days wildlife safari and excursions

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – GHANA

  • Explore about this beautiful West African country and get involved in volunteering for the girl education project in a local Ghanaian school.
  • Make a difference in the lives of the local community folks and experience the goodness of living with them.
  • Learn about the root traditions and culture of typical Ghanaian community.
  • Take an exciting trip to the Mole National Park and enjoy a great Wildlife experience.
  • Visit the Monkey sanctuary or the amazing Kintampo Falls during your stay.

 

Cost – $650 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup from Kotoka international airport in Accra
  • Pre-Program accommodation in Accra in a hotel/guesthouse
  • Pickup from Tamale Airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Program Orientation
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • 2 meals a day during volunteering period
  • Volunteering placement in Tamale Region
  • Weekend Trip to Mole National Park and Kintampo Falls

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – KENYA

  • A paradise for wildlife lovers, Kenya is marked as one of the most popular travel destinations for those who are keen on spotting the animals in the wild.
  • Volunteer work at childcare centers to spend some quality time with unfortunate kids who are orphans.
  • Explore the city of Nairobi and visit the Giraffe Manor, where the endangered Rothschild giraffes are sheltered.
  • Interact with the tribal community of Masai village and learn about their traditions; something which is lesser known to the outer-world.
  • Experience the thrill of wildlife safaris and game drives in the Maasai Mara Region.
  • Visit the Bomas of Kenya and the Mamba Village.

 

Cost – $800 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • Airport pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi
  • Round the clock assistance of our in-country coordinator
  • Program orientation by our in-country program coordinator
  • Volunteer placement at an orphanage/ childcare center
  • Accommodation in the volunteer house
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Nairobi city tour and visit to Giraffe Manor
  • Visit the Mamba Village and Bomas of Kenya
  • 2 days Masai Mara Safari (park entry fees included)

 

2 WEEK SPECIAL VOLUNTOUR – TANZANIA

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  • Explore the safari mecca of Africa which is populated by the “Big Five” animals (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino) and feel the chills while camping amidst the wilderness.
  • Volunteer in Arusha for the underprivileged people and make a difference to the society.
  • Work closely with the locals and know more about their lifestyle, culture, and traditions.
  • Go for thrilling wildlife safaris in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park.

 

Cost – $900 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • Arrival transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the volunteer house
  • Program orientation by our in-country program coordinator
  • Accommodation at the volunteer house
  • Meaningful volunteering experience in Arusha
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (packed lunch will be provided during safari tour)
  • 24/7 Coordinator assistance during the program
  • 3 Days Camping Safari Trip to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara Safari Trip including transfers, meals and 2 bottles of water per day, games drives and entry fees

 

ELEPHANTS 2 BEACHES, THAILAND

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  • In a span of 2 weeks, explore the amazing elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, relax and detox by the beaches in Koh Samui, and explore the natural beauty of the virgin Thai islands.
  • Take a tour of hundreds of ancient temples in Chiang Mai.
  • Volunteer for the wellbeing of the adorable elephants while living with the mahout community.
  • Enjoy the madness of the nightlife in Bangkok, and party hard at Khao San Road.
  • Savor some delicious local Thai food, and also learn to cook them!
  • Soak in the sun and enjoy some amazing water sports.
  • Take a ferry ride to Koh Phangan island and join the ‘Full Moon Parties’.

 

Cost – $1250 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Chiang Mai (if arriving on the tour start date)
  • In-depth orientation in Chiang Mai before a guided tour of the city’s best landmarks
  • Return transfer to the elephant sanctuary
  • All meals whilst at the elephant sanctuary
  • Flight from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani then transfer to Koh Samui island
  • Accommodation in our very own house on Koh Samui, just a stone’s’ throw from the beach
  • All activities and transport as outlined in the itinerary
  • Lunch each day during your time on Koh Samui (adventure or volunteering)
  • All project costs for materials during volunteering on Samui
  • Ferry transfer from Koh Samui to Koh Tao
  • 3 nights on Koh Tao
  • Day trip to our supported turtle program with a donation to support their ongoing work
  • Ferry and coach transfer from Koh Tao to Bangkok
  • In-depth Pre-Departure Information
  • The tour is fully guided by award-winning experienced, English speaking coordinators

 

YOGA AND VOLUNTEER ADVENTURE, INDIA

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  • This program has an amalgamation of adventure, peace, and philanthropy.
  • Spend a couple of weeks in the picturesque Himalayan town of Palampur and volunteer for the underprivileged kids at a Daycare Centre.
  • Take a tour of the tea gardens and monasteries around Palampur.
  • Attend yoga and meditation classes every evening, organized by a professional teacher.
  • Meet the locals living in this small town and know more about their culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
  • Experience the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas – from Palampur to the Tibetan town of Bir. You can also try paragliding if you wish to.

 

Cost – $775 for 2 weeks, which includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • All airport transfers
  • Orientation and local area tour
  • Basic materials required for renovation work at the daycare center
  • Accommodation shall be provided in our Volunteer house or guest house accommodation
  • All meals as mentioned
  • 24/7 Coordinator assistance during the program
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Yoga and Meditation Classes
  • Adventure Activity – Trekking Trip

 

Some Helpful Tips For Booking A Short-Term Volunteer Abroad Program:

The programs mentioned above are specially designed for those who have a time crunch yet looking forward to having an enriching experience. Here are a few tips which will help in managing time more effectively:

  • Choose a country that’s closer to where you stay in order to cut short the flight time. This will also save you from the jet lag and cut down the flight fares!
  • Opt for the program that would suit your interests – for example, if you wish to take up teaching as a career, you must go for the teaching program that’ll give you incredible work exposure. For those who love animals, choosing the volunteer work with elephants would be really good.
  • Book your program well in advance, since there’s a high demand for these short-term programs (as more and more people wish to experience good things in lesser time).
  • Know about the visa requirements of the country you wish to visit. Last minute planning can pose serious problems in getting a visa.
  • Travel light – don’t carry too many clothes, unnecessary things that you might not require on the journey (discuss with our Program Advisor).

You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other volunteers and know about the experiences of past volunteers.

In case you need more information regarding the 2 Weeks Special Programs, you can get in touch with our Program Advisors by writing a mail to us at [email protected] 🙂


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