9 Visa Friendly Destinations For Volunteering Abroad

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There’s nothing quite like taking that volunteering trip abroad and getting to know the region – up, close and personal through a local’s eyes. And when you’ve finally taken the decision to travel abroad, making a sense of the visa requirements and getting the logistics in place may appear like a daunting task. However, amidst the wide range of volunteering opportunities that VolSol offers in different countries, there are several ones which offer an easy Visa application process or better still, do not require a visa at all, well at least for the few days of your trip.

VolSol has listed out the requirements one needs to keep in mind while applying for a visa to any of the following destinations for a volunteering/responsible travel project abroad. Take a look:

Ghana

volunteer in Ghana

VolSol provides a range of different projects in the African country of Ghana which includes an all-encompassing 3-week Summer Volunteering Project, Medical Healthcare Project, Orphanage Project and 2-Week Volunteering and Travel Projects as well. Located in Tamale and areas around it, you’ll get explore and discover the well-known spots and cultural depth of the country.

  • Visa Required: Before leaving for the project/E-Visa is also available
  • Program Length: Varies between 1-3 Weeks
  • Countries: All major European countries such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands,        Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as several African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 3 months

For more details visit: http://www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com/passports/visaapplication.aspx

India

volunteer in india

A major developing country laced with several opportunities and plagued with several problems, head to India to participate in a range of volunteering projects that include Childcare, Orphanage, Medical and Dental Care, Women Empowerment and Two-Three Weeks Volunteering and Travel Specials as well.

  • Visa Required: Before leaving for the project/E-Visa Option is Available
  • Program Length: 1 – 24 weeks
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany,                                Netherlands, Russia,  Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American                                                  countries
  • Visa Validity: 180 Days

For more details visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

Nepal

volunteer in nepal

Experience the amazing feeling of doing volunteer work in the spiritual land of Nepal, located at the foot of the mighty Himalayas and filled with monasteries. Nepal is a small country with large-hearted people, which you will realize only after you visit the region.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival
  • Program Length: 1-24 weeks
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 1 month (can be extended later if required)

For more details visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/?page_id=86

Thailand

Thailand Volunteering Abroad

A country that thrives because of its tourists, Thailand is another developing and upcoming country of the Southeast Asian Sub Continent and offers a variety of volunteering and traveling opportunities to its visitors. With an easy visa application and extension process, don’t think twice before taking the voltouring plunge for Thailand.

  • Visa Required: For most of the countries, a visa is not at all required for a period of 15-30 days or can be applied for on arrival.**
  •  Program Length: 1-24 Weeks (Depending on the project)
  •  Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 1 month (can be extended later if required)

**For more details visit:  http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15405-General-information.html

Tanzania

Tanzania volunteering

 

The land of the ‘Big 5’, volunteers are up for a range of experiences once they reach the country. With countless meaningful volunteering opportunities that include a popular medical volunteering project in Africa ideal for medical students, head to Tanzania to get a real taste of what a budding African country is like, do your bit of contribution and come back with a lot of learnings and memories.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival/E-Visa Available and  Recommended
  • Program Length: 1-24 Weeks Depending on the Project
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands,        Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 6 Months (Can be extended to 12 months)

For more details visit: http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/visa.html

Note: All volunteers need to apply for a work permit to volunteer in Tanzania, which can be obtained from the local immigration office. VolSol’s local coordinator provides complete assistance for the same. Additionally, people traveling to Zanzibar do not require a visa separately if they have applied for a visa for Tanzania.

Costa Rica 

volunteer in costa rica

 

With projects such as the Turtle Conservation Project,  Childcare Volunteering, Spanish Immersion Week and Medical Healthcare Volunteering in Costa Rica, head there to work on your Spanish, explore the culture of the beautiful Latin American Country and easily plan your trip owing to the easy visa application process.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival/E-Visa Available/No Visa Required Initially for US Citizens.
  • Program Length: 1-24 Weeks Depending on the Project
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands,        Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 90 Days (Can be extended)

For more details: http://www.costarica-embassy.org/ 

Cambodia

volunteer in cambodia

A must-feature to your South-East Asian Sojourn, Cambodia is a gap year traveler’s utopia as the country hosts fascinating learning as well as volunteering opportunities. For all travelers and volunteers heading to Cambodia, tourists also can obtain a visa through the online E-Visa. Visa are obtainable upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival/E-Visa Available
  • Program Length: 1-24 Weeks Depending on the Project
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 90 Days (Can be extended)

For more details visit: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

Uganda

volunteer in uganda

 

Featuring programs such as Medical Volunteering, Teaching Projects, Construction and Community Development, head to Uganda for a range of volunteering opportunities. With an easy visa application and extension process, the arrangements needed to facilitate a trip to Uganda will be a cakewalk for you. The easiest way for most is to buy your Ugandan Tourist Visa on Arrival in Uganda at the point of Entry such as Entebbe International Airport. 50 USD is all that it takes without any of the hassles of online forms or applying with the Ugandan Embassy in your country.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival/E-Visa Available
  • Program Length: 1-24 Weeks Depending on the Project
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands,        Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 90 Days (Can be extended)

For more details visit:  https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/uganda/passport-visa/ 

Spain 

 

conservation in spain

VolSol offers projects such as Marine Conservation Program and Childcare in Social Welfare program In Spain and the country has easy visa application policy for US citizens as well.

  • Visa Required: Available on arrival/E-Visa Available
  • Program Length: 1-24 Weeks Depending on the Project
  • Countries: All major European countries, such as Poland, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands,        Russia, Sweden, UK, Italy, etc. as well as African, Asian and American countries.
  • Visa Validity: 90 Days (Can be extended as long-term residence Visa)

For more details visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html

 

Choose from any of these countries for your volunteer trip abroad and even before you know it – you’ll be there owing to their super easy visa process. Have any other country in mind? Let us know to help you simplify your visa process and put your travel shoes on – NOW.

 


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