Top Alternative Winter Break Volunteer Abroad Programs in 2024

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“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs.

Have you been wondering where to travel this winter and make the most of your Christmas Break while doing something different yet meaningful? Well, my friend, you should sign up for a volunteering program at your favorite destination and dive into experiencing a vacation like never before!

Like we always say, planning the volunteer trips in advance is good – so stop procrastinating and buckle up. We have the best volunteering destinations for winter break 2024 – check them out now!

Winter Break Volunteer Programs Abroad:

1. Volunteer in Thailand

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Who can ever say ‘NO’ to a trip to Thailand? With incredible palm-fringed beaches and tropical islands oozing with beauty – this Southeast Asian country has been a favorite destination amongst travelers for decades! And if you have always dreamt of traveling to Thailand, then now is the time.

You can go snorkeling on the gentle waters off Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks around Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, binge on the streets of Bangkok, party on Ko Phi-Phi and recuperate at a health resort on Ko Samui.

But you know what will be the highlight of your Thailand trip? – A volunteering tryst with the elephants at a village in Chiang Mai, probably! Think of waking up amidst nature, and savoring delicious breakfast before heading off to cuddle the gentle giants, helping the mahouts to bathe them, and then feeding them. Not only will it be a meaningful holiday, but it’ll also bring you closer to nature.

Recently, we hosted Garyl Strunk in Thailand, and here’s what she had to say:

“An unforgettable experience. Our guide Art-venture was the best!. So much to do, see and experience. I would do it all over again. I am very satisfied with Volunteer Solutions.”

 

2. Volunteer in India

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With its cultural richness and historical relevance, India tops the bucket list for many travelers, and taking the plunge to get out of your cushioned comfort zone is where the real deal of travel lies. Unlike your regular days back home, traveling in India will be different.

The roads, the food, the culture, the language, and everything else in between will overwhelm, surprise and challenge you. It’s when you acclimatize yourself and move out of your comfort zone that you get the coveted authentic travel experience. Being a volunteer in India will open a whole new world to you – as you’ll get to connect with people, understand their problems, and help them to live a better life. No matter whether you choose to teach street kids at a school or work with underprivileged women, you’ll surely get to learn a lot from your experiences.

We recently hosted Paolo in India, and here’s what he had to say about his volunteering experience:

“I’ve met incredibly generous and welcoming people, always curious about us and enthusiastic about meeting people from different parts of the world. I’ve learned a lot about the culture, the spectacular cuisine, the lifestyle, and how modern life and the millenary traditions are integrated into each other in the daily life of Indians.

The experience with the children is for sure the most special of the whole program. I’ve seen in them the great values of the Indian people: generosity, the will to share the little they have, and honest affection. A special thanks to all the people of Volunteering Solutions, a great organization, and always available to help. These 3 weeks in India are for sure one of the most precious and dear experiences of my life, and I am thankful to every person that made this possible.”

 

3. Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southern India, Sri Lanka is a true paradise with picturesque beaches, tropical jungles, enchanting waterfalls, magnificent hills, and stretches of tea plantation. The warm people of the island country will greet you with love, and make you feel at home in their land.

Your experience of integrating into the Sri Lankan community will take you on a journey of self-discovery, increase your self-confidence and foster a greater sense of appreciation for the small things in life. One of our most popular volunteering programs in Sri Lanka is the Turtle Conservation Program, other than Medical Volunteering, Women Empowerment, Teaching Programs, etc.

Trust me when I say this, I recently traveled solo in Sri Lanka, and it was an enthralling journey.

Recently, we hosted Johanna Franziska Offergeld in Sri Lanka, and here’s what he had to say:

“It was such a great experience volunteering in Sri Lanka! they really prepare someone before starting the travel and everything worked out as promised! I felt very safe! I am so happy that I have done this journey with volunteering solutions and I only can recommend it to everyone else !”

 

4. Volunteer in Kenya

If you wanna fulfill your wild African dreams – then it’s time to travel to Kenya! Needless to say, this incredibly beautiful East African country has a lot more than just wildlife safaris! Kenya is a safe destination for solo travelers, and if you visit the land to volunteer, you’ll be warmly welcomed by your host communities, who’ll make you feel comfortable with their friendly gestures and tell you more about the country that tourists otherwise might miss out on.

You can spend your days volunteering at a childcare center – where you’ll be showered with unconditional love, or teach at a school spreading the lights of education.

Recently, we hosted Larissa Frezarin from England in Kenya, and here’s what she had to say:

“It was the most amazing and remarkable experience of my life. I would do it all over again if I could. I’m grateful to Volunteering Solutions for giving me the opportunity to become a better person for the world. Thank you and I hope to be part of another project soon.”

 

5. Volunteer in Tanzania

Tanzania is a breathtakingly beautiful country with diverse landscapes, amazing wildlife, beautiful people, and much more. For years, people have traveled to this part of Africa, to witness ‘The Great Migration’ – the movement of the wildebeests from Tanzanian Serengeti to Kenyan Maasaimara forests.

In recent years, when people started getting more aware of sustainable development and responsible tourism, the concept of “Volunteering” emerged and people from all across the world agreed to the fact that the underprivileged folks from the deprived societies in Tanzania do need external help for their development. You can travel to this gorgeous land and choose to volunteer in Arusha or Zanzibar – contributing towards childcare, healthcare, wildlife conservation, etc.

Roxane, who volunteered in Zanzibar, said:

“This is an opportunity for volunteers to gain international work experience and come out of their comfort zone. It will be challenging, so volunteers with a healthy dose of independence and flexibility will enjoy learning how the healthcare system works in Zanzibar.”

 

6. Volunteer in Nepal

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Imagine waking up to see the mighty Himalayas – every single day – during your volunteer trip in Nepal. No, we aren’t kidding! A breathtakingly beautiful nation, tucked between India and China, Nepal is home to the world’s highest mountains and some of the most ancient Hindu temples. Needless to say, your volunteering experience here will be absolutely wholesome, as you’ll get to indulge in meaningful social work, and also, dive deeper into knowing the culture & heritage of the land and occasionally, hit the mountain trails.

Nepal is a perfect volunteering destination for high school and college students, university graduates, gap year travelers, group travelers, families, and backpackers as it has been marked as ‘The most budget-friendly destination’ by Lonely Planet. There are 8 different volunteering programs available in the capital city of Kathmandu. No matter whether you’re keen to work with children, or wish to be a part of a health care program, or help in a women empowerment project – we have it all.

Daisy Raffety volunteered in Nepal a couple of years back, and here’s what she had to say about her experience:

“I did the women empowerment program in Nepal and it was a wonderful experience. Rahmila is fun and helpful. She made sure I was comfortable and showed me around. All the ladies at the project were really kind and the project is doing amazing work to make these women’s lives better.”

 

7. Volunteer in Bali

What can be better than soaking by the blues during your winter vacay? Well, as they say, ‘Bali is never a bad idea’. From coral reef restoration to marine conservation – we have a bunch of programs in Bali that entirely focus on protecting our planet. Apart from that, we also have teaching programs in Bali, where you’ll get to work with kids dwelling from underprivileged sections of society. While tourists hop off to Bali to get some ‘gram-worthy photos, your journey on this pristine Asian island will surely be more meaningful.

Two friends, Julia and Marta, volunteered in Bali with Volunteering Solutions, and here’s what they had to say:

“We have had one of the best experiences of our lives. Bali and this teaching program have given us much more than what we have been able to contribute during this month, learning to value things, live slower and take advantage of time.
We leave very happy and with immense learning.”

 

8. Volunteer in South Africa

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Last December, I took a trip to South Africa and absolutely fell in love with the country. Whether you are a beach lover or a wildlife enthusiast, or maybe just keen to explore the roads less traveled – this country has all that you are seeking. With its diverse landscapes, incredible wildlife, warm people, a perfect balance of history & modernity, and meaningful volunteering opportunities – this is the perfect place for those who wish to travel with a purpose.

There are 9 amazing volunteering programs across Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. You can choose the one that aligns with your interests and experience South Africa like never before!

Noah Marsden traveled to South Africa and volunteered for the Wildlife Conservation Program, and here’s what she had to say:

“I absolutely loved my time at Kwantu Game Reserve with the wildlife volunteer program. Over the course of a month, I was able to partake in projects in and around the reserve, such as lion rehabilitation, game drives, game counts, and others. I also made some incredible friendships and connections with other volunteers, as well as rangers on the game reserve. I will always remember my time in South Africa, and cannot recommend this program enough. Just make sure to do a minimum of 2 weeks as the first week is very introductory.”

 

9. Volunteer in Peru

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If you ask me which country is on top of my travel bucketlist – I’d say Peru. No matter whether you’re a history buff who’s keen to explore the ruins of Macchu Pichhu or an adventure lover who’s eagerly waiting to scale the Rainbow Mountains – Peru won’t disappoint you! And if you’re wondering why you must take a volunteering trip to Peru this winter – let me assure you that it’s gonna be the most beautiful trip of your life.

You can choose to volunteer with underprivileged children in Cusco, teaching them and showering them with love and care. Medical, pre-med and nursing students will have the opportunity to work for healthcare program, gaining first-hand work experience from senior doctors.

Mariana volunteered in Peru with us, and here’s what she had to say,

“I visited Cusco, Peru, for 3 weeks to participate in the healthcare volunteering programme. I volunteered in a small clinic in the centre of Cusco which was an invaluable opportunity to get an insight into a different healthcare system and gain clinical experience by observing and assisting medical professionals in a range of departments.

I stayed with an amazing host family which allowed me to immerse myself in the culture and enjoy the delicious Peruvian cuisine. During the afternoons and weekends there was plenty of time for tourism and to explore Cusco´s surroundings, including the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Rainbow Mountain, and Lake Humantay.”

 

We take great pleasure in saying that we’ve been fortunate enough through all these years. We’ve hosted some amazing humans across the world, who not only walked a step ahead to make a change but also touched our hearts with their sense of empathy.

If you feel that you too have that zeal in you – then join us this winter! Drop us a mail at [email protected] and our Program Advisors will get back to you. We shall assist you in planning your volunteer trip, and make sure that you have a journey of a lifetime.

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