Not part of a school group or church congregation? No worries! You can volunteer abroad as a solo traveler in our programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The minimum age is 16+ as a solo participant in our programs. But our volunteer programs abroad are not just for younger travelers. We regularly have middle-age and senior volunteers taking part in our programs.
What can you do your trip as a solo traveler? We have dozens of volunteer programs abroad to choose from. Our most popular ones:
We provide solo volunteers with all of our normal services like trip planning, airport transfers, volunteer placement, accommodations options, orientation on arrival, and a 24-hour on-site Country Coordinator.
For most programs, solo volunteers can travel year-round and choose the program start and end dates.
On weekends you are free to explore even more of the local culture. Some of the most popular excursions include: Chitwan National Park in Nepal, hiking Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala, visiting Kakum National Park in Ghana, and a boat ride through the floating markets in Vietnam. There are also day trips available to museums, coffee farms, and wildlife sanctuaries.
With the Spanish Language Immersion in Guatemala: Lessons are one-on-one and given in the morning then you will spend the afternoon at the volunteer project. Some of the language lessons in our other host countries include Ewe in Ghana and Hindi in India.
While we do not provide daily supervision of your volunteer work and free time, we do have a full-time staff member on-site in the host country serving as our Country Coordinator. This coordinator is available 24 hours to you and your family for any medical or travel emergencies as well as during normal hours for advice and guidance on living, volunteering and traveling.
Health & Safety
We have always chosen safe host countries and local towns for our programs. We will train and regularly remind you of best practices for personal safety and health — including street smarts, care with food and water, and emergency procedures. We strongly encourage you to have a cell phone on the trip (either from home or bought locally) for easy communication.
We are there every step of the way to help you plan your volunteer trip abroad. We will guide you on passports, flights, vaccinations, visas, insurance, fundraising, packing list, money matters, cell phones, Internet, cultural etiquette, and re-entry after the trip.