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Post-Graduate Travel

How to travel smartly, safely, ethically, and independently after college.

What is voluntourism?

Voluntourism combines volunteering with tourism. This form of international travel is popular among those who seek to help others while exploring a different country or culture abroad.

 

Voluntourism opportunities exist for a range of areas of impact. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Environment: provide conservation aid and education; ecosystem management; work with animals; farming and agriculture
  • Medical Services: help provide access to healthcare; mobile medical clinics
  • Infrastructure & Community Development: help with infrastructure and construction projects; disaster relief
  • Education & Childcare: provide educational support; teach English; work with children

Opportunities

  • Service Learning & Volunteer Opportunities
    The U.S. Department of Education provides a list of service learning and volunteer opportunity resources for current and recent students. Here they provide information on opportunities lik AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, and volunteer resources like SERVEnet.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad
    Cross Cultural Solutions is an American nonprofit that works to address global issues by providing volunteer service to international communities. They currently offer programs in seven countries: Costa Rica, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Morocco, Peru and Thailand.
  • VolunteerMatch
    VolunteerMatch is an American nonprofit and online platform that organizes volunteer opportunities and services. VolunteerMatch matches passionate volunteers with nonprofits in an effort to connect people and strengthen communities.
  • PlanMyGapYear
    PlanMyGapYear is a British volunteer travel organization. They offer volunteer travel opportunities from 1-40 weeks long in 15 countries.
  • WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
    As stated on the Federation of WWOOF Organisations website
    , "WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community."

Critical Reading

The following readings take a critical look at voluntourism and traveling - as a neo-colonial structure and other political implications.