Volunteer Abroad: Programs to Consider

So many of us are hit with the travel bug these days, and why not act on it? There are tons of beautiful places to discover around the world – from the African Sahara to the rainf
orests of Costa Rica. And with the ability to travel anywhere far and wide, we should act on it – but why not travel with a purpose? Volunteering abroad is a great way to learn about different cultures in the country you’re visiting, and it gives you a chance to help people who live in the community. Here are a few great programs to consider when volunteering abroad:

Melissa Keroack Costa RicaIVHQ: Costa Rica

First is IVHQ, which has dozens of partner organizations in Costa Rica and are always on the hunt for dedicated volunteers. The best part about these programs is that they’re very affordable – around $300 each! You can choose from a variety of fields that spark your interest, including teaching, construction, and environmental preservation. Another plus about this program is that you can take discounted SPanish lessons and you have the opportunity to sign up for a program that lasts either 1 week, or 24 weeks. There’s no better way to learn about the beauty of Costa Rica and its people than through IVHQ’s volunteer programs.

African Impact: South Africa

South Africa is also home to a multitude of volunteer programs. African Impact is leaMelissa Keroack South Africading volunteer organization that hosts diverse community projects, some of which include: HIV/Aids awareness, sports development, health care, and orphan care. As a volunteer with African Impact you can also contribute to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife through various research and conservation projects. These projects include: the study of the Great White Shark, Cheetah rehabilitation, and various volunteer opportunities and animal shelters. South Africa is home to some of the most beautiful scenery, loving people, and magnificent wildlife that you can become involved with by volunteering abroad.

Melissa Keroack ThailandVolunteering Solutions Programs: Thailand

Another great volunteer program takes places in Thailand and is called the Volunteering Solutions Programs, which offers programs in many of Thailand’s cities, including: Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Surin. Volunteers can get involved with elephant conservation, teaching children in schools and orphanages, and working in health care. With beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and delicious food, it’s no wonder Thailand is such a popular travel destination. And you can make it your next one by signing up with the Volunteering Solutions Programs – you’ll be sure to find a program that meets all your interests and travel expectations.

For more information on various volunteering programs abroad, please visit GoOverseas.com where you can read about a wide range of both traveling and volunteer opportunities.


Show Some HART

HART stands for Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a nonprofit organization located in Cumberland, Maine that serves as a shelter and adoption center for cats. HART was founded by Eileen Smith in 1997 when she renovated a barn on her property in Maine and turned it into a rescue shelter.

melissa keroack HART

Throughout the years, many volunteers joined up with her to help with the animals. In 1999, Eileen moved to a different state but the organization continued and volunteers took on the responsibilities of running the shelter and helping the cats. Now, HART is a well known private shelter and adoption center that is licensed in Maine and contains an assortment of 80 volunteers who are dedicated to helping save the lives of cats. The new construction of the shelter was built in 2004 and was custom designed to cater to the cats. The inside of the shelter includes climbing structures, beds, and various places to feed the cats. This open-environment allows the cats to live a happy, healthy lifestyle and create bonds with each other.

melissa keroack HARTcat

HART is run only by kind-hearted volunteers who are passionate about providing shelter for these cats and saving their lives. Some duties of these volunteers include providing the cats with medical services, nourishing the cats, neutering the them, finding them homes, and raising income for the organization by networking to foundations and individuals. All cats at HART are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus and are vaccinated as soon as possible. Before a cat is given to its new owner, HART volunteers make sure that the cat is neutered and vaccinated for various diseases including rabies.

If you love cats and want to help out this incredible nonprofit organization, check out their website and find out ways you can help.