Looking for the best volunteer opportunities to join in 2022 & 2023? As the world’s leading volunteering organization, International Volunteer HQ provides top rated volunteer abroad programs, and makes it easy for you to find the best volunteer travel opportunities. With feedback from more than 10,000 volunteers and insight from our experienced volunteer abroad support staff, we’re sharing 25 of our most recommended volunteer trips for 2022 & 2023.
As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, many students, graduates, families and older adults are looking to combine an immersive cultural experience with a meaningful getaway. The majority of IVHQ’s volunteer programs are now open and volunteers are needed more than ever to help local communities get back on their feet. Our flexible booking policy gives you the freedom to make free changes to your travel dates, volunteer program and destination up to 14 days before your start date.
Here are the highest rated and best places to volunteer abroad that are currently accepting volunteers for 2022, 2023 and beyond.
What are the best places to volunteer abroad in 2022 & 2023?
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Best volunteer opportunities abroad for 2022 & 2023
As more people opt to travel in a more sustainable and meaningful way, IVHQ’s volunteer abroad programs across Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and Europe are booking up quickly for 2022, 2023 and beyond. You won’t want to miss out on these humanitarian volunteer opportunities!
To help you choose the best 2022 & 2023 volunteer programs to match your personal interests and the causes you care about – we’ve selected the top programs below based on how past volunteers have scored them.
Please note that the following list is just a selection of volunteer programs that are currently open. To see the full list of program reopenings and to learn how we’re keeping you safe – see our Coronavirus Updates page or contact us to speak directly with a Volunteer Travel Specialist.
What Are The Best Volunteer Abroad Programs in Africa for 2022 & 2023?
Volunteer Abroad in Tanzania
As a country bursting with natural splendor, beautiful beaches, ancient villages and local tribes – Tanzania is one of the best places to volunteer abroad. It’s also home to the astounding Mount Kilimanjaro and some incredible wildlife, making it a nature and animal lover’s paradise.
Many choose to combine our volunteer programs in Tanzania with a safari tour, hiking or even a trip to Zanzibar during the weekends.
Volunteer opportunities in Tanzania range from Animal Welfare and Childcare to Medical, Teaching and Women’s Education. These programs tackle some of the greatest challenges faced by local communities in Tanzania by improving access to education and healthcare, as well as providing safe spaces for vulnerable populations.
Looking for a conservation volunteer program in Eastern Africa? Check out IVHQ’s Zanzibar volunteer program below, which you can easily be added to the start or end of your Tanzania trip.
Volunteer Abroad in Zanzibar
Looking to unplug from everyday life and reconnect with nature? Located off the coast of Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, unique wildlife, charming locals and vibrant culture.
IVHQ’s Zanzibar program is perfect for animal and nature lovers who want to get a taste of Africa. As a volunteer, you can live in a beachside bungalow and regenerate wild turtle populations on the Turtle Conservation project. Alternatively, you can stay in a rustic forest camp and protect endangered species, such as the Red Colobus Monkey, snakes, lizards and tortoises on the Rainforest & Coastal Conservation project.
This is a unique opportunity to go off the beaten track to help protect delicate ecosystems, preserve natural spaces and tackle climate change. Volunteering in Zanzibar can easily be combined with IVHQ’s Tanzania program too.
Volunteer Abroad in Victoria Falls
Imagine volunteering abroad in a setting where your backyard has breathtaking views over a zebra-filled savannah – Victoria Falls is just that. Not only is this one of the best opportunities to volunteer in Africa with animals, Victoria Falls offers one of the most unique wildlife conservation volunteer programs. Volunteers are based on a private game reserve near the magical Victoria Falls – a once in a lifetime experience for volunteering abroad with animals.
While the work is physically demanding, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with night camping in the reserve itself. If you are in search of animal volunteering abroad and are passionate about conservation and wildlife, IVHQ’s Victoria Falls program is sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.
For those who want to explore this incredible area but want to help local people in the community, check out our Zambia program. Volunteer opportunities in Zambia include Construction & Renovation, Elderly Care, Kindergarten, Medical, Rural Teaching and Teaching.
Volunteer Abroad in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Want to go into the wild and protect endangered species? Our Wildlife Conservation project in South Africa is based on one of Africa’s largest and most iconic game reserves – Kruger National Park.
Volunteers get to live amongst the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – and help preserve their spectacular home. A typical day on the Wildlife Conservation project includes game drives, vegetation sampling, camera trapping, habitat assessments, monitoring of rare and endangered species and much more.
If you want to volunteer in South Africa on a community focused project, we have plenty in and around Cape Town to choose from. Or, for the ultimate adventure, combine our Kruger project with one from Cape Town!
Volunteer Abroad in Ghana
Volunteers on the Ghana program consistently rave about the immersive cultural experience and welcoming community vibes. The local people you’ll work with and the incredible support team will make you feel at home from the moment you land in Ghana. The local team has a long history of providing dedicated support to ensure IVHQ volunteers achieve positive outcomes across the communities they work within.
As a volunteer in Ghana, you’ll develop a strong sense of connection to your host community and your contribution will be recognized with a great deal of gratitude from your local hosts. In your free time, you’ll be able to explore Ghana’s best kept secrets, thanks to the popular tips the local team has to offer. Explore our 2022 volunteer opportunities in Ghana below.
Volunteer Abroad in South Africa
If you’re a first time traveler, a solo traveler or have never been to Africa, volunteering abroad in South Africa is a popular choice. Set in Cape Town, IVHQ’s South Africa program is incredibly popular for those looking for a meaningful and social travel experience with easy access to surfing, hiking and even weekend safari tours.
The volunteer work itself in South Africa receives outstanding reviews from IVHQ volunteers, making it one of the best volunteer programs in Africa. With volunteer projects like Surf Outreach, Teaching English and Sports Development, there is a significant focus on youth development and increasing access to education in Cape Town.
Looking for a conservation project or want to go on safari in South Africa? IVHQ’s Wildlife Conservation project in South Africa is based in Kruger National Park and gives volunteers the unique opportunity to live amongst the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – while observing them on game drives and protecting their spectacular home.
Volunteer Abroad in Morocco
Morocco is a glowing cultural hub with a unique fusion of European, African and Middle Eastern influences that result in an upbeat lifestyle, perfect for travelers seeking an authentic cultural experience. IVHQ’s Morocco volunteer programs are based in the stunning regions of Rabat, Casablanca and Sale.
With volunteer projects ranging from the thrilling Amazigh Immersion in the Atlas Mountains to Sports Education, Women’s Education and a range of Teaching projects – there’s a volunteer program to suit every skill set and interest.
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Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica
Known for its laid back culture and beautiful beaches, rainforests and volcanoes, Costa Rica is one of the best places to volunteer abroad and consistently a top pick for those looking to volunteer in Central America. IVHQ’s Costa Rica volunteer programs are located in a range of volunteer locations in Costa Rica, including the capital city of San Jose, and Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast.
Costa Rica is one of IVHQ’s most popular volunteer trip locations, with 12 diverse and responsible projects that include Turtle Conservation, Eco-Agriculture Conservation, Childcare, Teaching English, Healthcare and more
Volunteer Abroad in Guatemala
Volunteering in Guatemala is the ultimate adventure for those who like to go off the beaten track. With a rich fusion of Mayan and Spanish cultures, there are plenty of fascinating colonial towns, ancient Mayan ruins and quaint rural villages to explore. Guatemala’s incredible volcanoes, lush rainforest, beautiful lakes and fascinating cultural cities make this country a hit with nature and city lovers alike.
IVHQ’s volunteer opportunities in Guatemala range from unique programs such as Mayan Cultural Immersion in the Highlands, Eco-Agriculture on a local coffee farm – to Medical, Childcare and Teaching projects in the bustling city of Antigua.
Argentina draws in tourists from around the globe for many reasons – its natural beauty, delicious cuisine, vibrant culture and so much more.
IVHQ’s Argentina volunteer programs are located in the cultural hub of Córdoba and coastal capital, Buenos Aires.Volunteer projects include Childcare, Construction & Renovation, Elderly Care, Healthcare, Special Needs Support and much more.
Both of IVHQ’s Argentina programs are within a short flight of the iconic Northeast Argentina region, making it an ideal weekend escape for volunteers. This is a stunning, untouched part of the country, home to the famous Iguazú falls and the rugged beauty of the surrounding National Park.
Volunteer Abroad in Colombia
In Colombia IVHQ offers a diverse range of volunteer projects to suit every volunteer’s skills and motivations. Our local team on the ground is extremely passionate about their local initiatives, making it easy for volunteers to go above and beyond to make a difference.
Volunteer work in Colombia is based either in the capital of Bogota or the coastal city of Cartagena. Programs include Childcare, Elderly Care, Teaching and more.
What Are The Best Volunteer Abroad Programs in North America and the Caribbean for 2022 & 2023?
Volunteer Abroad in Belize
Our Belize program is based on a stunning private island 45 minutes from mainland Belize in the Caribbean, with a focus on preserving endangered marine life. Volunteers receive comprehensive training so they can assist local marine biologists to gather data, conduct surveys and remove invasive species.
The Marine Conservation project involves going on 13 scuba dives a week to collect data and carry out surveying, so if you don’t have your open water diving certification, you’re able to get PADI qualified on the program. You can expect to see lionfish, corals, whale sharks, turtles, queen conch and many more fascinating underwater species on your dives.⠀
Volunteers monitor the reef, whale sharks and other marine life, eradicate invasive species, help set sustainable fishing limits and take part in weekly beach clean-ups to preserve the fragile reef ecosystem, protect against global warming and remove harmful plastics from the ocean.