Traveling is selfish!
We travel out of our own curiosity, for our own benefit and pleasure and there is nothing wrong about it. However, when I decided to set of on a journey into the World, being a 'tourist' was the last thing I wanted to do. A tourist can see with his eyes but ''the eyes are blind. One must look with his heart''. I wished to experience the life through within, live with the locals, learn from them, share my skills, tell their stories and thus, I have taken a very different approach to this journey compared to my usual travel style. This time, it is not a fast paced holiday or a short break when I am so greedy with my time. This time I am a traveler with all the time in the world and a desire to get to know it. I wanted to be part of the communities, get involved in local projects, become a volunteer and give help where it is needed. So if you are like me and you wish to find projects in need for your help, where do you start?
How to find volunteering opportunities?
These two resources offer free and low cost volunteering opportunities, which means you may be asked to pay a contribution to your accommodation and food in some of the poorer countries but in most cases you will be hosted with some meals provided in exchange for 4-5 hours of work per day. You will find a variety of projects to choose from, whether you are interested in eco-farming, earth-bag construction work, teaching English, helping at an animal shelter or an orphanage...