A Volunteer Abroad or study abroad trip can be the experience of a lifetime. Not only do you have the potential to provide positive benefits to the host community, you can develop your professional and personal skills. Indeed, there are many advantages to volunteering abroad. Unfortunately, “sticker shock” can discourage some from even going in the first place. The cost of serving overseas just seems too great.

If you start sensing the cost of serving overseas is too much, stop your thoughts right there! And realize that you have other options outside of forking over thousands of dollars for a high-quality volunteer program. This article discusses how you can minimize the cost of volunteering abroad by highlighting the cheapest volunteer programs, and even answers the question “how can I travel for free?”.

Looking for the best 2021 and 2022 volunteer programs abroad? Here you can find International Volunteer HQ’s list of the top volunteer abroad opportunities, featuring 25 of our most recommended volunteer trips for 2021 and 2022.

As the world’s leading provider of top rated volunteer abroad programs, IVHQ is making it easy for you to find best volunteer abroad programs. With feedback from more than 10,000 volunteers and insight from our experienced volunteer abroad support staff, we’re sharing the top volunteer abroad trips that receive the best reviews from our volunteers.

With Covid-19 restrictions easing, 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 you can book with confidence thanks to our flexible booking policy. This gives you the freedom to make changes to your travel dates, volunteer program and destination for free up to 14 days before your start date.

Here are the highest rated and best volunteer abroad programs that are currently accepting volunteers for 2021, 2022 and beyond.

Volunteering abroad is way more profound than just a vacation or excuse to snag a Toblerone from the airport and escape the “real world.” Volunteering abroad is diving headfirst into the real world. It’s a meaningful experience that provides you with important things to do, places to go, and people to see, while giving you with something much more significant than passport stamps and Instagram likes (it is volunteer traveling, after all!).

Now, time to get down to business. Choosing a volunteer program abroad is an exciting, yet daunting, task. You can search for volunteer overseas programs based on a specific destination, field of work, length of stay, or a general region. If you are all over the map (literally and figuratively), GoAbroad’s Online Advisors are here to ease the burden of choice and offer a short list of suggested volunteer programs that match what you’re looking for.