Volunteer Abroad

Worldwide Volunteering Projects

At STA Travel, we've always believed in giving something back - it's at the heart of what we do. We offer a range of volunteering projects all over the world, which allow you to immerse yourself into a community and help you to give something back to the country you're travelling in. You can volunteer in a number of different ways and in a number of locations. Deciding which volunteering project is best for you depends on what kind of work you want to do and where you want to do it.

Why Volunteer With US

Our volunteering projects are authentic, sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the communities we visit through the STA Travel Foundation and by making sure that our travel has a positive impact. We only work with a select number of partners who build meaningful relationships with local communities, whilst ensuring that we fulfill our travellers' desires to make a difference.
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Where to Volunteer

This is the really fun part...We have projects that span the globe - from the wilds of Africa to the palm fringed beaches of the Pacific. Combine your passion for working with children with some temple gazing in Asia; mix a project preserving the fragile African eco-system with a safari to spot the 'Big Five'; or spend your weekends chilling by the ocean in Mexico, Costa Rica or more...

Featured Projects

Here are a pick of our favourite volunteering projects, so you that you can work out what sort of experience you want to have.


Borneo & Conserve Orangutans

From $2,12914 days

A mix of touring and volunteering, be one of the special few who experience and help in the conservation and rehabilitation of orang-utans. Post-volunteering you’ll adventure through rainforests and experience a unique stay with a traditional tribe learning how to cook and make handicrafts under their guidance.


Rainforest Conservation

From $9508+ days

Based on the borders of Malaysia’ biggest national park, this project supports conservation efforts by dismantling snares, tracking footprints of tigers, elephants, sun bears and leopards, and collecting camera trap data of gibbons and binturongs (aka bearcats). You’ll also round out your experience with jungle trekking and caving, and a visit with local tribes.

Chiang Mai

Thai Elephant Conservation

FROM $6961-2 weeks

Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, this project offers a peaceful home for more than 30 neglected and previously abused elephants. You'll play an essential role in caring for endangered elephants. Day to day, you'll assist veterinary inspections, feed these majestic grey giants and learn about their interaction.


Help Local Communities

FROM $1,05810 DAYS

They say it’s more fun in the Philippines and that’s certainly true at the GK Enchanted Farm! On this unique project that aims to eradicate poverty in the Philippines by 2024 you can help support budding entrepreneurs and their villages through teaching, building, farming, cooking and even football coaching. Our first volunteer loved it so much that she’s still there!

Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation

FROM $4941-8 weeks

Help save the tortugas (that’s Spanish for turtle, you know) on the beautiful Playa Matapalo in Costa Rica. You’ll be doing vital work patrolling the beach to stop egg poachers, monitoring nests and collecting data. Best of all, you might get to see the baby turtles hatch and release them into the ocean – go little tortugas, go!

Cape Town

Help Children in Cape Town

FROM $95810+ DAYS

Fancy spending your days telling stories, playing games and caring for the kids? Then this is the project for you! You’ll be supporting some really under-resourced centres with children from brand new to age 7 by co-ordinating activities, helping with feeding and nap time, general housework and of course lots of cuddles!



FROM $1,4872-12 weeks

Experience one of our best selling projects and get a chance to capture the 'Big Five' on camera! Also your chance to help protect this amazing habitat for these animals by helping with research, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Feel like a real ranger doing wildlife tracking and work to raise environmental awareness in the local community.


Sustainable Communities

FROM $1,2291-8 weeks

Get your feel-goods in paradise on one of our Fijian island projects. The project's main aims are to improve local living conditions, nutrition and access to drinking water. No two days will be the same as you will get involved with everything from constructing and repairing water harvesting systems to assisting with agricultural initiatives.

Types of Volunteering

So kind traveller, have a think about how you'd like to dedicate the majority of your time. All our projects are categorised below to help you decide...

Work With Animals

With so many endangered species around the world fighting for our survival, work towards their protection on one of our animal projects.
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Work with Children

Help to break the cycle of poverty by teaching local children the skills they need for a better future. This type of project is also perfect for gaining experience working with kids.
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Work with Communities

Work in some of the world's most remote areas to improve the quality of life for local communities, helping to build a more sustainable future.
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Work in Conservation

Help local communities to preserve their fragile ecosystems, contributing to the long-term education of the environments we all enjoy as travellers.
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Teaching Sports

Sport has the power to cross all linguistic and cultural barriers. Use your enthusiasm to develop vital teamwork skills, boost confidence, and put a great big smile on the kids' faces as well as yours.
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Do It All

Combine all the different ways to volunteer in one project - working with children, protecting local wildlife and helping the local community.
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