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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, and are authentic, sustainable and responsible. 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. 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. T&C's apply.

How do you want to volunteer?

We support over 50 projects in more than 30 countries, whether you're looking to teach English, work with communities, animals or clean up our planet, there's something for everyone in our wide range of volunteer and voluntour programmes. What's the difference?
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Volunteer

◦ Project durations start from 2 weeks +
◦ You'll stay locally and be able to immerse yourself properly in the community and culture
◦ You can go your own way! You're encouraged to explore the local area during your time off/weekends
Group of volunteers helping to conserve a natural rainforest in Fiji

Voluntour

◦ You'll combine a volunteering experience with a group tour
◦ Experience the best of both worlds - live with a community in your chosen destination before heading off on an organised itinerary
◦ You'll meet and travel with like-minded, socially conscious travellers

Types of volunteering work

bear icon 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.
working together 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.
vietnamese shoulder baskets icon 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.
plant icon 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.
rugby icon teach 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 faces!
tick icon you can do it all
Combine all the different ways to volunteer in one project - working with children, protecting local wildlife and helping the local community.

Featured volunteering 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.
A woman teaching young children in a community school in Nepal

Nepal Construction Projects

With many areas still feeling the effects of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, join other volunteers at the foot of the Himalayas to construct new desks, renovate classrooms and libraries, or bathrooms at local schools in and around Pokhara. This valuable construction work is requested by local educational institutions to improve the health and safety, and effectiveness of these learning environments.
From $1,382* | 1 - 2 weeks
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A herd of elephants in Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thai Elephant Conservation

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.
From $799* | 1 - 2 weeks
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Rhino tracking in Shamwari

Shamwari Conservation Experience

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.
From $1,798* | 2 - 12 weeks
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Caring for Children in Cape Town

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 newborns to children aged 7 by co-ordinating activities, helping with feeding and nap time, general housework and of course lots of cuddles!
From $1,119* | 10 - 52 days
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Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Help save the tortugas (that's Spanish for turle, you know) on the beautifual Playa Montezuma 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!
From $623* | 1 - 8 weeks
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Help Local Communities in the Philippines

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!
From $1,613* | 10 days
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Community Development in Fiji

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.
From $1092* | 2 - 12 weeks
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*Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person in twin share or multi-share accommodation and is subject to availability and season of travel. Prices do not include meals, flights or internal transfers to the start location unless otherwise specified. Blackout, travel date restrictions and set departure dates may apply. Visa and placement eligibility requirements apply and are subject to age restrictions and physical health requirements. Some volunteer projects may also require additional national police and working with children checks due to the nature of placements.  Additional terms and conditions apply. Ask instore for details.