Volunteer Vacations  – volunteer projects abroad;    wilderness training courses and experiences; ladies trips and tours;  equestrian experiences

Volunteer Vacations are an exciting way to visit a country and work with charities, social enterprises and NGOs where your manpower helps provide the vital element that they need to keep their projects going. Be part of a grass roots project, make a difference, meet new people, stretch yourself and enjoy yourselves at the weekends taking in all there is to see! Our Wilderness Training Courses are for those looking to work in that sector and our other Experiential Travel is for those looking for an alternative holiday.  These projects, courses and opportunities are suitable for:  Gap Year, Year Out, Uni Holidays, Sabbaticals, Career Breaks, Families and single ladies and men.  

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Helping look after giant pandas in a breeding centre in China

Volunteer Projects Abroad:

Our Volunteer Projects operate in the following countries.  

South Africa

Sports coaching – netball, hockey, rugby, football, cricket, basketball, tennis/teaching/orphanage work  wilderness training courses and wilderness experiences such as photography, birding and spending time in the bush


Looking after giant pandas in a giant panda breeding centre and some teaching of English too  


Rugby coaching combined with HIV/AIDS education/netball coaching/teaching  


Teaching in pre-schools, primary schools, middle schools, street children project, home for destitute and orphaned boys/working in an animal charity  

Ecuador and The Galapagos

Spanish speaking placements – street children, teaching, Eco Lodge, land conservation, football coaching, working with rescued jungle animals  


Marine conservations involving scuba diving and snorkelling ater – can take Open Water Dive there in first week 


Sports coaching – netball, football, rugby, hockey, tennis, boxing/teaching in schools and with street children/medical shadowing, veterinary shadowing/working with endangered primates/teaching how to make fashions/teaching hairdressing and barbering/working with horses    

Volunteer rugby coaching and HIV/AIDs education in Swaziland

Rugby coaching and HIV/AIDs education in Swaziland – showing the kids how it’s done!


Combos – £100 off each placement when combining one or more

In Southern Africa, it’s possible to combine say Sports Coaching in Port Elizabeth with Rugby Coaching and HIV/AIDS education in Swaziland or with our Wilderness Training Courses and Experiences in the north of South Africa or with Marine Conservation in Mozambique.   Our placements have all been hand picked and visited by ourselves and the ethos of Volunteer Vacations is to match up volunteers who want to get involved in a real project and feel they have left a much welcomed footprint in the country visited. We endeavour to make sure the communities on the ground benefit too from the experience of hosting the volunteers, from the cross-cultural exchange and, most important, financially too.  

Volunteers teaching English in India

Teaching in the village school combined with street children project and visiting a boys home in India

Ladies Trips

We take groups of single ladies abroad on Volunteer Vacations.  Ask us about our trips.  Most popular destinations are India, with add-on 10 day Kerala Tour, We can create a bespoke one for you and your group in   Ghana, Mozambique and Ecuador and Photography or Birding in the African wilderness.    


Wilderness Training Courses and Experiences

If you are planning a career in Conservation, leading expeditions into the wilderness, working in safari parks then our FGASA recognised Field Guide Courses based in South Africa are for you.  Courses can be for 1 year, 55 days, 28 days and there are also lots of experiences in the bush for 21 days, 14 days and 7 days including animal tracking, photography and birding.  

Birding, Gap Year, Career Break, wilderness experience,

A good pair of binoculars are essential!