Support some of the world's poorest communities
TravelAid works with communities and organisations in ten of the world's poorest countries. Our projects are carefully developed to ensure that volunteers have the opportunity to really make a difference. Volunteers complement skill-sets and do not substitute local jobs.
TravelAid provides long-term support to our target communities in the developing world. Thus, volunteers have the chance to become involved in an ongoing development process, building upon the work of previous TravelAid teams and identifying priorities for future teams.
Broaden horizons and experience something new
As a TravelAid volunteer you have the chance to be more than a tourist. Working with a local community and alongside a TravelAid partner charity volunteers are able to get to know a new culture and make new friendships in a way not possible for the passing traveller. TravelAid's partners overseas take their responsibility as a host to volunteers very seriously and often go out of their way to ensure they gain a true insight into local culture . Volunteers often report back that the hospitality they receive from local people and the partner charity is highly affecting and something they will never forget.
Volunteering with TravelAid is rewarding, but not always easy. Volunteers are often required to work in remote areas and without the home comforts that they are accustomed to. In these situations volunteers develop and test important career skills. You will gain experience in project management, fundraising, organisation, teamwork and communication across linguistic and cultural barriers.
TravelAid volunteers receive training in First Aid, English Teaching and Cultural Awareness. The first two come with a qualification at the end, and TravelAid volunteers receive a certificate confirming their participation in a TravelAid project and training.