Hello everyone and Happy December!

Let’s face it! Going on holiday is fantastic but how much of the country do you see beyond the tourist hot spots? Most people barely have time to scratch the surface of their surroundings before they need to get back on the plane. By becoming a volunteer, you have a chance to thoroughly explore, become part of a vibrant community and enhance your career prospects all at the same time. Not convinced? Many countries run brilliant volunteer programs – these are just a few of them!


South Africa

Taking a childcare course at high school or embarking on an Education degree? What better way to gain some hands-on experience than by joining a kids program in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, you’ll be based in a township in the Table Mountains providing much-needed support to local organizers by playing games, reading stories, planning group activities and looking after anyone from newborn babies right up to boisterous teenagers. You’ll also get plenty of free time to explore the local area, visit the majestic Table Mountain and check out Cape Town’s nightlife as well head to Boulders Beach, famous for its noisy colony of Jackass Penguins


Costa Rica

If you spend most of your free time with a nose in a book, love writing and make a point of enhancing your vocabulary, then a placement teaching English is ideal. However, you need be at an intermediate level in Spanish so you can talk to your students! As a Costa Rica volunteer you’ll be going to San Ramón, in the Alajuela province where you’ll be planning and delivering lessons, assisting teachers, grading students, and encouraging your pupils to practice their conversational English. By staying in a dorm, you’ll soon make friends with your fellow travelers, heading out to explore the neighborhood and trying Gallo Pinto, or spotted chicken, Costa Rica’s national dish! 



Passionate about animal conservation? Love hiking? Ever wanted to see a wild bear? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you’ll be the perfect volunteer for wildlife tracking. Head deep into the Swedish wilderness, learning about magnificent animals such as bears, beavers, reindeer, moose and others that call the Sonfjällets National park homeBreathe in crisp, clean air and drink from unsullied waterfalls before making camp under the stars. You’ll also learn how to make a proper outdoor fire, identify various flora and fauna and even try canoeing!



Welcome to the small Island Of Mafia, Tanzania! Here, a four-week beach conservation project will see you helping to protect the coral reefs, observing a variety of marine life and helping the organizers to record data that’ll assist in the fight against unregulated tourism, as well as guard against and hazardous fishing. You’ll also have the chance to get up, close and personal with turtles and dolphins, ideal for any Marine Biology students, and go into schools to teach children all about the incredible biodiversity of this tropical paradise

What about you my dear readers? Have you ever thought about volunteering? Which place would be the ideal for you? Personally, i would choose Sweden but I am going to tell you more about it in the near future.

As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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Featured image Table Mountain Costa Rica Sonfjällets Tanzania 




  1. Irina
    December 13, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I would love to go far far away to have a unique experience. Thanks for sharing Helene.

  2. Jasmin N
    December 13, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    This is such a wonderful list! & filled with so many unique experiences. 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N

  3. December 13, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Such a fantastic list, out of all those places I think Sweden is the one that I would want to visit the most

  4. December 13, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve always dreamt of volunteering and could go to any of the places you’ve mentioned on your list. However, Tanzania probably would be the top place for me.

  5. December 14, 2016 / 1:59 am

    What a great post! If love to go traveling and volunteer. You never know I may still be able to do it in future! The Swedish one sounds great for me. Ree love30

  6. December 14, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Volunteering is very good. I’d like to travel more and discover all the beautiful places in the world! Grear post xx

  7. December 14, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    I would love to have the time to take a far travel! And spend the Xmas in a warm place! Xxx

  8. December 14, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    This is so good! Their all on my wishlist! Have you been in all these places?

  9. December 14, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Such an amazing post! One of my biggest dreams is to volunteer abroad at least for a couple of months. I’ve always wanted to go to Africa and Tanzania has always been on the top of my choices. Hopefully someday I’ll get to do it. Costa Rica sounds amazing too.

  10. December 14, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Never had the chance to volunteer outside of the UK but would love to visit of these places maybe Sweden as I’d love to work outside and see wild animals 🙂

  11. July 13, 2017 / 10:47 am

    This is making me want to go and travel the world.

  12. July 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

    So many people are looking for a way to see the world and yet don’t know where to start! Why not combine helping others and seeing far off places! Beautiful Pictures and nicely written!

  13. Sharon Chanyau
    July 13, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I have been to south africa and Tanzania and i absolutely agree that there are beautiful places. Thank you for pointing me to Costa Rica. That image is beautiful.

  14. Lea
    July 14, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    South Africa is on my to-do list! But all the places just sound really lovely. Thanks for sharing my dear.
    Lea, xx

  15. Yeu Doi
    July 15, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Volunteering is ver rewarding. It is extra nice to be able to travel at the same time. Great post and beautiful photos!

  16. July 17, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    All the places looks amazing through the images and I am sure they are as good as they are described. But to be honest this the first time I heard about Tanzania. Looks like I need to read lot more blog-post like these 🙂 Thanks to author for sharing a great information about all these islands.

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