Do you have a nagging sense of wanderlust that leaves you yearning for far-away destinations? Do you have about a million places to see included on your bucket list? If you do, you’re certainly not alone. Our world is full of such beautiful and amazing things — why wouldn’t you want to see as much of it as you can?

Now, how do you feel about volunteering? Love it? Have you ever thought about combining two of your life’s passions and heading out for a volunteer trip? A volunteer trip has the power to change your life and is a win-win situation for all parties involved; You’ll get to experience an exciting, new place while doing necessary work for an organization that’s aiming to make the world a little bit better.

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No matter what your budget, whether you want to stay close to home or go abroad, or are interested in helping animals, people, or the environment, there are volunteer opportunities to suit every preference.

Pack your bags and let’s get going!

Provide Veterinary Care to Animals of Impoverished Nations

World Vets sends teams all over the globe to provide veterinary care to small and large animals in areas of desperate need of animal sterilization and disease control. As a member of a volunteer field service project, you will be helping to provide services which will improve the lives of animals as well as educate local residents about proper animal care. Veterinarians and vet techs make up the backbone of these projects, but volunteer positions are often available for people without a veterinary background, as well.

Help Create Food Security in Haiti

As a volunteer with the Sadhana Forest Haiti project, you will be a valuable member of a team that works with the local population of Anse-à-Pitres to create long-term food security in this area of southeastern Haiti. Stay for two weeks or stay for two months — it’s up to you, but once you’re welcomed into the tight-knit and friendly group, you may never want to leave! The Sadhana Forest organization also operates volunteer-run projects in Kenya and India.

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Save the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Trees

Help monitor the effects of climate change on the Joshua Trees in California’s Joshua Tree National Park with an expedition team from the Earthwatch Institute. Experience amazing desert scenery while collecting valuable information about plant and animal life in the area, which will help scientists to better preserve this unique and ecologically-important region and its inhabitants.

Enrich the Lives of Rescued Dogs and Cats in Thailand

The Soi Dog Foundation aims to rescue and find adoptive homes for the neglected street dogs and cats of Thailand. The organization welcomes local and international volunteers to their Phuket shelter and encourages those interested in volunteering to immerse themselves in the volunteer experience by staying for a month or longer. Soi Dog is always in need of volunteer veterinarians and vet techs as well as flight volunteers to accompany adopted dogs to their new homes and lives.

Help Conserve Israel’s Endangered Coral Reefs

Travel to Israel’s beautiful beach town of Eilat and help preserve one of Earth’s richest marine environments as a member of GoEco’s volunteer conservation team. Your work will directly impact the health of the endangered coral of the Coral Reef Reserve. Help with visitor education, provide general maintenance and cleanup of the coastline and of course, spend time in the water observing the beauty of the Red Sea and its marine life.

If a volunteer trip sounds to you like a dream trip, check out GlobeAware and Global Volunteers for even more destination ideas. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and the experiences you will gain and lessons you will learn about yourself and the world will be profound.

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Green Monsters, have you ever taken a volunteer trip? What was your experience like?

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