6 of the best volunteering opportunities in 2013

If you’ve made the decision to embark on a volunteering expedition in 2013, your next big choice is figuring out where in the world you plan to go. Volunteering offers travellers the chance to experience the world like never before, providing them with excitement, adventure and an entirely fresh perspective.

From teaching English in Peru to conserving wildlife on Australia’s remote islands, volunteering can take you to every corner of the globe, not to mention make the most of your skills in a new environment.  For anyone considering whether a volunteer holiday is right for them, here is a look at 6 inspiring and exciting opportunities currently available.

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure 2012 by Tom Benson

Law internship in China


Based in the busy, vibrant cities of Shanghai and Chengdu, doing a law internship is a rewarding and fast paced opportunity for anyone with some previous law skills. Not only will you gain excellent experience in an international legal environment, you’ll also be able to utilise your skills to make a real difference for Chinese companies.

Wildlife conservation in Mexico


Based on the scenic Pacific coastline, wildlife volunteering in Mexico allows you to work alongside local experts in conserving the fascinating native sea turtles. This is an incredibly hands-on role, with tasks like patrolling the beach at night by quad-bike to collect turtle eggs and working at the corral to collect the baby turtles as they emerge from the nests.

Teaching English in Peru


Peru is fast developing as one of the most popular destinations in Latin America but their educational facilities aren’t keeping up with their tourism. Teaching English in Peru will mean going into some of the most under-resourced schools and bettering the lives of children of all ages.

Voluntary care work in Ghana


Volunteer organisations like Projects Abroad offer many opportunities in Ghana, but there is a huge call for help with care work. Voluntary care work gives you the opportunity to improve conditions for some of the poorest children in the world: Ghana’s huge population of orphans. The work will take you to both capital cities like Accra and more rural locations such as the Akuapem Hills. Placements could also include working in the country’s largest state-run orphanage or helping out at smaller day care centres for mentally and physically disabled children.

Boys outside the shrine

Medical placements in Bolivia


For anyone with medical training your skills are in demand all over the world, whether your area of expertise lies in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or elsewhere. Medical placements in Bolivia are some of the fastest paced and under resourced placements on offer. Whether you spend your time lending valuable medical knowledge or perhaps muck in making beds and bathing children, you will always be busy. This is not a placement for the light-hearted but without a doubt the end result is a rewarding one.

Marine Conservation is Cambodia


Based on the beautiful island of Koh Rong Samleom, volunteers on this placement will settle in to an environment of stunning beaches and lush rainforests. This project is perfect for anyone with an interest in marine studies or diving, and tasks range from assisting with research dives and assisting with the clean up of the beaches. If lending a hand in paradise doesn’t sound quite right for you, there are plenty of other locations and areas of expertise to choose from.

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