Travel! It’s something everyone wants to do, but the costs can be substantial. How to travel cheaply has become and art form, and the largest expense next to actually getting there are accommodations. Hotels and even hostels can be very expensive. Especially if you’ll be traveling to a country where you’re on the losing end of the exchange stick! Big cities like London and Paris can really put a dent in your wallet.
However, there are ways for you to travel on the cheap. Volunteer vacations are available in almost every country in the world. Everyday people like you stay for free or a substantially reduced rate all over the world. By signing up for a volunteer program in the country of their choosing! Be warned that you may need to be able to make a fairly lengthy commitment for this type of vacation. Most volunteer programs want people who are willing to stay anywhere from 1-6 months at a time. If this sounds ideal to you it may be a great solution to travel cheaply.
Not only will you get to stay in a foreign country for a lot less cash. You also will get experiences the normal tourist doesn’t! Conservation work, helping in schools, working on organic farms. All of these are viable options so there’s something for everyone.
You could spend the summer working with endangered animals in South America, or helping kids learn English at a school in Thailand! All the while getting up close and personal with the locals, and the country you’re visiting the way it was meant to be appreciated.
Most programs have you work part time a few days a week to ‘pay’ for your lodgings, and food. But you’re free to go as you please on your off time. Most of the programs have travel helpers year round so they have plenty things to do on their grounds, and can even help you find great places to explore! One of the most popular programs is w00f which is an organic farming program. Most of these volunteer efforts will involve helping manage farms.
Several of these organizations are non-profit or make little money. So they count on volunteers to help them get their work done. So, if you’re not a little labor – they’re happy to have you. A quick search in google will find many options. Be forwarned that lots of your results will be from third parties, and not the programs themselves. These places will be charging you a premium for your access.
Try finding some travel abroad forums. These places are more likely to have links that will cut out the middle man for you and get you directly in contact with the program operator. There will also probably be people there willing to share with you the details or recommend programs that they’ve stayed with!
Originally posted 2011-04-13 10:49:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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