Traveling today has become very accessible and many people travel at least a couple of times per year. However, other than meeting new people and getting nice pics for your social media, have you ever wondered if your travels have been meaningful in a deeper way? In case you do, this article might be of interest to you.
Other than plain tourism, traveling can be done to experience new stuff, find inner peace, and help locals in countries that are developing. We have gathered some of the most interesting suggestions when it comes to destinations suitable for a trip that includes a bit more than just tourism. Let’s see which places you can choose for volunteering destinations and make some changes in the world while having a good time yourself.
Meet Laos, the unpolished diamond of Asia
Laos is a beautiful country, rich in culture and nature. It is often overlooked by mass tourism, making it the perfect destination for volunteers who want to make a difference. Volunteers can contribute in various ways: teaching English to children, providing medical assistance, or helping with the conservation of its beautiful nature. Volunteering in Laos is an incredibly rewarding experience that will stay with you for life.
The best months to go to Laos are from October through April. The temperature is high, but the air is clear and dry. Between November and the beginning of January is the best time to take a river Mekong trip because the transit is considerably easier owing to the high stream.
Work with animals in South Africa
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, working with animals in South Africa is the perfect opportunity. From volunteering projects to help out on a farm with chores, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of animals. You can help protect wildlife and aid animals in need through conservation efforts or work on a farm to provide care for livestock.
May through September is the ideal season to travel to South Africa, although this country has a mild climate and you can visit it anytime. Winter nights and mornings are sometimes chilly, but not from May to September, which makes this season ideal.
Visit the roof of the world in Nepal
The famous Himalayan mountains offer some of the most spectacular views in the world. You don’t have to climb the mountain to see and explore the surroundings and wonderful nature.
Volunteering in Nepal is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults. Through volunteering, you can help teach kids to use computers, teach English, and even teach them how to write. By doing so, you can not only help them gain skills that will benefit them for years to come but also provide them with a much-needed boost of confidence. Furthermore, your volunteer work in Nepal will give you an excellent opportunity to explore the culture and people of this beautiful country.
In general, the ideal season for touring Nepal is between October and November due to the clear sky, no rain, comfortable temperatures, and a plethora of flora following the previous monsoon season.
Be medical support in Ghana
Many medical internships are available in Ghana, so why not explore this west African country and perhaps its neighbors as well? Volunteering abroad can expand your views and knowledge about African culture generally. Ghana is famous for its hospitality and spiritual beliefs related to the famous voodoo culture. You will be able to try delicious food, meet locals and help their communities with medical aid since many African countries lack medical supplies and staff.
The winter season in the northern latitudes is often the ideal time to travel to Ghana. Because of lesser dampness, the months from October to April are much more pleasant than some other seasons.
Peru for ecology lovers
Other than a vast cultural heritage, such as Machu Picchu, Peru has a part of the world’s most famous forest- the Amazonia. Indigenous people who inhabit this region are advocating for environmental causes since many oil companies want to carry on their operations here and thus, put in danger the biodiversity of the whole ecosystem. If you are an ecologist or just want to do something for the cause, you can help these people spread the word and even work closely with them on an internship.
The wintertime, from May to September, is the optimum season of the year to come to Peru because it is the dry season, especially if you intend to visit Machu Picchu or do hiking in general. Peru’s summer, which lasts from December through March, is hotter but also quite rainy, with regular, intense downpours.
Take advantage of having so many options for traveling today and make sure you visit some of the places you always wanted to. Don´t let the prices discourage you, since today there are internships, volunteering programs, or Couchsurfing options for solo travelers on a budget. You can do something good for the community of the country where you travel and have a great time learning about new cultures.