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Where I’ve Volunteered

The organizations highlighted here are near and dear to my heart, as I have personally spent at least two weeks at each (and nearly two months at some).

A few notes about how information is presented:

The information is based on my personal experience. While I may consider a room “basic but clean” others may find it luxurious or downright unlivable. I’ve accompanied opinions with photos whenever possible.

Basic notes regarding the volunteer experience are included for each organization, including minimum volunteer duration, any costs, and what a typical day looks like.

“WORKLOAD” is qualified in the following way:

LIGHT:  1-3 hours of labor per day; being physically fit is always a bonus (you will be more help to the organization), but is not necessary to volunteer

MEDIUM:  3-5 hours of labor per day; be prepared to sweat, but still have time to recover

STRENUOUS:  5+ hours of labor per day; this is not for the faint of heart, but just may be the most rewarding experience in the end

Take a look around and send me a note in the CONTACT section if you have any questions!

Parque Machia, Inti Wara Yassi

The first location to be established by Inti Wara Yassi, Parque Machia is a rescue center that cares for sick, mistreated, and abandoned wild animals in Bolivia’s Chapare region. Volunteers cannot make reservations and are accepted on a drop-in basis due to the park’s remote location. Each volunteer is assigned to an animal area (veterinary …

Lanta Animal Welfare

Lanta Animal Welfare is a sterilization clinic and adoption center located on the island of Koh Lanta, Thailand. Since its inception is the mid-2000s, LAW has sterilized and treated over 6,000 animals and is working to eradicate the unvaccinated dog and cat problem on the island. Volunteers are essential to the day-to-day operations of the …

The Surin Elephant Project

Under the banner of the Elephant Nature Foundation, the Surin Project is a unique and innovative concept aimed at improving the living conditions of captive Asian elephants by providing economic sustainability for their owners through responsible volunteer tourism. Volunteers help with weekly projects such as cutting bamboo for enclosures, watering the crops, and farming food …