Another year is just starting and it’s the time of the year when many interested volunteers are planning on what to do and where to go this coming summer. It is really good to plan as early as January if you like to be really prepared for your summer volunteer experience. If you are not yet sure on what program to choose, we would like to recommend five of the most popular summer volunteer programs 2014.
1. Volunteer and Adventure Program
The Volunteer and Adventure Program is a type of program that combines volunteering with travel adventures. One of the best places to go to for this program is Bali, Indonesia where you could enjoy visiting different attractions in Bali and try extreme activities such as white water rafting among others. Volunteer activities may involve teaching, community development, or childcare depending on your volunteer organization.
2. Volunteer in Summer Camp
Summer camps are really popular among children. It is where they can learn various skills and sports such as archery, swimming, baseball and many others. Many of the summer camps in various countries welcome volunteers who can assist in teaching children different skills and sports or help out in camp chores. Popular summer camps are located in Nepal, Thailand, India and other countries in Asia.
3. Volunteer and Travel Program
If you like to volunteer while exploringa country more this summer, the Volunteer and Travel program may be suitable for you. You could travel to some of the popular and inexpensive destinations such as India, Nepal, Thailand, Peru, Israel and many other destinations. This program provides a good opportunity for a meaningful and memorable travel experience to volunteers.
4. Intercultural Projects
Do you like to be culturally immersed to a new culture? If your answer is no, then try participating in intercultural projects this summer. Various volunteer organizations including Volunteering Solutions offer this project this summer in countries like Peru which is known for its rich culture. Part of this program is exploring different attractions and getting to know more about its culture and people.
5. Social Projects Program
The Social Projects Program is also equally popular during summer. In this program, you can experience working in schools, orphanages, poor communities or care centers while enjoying various activities such as jungle tour, zip lining and others. The most popular destination for this program is Thailand. This program aims to make a significant social impact to the needy people at a short span of time while letting volunteers enjoy a good summer adventure.
This list is not all inclusive. There are many other summer volunteer programs 2014 that you can choose from. It is best to pick your choice earlier so that you can best prepare for your summer activity. Also, you may be able to avail of discounted air fares and discounted volunteer packages if you book as early as January. You may click at the link in the top paragraph of this post for more details about the various summer program options.