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Volunteer, economically

It could be one of the most life-changing chapters in your life: the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a remote location, to be out of your comfort zone, to learn about a community at the grassroots level, and to see the difference you can make to it.

You could be a soccer coach in Ghana or camped out in the Caribbean counting turtle eggs, empowering women in India, or doing an internship in a medical field that will help your education or career. You’ll be making an impact, but also making memories and perhaps a few friends for life along the way.

Volunteering across the world is a booming industry. Pre-pandemic, it was estimated that 10 million travelers worldwide worked on projects each year, spending more than $US1.5 billion. But as options have grown, so too has the microscope on the worthiness of projects. There have been many unscrupulous operators exploiting well-meaning volunteers and many communities for whom supposed “help” creates more disruption and dependency than aid.

And we’re sure that many of you want to do this. But, to be fair, it’s not cheap to participate. Read more here from our valued affiliate friends, World Nomads. World Nomads is a team of global citizens, customer advocates and creative storytellers. Since 2002, we have been protecting, connecting and inspiring independent travelers like you. We’re obsessed with travel, and passionate about helping you explore your curiosity and gain a deeper understanding of the world. And next time, thing of World Nomads as your go-to insurance options. Click below.

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