Three Epic Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

So, you’re thinking about volunteering abroad? I’m glad you’re here! You will no doubt have your own reasons for being here, and your own story of how you fell upon our stunning website. But if you’re reading this blog post, I get the feeling that you still need convincing as to why you should volunteer abroad? Let me help you out with that mind-tangle you’ve got there. Here are our top three reasons of why YOU should volunteer abroad!

#1. To get out of a rutopen-your-mind-1

Is life feeling a wee bit flat at the
moment? Working a dismal 9-5 job? Uni getting you down? Just graduated high school and not sure what to do next? Or just generally suffering from serious wanderlust? Volunteering is a sure-fire way to get you out of those blah-feelings, blow your mind with a vibrant new culture and make friends from across the globe! Gah, it’s making me wanna hop on a plane right now just thinking about it! You’ll also come back having honed a bunch of new skills for your CV (also known as a Résumé), to help you with your career when you get home, which is always a plus.

#2. Open your mind

Speaking of blowing your mind, let’s face it. We can all fall into a pit of feeling like the-world-is-as-big-as-my-backyard sometimes. Going to a foreign country and seeing how others live can be eye-opening. In fact, many volunteers are stunned at first, when they realize that millions of people don’t even enjoy the most basic essentials in life. According to, 663 MILLION people lack access to safe drinking water. That’s over double the population of the United States![1] Volunteering is good in that it really reminds you of what truly matters in life, and helps you to better understand and identify with a range of people different to yourself.

After all, one of the most damaging things on our planet is the inability to accept people who look, behave, dress, and speak differently than we do. Wars have been fought and millions have died because some felt it necessary to exterminate those who were different than themselves. Volunteering abroad makes you realize that people across the world, regardless of our differences, have the same hopes and dreams as each other: to be safe, healthy, loved, and free.

#3. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Give Backgive-back

Here at Bamboo, we didn’t just trademark “Give-Back-Packing” for fun! We are passionate about making our travel meaningful. Volunteering allows you to share your skills and enthusiasm in a way that is super beneficial to others. Whether you’re teaching English in Ethiopia, caring for cute children in Costa Rica or bathing elephants in Thailand, you’re helping local communities to get out of poverty. Put that on your CV!

Well, there you have it: Three reasons. 🙂 But if you speak to someone who has volunteered before, you’ll quickly realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Volunteers come home bubbling with excitement, epic stories, and with massive smiles on their faces. They might come home a little tired (or a lot tired!) and dirty, but they’re better human beings for the experience. Their lives are changed forever.

As one of our volunteers said: “Once you see the smile on someone’s face when you bring them new clothes, food, or drinking water, you’ll never forget it. I still hear the voice of this one sweet older woman who smiled and said a very humble ‘Thanks’ as we handed out our gifts in this village in Uganda.”

Do you want a piece of this life-changing-mind-opening-rut-eliminating pie?!?! If so, venture through our website. We have a ton of amazing volunteer-travel programs available. If you’re desperate for a combination of travel and volunteering for your “give-back-packing adventure”, make sure you head over to our “Tours” page here. Are you a purist who just wants 2+ weeks of full-time volunteering? You’ll find a range of our life-changing projects here.

Still here? Oh dear, looks like s__25723016we haven’t convinced you. No worries. 🙂 Do you have some niggly questions and worries you want answered first? If so, the Bamboo Team has got your back. With 10+ years of experience placing volunteers around the globe, we’ve heard it all. We are always so excited to hear from people testing the waters of the amazing ocean that is volunteering. Flick us an email and we’ll be happy to help set your mind at ease.

We can’t wait to get to know you better!

Over and out,

Tessa Burgess

Marketing Assistant

Bamboo New Zealand

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8 thoughts on “Three Epic Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

    1. Tessa Burgess

      Hi Stephanie, pricing varies from trip to trip, but generally they come in at about $100 USD a day. This includes in-country transport, accommodation, lots of meals, supervision, and much much more! Check out the individual program pages for more information.

    1. Tessa Burgess

      Hi Louise, the best way to learn more about the Young at Heart 2 Countries Tour is to go to this link and join our friendly Facebook group. It’s a great way to make new friends with other like-minded people who are also interested in volunteering abroad. It’s also facilitated by our team so they are available to answer any questions that you may have. If you don’t have a Facebook account, send us an email us at [email protected] and we can send you more info.

  1. Sofia Williams

    Hi, my name is Sofia, I’m from Monterrey, Mexico. I’m interested in volunteer, still haven’t checked out the tours but I bet anyplace would be great. I’m just concerned about security and health safety and would like to know more about the precautions you take. Thank you!

    1. Tessa Burgess

      Hi Sofia, thanks for stopping by! Great to hear that you’re interested in volunteering. Have an adventure around our website to learn more about all our programs to find what’s right for you.

      It’s totally natural to be concerned about safety when travelling to a foreign country. The thing that’s special about Bamboo programs is that whenever you are out and about, you’ll be fully supervised by a guide who knows the country inside-out. On our tours, you also travel in groups. All the accommodation also has security. To date, I haven’t heard of any safety issues on our programs. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you still have concerns and one of our team can go into further detail about our health and safety policies for you.

    1. Tessa Burgess

      Hi Liz, thanks for your question! As I told Stephanie, pricing varies from trip to trip, but generally they come in at about $100 USD a day. This includes in-country transport, accommodation, lots of meals, supervision, a project donation and much much more! Check out the individual program pages for more information. Volunteers need to book their own flights to fly into the city where the program starts, and a member of our team will meet you there. Volunteers are not paid unfortunately! (We wish we could!)

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