Travel, especially international travel, has a big impact on our environment. Instead of simply taking a vacation for your honeymoon, why not take this opportunity to make a lasting difference in our world?
Below you will find a list of national and international opportunities to take a volunteer honeymoon vacation. Contact each charity for details:
Browse by category for opportunities to volunteer and make a difference during your vacation.
Habitat for Humanity
They welcome everyone who can help as they build simple, decent, affordable, houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States.
Lean on Me
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in New Orleans, and have any kind of construction/contractor skills, they can definitely use your help!
Sierra Club founder John Muir was convinced that the best way to persuade people to fight to save valuable wild areas was to take them into the wilderness and let them experience for themselves the beauty that needs defending. As a result of this conviction, in 1901 the Sierra Club Outing progam began.
For over 14 years, the Sousson Foundation has organized hundreds of volunteers to help bridge the gap where government resources are unable to meet the growing need for preservation and rehabilitation of fragile wilderness ecosystems within our National Parks.
Student Conservation Association
This is America’s largest and oldest provider of national and community conservation service opportunities, outdoor education and career training for youth. SCA volunteers and interns annually perform more than one million hours of conservation service in national parks, forests, refuges, and urban areas in all 50 states.
VolunteerAmerica connects individuals, families and groups with volunteer opportunities and volunteer vacations on public lands all across America. Offered by a variety of organizations, volunteer vacations range from trail building and restoring meadows to archeological digs and whale counting.
Cactus Volunteers Abroad
Cactus Volunteers Abroad has teamed up with i-to-i to produce a range of award-winning volunteer projects. These volunteer projects provide unique travel and work experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re young or old, just graduating or on a work break, volunteering could be your perfect opportunity to get out there and do something different.
CARE Corps Abroad
CARE Corps Abroad, in conjunction with partner, Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS), provides a unique volunteer travel opportunity for just about anyone interested in educational travel or working abroad.
Cross Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit organization that sends volunteers abroad to provide humanitarian assistance with their Volunteer Work Programs in China, Ghana, India, Peru, and Russia.
Cultural Restoration Tourism Project
CRTP works with local communities to restore culturally important structures, and promoting responsible tourism through volunteer vacations.
Earthwatch Institute is the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected organization directly involving the public in scientific field research. This year, Earthwatch will support more than 130 expeditions in 45 countries, and will send some 4,000 members of the public into the field to work side-by-side with leading scientists. These teams of volunteers will collect data under the scientists’ direction and work as full-fledged expedition members, sharing the costs of the research among them.
Explorations in Travel
If you’re looking to spend an extended amount of time in an area, working on a foreign language, developing or using skills that will help in future employment, or who just want a new, challenging experience, their volunteer placement provides an invaluable opportunity.
Globe Aware, a nonprofit organization, currently offers volunteer vacations in Peru, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cuba, Nepal, Brazil, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. These short-term adventures in service focus on cultural-awareness and sustainability, and are often compared to a mini peace corps experience.
Global Citizens Network seeks to create a network of people who are committed to the shared values of peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation, to the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies, and to the enhancement of the quality of life around the world. They have many opportunities around the country and the world where you can help and learn.
At the request of local leaders and indigenous host organizations, Global Volunteers sends teams of volunteers to live and work with local people on human and economic development projects identified by the community as important to its long-term development.
Heritage Conservation Network
Join Heritage Conservation Network and take their mission around the world. Hands-on building conservation workshops bring participants together with local residents working to save their cultural heritage.
Oceanic Society Expeditions
The Expeditions programs offer opportunities to enjoy and learn about wildlife and natural habitats or to assist scientists with field research.
Peacework arranges international volunteer service projects around the world for colleges, universities, and service organizations. Volunteers help meet the critical needs of marginalized communities in developing areas by working with host organizations on existing self-development projects.
Volunteers for Peace
Services include providing consultation and a placement service for workcamp hosts and volunteers, linking people with programs. Programs foster international education, voluntary service, and friendship. In the last 20 years, they have exchanged over 20,000 volunteers in international workcamps world-wide.
Volunteer Visions offers project placements throughout the world if you seek adventure, cultural immersion, and have the desire to make a difference.
Volunteer in China and Vietnam. WLS International has volunteer work opportunities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and in Beijing, China.
For more comprehensive resources about Volunteer Vacations:
Free Vacations & Bargain Adventures in the USA
Ideas for Volunteering Wisely from JustGive