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A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Tourism

As resources and technology develop in the modern world, the tourism industry booms with opportunities of all kinds. As a tourism volunteer, you will have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in connecting travelers to destinations. Volunteering in tourism presents a unique travel experience that allows you to give back while gaining professional experience.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Tourism

Volunteering in the tourism industry offers students new opportunities and challenges in a constantly evolving industry facing major reform. These reforms have created the need for partnerships beyond the traditional scope of the tourism industry. The diversity of the volunteer tourism industry allows you an opportunity to participate in unlikely short-term opportunities while abroad that can increase your cultural understanding, social awareness, and sense of global responsibility.

Types of tourism volunteer projects

Volunteer opportunities in tourism are quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of international travel. These projects however, should be carefully researched and planned in order to find an opportunity suitable to your specific needs; such as time, financial details, lodging, language requirements and more. Oftentimes, volunteers live with host families, so in addition to invaluable work, you will also experience total cultural immersion, something otherwise not possible as an average tourist. 

Hospitality. Hospitality and travel go in hand in hand, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of opportunities in this discipline under the umbrella of volunteer tourism. Volunteers can expect to work on improving the travel experience with your customer service skills in hotels, restaurants, spas, tours, and attractions, to name a few.

Eco-tourism. Volunteers with a passion for the environment can find a wealth of volunteer opportunities in tourism. Get involved with collecting data on animal species and assisting with ecological restoration in damaged areas. Look forward to also leading tours and educational activities. 

Cultural Tourism. Volunteering in cultural tourism abroad, while being almost a self redundancy, can prove to be an extraordinarily rewarding path. Immerse yourself and others with the lifestyle, history, art and music of your destination while leading tours, providing outreach and education, even volunteering at museums and architectural landmark destinations.

Individuals will have the opportunity to work with other volunteers from around the world, further establishing their connections and personal network. Most volunteer opportunities are geared towards short-term commitments ranging from 2-4 weeks, however some opportunities do exist in a more long-term setting. It is also important to take note of any possible language requirements that might be a prerequisite to specific locations.

GoAbroad’s inside scoop for tourism volunteers

Volunteering abroad in tourism is your chance to experience some of the most incredible and diverse areas of the world, while making a difference in a community and learning important skills that will stay with you for life. Because the nature of the tourism industry covers such a vast expanse of opportunities and adventures, this is your opportunity to apply your skills, and form long-lasting memories in places many people will never get to travel. At the end of the day, you can feel assured that your work is helping make a real difference in these communities, and you can leave them, a stronger, more experienced person.

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