If you choose well, you can match a range of personal needs and interests. It really depends on what is driving you toward traveling with this purpose. Are you looking to grow your skill set? To address an issue you feel passionate about? To help tackle poverty in some of the poorest countries of the world? To help preserve the natural world? To have time out from a fast–paced or routine life? To have an authentic and ethical work and travel experience that makes a real difference? Or, is it simply an alternative holiday offering you more adventure? There are no wrong answers. Volunteering abroad is unlike conventional travel and offers the individual an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of a different culture, to interact with the local community on a personal level and also learn a lot about yourself.
Volunteering abroad is an opportunity to truly experience a place behind the scenes and not just observe it. It’s travel with a positive footprint. It’s the chance to take your knowledge, experiences and energy to people and places that genuinely value your contribution, where you can make a real difference. It’s how you can meet new friends from around the world and be inspired about new possibilities. It’s also the opportunity to develop personal and career benefits whilst exploring incredible parts of your world.
Personalised Big Beyond work and travel placements in Africa include: scientific research (wildlife, land and water), conservation projects, medical assistance, economic and social development (including small enterprise, agriculture, construction and education), working with children and cultural restoration. Volunteers will find themselves working on a multitude of projects which could include: teaching English, arts and crafts, drama, business skills, brainstorming product development ideas for women's empowerment enterprises, tree planting, conducting health campaigns, taking people on wildlife excursions, designing education materials, coaching sports, developing a rainforest reserve or assisting medics with a local clinic. Volunteers are paired to a work and travel project placement which matches their motivation and that will directly support the local community in which they will be based.