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Cathy Winston
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Voluntourism holidays

Our verdict:

For solo travellers looking to give back to the communities they visit, voluntourism holidays allow you to put your professional skills to use on a career break. With tailor-made itineraries exploring Africa, Asia, South America or the South Pacific, these trips are not just for gap-year students. You can make a real difference.

Recommended tour operator: Hands Up Holidays

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Hands Up Holidays says

Taking a career break is increasingly common – whether it’s a paid sabbatical or perhaps a breather between jobs. You have more time on your hands than you might on a more conventional holiday which means it can be tricky to find a travelling companion.

  • choose from locations worldwide
  • tailormade itineraries
  • wide range of volunteer projects

Our ‘voluntourism’ holidays are hugely popular amongst career-breakers travelling on their own – you can combine your travels with carrying out some much-needed and meaningful voluntary work. Destinations include Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific.

We will tailor-make your itinerary to meet your budget, destination preferences and the type of volunteer project which interests you or matches your skills. Accommodation is always in comfortable, often luxurious, hotels close to your chosen project/s and your itinerary will have a mix of downtime for exploring and time spent with the local community benefiting from your voluntary work.

Some of our projects need specific skills and experience such as accountancy, marketing, medical, building or teaching for example whilst others, such as conservation, don’t require specific skills. Click here for more detail of our varied projects worldwide.

If you prefer the idea of travelling with others, we also operate a number of group trips with a twin-share option for solo travellers.

Find out more about our career break experiences and voluntourism holidays for solo travellers.

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