Volunteer Abroad: Top Countries to visit on the Covid Green List
Travelling in itself truly feeds the soul, gives you that self-fulfillment and even a chance for self discovery! But what could turn simple travels into meaningful journeys? You can leave a profound mark everywhere you go as you explore the world when you volunteer abroad.
Volunteering gives you a chance to be fully immersed in the Country you’re visiting. You get to lend a helping hand as well as contribute to change in that community. Volunteering abroad enables an adventure like no other and a chance to make a positive difference. What more can you ask for?
Volunteer abroad programs can range from caring for animal shelters to specialisations such as health. So, if you’re an individual with a background in health, a specialised program could be the right fit for you. If you’re a student on a gap year, you can opt for programs that aim to enrich your learning experience. Let’s say you’re studying marine biology, there are Countries that offer programs that support underwater clean up efforts. Sounds like the perfect trip, don’t you think?
Here at Ok Away we not only promote travelling to new places for you to explore, but we care about your safety. With that said, COVID-19 has shifted the way society moves. Some Countries are yet to recover from the chaos created by the pandemic, making it unsafe for your health. Not to mention the travel restrictions and hassle-filled process to enter the Country and return back home.
But fret not! We’ll be featuring Green List Countries with the best Volunteer Abroad Programs. So, this list only features safe Countries to visit with quality programs, the cream of the crop!
So, what are Green List Countries?
These are the countries and territories that the U.K Government (and other Governments) see as being safe to visit without the need to quarantine on return. So far, there are 36 places around the world that are now on the green list.
Although these Green List Countries may not require quarantining, a PCR Test for travel is still a safety requirement.
Ready to go on a life-changing trip?
Here is our list of top Countries to visit and volunteer!
1 | TAIWAN
Taiwan is not only a bustling and exciting place to visit, full of delicious Taiwanese cuisine and scenic tourist spots, it also offers amazing opportunities to volunteer. Taiwan is rich with ancient culture, modernity and a diversity of landscapes. This means there are many different types of available volunteer projects. You can choose from an urban exploration in the city of Taipei or volunteer in the serene rural areas and enjoy mother nature.
WWOOF in Taiwan
WWOOF, which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is an organisation dedicated to connecting with people who want to live and learn on organic farms and small-holdings. This organisation provides an amazing opportunity to meet the locals and get to experience rural life from their perspective.
WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic and self-sufficient lifestyles. To check out how it works visit their website. To volunteer in Taiwan with WWOOF, visit this website!
AIESEC Australia in Taiwan
AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. Present in 124 countries and territories, AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. Run by youth and for youth (18-30 yrs), we envision the ‘peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential’.
AIESEC Australia has two main projects in Taiwan which are the ‘Dream Beyond Language’ and ‘Cool Conference’ projects.
The Dream Beyond Language works with Taiwanese primary schools to teach children English on a daily basis and share your own culture with them. With Cool Conference, volunteers assist teachers in designing and organising a conference for children and teens. The conference is a 3-day camp that allows kids to challenge themselves, develop soft skills and learn about different cultures.
You can request more information with Go Overseas about the program and how you can apply!
2 | ISRAEL
Israel, also known as The Holy Land, is a diverse place. It’s the melting pot of different cultures and religions. Other than its vibrant people, Israel combines the dichotomy of terrain, the North has lush green hills and the South is home to the massive Negev Desert. Making it an exciting destination for any traveller and for those looking to volunteer abroad!
In fact, volunteering is very popular in Israel with roughly 32% of its population being volunteers. This means opportunities for volunteer programs are plentiful and being fluent in Hebrew and Arabic are not required.
And did you know that Israel is an eco-oriented country? There are a plethora of organisations that aim to preserve and care for its wildlife and marine life! So if you’re an environmentalist or you’re passionate about saving the planet, Israel is the destination to be.
Go Eco is a leading eco-tourism company with a varied selection of affordable, ethical volunteer projects abroad. Go Eco offers volunteer programs in Israel that include coral reef conservation and a wildlife conservation program in its desert landscape!
For the Coral Reef Conservation Program, it’s a unique experience that lets you help preserve the Red Sea, one of the richest marine environments in the world!
As for the Desert Wildlife Program, you’ll volunteer at the desert of Arabah and help repopulate the nature reserve with Israel’s native species. From adorable tortoises to majestic leopards, it’s truly an experience you cannot miss out on!
Destination Israel (formerly known as Oranim), has over 27 years of professional experience running programs in Israel. To date they have organised over 2,000 trips for young adults to experience The Holy Land. This includes volunteering, holding internships, and learning Hebrew.
Destination Israel’s expertise in providing organized trips to Israel for young adults from all over the world has garnered over 58,000 alumni. Hundreds of participants are active on their programs at any moment.
This organisation provides long and short term programs, you can choose from teaching English to young students to community frameworks such as youth at risk centers, food kitchens to places such as animal shelters.
To read more about the program and how to apply, click here!
3 | SINGAPORE
Another bustling country on the green list with amazing volunteer programs is Singapore.
Singapore is a lively country made up of different cultures that shaped Singapore the way it is now with hints of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultures among the locals. This country may be a tiny island but it’s rich with experiences and places for you to explore!
Singapore holds programs that give you the opportunity to care for animals and/or volunteer at social services. You can choose from the many initiatives this country has to offer all while discovering the beauty of this country.
NATURE SOCIETY SINGAPORE
The Nature Society is a non-profit and non-government organisation that aims to preserve, appreciate, and study the natural heritage of Singapore, Malaysia and other surrounding Countries. Its mission is to promote nature awareness and advocate conservation.
As a volunteer in this program, you will help in the conservation effort to rescue Horseshoe Crabs entrapped in deployed and abandoned fishing nets at the Mandai mudflats. This will include research and rescue on the Mandai mudflats. It’s a real immersion that will push you out of your comfort zone!
RDA Singapore, which stands for Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore, provides equine-assisted therapy (also known as hippotherapy) to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. They have therapy horses and ponies that work hard in providing the people with disabilities with therapy and enjoyment.
More than 6,000 disabled children and adults have experienced the benefits of the therapy that their horses and ponies so lovingly provide.
RDA Singapore welcomes volunteers as groups of individuals. The volunteer program will train you how to conduct horse-riding therapy sessions. You will begin as a side-walker which will be an integral part of the weekly progress for riders, providing physical assistance and emotional encouragement.
During therapy sessions, you will walk beside the horse while supporting the rider both physically and mentally.
For more info on the program and how to apply, click here.
BEYOND SOCIAL SERVICES
Beyond Social Services is a charity dedicated to helping children and youths from under-privileged backgrounds break away from the poverty cycle.
As a volunteer abroad, you can run activities for children, share a skill, host an event or simply lend an ear. Whatever you can offer to the organisation, you can contact them and they will let you know how you can help with your skillset. For more info, check out this link!
4 | CROATIA
Croatia is a charming country in Europe with picturesque beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful nature. It’s one of the best destinations for you to experience in the summer and work for a good cause!
If you have always wanted to visit Europe and volunteer abroad, Croatia should be at the top of your list!
From animal care to special needs support, enrich your trip to Croatia by joining a volunteering program that’ll suit your interests and even expertise.
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ
International Volunteer HQ’s mission is to bring people of more than 96 nationalities together to create positive transformation through life-enriching travel experiences. Their vision is to transform not only the communities they support but also to support positive transformation within their own volunteers.
They offer fully-hosted programs and organise the stressful stuff such as airport pick up and accommodation so you can focus your energy on making a difference in the community.
Choose from a selection of their programs in Croatia:
- Animal Care
- Creative Technologies
- Marine Conservation
- Special Needs Support
- Youth Support
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So when you’re out doing extraordinary things in your volunteering program and exploring the splendor of a different country, you know you’re in safe hands with Ok Away!
Which of these top Countries are you looking to visit and volunteer in?
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