5 Irresistible workaway experiences to give back to the world

You all know by now how Workaway works and the benefits of volunteering compared to aimless travel, so we won’t go on about that again, but sometimes it’s just nice to highlight some of the 50,000+ opportunities in over 170 countries we now have online – especially the ones that are really making a difference to our planet and are giving back to the local communities. So this post is to recognize the unsung heroes of our world and let them know how awesome we think they are!

1. Sharing is Caring, Join us today in Uganda

Founded in 2012, this community school and child care centre is dedicated to empowering children through education that promotes intercultural awareness, human rights, sharing, tolerance and communication. They aim to bring music, sports and theatre into the children’s lives and support the community at grassroots level. The school is situated in Sironko district, a district in the Eastern part of Uganda, at the foot of Mount Elgon.

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2. Help a charity working to empower woman and children in Chiang Khong, Thailand

his non-profit, non-governmental organization based in northern Thailand is dedicated to ensuring that women and children are safe from sexual abuse, trafficking, and other forms of exploitation forms of abuse and exploitation. Working together with communities, schools, police and businesses, the NGO is creating society-wide safety nets for those who are at-risk. Their on-going projects — a Learning Center, Child Protection in Schools, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs and HIV/AIDS awareness, Women for Change, Anti Human Trafficking Campaign, just to name a few — aim at inspiring and empowering women and children to become forces for change in their communities. The organization wants to ensure that all people regardless of their background have a fair chance at a life with dignity. They are striving to create a world in which girls and women have the same rights and opportunities and an equal standing in Thai society.

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3. Sea turtle Conservation project in Pacuare beach, Costa Rica

This non-government organization that operates in Costa Rica with Indigenous Communities, Sea Turtle Conservation, Volunteering and Teaching opportunities is helping to create an environments where humans and sea turtles can live together in balance. They believe that connecting people with nature, hands-on experiences, education, and local community involvement can really make a difference for endangered sea turtles and help reduce the threats these animals are facing today.

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4. Help a non-profit organization with flood response aid in Bogalusa, Louisiana

This US-based charitable non-profit organization addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. Collaborating with volunteers, partner organizations and local communities, the NGO helps safely demolish damaged buildings. Additionally, they lend homeowners of flood-damaged properties a helping hand by mucking-and-gutting and sanitising their homes.

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5. Volunteer with a theatre and cultural centre in a Palestinian refugee camp

This amazing theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine believe that the arts have a crucial role to play in building a free and healthy society, and their contribution to that is a unique programme of activities in performing arts and multimedia, including theatre and drama, filmmaking, photography and creative writing. They stage professional theatre productions, hold amateur drama workshops and run a three-year educational program in acting. They also offer training in photography and publishing books, photography exhibitions and short films. Through professional training within the fields of theatre and multimedia the theatre has substantially increased local artistic capacity and developed an extensive network of partners and supporters in Occupied Palestine and throughout the world.

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Sarah helps with the Workaway blog. She left her secure job and daily routine in the UK 5 years ago to pursue a life of volunteering and travel. Throughout her work as a freelance writer and scuba ins... show more...

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