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Volunteer travel holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

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Volunteer with elephants in Cambodia
An elephant adventure and working in a village community, from £1099 (14 days) ex flights
Scuba diving & coral reef conservation in Malaysia
Reef conservation and diving volunteer vacation in Malaysia, from £1590 (8 days) ex flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
Assist caring for over 150 animals native to Belize, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru
Conservation in the Amazon, from £1195 (14 days) ex flights

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Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy
Whale and dolphin conservation trip, from €800 - €906 (6 days) ex flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Care for rescued animals in Namibia, from £775 - £3290 (14 days) ex flights
India sports coaching volunteering
Coach a variety of sports to children in India, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand, from £839 (14 days) ex flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
Some of the most exciting conservation work in Africa, from €950 - €1700 (14 days) ex flights
Marine conservation in Belize
Monitor reefs in the Caribbean, from US $1330 (5 days) ex flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Encounter orangutans and elephants in the Bornean jungle, from £1095 (12 days) ex flights
Turtle conservation in Sri Lanka
Raise and release turtles on the beautiful Sri Lankan coast, from £445 - £1699 (7 days) ex flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, from £1244 - £3946 (14 days) ex flights
Mountain gorilla project in Uganda
Work towards conservation of the majestic gorilla in Uganda, from £2995 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa
Hands-on family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa, from £520 - £620 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Work with rescued tropical animals such as monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteering in Malawi, reading with children
Reading books with kids in Malawi: the warm heart of Africa, from £990 (14 days) ex flights
Kenya community & wildlife volunteer program
A unique glimpse into authentic African life, from £1595 (4 weeks) ex flights
Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi
Volunteer with wildlife and communities in Malawi, from £935 - £2965 (12 weeks) ex flights
Healthcare volunteering in Uganda
Volunteer in rural Uganda to prevent health challenges, from £995 (16 weeks) ex flights
Volunteering in Zambia, reading with children
Reading books with children near Victoria Falls, Zambia, from £990 (14 days) ex flights
Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia
Dive and conserve the stunning coral reefs of Raja Ampat, from £995 - £3350 (14 days) ex flights
Lynx, wolf & bear conservation volunteer holiday in Slovakia
Wolf, lynx & bear conservation volunteering in Slovakia, from £1330 (7 days) ex flights
Botswana wildlife volunteering holiday
Help conserve the incredible wildlife of the Kalahari Bush, from £920 - £1629 (14 days) ex flights
Scuba diving & elephant conservation in Cambodia
Marine conservation & elephant rehabilitation in one program, from £2099 (4 weeks) ex flights

287 reviews for volunteer travel holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent volunteer travel holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Marine conservation in Belize
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
From US $1330 excluding flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife conservation in South Africa
It is really hard to decide of many of the memorable and exciting experiences on this holiday which one stands out the most for me. Everyday it seemed that I saw something different in the bush, unexpectedly two male cheetahs appeared one morning, then there was the cheetah with her cub, there were rhinos and rhino babies, one interesting experience for me personally was a close encounter with an Assasin Bug(reduviidae, heteroptera). (more)Cathy Bisset
The most memorable part was all the time we spent in the bush - at least 10h per day. To see the other side of the safari - i.e. not being in a traditional tourist vehicle. (more)Karin van Volen
Amazing!! Words cannot describe this adventure- over 1500 photos taken and a million memories. (more)Emma Clifford
From €950 - €1700 excluding flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
It was certainly one of the best holidays I have been on and I hope to return next year. (more)Diana McKinley
From £795 excluding flights
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Memorable parts? There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme. Tips? To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful Local benefits? It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance... (more)Tessa Milne-Day
From £1095 excluding flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
Excellent - a truly amazing holiday for all the family! We met some wonderful, dedicated people, learnt an awful lot, saw some incredible wildlife- large and small - and have returned home with some amazing memories. (more)Rachel Gray
This was one of the best holidays we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable holiday. (more)kim plumb
Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive...Fantastic, well organised and great value for money. (more)Neil Wilson
From £1425 - £1695 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
From £595 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Awesome I want to go back. (more)Melinda millermon
Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time (more)Angela Ransome
Absolutely amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I have actually recommended it to everybody who'll listen. (more)Shannon Clarke
From £895 excluding flights
Carpathian Mountains holiday, conservation & culture
The most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? Seeing wild bears! (more)Diane Rowe
Absolutely excellent, awesome experience, briliant hospitality from the local agent and excellent guiding. Very good accomodation that exceeded our expectations. Very friendly group of travellers that really gelled through the holiday. Will certainly be considering other holidays from this operator for the future. Our 16 year old daughter had a brilliant time too. (more)Stephen Miller
An excellent holiday, a good destination and range of activities. One of the best group holidays I have been on, everyone got on well from the start... I would say that the holiday was sensitive to the environment and local culture and gave a good insight into rural Romania. (more)Sheila Knight
From £1049 - £1099 including UK flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Memorable parts? Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great! Tips? There was a lot of walking and physical activity so it’s really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness! Local... (more)Melanie Veal
From £1475 excluding flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Memorable parts? Arrival at Koh Tao and finding the lovely coral sand beach behind the dive school at Chalok Ban Bay. Then, exploring the fascinating underwater environment. Tips? Go prepared to learn, there's loads of really interesting marine ecology information to learn as part of the Environment Management Programme. There are interesting and knowledgeable people there, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Enjoy the diving, safe in the knowledge that you are diving... (more)Stephen Orwin
From £695 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife reserves conservation expedition
Memorable parts? Monitoring and tracking the wild dogs was a most memorable experience. We'd get up early in the morning and sit in the back of an open jeep and roar off to the last sighting. It was winter. It was cold. It didn't matter as it was a big adventure and the not knowing would we find them or not? Waiting and watching for the next time. Really great fun. Tips? For the winter, take lots of warm clothing layers as you can peel off as the weather warms up. Follow the list... (more)Keith Costelloe
From £730 - £2920 excluding flights
Belize marine conservation internship
Memorable parts? 1. Snorkeling with the whale sharks. 2. Good diving instruction to next level of qualification. 3. Chance to do conservation surveys as something more than that which you usually do on a regular dive holiday. 4. chance to dive in Caribbean at dive sites that are not crowded, never were there other dive boats at the sites we dived, thus only 4 to 8 divers at the site from the boat. Tips? 1. To the extent your baggage allowance allows it, take items identified including... (more)Simon Timms
From US $4315 excluding flights
Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
Memorable parts? Seeing a brown bear was the highlight of the holiday but this was definitely the icing on the cake. The friendly people, wonderful mountain scenery, incredible views, amazing walks, butterflies, orchids and peace and quiet made the holiday memorable at all times. Tips? Be prepared to do plenty of walking over rough and rocky ground, possibly in high temperatures. Enjoy the local people, food, culture and scenery as much as possible. Don't expect to find bears, just... (more)Liz Pitt
From €599 excluding flights
Womens empowerment volunteering in India
Memorable parts? Finding out about the 'real' India. Tips? I went to Calcutta which is raw and real. There is no pretentiousness, no pretence, just India how you might have imagined. Local benefits? I volunteered for a charity that empowered women - very much needed in many parts if India. Overall rating? Superb - it was everything I wanted. (more)alison hay
From £700 excluding flights
Madagascar conservation volunteering holiday
Memorable parts? I can't name that one and only moment I have to say. The whole experience was memorable. Not only the work but also the people I had the pleasure to meet. Tips? I was camping the first time in my life and did some research beforehand. However I did of course made a few mistakes. The next time I would definitely bring a bigger tent and 2 very strong head torches. My tent was ok for 2 weeks but for a longer period it would be to small. A very strong head torch is a... (more)Patricia
From £795 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
5 I couldn't of had a better time. I truly had the time of my life, I felt at home, happy and really didn't want to go home. It seems crazy now to think its all over but this whole experience couldn't have been much better. Best decision of my life. (more)Kirstin Runcie
A fabulous experience and I would be keen to return. (more)Mark Milligan
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
From £829 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
Madagascar school building project
Memorable parts? Going somewhere so completely different, being looked after by friendly, funny, knowledgeable and entertaining local staff. Sharing an experience like that with total strangers who become friends for life. Meeting the kids who will directly benefit from the work you are doing. Hosting a party and dinner for the village. Cramming all of us and all our kit into a truck for hours. The list is endless. Tips? Get in touch with the other volunteers in your group before... (more)Alexis Liming
From £795 - £995 excluding flights
Healthcare volunteering in Uganda
Memorable parts? When I was marking out straight lines of the village's football pitch, the local community joined in to help. it showed me that little things can make a difference and put smile's on people's faces. Tips? Just go and throw yourself fully into the whole experience, the projects you help with and the people you share the house with. Also just relax, things are at a much slower pace so timings can be a issue, but its not really a big deal when you can go look outside... (more)James Bloomfield
From £995 excluding flights
Health care volunteering in Kenya
Memorable parts? It is too early to say whether this holiday was life changing but for me, it was a homecoming as I used to live in Kenya and felt a mixture of feelings - sad at the corruption that exists in daily life at police checks, etc. but most of all humbled at the generosity, dignity and hospitality that I found in and from the locals around the project where I worked. These are people who have very little materially and work very hard to make ends meet and yet there is a joy and... (more)Jane Edington
From £695 excluding flights
Community projects in South Africa
Memorable parts? On my last day in the village where I had been with children developing a bike track and teaching them to cycle, we had a special Olympics race day! About 100 of the locals turned up to compete! It was a load of fun and very special (and my 30th birthday). Tips? Be prepared for the impact of coming back! You'll have an amazing time, really connect with the community and things in your head will shift, just a little ... but when you get home, nothing will have changed... (more)Emma Finlay
From £1310 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £995 excluding flights
Madagascar charity volunteer programme
Memorable parts? Wow, where do you start? That first lemur you spot after trekking for miles through a remote forest. The warm welcome from the local people and all the kids waving to you every day. Having so many laughs each day. Meeting so many different and interesting people and feeling like you have a second family by the end of it. The sense of achievement as you see the school you're building start to take shape. The food is so good, the scenery is breathtaking, the sun rises stunning,... (more)Travis Armstrong
From £1995 excluding flights
Wildlife volunteering in Malawi, with Zambia safari
My time at there was fantastic - I would recommend the Center in a heartbeat to anyone wishing to have a conservation-oriented holiday. Work is not too difficult on the whole, and you will have enough spare time to develop solid relationships with other volunteers and otherwise enjoy your time. (more)Ben van Haeringen
Working with the young orphaned animals, helping to provide their day-to-day care, was a truly unforgettable experience. Seeing wild Lions, Leopards, Elephants (and many more) up close on safari was fantastic, surpassing all my expectations. (more)Philip Toole
From £1600 excluding flights
Sailing & conservation holiday in Greece
The whole experience was wonderful. Sotiris, our skipper was fantastic , very professional, kind and fun. This holiday was wonderful...it could not have been better...we should have stayed longer. It really was a very unique experience, very special to me. (more)Joanne David
Excellent! Every aspect was amazing. My partner and I are both deeply grateful to everyone who works for the operator for making such a special and memorable experience. We will almost certainly be booking up again! (more)Alison Crawford
A fabulous holiday. Sotiri and Melita were delightful and knowledgeable hosts. Annie who did the reservations was efficient and friendly. The boat was well equipped, safe and comfortable and the fellow guests good company. (more)Susan Sargeant
From £544 - £604 excluding flights
Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy
Saw species of Whales that I had not seen before! (more)Ian Hunt
It was definitely one of my best two trips ever. Loved the people in the group, the activities, the animals and the overall experience. I would definitely recommend it. (more)Tania Fernandez
Excellent - fun, friendly and highly knowledgeable team made it a very worthwhile experience. (more)Rebecca Pagnucco
From €800 - €906 excluding flights
Orangutan volunteering in Borneo
I enjoyed the time in Batang-Ai in the longhouse most. A natural paradise- the tribes people were wonderful and our guide also...Overall, an excellent trip (more)Katie Beckwith
Working with such amazing animals and finding out how intelligent and human like they are....Brilliant once in a life time experience. (more)Holly Ferguson
The opportunity and privilege to work so closely with magnificent animals such as the Orangutan and Sun Bears ...A wonderful and moving experience (more)Lynne Parish
From £1280 - £1865 excluding flights
Community volunteering in rural Uganda
The best part of my holiday was meeting the local people. I was inspired by the vision that many of the local people had, and their commitment to helping the community climb out of poverty. It was amazing to see first hand how a micro credit project can empower people to develop a profitable business. (more)Peter Harrison
Amazing holiday. It felt like such a privilege to be able to get to know the local community in this way. The people of Uganda are so warm and welcoming - and this family and community are a great example of this. (more)Liz Charsley
From £200 - £500 excluding flights
Marine conservation holiday in Madagascar
Was the best thing ive ever done in my life...and if i could afford it i would go straight back (more)Charlie Panayi
The most memorable part of the holiday was meeting people and scuba diving/snorkelling...It was fantastic! (more)Amy Hall
The whole trip was simply amazing!...Firstly the camp is set in the most beautiful place, and on a good night the stars are unbelievable. I've never seen so many! Must have seen at least 5 shooting stars a night as well as the cosmos! (more)Daniel Williams
From £1900 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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