Free (or Cheap)* Volunteer Work Abroad

Hundreds of gap year companies are there to guide travellers into a voluntary project, but if you are willing to do it all yourself it can be much cheaper.

* Truly free opportunities for unskilled volunteers are fairly rare. Where they are not free, we’ve only listed organisations that charge reasonable (for their location) fees for food and accommodation. Generally, we have excluded organisations when it would cost less to arrange our own living expenses were we to stay in the same area without volunteering.

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More Cheap Volunteering

Working for your keep isn’t a new way to save money on our travels but in the last decade numerous work exchange networks have sprung up to help connect hosts and helpers.

House sitting has taken off in a big way in the last few years, offering the opportunity for travel minded animal lovers to save money on their accommodation by looking after homes and pets.