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GIVE offers international volunteer and responsible travel opportunities designed to immerse you in each country’s unique landscape and culture, while ensuring you have a positive impact every step of the way. Our international volunteer trips range from 2-5 weeks and provide you with a perfect combination of meaningful project work in rural communities, culturally immersive experiences and off-the-beaten-path adventures.  More than 50% of our volunteers choose to extend their trip with one of our Responsible Travel Add-Ons, which are designed to enhance your depth of experience and increase your positive impact in each region. From the moment you step off the plane until you’re dropped off at the airport to return home, you will be supported by GIVE guides and joined by a group of passionate and like-minded travelers. More than 30% of our volunteers choose to travel with us again, so select your destination, embark on the international volunteer opportunity of a lifetime, and join the GIVE family for life!

Nepal

Nepal Volunteer Program & Himalayan Trekking Add-Ons:

Everest Base Camp or Tibetan Frontier

Nepal Program

A mosaic of landscapes & culture

13-days

  • Volunteer internationally in remote villages nestled in the Himalayan foothills
  • Rebuild homes destroyed by the April 25, 2015 earthquake
  • Embark on a whitewater rafting journey down the Trishuli River
  • Experience the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Embark on the Everest Base Camp Add-On or Tibetan Frontier Add-On after the Nepal Program & trek through the biggest mountains in the world!

Everest Base Camp Add-On

Trek to the gateway of Mount Everest

13-days

  • Take your experience to new heights after your Nepal Excursion
  • Pass through pine forest, rhododendron groves, roaring waterfalls and Sherpa villages on your way to base camp
  • Witness a dramatic sunrise over the Himalayas from the Kala Patthar viewpoint at 18,192 feet
  • Look into the eyes of Chomolungma – the Goddess Mother of the Earth

Nepal’s Tibetan Frontier Add-On

Responsible Trekking in the Himalayas

10-days

  • Trek in to the Langtang Valley – one of the best-kept secrets of the Himalayas
  • Practice responsible tourism & help to revitalize the local economy in the wake of the devastating 2015 earthquake
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Tibetan culture
  • Wake up at dawn to summit a Himalayan peak

Himalayan Packages

Combine the Nepal Volunteer Program with the Everest Base Camp Add-On, 26 days

Combine the Nepal Volunteer Program with the Tibetan Frontier Add-On, 23 days

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Africa

Tanzania Volunteer Program & Mt. Kilimanjaro Add-On

Tanzania Program

Zanzibar Island & African Safari,

15-days

  • International volunteer opportunity in coastal villages on the tropical oasis of Zanzibar Island
  • Empower a women’s co-op at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • See wild lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards and more on a 2-day safari
  • Swim with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean
  • Climb Mt Kilimanjaro after your trip & reach the highest point in Africa

*Trips Available For Volunteers Aged 40+ Learn More

Mt. Kilimanjaro Add-On

Climb the Tallest Freestanding Mountain in the World, 7-days

  • Experience an entirely new side of Africa after your Tanzania Excursion
  • Push yourself to the mental, physical and spiritual limit, climbing 19,340 feet to the Roof of Africa
  • 4 days up and 2 days down through lowland rainforest, heather meadows, alpine desert & glaciated peaks
  • Reach the summit as the sun rises over the African plains

Tanzania Package

Combine the Tanzania Volunteer Program with Mt. Kilimanjaro Add-On, 22 days

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Southeast Asia

Thailand & Laos Volunteer Programs

Combine Thailand and Laos for the SE Asia Package

Add-On Thailand Elephant Experience and/or Vietnam Wildlife Conservation

Thailand Program

Hill-tribe Immersion & Elephant Trekking, 14-days

  • International volunteer opportunity in remote hill-tribe communities focused on sustainable agriculture and English education
  • Interact with Asian elephants in the jungle and support conservation
  • Embark on a multi-day bamboo rafting journey
  • Take the ultimate leap of faith on a 160-foot bungee jump
  • Combine with GIVE’s Laos Volunteer Trip to cross borders & save $500

*Trips Available For Volunteers Aged 40+ Learn More

Laos Program

The Best Kept Secret in Southeast Asia, 14-days

  • Volunteer at the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Partner with the remote village of Sop Chem on sustainable agriculture and English education projects
  • Meditate with monks in a Buddhist monastery
  • Summit limestone peaks in Laos’ rugged mountainous landscape
  • Add-on GIVE’s Thailand Elephant Experience and/or Vietnam Wildlife Conservation after your Laos Program!

Elephant Experience Add-On

Elephant Welfare & Conservation, 7-days

  • Spend a full week practicing responsible elephant tourism
  • Play with baby elephants & hike with a herd of elephants in the jungle
  • Travel throughout northern Thailand to support an ethical elephant tourist camp, an Asian Elephant Conservation Center, an elephant sanctuary and a community-based elephant tourism project.
  • As a responsible traveler, promote elephant welfare and conservation by providing direct financial assistance to local conservationists, veterinarians, animal rights activists and mahouts (elephant caretakers).

Vietnam Wildlife Conservation Add-on

Responsible Wildlife Tourism & Volunteering, 9-days

  • Explore the street markets, museums and temples of Saigon
  • Volunteer at a sanctuary for Asiatic Black Bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade
  • Spot wild boar, deer and other nocturnal wildlife on a night safari
  • Observe semi-wild gibbons at a primate rescue center
  • Canoe amongst wild Siamese crocodiles at Crocodile Lake

Southeast Asia Package

Combine the Thailand & Laos Volunteer Programs, 28 Days, SAVE $500!

Add-On the Thailand Elephant Experience and/or Vietnam Wildlife Conservation after Laos!

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Central America

Nicaragua Volunteer Program and SCUBA Reef Conservation Add-On

Nicaragua Program

Pacific Coast beaches to Pacific Rim volcanoes,

13-days

  • International volunteer trip in rural fishing villages focused on sustainable development projects
  • Support a Sea Turtle Head Start Program
  • Surf, paddle-board & kayak in the Pacific
  • Sandboard down Cerro Negro Volcano, camp on the rim of Telica Volcano and swim in the crater lake of Laguna de Apoyo
  • Explore cathedrals and street markets in the historic city of Leon

SCUBA Reef Conservation

PADI Certification & Reef Conservation in the Caribbean, 11-days

  • Dive to protect sea turtles, sharks & coral reefs in the Caribbean
  • 12 days, 14 dives & 3 certifications
  • This international volunteer opportunity involves building artificial reefs, implanting native coral species & conducting underwater research
  • Earn your PADI Open Water, Coral Reef Ecology & Ecological Monitoring certifications

Nicaragua Package

Combine the Nicaragua Volunteer Program with SCUBA Reef Conservation Add-On, 24 days

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North America

Wilderness & International Leadership Development (WILD)

Cascade Mountains, Washington

Transform your passions into your profession, 7-days

  • Earn your Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA)
  • Gain outdoor leadership, risk management & wilderness skills training in the Cascade Mountains
  • Snowshoe to alpine lakes, old-growth forests and glaciated peaks
  • Ski, snowboard & sled on our private ski hill
  • Immerse yourself in some of North America’s most spectacular wilderness

Academic Credit Add-On

Available for Nicaragua, Tanzania, Thailand, Laos and Nepal Volunteer Programs

Earn Academic Credit

UNIV304: International Sustainable Development (3-5 Credits)

  • College students volunteer abroad and earn academic credit with UNIV 304
  • Enhance your experience with pre/post trip assignments
  • Learn about the three pillars of sustainability and reflect on your ability to change the world

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