My boyfriend and I plan to leave England in November 2011 to spend a year around travelling around the world.
Our countries include China, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia....
We would like to spend out time helping out local charities, volunteering, staying with local families etc. Most internet sites are just offering my very expensive gap year options.
As we will be constantly on the move, we cant really stay any where longer than a few weeks, so I know our time is limited.
Things that appeal to us are local schools, wildlife sanctuaries, disaster areas etc
I plan on doing a TEFL course but my partner is better with physical labour such as decorating, clearing areas and general handyman work.
If anyone knows of anwhere we can just show up and help out, or any information that can help, I will really appreciate it.
We will be happy to pay for our own food and accomodation etc.
I was in South America this year and this website helped me out with free volunteer opportunities, hope you find something in there.
Check out this animal sanctuary in Bolivia, you can literally just turn up and volunteer!
We at aboutasiaschools organise free volunteering in Siem Rea Cambodia.
Drop me a PM for more details
I ended up travelling elsewhere this summer but I had looked into volunteering in Bolivia. I remember that on their official (I think its official) tourist site BoliviaBella.com they have a long list of volunteer opportunities listed on the site, so that’s worth a look.
Theres also a site www.volunteeringforfree.org that list hostels where you can stay and get free links to volunteer programs, they had some listed throughout South America and Asia, so you could email the hostels in the area you are going to and see what they recommend.
Also there seems to be quite a bit of Woofing in South America, I was going to work on an organic farm in Ecuador, and you get to stay for free, the site is www.wwoof.org, they list lots of farms where you can work for a few hours a day in exchange for food and board.
Youll find paid work in Korea with TEFL too. Seoul is a very cool city to stay in for a while!