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Legitimate Volunteer Abroad Programs

Do you have a special interest in volunteering abroad and want to share your skills and time with disadvantaged people around the world? Are you ready to travel around the world to amazing places while learning new cultures and customs? Well, then this IFRE’s legitimate programs will offer you that and much more.

Legitimate volunteer abroad opportunities help you to get out of your comfort zone travelling and living with other people to bring out your full best potential. It is the most affordable way to travel around the world visiting places of great interest while immersing in another culture and living like a local. The opportunities also allow you to create and build new friendships and connections that are useful throughout your life.

IFRE offers amazingly cheap and meaningful high value programs throughout the world. Since inception in 2006 in Texas, US, IFRE has hosted more than 22,000 satisfied volunteers in over 200 projects, in 20 countries. When you join IFRE’s abroad programs you will create a new opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

You and your group can now take up the program and learn new skills while living within the communities like a local. Contact IFRE today to join this life changing and affordable community based program for a satisfying and fulfilling experience.

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IFRE’s Top Legitimate Volunteer Abroad Programs

Costa Rica

Working With Underprivileged Children (San Jose)

working with underprivilleged children in costa rica

Despite Costa Rica being a leading economy in Central America, the country still has a long way to go before it is fully developed. Many children in Costa Rica are living in poverty and are at a high risk of dropping out of school, behavioral problems or turning towards crime.

Because of limited resources, many schools are not able to provide them with the essential skills and knowledge that a more affluent school is able to, leading the children to a life of unequal opportunities. There are initiatives to provide support for these children through an after-school program.  IFRE collaborates with local grassroots organizations to provide assistance to children who live in poverty.

The project is an after-school program that provides resources for children to have a good education. Participating in legitimate teaching volunteer program, you will help out at the program, through teaching English, or other subjects. You will also be able to ignite interest in the children, and motivate them to work towards a better future.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Costa Rica

A part from this volunteer underprivileged program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Costa Rica. We have variety of programs including teaching English, sea turtle conservation, medical care, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

Sri Lanka

Work With Elephants- (Kegalle)

elephant conservation in srilanka

Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country in South Asia with many popular tourist attractions including the Sigiriya rock, wildlife and the Colombo museum. Due to habitat destruction and fragmentation, human settlement, expanding irrigation projects and human encroachment of forests, elephants continually lose large tracks of their habitat. Founded in 1976 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage focuses on providing care and protection to the many-orphaned elephants found in the jungle.

With over 80 elephants in the orphanage, the project is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world and has one of the most successful captive breeding programs for Asian elephants. When you join legitimate volunteer abroad programs, you’ll play a big role in showering the elephants with the care and love that the gentle animals have been deprived of. It is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the magnificent creatures while enjoying touring and living like a local in Sri Lanka.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Sri Lanka

Besides this volunteer elephant orphanage program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Sri Lanka. We have variety of programs including medical, teaching English, orphanage, and many more that will meet your interest and passion

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Elephant Volunteer Experience (Surin, Thailand)

elephant conservation in thailand

Surin is famously known as the elephant capital of Thailand. It is home to over 400 elephants to date. Years ago the elephants were originally captured from the wild jungles to be used as farming ‘machinery’. Now, however, the use of elephants in logging and agriculture has become redundant and a fully-grown elephant eating huge amounts of food each day, they are extremely expensive to maintain. Many elephant owners have sold their elephants or took them to the streets of the big cities to beg for money from locals and tourists alike.

While volunteering on legitimate program in Thailand, you will work alongside the mahouts and learn to interact with the elephants, walk with them, washing and feeding them.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand

A part from this volunteer elephant orphanage program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Thailand. We have variety of programs including medical, teaching English, orphanage, and many more that will meet your interest and passion


Teach English In Rural Schools (Kasoa]

teaching english in ghana

Ghana is located in West Africa and it is one of the most progressive economies in Africa. Over the years the country has been working to widen access to health care and education for its rural poor and to improve its political transparency through maintaining freedom for the Ghanaian media. Although Ghana has a comparatively high literacy rate with over 83% of its children in school, there are still half a million children unable to attend school because of the lack of trained teachers, scarce resources, and the expense of supplies. As a volunteer abroad legitimate program you may be paired up with a teacher to primarily start supporting as a teaching assistant or you may be given a class yourself depending on your experience. You will make a huge difference in Ghana by empowering children and relieving overworked teachers in local schools.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Ghana

A side from this volunteer teaching English program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Ghana. We have variety of programs including HIV/AIDS, orphanage, medical and many more that will meet your interest and passion

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Skill and Qualifications

You do not need any skills or qualification to join legitimate volunteer abroad programs. By sharing your skills, love and passion you will be fulfilling your passion, to positively change communities and the world. However you need to be kind, compassionate with good communication skills. Be advised that to participate in medical and healthcare programs you will need a medical certification or proof of medical experience.

The Start Date(s) 

Volunteer abroad programs start each Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints or trouble getting to the country on that day, your chosen program can also begin on any day of the year.

The Fee

IFRE maintains the most affordable high value programs in the industry. Volunteer legitimate opportunities abroad start at $100 for a one-week stay. Fees include housing, airport transfers, meals and local support. For transparency you will pay the fee directly to the host family or the local program coordinator. However, in some countries a one-time registration fee will be required.

To learn more about the fee for each country please follow this link.

Housing and Food

While volunteering with top legitimate programs abroad, you will be hosted by a respectable local host family. The family home is regularly vetted and inspected to ensure that you get maximum safety and comfort with plenty of opportunity to immerse in the local culture. You will also be offered with three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) delicious traditional local home-cooked meals. However in some programs you will be offered alternative accommodation in a volunteer house or a project hostel.

To learn more about what kind of accommodation or food is available in each location, please feel free to contact us or see the individual link of the project given above.

How can you apply?

Best programs have a clear and simplified application process. Simply press the APPLY NOW button and complete the application form.

To apply, please follow the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE was founded in 2006 with an objective to offer the most impactful cheapest volunteer abroad programs. A non-profit it is highly rated for professional field volunteer support, flexible programs and diverse opportunities for cultural immersion and travel. Since inception IFRE has grown to offer over 200 legitimate volunteer programs in 20 countries across the world and has hosted over 22,000 volunteers.

How can you go as a group?

IFRE organizes and designs unique group legitimate volunteer abroad programs. You’ll be able to work alongside your group and the community while getting to immerse into a completely new culture and learning a new language. You can become a volunteer working with your group abroad to change lives positively, while fulfilling your dreams of making the world a better place to live. Contact us today and start planning your group trip abroad to the country of your choice.

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You can also check out our amazing volunteer opportunities in Brazil, Ecuador, Bali, Zimbabwe and Morocco.

Check out ‘A Complete Volunteer Abroad Guide: Everything You Need To Know’ to learn more about what is volunteering abroad. If you want to know how to volunteer abroad for free, go through our Volunteer Abroad for Free article. If you are a college student and searching for meaningful summer volunteering programs, check out our popular articles Community Service Trips For College Students and Summer Volunteer Programs For College Students.

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