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Top 5 Countries to Volunteer and Travel

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 16, 2018 | Categories: Travel

Do you want your life to mean more than just a monotonous routine of exhausting hours at work and home? I think most of us do. There definitely is more to life than just work. And although travel is important, volunteering is even more important I think. Why not add volunteer to your travel plans?

It is true that the more you give, the better you feel. And volunteering is the best way to do that. If you can combine volunteering with travel… that’s a win-win.


One of the best ways to do that is with Volunteer World. They present the best getaway package for you. Travel the world abroad and volunteer in underserved areas.

There are 7 continents, about 200 countries and numerous destinations to marvel at, cultures to experience and people to meet. So making your life a bit easier, Volunteer World brings you the top 5 places you must travel to and volunteer in 2018.

Top 5 Countries to Volunteer and Travel

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Costa Rica

Visit the bewitchingly biodiverse land of pristine beaches and rainforests. Costa Rica is one of the most popular central American countries for traveling and volunteering. Discover the waterfall La Fortuna, venture to Monteverde and visit many more captivating destinations.

Exciting volunteer opportunities include programs of turtle conservation, healthcare, wildlife conservation, teaching, working with children in orphanages and many more. Link your passion to any program available in this tropical heaven.

And my husband has an uncle that lives in Costa Rica, so it’s at the top of our list as a family to visit and volunteer at.


The utterly diverse land of multilingual, traditional but warm-hearted locals, Morocco is full of majestic destinations and tourist spots which makes it one of the most popular countries to travel in North Africa.

The divine views of Marrakech, Casablanca, Roman Ruins, The Anti Atlas and many more are a must go for adventure-seeking travel geeks.

There are some exciting volunteer opportunities to educate, build healthcare systems and to serve the local communities in Morocco.

South Africa

The economic and commercial hub of the African continent, South Africa is no doubt the most popular country to travel and volunteer in the world. With a pretty diverse history, to begin with, it attracts different cultures and people to it making it the ideal choice for those looking for some adventurous volunteer work.

The country has a lot of places to travel, be it visiting the famous safaris or the serene beaches. Delicious cuisine and welcoming people are a plus for the travelers. But even though the country is very advanced, there are some underserved communities and overlooked species that need help.

A variety of adventurous opportunities like surfing, skating and swimming, and volunteer programs on projects to conserve the Big 5, marine conservation projects, medical internships, educational projects and many more.


Ecuador is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its capital Quito. Travel geeks can visit the Santa Cruz Island or the colonial buildings of Quito, visit the country’s infamous volcanoes and explore the Ecuadorian Amazon. A variety of volunteer opportunities include social development programs as well as marine and animal conservation projects.


An absolute treat for everyone consumed by wanderlust is Thailand. Thailand is one of the most popular countries of SouthEast Asia to travel. Some of the famous places to visit while in Thailand are the Phi Phi Islands, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and many more.

The smiling warm-hearted locals offering delicious food at mind-boggling economic rates have made this country score a lot of people’s bucket lists.

It presents adventurous and exciting volunteer programs like Elephant or wildlife rehabilitation and engaging teaching programs that focus on playful education.

Get a chance to live and enjoy with the locals and partake in their cultural activities of dancing, rafting, boxing and many more. Volunteer in Thailand with Volunteerworld.com

Get a detailed look for more insight on the projects and surf other destinations on Volunteerworld.com.

Prenatal Planning for New Parents

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 13, 2018 | Categories: Family and Health
prenatal planning

For many couples, conceiving a baby can come as a surprise.  For others, significant prenatal planning is used to determine when they hope to conceive. Either way, it can be easy to miss critical details like the importance of clinical screening concerning conception. For individuals who are ready to make a transition into parenthood, taking […]

Safer and Healthier Cooking – Choose Ceramic Cookware

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Around The house

Many of us from the older generation have been using the cast iron skillet for cooking. Back in the day, we didn’t have non-stick pans, and we had no problem learning to use the traditional cast iron skillet. When the non-stick pans were introduced into the market, many opted for the newer cooking pans and […]

Nectarine Lemonade Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 12, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
Nectarine Lemonade recipe for summer, cookouts, parties, picnics, or anytime...

Summer isn’t over yet, in fact, we still have several weeks of hot weather here. In my quest to come up with refreshing drink recipes, I thought that nectarine lemonade would be a perfect drink. Not to mention I bought a lot of nectarines at the grocery store the other day. We love lemonade and […]

Look Younger With These Easy Beauty Tips

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Beauty
Easy beauty tips to look younger

Ladies, aging isn’t a bad thing. We are just as beautiful now as when we were when we were in our twenties. But there is still a way to age gracefully. It’s okay to want smoother skin, to want to not look as exhausted as we feel. So let’s look at some quick tips to […]

Change Your Financial Situation Starting TODAY

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 11, 2018 | Categories: Money Talk
Financial situation

Not all of us are blessed to be in the financial situation we hoped or would like ourselves to be in, are we? I am sure that a little extra disposable income each month would not go unnoticed and there are so many things we would like to do if we had the extra cash […]

Lil Smokie Stuffed Jalapenos with Bacon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 9, 2018 | Categories: Food, Recipes
stuffed jalapenos with bacon appetizer

I was looking for some appetizers that would be easy to make and incorporated jalapenos, Lil Smokies (or sausages), and bacon. These Lil Smokie Stuffed Jalapenos with Bacon fit the bill. They’re a great appetizer for game night, parties, cook outs, and family gatherings like Easter. They really are simple to make and they pack […]

International Delight OREO Iced Coffee & OREO Thins Bites + Huge Ibotta Offer

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 5, 2018 | Categories: Deals
Ibotta offer

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. What’s better than International Delight OREO iced coffee and OREO Thins Bites? A great Ibotta deal saving up to $2.00 on said International Delight OREO iced coffee and OREO Thins […]

Chicken Salsa Taquitos Make Ahead & Freeze

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 3, 2018 | Categories: Food, Recipes
Chicken Salsa Taquitos recipe freeze ahead meal planning

If you find it difficult to get dinner on the table some days, making and freezing dinners ahead of time is a great way to save you time. If you find yourself with a day off or a few extra hours with nothing to do (we know that isn’t too often), prepare meals, freeze them, […]

Wilderness at the Smokies: Fun For the Whole Family

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 27, 2018 | Categories: Around Town, Travel
family fun

This is a sponsored post; consideration was paid to me by Wilderness at the Smokies. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. My husband and I were talking about a short […]