Volunteer in Third World Countries Projects

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Are you looking forward to making a positive impact on someone's life? If you are searching for a meaningful, life-changing, and affordable volunteering package, then choose one of RCDP’s most incredible and budget-friendly volunteering opportunities in third world countries. You extend a helping hand to those in need as you explore different parts of the world.

RCDP has several programs for volunteering in third world countries like Peru, Ghana, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, and a few others. You have the option to choose to volunteer in projects focused on conservation, education, marine life, orphanages, and healthcare. You can plan for the third world countries’ volunteering trip according to your time availability, as RCDP is here to work in your best interest.

Join the project today if you want to make a significant impact on the lives of those who are in need.

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The volunteer experience was very eye-opening and I felt very much needed at the site. I would greatly recommend it.

Frances Yuan


The strong ties we built and the rewarding experiences that we made here were really very priceless.

Amelie Lim

- Australia

A lifetime experience, which has opened my eyes to so much, and impassioned me to pursue future volunteer trips.



Overall a great experience! I can't think of any reason why I shouldn't recommend the program to others!

Lena Gustke

- Germany

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Benefits of Volunteer in Third World Countries Projects

There are many benefits to joining RCDP’s volunteer work program in third world countries. We have listed a few of them for you.

Building empathy

Volunteering is an act of helping people in need with selfless motivation. This will give you eternal satisfaction for taking part in good deeds. It is also believed that the more volunteer work you do, the happier you become.

Therefore, participating in the volunteering opportunities for different programs in third world countries will not only make you happy, but it will build empathy in you. You will also strengthen your ability to socialize and bond

Enriching your retirement

Although the majority of volunteers are from a young generation, there are a few people who are 50 years or older who love traveling for the purpose of helping others. Many medical and teaching projects appreciate the participation of older volunteers, as those who have medical or teaching experience will be more helpful considering their experience. Thus, volunteering helps you to enrich your life as a retiree.

Exploring new places

Volunteering in third world countries requires you to travel to different countries that host the program. Thus, with the volunteering package comes the opportunity to travel. Similarly, during your off days you can always explore the nearby villages of the city, which is one of the main advantages of volunteering overseas.

Becoming culturally aware

Volunteering offers you a unique way of experiencing and a new culture. You will get to know about the different ways of life of people in different countries. And while doing that, you can make some great friends.

Learning a foreign language

The volunteering opportunities in third world countries will take you to different places with different languages. Many of the projects even require you to have basic knowledge of the local language practiced in the region where the project takes place. Thus, you will be given an exciting opportunity to learn, practice and become proficient in a foreign language.

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RCDP’s Most Affordable Volunteer in Third World Countries Projects

RCDP provides perfect packages of affordable, reputable, and well-organized volunteer projects in third world countries. The projects are designed for people with different interests, budgets, time constraints, and personal volunteer and travel goals.

Conservation Work Project in Peru

Peru is one of the 17 diverse countries around the globe that deal with issues such as poor farming practices, oil prospecting, unregulated extraction laws, timber extraction, gold-mining, and many others. Therefore, as a conservation project’s volunteer in Peru, you will get the opportunity to work alongside a team to protect this area from all these nuisances.

Similarly, during your volunteering period in third world country, you will be representing as an ambassador for its conservation, protection and future. The program also offers you a unique opportunity to work alongside local experts of biology and conservation who meticulously work in order to preserve the bio-diversity. The project takes place in Manu National park, amidst the Amazon and complex bio-diversity of Peru. Volunteers are supposed to team up with the local organizations to work towards ecological restoration.

You don’t need to have any specific skills to volunteer for the conservation project. The only thing expected of you as a volunteer is that you are passionate about the environment. At times, the work can be physically demanding, so volunteers need to be prepared for this. In addition, we prefer volunteers who possess basic knowledge of Spanish so that communication with local people is easier. 

Teaching English in Kenya

Since English is one of the official languages in Kenya, and a universal language, the ability to communicate in English is considered one of the best qualities that helps young Kenyans to get good job opportunities. However, not everyone in Kenya has access to learning this language and many families cannot afford private tutoring for their children.

Thus, by traveling to this third world country to participate in the teaching English volunteer program in third world countr, you can help those underprivileged students to prepare for a successful future. You will undertake the work of an English teacher in the schools. You will follow the official curriculum, but you can implement your own teaching methods. Besides this, you will also hold discussions and debates to make learning fun and to enhance the student’s ability to comprehend English.

In order to be eligible to volunteer for the Teaching English project, you need to have a degree in education, a teaching certification, or any other form of teaching experience. Thus, you must provide a copy of your résumé to the school carefully stating your education and credentials.

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Marine project in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its rich bio-diversity. But the sundry marine wildlife in this country, including sharks, pelicans, turtles, crocodile, and others, are at risk due to water pollution and food chain issues. By volunteering for the marine project in Costa Rica, you are expected to help in the rehabilitation, conservation, educational care, breeding, and protection of those animals.

There are three different projects in which you can participate in the volunteering opportunity in the third world country. If you chose to volunteer for the Marine Maintenance project, you must help in the process of selecting, capturing and transporting animals, and assist in the breeding, nursery, acclimation and quarantine, and maintenance of animals.

For the Marine Conservation project, you will be given an opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation and rescue of marine animals to release them to their natural habitat. Similarly, if you opt to serve in the Marine Education project, you will help in workshops about overcoming the hurdles concerning terrestrial and oceanic animals, marine food chain issues, water pollution and waste recycling.

There is no set of skills or qualifications required to volunteer for the Marine Project. If you are fit and ready to work under hot and humid conditions outdoors, you are perfect for this opportunity.

Handicraft project in Brazil

Do you possess handicraft skills? Would you be willing to help disadvantaged women in Brazil by teaching them those skills? If you do wish to be of help to them, volunteering for the Handicraft project in Brazil is an apt program for you. Life can be tough for women in the favelas who have to rely on their partner’s income to manage their livelihood. Due to poor economic conditions, they cannot even fulfill their basic needs, which is saddening.

If you chose to volunteer in one of third world country Brazil for the Handicraft project, you will help to promote those women’s entrepreneurial ability and make them competent to earn their own livelihood. They will appreciate learning creative skills that will enable them to become financially independent. As per their expertise, volunteers can teach the women sewing, painting, pottery, sandal design, candle making, and others. You also can develop lesson plans to organize your own class.

The basic requirement for the volunteers to work for Handicraft project in one of the third world countries is to have handicraft skills. Similarly, if you have any entrepreneurial skills, that will be an extra benefit. It is also recommended to have knowledge of basic Portuguese, as it will facilitate communication; but it isn’t a requirement. Volunteers are expected to be resourceful, open-minded, and adaptable.

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Work in an orphanage in Uganda

Struck by poverty and an unfortunate catastrophe of HIV/AIDS, thousands of youngsters in Uganda are prone to becoming homeless and orphaned every year. The government isn’t able to help such citizens; therefore, they are left to fend for themselves. Thus, by becoming a volunteer in the third world country for the orphanages in Uganda, you will be able to help orphaned children to live a healthy life and create a brighter future.

While volunteering for the orphanage program in one of the third world countries, you will get to work with the children for three hours a day. You can teach them any subjects, but English is preferred the most. Likewise, volunteers can also be involved in extracurricular activities like music, art, dance, etc. Working on the children’s personal hygiene, and cooking and cleaning activities are other options that the volunteers have.

Volunteering for the orphanage in Uganda requires you to have the enthusiasm to help the orphaned children to live a better life. You need to be willing to give them love and brighten their lives. Being flexible and patient is the basic requirement, but other than that, you don’t need any specific qualification.

Health Project in Ghana

There is a substantial need for volunteers in Ghana to assist the local medical professionals. You can help to provide healthcare services to the people who cannot afford private medical attention. There is also a great need for volunteers to promote health education within the rural and remote communities in Ghana. This is because many citizens of Ghana have failed to fight back treatable diseases.

Embarking on a volunteer project in third world country helps you to attain professional medical experience while enriching the lives of Ghanaians. Depending on your expertise and experience, your responsibilities will differ while volunteering for the Health Project in Ghana. Volunteers' work might include assisting medical staff and doctors with their tasks, measuring temperature, BP, height, and weight, providing immunization, treating minor wounds or injuries, dispensing medications, counseling patients, and helping in health camps.

To get selected to volunteer in Ghana’s Health Project, you should have a healthcare certification like nursing or physician’s credentials, ID of a medical student, or paramedic certification of EMT. Similarly, you will also be considered for volunteering if you are undergoing the process of obtaining the certification and you have documents to support your claim.

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Teaching in Buddhist Temple School in Thailand

Thailand is a country with over 30,000 Buddhist temples in which monks live, meditate and study for all their life. Besides their traditional work, the monks in the Buddhist temples are involved in various kinds of social work, including running schools for poor families who cannot afford to send their children to other schools. Therefore, monks seek people who can volunteer in the Buddhist Temple School to teach English to children, as the standard of English being taught there isn’t impressive.

The temples in Thailand run primary and secondary schools where the volunteers are supposed to teach. You will follow the official curriculum and teach the local students for five days a week from Monday till Friday. However, you can expand this curriculum and share some interesting stories or tales with the students. You can also organize some extracurricular activities while volunteering to teach in one of third world country.

You can join the Teaching in Buddhist Temple School volunteering package in Thailand without having prior teaching experience. Volunteers do not need to be native English speakers but should be fluent in English. You will be expected to be patient, flexible and respectful towards Thailand’s Buddhist tradition, custom, and local people.

Elephant Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Are you an animal lover? Do you wish to be a part of a project that takes you to lush surroundings? Well, if so, the volunteering in an Elephant project in one of third world country will help you to fulfill your desires. This project takes care of the sick and worn out elephants that are abandoned by their owners. Those elephants need care and love at their old age.

As a part of the volunteering in Sri Lanka for the elephant conservation project, you get to work as an assistant for elephant handlers, who provide the elephants with daily care and maintenance. You will get to develop a good relationship with these animals as you help to bathe, feed, and walk them to swimming holes every other day. Volunteers can also be a part of eco-farming work and of the teaching program for the local school.

To join the volunteering in elephant conservation project, you do not need qualifications, but you must be physically fit and possess good health. If the volunteers are compassionate for elephants, it will make the project even more fruitful. Also, a willingness to learn new things is always expected.

Aside from Volunteering Opportunities in third world countries, RCDP also offers a range of affordable volunteer opportunities that addresses different passions, budget, skills and interests. You get to choose from amongst adventure trips for college students, gap year programs abroad, community service trips for high school students, family volunteer opportunities abroad and many more programs. Contact RCDP today to learn more about the places and programs that you find yourself most interested in.

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