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Most Affordable Volunteer Trips Abroad for Students

Are you a fresh high school or a college graduate wanting to make the most out of your gap year? Are you looking to volunteer abroad between semesters, during school break or before enrolling at a university? RCDP ensures that you are offered the most affordable opportunity and superior support services with its volunteer trip programs abroad for students

Launched in 1998, RCDP has successfully sent more than 18,0000 students on a variety of volunteer service student programs abroad and internships. Students can chose to volunteer for periods ranging from a single week to several months, on a variety of projects including, but not limited to, teaching English, medical care, health and hygiene, elephant conservation, environment conservation and childcare.

If you are interested in volunteering abroad contact RCDP now for more information on foreign projects and destinations

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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 Trips Abroad for students

Builds Interpersonal skills: In research published by National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participation (NSGVP), student volunteers aged 15 to 24 improved their communication and interpersonal skills.

Immerse in new cultures: By volunteering on trips abroad students are exposed to new, stimulating situations, and interact with and work with diverse groups of people whom they otherwise would never have had a chance to meet. 

Career Boost: At a job interview having student voluntary work on your resume is always a bonus. With volunteering you can explore new career prospects, or increase your chances of being part of big INGO projects.

Language skills: Volunteer opportunities for students provide a wonderful chance to learn a native language, practice it with the locals, and seriously develop your language proficiency.

Brings perspective: Volunteering work for students causes an awakening among participants, in particular a sense of recognition of their own privileges compared to those of people living in developing nations. Volunteering abroad really helps shatter stereotypical notions.

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RCDP’s Top Volunteer Trips Abroad for Students

Environment conservation in Nepal

As a student volunteer in Environment Conservation in Nepal, your utmost goal is to spread awareness on the importance of a clean, green environment and sanitization. The location of this project is a small rural village in Chitwan, where RCDP has started a village nursery.

You will be working in the nursery, preparing seedling of different plants, collecting them, sowing, watering, and trimming the seeds to plant flowers and fruit trees. Other aspects of the program include waste and garbage management, sanitization awareness program and distribution of seedlings to local schools, communities and villagers.

The volunteering students in Nepal will stay at a Nepali home, with a host family who will provide three meals per day. The minimum stay on this program is just 1 week and the maximum length of stay is 3 months. In general you will be working for about 30 to 40 hours per week.

This is a wonderful voluntary opportunity for students to learn a great deal about plantation, nursery, nature conservation, the state of health and hygiene in rural areas, and the environment. Aside from this, there is also an added benefit of recreation at the Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s biggest national park, home to rare Bengal Tigers and one-horned rhinos.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka

As is the case in many Asian Nations, English is a valuable skill in Sri Lanka. RCDP has realized the nation’s thirst for English tutors and has been hosting volunteer programs at Sri-Lanka for students wishing to go abroad and teach.

In order to join this teaching English to Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka project, you don’t need to be a native English speaker or have past teaching experience, however, you should be able to demonstrate both fluency in English and a strong motivation to teach.

In your time as a volunteer teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka, you will be working in Pirivena (Monastic College) in the town of Galle, south of Colombo. There you will be conversing with the monks and nuns aged 8 to 21in English to develop their conversational skills and confidence in the language. Make sure you treat the young monks and their culture respectfully. Do not wear short skirts and sleeves for they do not approve of such clothing.

The volunteer program in Sri Lanka in located in Galle. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with endless ancient monasteries, churches, colonial buildings and forts. It is a delightful place to explore on foot after a long day’s work.

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Teaching English in Kenya

Learning English holds a greater importance in today’s corporate world. Fluency in English does not only help in securing a seat at good educational institutes, but also opens up better job opportunities; and Kenya is no exception to this. There are many good schools teaching English in the country, but the public schools are poor in their resources, and lack enough skilled educators.

By volunteering in teaching English at Kenya you will be helping the children improve their English skills. You will be placed at local public schools in Nairobi, where you will work for 30 to 40 hours a week for anything from one week to a couple of months depending on your schedule and interest.

Through this program as a student volunteer in Kenya you will teach conversational English based around the official curriculum, but also offer support in recreational and artistic activities, educate children on personal hygiene, assist in school administration and help children with their homework.

Kenya is one of the safest places within Africa, and the country has got everything from snow-covered mountain peaks and sandy beaches to savannahs and deserts. Teaching could perhaps never be as adventurous elsewhere.

Disabled children project in Argentina

Through education, training and teaching this student volunteer program in Argentina aims to bring positive change in attitude towards people with disabilities. Student volunteers who wish to join this volunteer abroad program must be above 18 years of age, have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish, and be willing to undertake different activities such as fund raising, administration, event management, communications and program development.

Working with these wonderful special needs children can be an emotional challenge, but it is in every way a rewarding and humbling experience which brings out the best in them, and in you. 

While working with RCDP’s student volunteer project in Argentina, you will mainly assist teachers in the classroom, help with recreational and artistic activities, organize outdoor sports, read stories to the children, and teach them other handy skill such as music, carpentry, dance, and gardening.

The Argentina based volunteering program takes place in Cordoba, located right in the center of Argentina and one of the largest cities in the country. The city’s real charm lies in its winding, stone-paved lanes, wrought-iron lamps, and plazas that still have a taste of a medieval era.

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Sports Program in South Africa

Despite South Africa’s tremendous feats in the field of cricket, many schools in and around Cape Town still lack the necessary funds to invest in sport equipments and teachers. Like many African and other developing countries, many children in South Africa live in poverty. While most of these kids do attend school they have no extra activities to keep themselves occupied after classes end, which can leave them vulnerable to involvement with petty crimes, substance abuse and begging.

In order to keep these children out of trouble the student volunteer program in Brazil needs capable young students to lead them, and help shape them into confident and active citizens of the nation. 

Sports bring people together, and RCDP’s organized sports volunteer trip for students in South Africa aims to bring your expertise and passion for sports together with the enthusiastic, athletic children and teenagers of South Africa. Through organized sports and activities the youth athletics program in Brazil provides children with a safe, supportive, nurturing and fun environment to both practice and play outdoor games.

The routine tasks of the volunteering students in South Africa’s sport program will involve acting as a mentor and guide to children on ways of keeping physically fit. Alongside sports, the student volunteers are encouraged to teach the added skills of team work and endurance to the youth. Other additional activities that you can carry out involve organizing football or basketball games, and raising funds for the schools to invest in sports.

Help Rehabilitate Street Children in Guatemala

The very thought of street children is almost unheard of in first world nations, but in Guatemala it is a horrifying reality. The children are abandoned on the streets, and left to survive without any protection or supervision. There are an estimated 1500 to 5000 street children in Guatemala living and sleeping in footpaths and park benches. While fortunate children born in affluent families in developed sub-urban areas get to spend their pocket money on treats the street children are forced to beg and steal to even get something to eat.

As a volunteer in on the Guatemala Street Children Program, you will help these disadvantaged kids to grow and develop into healthy, happy and productive citizens. To distract children’s minds from alcohol, robbery and crime you will help plan and deliver extracurricular and educational activities. Some of the important duties that you are expected to carry out include:

  • Teaching basic English, math and science
  • Educating children on general health and hygiene
  • Cooking and serving food to the children
  • Fundraising
  • Planning events and field trips
  • Helping local organizations with administrative tasks

The above mentioned duties are not set in stone and can change with circumstances, and volunteers might be asked to get involved in other activities not mentioned in this list. During this voluntary opportunity for students in Guatemala 30 hours a week of volunteer work is expected, and in return accommodation, 3 meals a day and assistance from full-time RCDP professionals are provided to you.

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Galapagos conservation Program in Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands have a rich bio-diversity, ad the coral reefs, sand dunes, highland forests and scrubland, of the islands are home to a wide range of species. You can find animals as diverse as giant tortoises, land iguanas and frigate birds. However, the increasing popularity of Galapagos among tourists has posed a threat to the beautiful natural habitat of the island.

Since, we as people always seem to be acting as threats to our natural world one way or the other; we are also responsible for protecting it. Volunteering on the Galapagos Conservation Program in Ecuador helps to fulfill that responsibility.

To conserve the habitat surrounding the island you will be involved in tasks such as reforestation programs, seed plantations, maintaining organic gardens and supporting local farmers. Additionally, the volunteers help create awareness among locals and visitors on the importance of preserving the floras and faunas of the archipelago.

On this Voluntary Conservation Student Program, you will be stationed on the island of San Cristobal. During your time as a student volunteering on the Galapagos Conservation program, you will be able to enjoy the rich natural habitat of the island with its beautiful exotic animals and birds such as sea lions, turtles and frigate bird. If you are interested in surfing then this place has got the best waves for a nice refreshing surfing adventure.

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