Speaking from experience, no one ever wants to be over charged and under satisfied by a travel organisation. If you can, always avoid travelling with a large organisation. The best organisations are often the smaller, localised ones. Another option is to make contacts in the region you want to travel to, having a local friend is always handy. However, knowing people everyone is not always possible, so here’s a list of my favourite organisations and a little bit about them.
- Ninth Wave Global:
If you’re looking for a travel experience with nature and community at the heart of it, NWG are the best. Based in Mexico, they run expeditions globally. They currently ‘work in Europe, the Americas and Australasia, encouraging quiet, humble and slow exploration of places and people’. Not the cheapest on the list however any travel lover is welcome, and the experience will definitely never be forgotten. https://www.ninthwaveglobal.com
2. Raleigh International:
This sustainable development charity has seen plenty of growth over the past few years. Co depend on household income and destinations varying from Tanzania, Malaysian Borneo, Nepal and Nicaragua & Costa Rica. A great opportunity to engage with communities on a global level, particularly for those under 30! https://raleighinternational.org/volunteer/
3. International Citizen Service (ICS):
ICS provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and team leader placements for 23-35 year olds. A similar opportunity to Raleigh, both with a fantastic reputation and undoubtedly value for money. https://www.volunteerics.org
4. G Adventures:
Slightly on the more pricier side of things is G Adventures. They offer trips for all ages, individuals, couples and families on a global scale. If you’ve saved up, they’re definitely worth a look.
5. The Burns Price Foundation:
For those under the ages of 18, BPF isn’t an organisation who will arrange your travel experiences, but could potentially fund them if they have a community enhancing purpose. From wildlife conservation to working in schools, or even staying local. Worth a look. https://www.burnspricefoundation.org.uk