South Africa is the most popular destination for volunteering backpackers, according to recent research by i-to-i Volunteering.
Travellers and volunteers are being recruited for a unique game capturing project in South Africa. The project, 450km north of Pretoria, is based on an 8,300-hectre cheetah conservation and research property which has recently established a new reserve and rehabilitation centre as a safe environment for South Africa's wildlife.
Voluntourism is becoming increasingly popular as British travellers look to combine adventure holidays with giving something back to their host communities. As a result African Home Adventure, based at the Nairobi International Youth Hostel, is launching a new adventure travel project in Masai Mara.
The TravelWorks volunteer projects are located in Florianópolis, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro, and include a home for abused children, an assistance programme for disadvantaged families and environmental conservation projects.
This year is set to be the year of voluntourism, with students look to do something charitable and gain valuable work experience on their gap year, according to youth travel specialist STA Travel.
Brits are increasingly keen on giving something back as part of their travels, and this trend will make voluntourism a key catchword for 2011, according to the International Tourism Trade Fairs Association.
If you're looking forward to doing some voluntourism in 2011 and want to make this Christmas a charitable affair, then Planeterra can help, with a range of gifts that offer support to communities in need across the globe.
Many professionals taking a career break in their 50s are keen to give something back, and for this reason, Saga offers Volunteer Travel opportunities, which allow you to make a noticeable difference to a community in need.
Volunteering gap years are becoming more and more popular, with thousands of students heading overseas on a philanthropistic trip, but it can also be financially risky.