voluntourA great way to really get in touch with the local culture while traveling is to volunteer within the local community. Even if you set aside one week of your vacation to volunteer, your experience abroad will be that much richer. Volunteering abroad has become very popular, and many tour companies offer great packages to help you easily find a reliable and legitimate volunteer program that interests you. There are many different genres of volunteer work you can get involved in, and G Adventures does a really great job of offering tours that include both time volunteering, and time exploring.? Here are a few of our favorite G Adventures tours that include volunteering while abroad:

15 Day Volunteer Costa Rica

From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast?s famous surf, experience some of the world’s most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife?and make a lasting impact while you’re there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you’ll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.

13 Day Thailand Volunteer and Hilltribe Trek

Experience the diversity of Thailand on an adventure that includes hilltribe trekking in the North, beach time in the South and life-changing volunteer projects on a pristine Andaman island. You?ll make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children as you pitch in at the local school, and after a rewarding day, you can really immerse yourself in the island lifestyle as nights are spent in a beachside homestay. Then trade the beach for the hills and a chance to trek to resilient hilltribe villages.

15 Day Kenya Volunteer and Safari

Kenya has some of the world’s most incredible scenery, exotic wildlife and friendly people?experience the best of each on this 15-day volunteer adventure. Scour the Masai Mara for lions, cheetahs, elephants and rhinos, while camping under the big sky, for a uniquely African experience. Gain a different perspective on local culture while volunteering with medical clinics and orphanages that help to improve the lives of the local population. Give a little of your time to Africa and take away a truly immersive experience that few travellers encounter.