3 Captivating Cities to Volunteer Abroad and Study Overseas

With the increasing interest of international short-term volunteering, internships and study abroad experiences, many US undergraduate and graduate students are gaining valuable insight through structured developmental programs or through field work for which they do not directly receive academic credit.

A Broader View’s short-term study abroad opportunities and volunteer internships are perfect for students, especially if you are seeking affordable and flexible opportunities. You can gain professional insight to bolster your resume, explore a new city, learn another language and/or acquire a broader view of the world.

With such a wide range of study abroad destinations and volunteer projects to pick from, here are three locations where you can maximize your time and gain relevant professional experience while volunteering, interning or studying abroad.

Volunteer in Colombia, Cartagena

Perched high overlooking the Caribbean and surrounded by 8 miles of centuries old colonial stone walls, Cartagena has been transforming into one of the world’s hottest destinations for trend-setting travelers.

Described as a romantic setting by most travel sites, Cartagena is a city of neighborhoods dotted with boutique hotels, side walk cafes, street musicians, palm filled plazas and cobbled streets.

Short term volunteer opportunities and internship programs are based in Cartagena; Women’s Empowerment programs, Social Welfare and Development projects, Language and Cultural Immersion, Volunteer teaching, and more.

Volunteering in Colombia is an excellent way to learn about this fascinating country. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available year-round. Learn more here.

Volunteer in Zambia, Livingstone

Livingston, Zambia is named after the famed Scottish explorer, David Livingstone, who explored this area of the world extensively. Livingstone’s architecture and culture still stir memories of days gone by. The city still has a colonial feel of which people are incredibly proud.

This city is fascinating to visitors who can enjoy the museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, local food and the general African lifestyle. Located only minutes away from Livingstone is Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world. This is an area of Africa which is rich in history and offers adventure travelers an opportunity of a lifetime.

Short term volunteering, long-term volunteer opportunities and medical or nursing internship programs are based around the villages of Livingstone. Medical internships, nursing internships, social welfare and educational development projects are available year-round, with flexible program start dates. Learn more here.

Volunteer Abroad Chile La Serena

Another option is to volunteer in La Serena, Chile’s second-oldest city which sits high in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The city maintains its Spanish, neo-colonial style which is seen throughout the neighborhoods and downtown areas. Lush with beautiful green gardens, La Serena has over 30 churches and a romantic avenue of replica, classical Italian statues and elegant colonial buildings.

Located only an hours’ flight from the capital, La Serena is a great area to live, learn and volunteer. From here you can reach the Elqui Valley, famous for producing “Pisco”, the traditional drink of choice in the Andes. La Serena is also famous for being one of the world’s major astronomical centers due to its clear skies and it’s the location of the Tololo, Campanas and Silla Observatories.

Short and long-term volunteer opportunities and internship programs are based in La Serena and Coquimbo, a neighboring community. Social Welfare and Educational Development projects and Language and Cultural Immersion programs are available year round. Volunteering in Chile is a great way to become fully immersed, strengthen your language skills and learn more about this fascinating country. Learn more here.

A Broader View Volunteer’s mission is to provide developing countries around the world with significant volunteer programs that both aid the neediest communities and forge a lasting bond between those volunteering and those they have helped.

A Broader View Volunteers has been organizing humanitarian programs since 2007. In that time, we have sent thousands of volunteers to over 245 project sites in 25 different countries. The majority of these volunteers have assisted in the daily care, education and health support of disadvantaged families and orphans. A good chunk of volunteers have served in the medical and dental arena, in public clinics, community hospitals, and in outreach efforts. Numerous children and adults have been instructed by ABV teaching volunteers.

In the past 10 years A Broader View Volunteers‘ raised and distributed over $3.0 million in donations worldwide. We continue to be a part of the positive change within many communities around the world.

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