Volunteer Trips for Single Travellers

Calling all singles!  Or singles you know!  Or singles in your family! Could a volunteer vacation be the perfect place to find a partner?  Read on … these ideas sure sound better than a bar!

Some of us choose to travel solo; some of us do it out of necessity. But what if you could almost guarantee that you will find likeminded and compassionate people on your next vacation? Volunteer vacations attract a particular type of person, and with volunteer companies reporting that over 60% of their clientele are solo travellers, the figures are stacked in a single person’s favour.

GoVoluntouring.com has been called the “E-Harmony” of the volunteer vacation world, with an advanced filter system that helps users find their perfect volunteer vacation match. Here are a few volunteer vacations to consider if you are looking to find a soul mate, make a connection over a common cause, or simply find the best volunteer vacation match for you or someone you care about:

Sail Away With Me

There must be something in the water at Mercy Ships as over 150 of their volunteers have hooked up, with a few weddings being performed at sea too. Mercy Ships was founded in 1978 and is the world’s leading non-governmental, ship-based charity. Working with Mercy Ships, volunteers will be part of a mission to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor by delivering medical care and developmental programmes with integrity and compassion. For more information visit http://goo.gl/kEqFm

Mating Rituals

At the Ya’an Bifengxia Reserve panda base in China, volunteers with Earthwatch will monitor mother pandas and newborn cubs and even assist in the birthing process. Volunteers will prepare and deliver bamboo to the captive pandas, and help them maintain clean living quarters.  Collectively, the volunteer’s responsibilities work towards the long-term goal of ‘reinforcing’ small and isolated populations of wild panda in the region. For more information: http://goo.gl/UKBoM

Creative Companions

Stay at an ancient Roman farm in Italy and help restore Byzantine frescos dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries. No pre-requisites needed, just a love of art (and maybe pasta!). The restoration workshops include a practical ‘hands on’ experience in the process of conservation and restoration of frescoes, canvas, wood, stone, decorative paintings and plaster in the rich cultural setting of the Puglia region. By learning and actively working, participants also contribute to the conservation of the art and historical heritage of the region. For more information: http://goo.gl/JC8NU

About GoVoluntouring: www.govoluntouring.com

Flight Centre’s responsible travel division, GoVoluntouring, is a leading online community for volunteers, overseas teachers, and learners abroad. Its unique search filters allow users to perform detailed and customizable searches from a huge database of projects and programmes in over 90 countries around the world.