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What is Voluntourism?

  • Voluntourism means volunteering your time, skills, and energy with an organization, issue, or causes to help make a difference in communities around the world as part of your vacation package.
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

Voluntourism is a new way of travelling that is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Voluntourism is when people volunteer overseas while they travel. It is similar to “eco-tourism” in a way because the objective of improving lives is still present. But unlike eco-tourism, voluntourism is aimed at helping other people rather than helping the environment. Voluntourism involves tourists going on vacation or rather, missions to help out on a particular project.

This volunteer work overseas entails not only the duties a volunteer will do, but it also gives a chance for tourists to discover new places, experience a foreign culture, and learn more about people in other countries. The time spent becomes an exciting and fulfilling vacation because you get to immerse yourself in another world while helping out those in need.

Doing voluntary work overseas is very different from the typical idea of a “relaxing” or “sightseeing” vacation which is in fact very artificial and does not allow you to really engage with the people in the country you are visiting and to form relationships with them as other human beings. In a sense, that sort of trip is more like taking a long trip to a human zoo to look at people and things rather than to live and be with them as one people.

Volunteer travel is a lot more sustainable as well because it deviates from the typical indulgent vacation. In voluntourism, you get to be responsible for the growth and change of others which is an experience unlike any other. This makes your trip to another country worth so much more than just “having fun” the whole time.

One thing that is clear is that going abroad and giving money and gifts to strangers, even if you do it from a place of love and with the best intentions, may not actually be helping them.

Ultimately, volunteering abroad is a rewarding, worthwhile activity. Your hard work and dedication in making a change in the world will touch lives – not least, your own.

Volunteer Work Abroad Opportunity.

Mary Ryse Resources Limited, the parent body of Gulfvisa Travel & Tours, in partnership with some reputable foreign organizations brings you the opportunity of a paid- volunteer program in Australia, Denmark, German, and Sweden. This Voluntourism program offers a limited number of paid volunteer jobs for super qualifying individuals from across Africa. This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and gain professional work experience abroad.

Your round-trip airfare, visas, insurance, board and lodging are paid for by our foreign partners, including a monthly allowance to cover your expenses while working on the projects abroad. Applicants are required to be over the age of 24 and not older than 40, with at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and two-years work experience.

As a general requirement, all applicants have to subscribe as members and they must cover up their registration fees into the program. Subscription is mandatory for all interested participants.

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for the 2019 program. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. Volunteer placements duration ranges from 4-6 months. Applications must be submitted through our online volunteer application form. Any applications forms that are mailed or e-mailed will not be accepted.



Wild Animal Sanctuary Project:

In this program, you will live in beautiful Calga, Australia about 1.5 hours outside of Sydney by train. The location is situated on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary at the start of picturesque NSW Central Coast. This is the perfect project for animal lovers and it offers a wide range of exclusive Australian animal welfare programs like rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of Australian wildlife.

Marine Conservation Project:

Explore the deep waters of this world-renowned underwater wonder. Join a variety of important conservation efforts focused on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Coral reef surveying and marine data collection training are provided to volunteers in Australia.

Environment Conservation Project:

Volunteer on our conservation projects throughout Australia and work alongside a well established not for profit organization. This project allows you to explore the country away from the beaten track, helping to preserve some of the natural wonders Australia has to offer. Aid in the restoration of the region by maintaining walking paths or participating in flora and fauna surveys and make a valuable contribution to the ecology of the area.



Teach Conversational English:

Make a lasting difference through volunteering as you participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Germany and immerse yourself into a local community, experiencing the culture firsthand. This program provides English speakers with a chance to live with a German family and teach them conversational English. This opportunity will be an amazing adventure of living in your teaching environment and being completely immersed in the fascinating culture of Germany. We provide the materials and you provide the personality to liven up a family class or dinner conversation!

Shadow doctors in Germany:

We are giving pre-medical and pre-health students an opportunity of shadowing hours in international hospitals in Germany. The mission is to help pre-medical and pre-health students pursue their callings in medicine passionately through their interactions with international healthcare. Our partners are committed to partnering with students on their way to becoming a doctor, which is why we carefully design and run competitive opportunities to give you experiences

Summer Camp Counselor:

We are in partnership with a very recognized organization that specializes in language & adventure sports camps for children & youth throughout Europe. We offer different positions, such as Camp Counselor, Sports Counsellor and so much more. Our partners provide an intense training through which you will obtain professional instruction in many outdoor education fields, from canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, climbing & high ropes, passing through field sports, creative activities, to language coaching, team building, etc. Plus, you will obtain a bronze cross and 1st aid certification.



Wildlife Tracking Project, Northern Sweden:

This project gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience with animal tracking in the wilderness of Northern Sweden. You will get to live and explore in the beating heart of the Swedish wilderness. This program is designed for those looking for a deep wilderness and wildlife tracking experience. During your stay, you will be able to unplug and immerse yourself in nature, with the possibility of seeing some incredible wildlife in their natural habitat.

Green-Living Conservation in Stockholm Sweden:

If you have a passion for serving the community while serving a mission, this is the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for hard working, community-minded individuals who are looking to expand their life experiences with something different and important. If you would like to be a part of the exceptional experience and see it from the beginning – then this is for you!!



Volunteer with People with Mental Disabilities:


Our partners offer a rare opportunity to volunteer in a community especially for people with mental disabilities in Denmark. The project, known as Hertha, is a community located in Herskind, a small village in Denmark that consists of families and individuals who have integrated themselves into the lives and rhythm of people with mental disabilities. The village has many workshops that volunteers can support, including a bakery, biodynamic market garden, biodynamic farm, dairy, weave shed, kitchen, and laundry. In these workshops, volunteers and community residents produce products for the village and beyond.

Volunteer at a School in Denmark:

This Voluntour program offers limited teaching positions at a school in Denmark. The program provides English speakers a chance to live with a Danish family and teach conversational English at a local school. This opportunity will be an amazing adventure of living in your teaching environment and being completely immersed in the fascinating culture of Denmark. The school, located in the small town of Ejstrupholm, is easily accessible by bus with connections to the train going to Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, and Copenhagen, the capital.

Engineering Internship:

A wide range of engineering opportunities in Denmark. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of engineering projects. Volunteers will get a unique input to their resumé.



Participation in the program attracts a consultation fee of NGN20,000, payable to the following account:


Account Number: 10115520961

Bank: Zenith Bank Plc.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a membership fee of $600 prior to Visa facilitation.

To register. fill this form.