1. Is a desire to help your real motive for volunteering?
This is a question you’ll need to address in a very honest way. There’s a lot of information on the internet peddling the idea that you can travel the world inexpensively through volunteer work. And it’s true up to a certain point. Volunteering can make for a great cultural immersion experience, where you can work in exchange for free accommodation, food or a small donation. But you have to be realistic, volunteering is not vacationing. It’s work. It’s going to be necessary to commit a lot of effort and responsibility to your cause, plus free time will probably be very limited. Usually, the more ‘tourist-like’ opportunities cost money and they’re not going to be cheap. Volunteering in this way can be fun, but it’s also going to be challenging so make sure that helping a cause is your real motivation. Don’t become a volunteer just to fulfill a travel dream.