This article originally appeared on Life Before 30 and is republished here with permission.
Earlier this year I spent a month living in a village in Malawi, volunteering with a local organization, fundraising several thousand dollars to contribute to the community, and gaining a lot of clarity on my responsibility as a globe-trotting nomad to give back. I also spent less than $500 (including my international airfare!) for a month in Africa — one of the most expensive continents for tourists to travel to. Here, I’ve outlined my intense budget (as well as some clever hacks I used) to achieve this. So if you’re looking to plan a volunteering trip abroad but think the costs of doing so are prohibitive, here’s how to get it done on a budget.