Best Countries to Volunteer if You Want a Culture Shock
Feeling like an adventure? Interested in volunteering? View our list of top places to visit if you want a culture shock, visit somewhere totally different and also make a difference. Volunteering abroad is a good way to integrate into other cultures, you will get guidance from local English speaking staff, airport pick ups and a structured experience where you will get help every step of the way.
If you have ever watched the film 'Lost in Translation' you will get a good introduction to Japan. This country is a modern bustling nation which is a shock to the system, the language, food and culture is probably totally different to anything else you have ever experienced in your life.
- View our Japan volunteer programs.
A daunting country to visit especially when looking at the size of the country and language barrier. Visiting China offers a fascinating insight into the country, you will find people very friendly even though they might not be able to speak English.
- View our China volunteer programs.
Experience a different way of life by choosing Morocco as your destination, this country is very easy to get to from Europe and there are so many options available. We recommend visiting markets to sample the local goods, or trying the local food and drink which is unique to the country. You can also learn Arabic here, this is a great way for full cultural immersion.
- View our Morocco volunteer programs.
A culture like no other, this country is a shock to the senses! With one of the largest populations on the planet India will be a challenging journey you won't forget in a hurry. The smells, noise, food will all be a shock to the system - but you will also be able to experience an amazing time of your life when you witness the generosity and kindness of local people!
- Volunteer in India for Free with One World 365.
Volunteer with Amerindians in the Amazon
- Guyana, Amazon rainforest
- 2 weeks - 2 months / From: $ 1500
Customized Trips in Ecuador & Galapagos for Schools and Groups
- Multiple Destinations
- 2 weeks - 3 weeks / From: $ 1000
Spain, Portugal & Morocco: Tapas, Medinas & Sunsets
- Multiple Destinations
- 2 weeks - 3 weeks / From: £ 1250
This is one of the poorest nations on the planet, planning a trip here will open your eyes to extreme poverty and substandard living conditions most people experience in daily life. You will also be able to learn about Voodoo culture - something very different then what you see in Western countries.
- View our guide to volunteering in Haiti.
Most people couldn't even spot where Malawi is on a map, but this tiny African country is in desperate need of international assistance. The HIV and Aids epidemic has hit this country hard and seeing first hand the devastating effect has had on the population will be a heartbreaking experience. The poverty and basic living conditions make this a real culture shock. If you are seeking a developing country to help, Malawi should your destination.
Every country offers a different experience, and there are probably other countries we have missed off he list. Other places which have different cultures where you will learn a lot include applying to volunteer in Israel or volunteering in Palestine. You might also like to view our volunteer abroad programs to search all options.