Travel insurance for volunteer vacations
What is Voluntourism?
Voluntourism, or volunteer travel, offers travelers the chance to interact with and support local cultures and communities. This “travel for a cause” combines the thrill of experiencing new locations with the enrichment of volunteering in the community.
International volunteering opportunities are as diverse as the people participating in them. They are suitable for anyone from teenagers to retirees, for short, one-week trips to months-long stays. Opportunities are available on almost every continent, and may include building houses, teaching a variety of subjects, digging wells, doing conservation work, and even coaching sports.
Looking for a voluntourism opportunity?
Here are our tips on how to assess your options.
Voluntourism and Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an important part of any volunteer travel experience. Due to the nature of activities and the often remote destination for a volunteer vacation, having the right coverage is essential.
If you are planning a trip that takes you to a remote or underdeveloped areas, you need to carefully evaluate your travel insurance plan. Volunteer tourism often demands physical labor in challenging conditions, and a high level of medical coverage should
be considered to cover the costs of an unexpected accident or illness. Even a minor medical emergency could require a medical evacuation from a remote location. Your travel insurance plan should be able to provide this coverage for you.
In addition, volunteering vacations are not cheap. And deposits may not be refundable. With a travel insurance plan that includes trip cancellation insurance, you'll be protected if you need to cancel for a covered reason. For example, what if you get sick and can't go? Trip cancellation insurance would protect your investment.
RoamRight’s travel insurance plans that are most suitable for voluntourism are the
Medical plan. Each of these plans offers medical and evacuation coverage, while the Elite and Preferred plans include
trip interruption and
baggage coverage as well.
Start your travel insurance quote to protect your volunteering trip.