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What Countries Can Male Volunteers Go To?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/24/17 4:02 AM

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Just because Lithuania, Mexico and Thailand are only for the ladies that doesn’t mean the guys miss out on all the fun! Hey guys - I know you can’t sign up for elephants in Thailand but you can still hang out with some in China! Yes, there are countries that are only for female volunteers (sorry about that - it's a housing issue) but don’t let that be an obstacle that keeps you from going abroad.

Oh, and that link also talks about other issues that might keep you from volunteering, like selling your contract and being in the middle of school...so now you really don’t have any excuses for not going! These seven awesome countries are all open for male volunteers: 

  • China
  • Romania
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua 


I can’t stop talking about China…and honestly? There are reasons why I love China more than Thailand. Don’t get me wrong — Thailand is a dream, but I absolutely loved volunteering in China. You can still get that tropical “Thai” vacation of sipping mango smoothies and riding scooters in the jungle in Southern China while also getting to see amazing Buddhist temples, bamboo forests, a world wonder (think about camping overnight on the Great Wall!) and more. Pulled noodles, incredible culture, dumplings, and kung fu? Yes, please!

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Don’t be fooled with all the pictures of our female volunteers in Romania: ILP can generally arrange housing for males (and married couples!). It might depend on the semester and the availability of a host family, but a semester in Romania means checking out these ancient castles,  helping in an orphanage, exploring old convents, and biking through Amsterdam on vacations. Sounds pretty perfect to me. If you've been wishing you could volunteer in an orphanage, apply for Romania!


We are so excited about one of our newest countries in Europe! And are so happy to announce it’s a place for single males and females both - past volunteers have loved going to Poland during vacation and now you can live there for a whole semester. Right now, groups are pretty small; 1 head teacher and 4 volunteers. Male volunteers will be living with a host family and as always, housing and meals are all included in your ILP program fee. Check out all there is to see in Krakow, order yummy snacks in Polish while sightseeing, and soak up all the WWII history you can..in between trips to other European countries of course.



Oh, Mother Russia. This country is full of shawarma, borscht, hearty soups and potatoes…lots and lots of potatoes. Spend your weekends going to hockey games, exploring Moscow and getting a few pictures in of the famous Kremlin. And, like all our other ILP Europe countries, you can be traveling Europe on vacations, seeing places like Scandinavia, England, Ireland and Lithuania.


Really experience Ukraine’s culture by living with host families, head to the coast for a weekend in Odessa, and don’t miss out on seeing Big Mama while living here. Oh, and did I mention that you can vacation in places like Prague, Athens, Rome, and Budapest? This country has tons to offer and isn’t just for the girls. You will have a pretty busy itinerary living in Ukraine.

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The Dominican Republic

Your best bet to spending a semester teaching underprivileged children and eating pineapple on the beach in the beautiful DR is to grab 2 other friends; this program needs at least 3 guys to go per semester. So, plan on applying early and getting your other guy friends to apply too so you and your buddies can explore the Caribbean together. 


Live in an orphanage and give a valuable eduation to children in need! Haiti is one of our newest locations and we're so excited to get our Humanitarian program started here. We have spots for 2 males per semester, so grab a friend and get ready to volunteer in Haiti!

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Costa Rica 

If hikes through the dense jungles, adventure through waterfalls, hanging out on white sand beaches and exploring all the rainforest has to offer, Costa Rica is for you. Costa Rica is one of our newest locations in Central America and we're thrilled to add it to our Humanitarian program. There are limited spots for this country (probably 2), so plan on coming with a friend to volunteer here! 


Our newest addition to the Central American ILP program, Nicaragua is meant for the adventurous traveler who also wants to make a difference. Nicaragua is the hotspot for volcanoes — you can hike 'em, kayak in the craters, camp on the slopes, peer over the rims to see boiling lava for yourself and even slide down the side. Nicaragua is also full of rainforests, miles of gorgeous coastline and high adventures, like ziplining and canyoneering. Like Costa Rica, it's a Humanitarian program with spots for about 2 males. Apply now and secure your spot! 

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So, what are you waiting for? We've got spots open for upcoming semesters, so be sure to get in your application...good luck choosing between these seven options! 

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, China, ILP Basics, Romania, Dominican Republic, Poland, Haiti

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