So there are some countries that are only for the ladies that doesn’t mean the guys miss out on all the fun!
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Yes, there are countries that are only for female volunteers (sorry about that - it's a housing issue) but there are still more than a few countries that you can apply for. These awesome countries are all open for male volunteers:
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? Come learn more about China here.
Okay, not to pick favorites, but this country is a bit overlooked and I haven't the slightest clue why. Mexico boasts the prettiest beaches (where you can release baby turtles, by the way), jungle treks to the coolest cenotes (hidden swimming spots) and is the best country set up for travel. You can hop on a bus for a couple of dollars and end up in a new and colorful city every single weekend if you wanted to.
And I haven't even started on the food yet — plan a bit of spending money for iced horchata, piles of street tacos, cut mangoes sprinkled with chili, and hear the churro man shouting from his little cart. Unreal.
Get more on Mexico, here.
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, touring Italy and hiking the Swiss Alps on vacations. Out of all the countries I've been able to visit in Europe, Romania is easily one of my absolute favorites.
If you've been wishing you could volunteer in an orphanage, apply for Romania (and get more information about the orphanage program here).
Oh, Russia. I have a definite soft spot for this country. One thing that totally took me by surprise was the food — think shawarma, borscht, hearty soups and so much chocolate. But I really fell in love with the culture, the people, and how much there was to do in this country. See some of the world's iconic cities like Moscow (see the Red Square!) and St. Petersburg, plus the chance to explore the rest of Europe on your vacations — places like Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and more.
You'll get a front-row seat to the culture by living with your own host family who might take you along to celebrate local holidays, festivals and really show you how to dress in the cold.
Hear all about Russia from Paul's perspective right here. And then take a peek at what volunteering in Russia is all about.
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. A semester in Ukraine will keep you busy (and happy, happy, happy — dive into a bowl of hand folded pierogi dumplings or pile on the chocolate at the famous Lviv Chocolate Factory).
Oh, and did I mention that you can vacation in places like Prague, Athens, Rome, and Budapest? There is also so much to do in the city you live in, this is a European country perfect for someone looking for adventure. This country has tons to offer and isn’t just for the girls. You will have a pretty busy itinerary living in Ukraine.
The Dominican Republic
Come experience life in the tropics when volunteering in the Dominican Republic. We're sending large groups of volunteers to this country, so a semester packed full of lots of go-to travel friends who are there to teach, travel, and live with.
If you're ready for a semester full of teaching English to kids who really need it and vacations where you can island hop, check out which beach is really your favorite, and trek to waterfalls. We have tons of details about what a semester in the DR looks like here.
Live in an orphanage and give a valuable education to children in need in this humanitarian program. It's a really unique location where you'll be living and teaching in the orphanage, so you can get really close to your students. We have spots for a couple of males per semester, so grab a friend and get ready to volunteer in Haiti.
Plan on hosting lots of dance parties with the kids you teach, learn how cut down fresh coconuts, and take weekend trips to some pristine beaches or a mountain topped with a massive fortress. Get more info about the Haiti Orphanage Program here.
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.
Take a peek at what volunteering in Costa Rica is like.
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. Come see what volunteering in Nicaragua is like, then apply now and secure your spot.
Bring your friends, and head to Uganda! The way the living situation is set up, your best bet is having a few guys come along for a semester of safari and making a difference in and out of the classroom.
Volunteers will be teaching English to children who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford this type of education (read more about why English is so crucial in Uganda here). Volunteers will also be able to help out with clean water projects and other sanitation projects during their free time ... when you're not out on safari or exploring the waterfalls hiding in this country, of course!
Get more info on Uganda here.
Are you thinking a semester on a tropical island is what you're looking for? Vanuatu is exactly what you're looking for, found between Fiji and Australia (just a couple of vacation spots!). You'll be living on the island of Efate, just one of the 80+ islands that make up the country. As it happens, Efate is home to some of our favorite adventures — we're talking turquoise swimming spots, thick jungles, and cascading waterfalls to explore, all in your own backyard.
Volunteers will be teaching English to younger kids, building a foundation in English before they study English in schools once they hit the third grade. There's also a need to help alleviate the teacher shortage found on this island chain. Get more info about volunteering in Vanuatu, here.