LONDON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Globalhelpswap helps travellers find free and low-cost volunteering opportunities around the world. It was started by Paul and Karen, a couple in their 30s who quit their jobs, sold their house and went travelling round the world. They were shocked at being expected to pay thousands of pounds to volunteer on their travels, especially when they discovered that most of the money was going to the organisers and not the local projects they were helping out.
Visitors who register on globalhelpswap.com can search over a 100 different projects around the world. The projects include volunteering with the Amazon Conservation Society, teaching street children photography skills in Peru and caring for mistreated dogs and cats in Thailand. Most projects offer free food and accommodation in exchange for the help they receive, making this a great opportunity for travellers who are on a small budget.
Globalhelpswap is free to join and depends on donations to keep it up and running.
"Volunteering was the highlight of our trip." Karen and Paul
"Lying on the beach doing nothing can get boring after a while. Volunteering made our trip more interesting and meaningful." Karen
"When we volunteered we connected with locals in a way that is impossible to do as a regular tourist." Paul
"By sharing our skills and time we can make the world a warmer place." Paul
"The idea of building such a community is a very nice initiative that might help to make dreams come true." Neville, Malta