Changing the World One Adventure at a Time
Through international exploration, meaningful service projects, and authentic community connections, participants discover new perspectives on the world and their role in it. You will feel deeply connected to, and more familiar with, the communities and countries you visit. You will have the experience of a lifetime — working hard and making an immediate impact on the people and places you serve while also having fun, building new friendships, and learning about yourself!
why travel with us?
“It gave me a whole new perspective on life. I want to be more involved and help more people around the world. I hope to be able to go on more Dream Volunteer trips in the near future.”Costa Rica Trip Participant
“The work in the village was meaningful and personal. There was a real opportunity to learn, meet and interact with those we there there to help. I intended this for a growth experience for my young sons, but I came away changed as well.”Guatemala Trip Participant
“The trips are the perfect combination of volunteer work and tourist activities, which allows for a humbling and eye-opening experience.”
India Trip Participant
“My experience in Guatemala was life changing. Being able to go to the village of Vuelta Grande and seeing how the kids lived their lives really makes you appreciate everything that we take for granted … It was definitely an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.”Guatemala Trip Participant
what makes a DV trip unique?
Operating dozens of trips every year in countries all over the globe, Dream Volunteers has developed a successful formula for ensuring the safety of all participants. From knowledgeable local staff members and on-the-ground, in-country operations support to established food and safety procedures, 24-hour emergency support, and vetted housing options, Dream Volunteers manages all of the details so you don’t have to, allowing you to get the most out of your trip without the stress. [See Health & Safety for more information about Dream Volunteer’s commitment to your peace of mind.]
Participating in a service trip is about give-and-receive. That is why we take time for reflection and processing. Participants return home with a broadened outlook on life, having realized that they gained as much as they gave simply by stepping out of their comfort zones and immersing themselves in a new culture, new community, and new experience. They develop a profound appreciation and gratitude, a sense of empowerment, and a feeling of responsibility to not wait for others to act but to make the difference they want to see happen.
Work hard, play hard is our mantra. Dream Volunteers visits some of the most remarkable destinations in the world. When you’re not making a difference in the lives of others, you will see breathtaking natural landscapes and attractions, share in local community traditions and events, and come home with memories for a lifetime. These countries have so much to offer, and we’ll make sure you experience lots of it while on your trip.
Because we support local youth in the communities we serve through our Young Dreamer Network scholarship programs, we have the trust and open arms of the community. Dream Volunteers service trips are about immersion – you may arrive as a “voluntourist” but you will leave as a valued member of the community, having made significant connections with the local people. You live, work, and play with your hosts for the week, forging ways of communicating that defy language barriers and exploring each other’s culture and customs.
Tapping into our network of Young Dreamers around the globe, Dream Volunteers is able to craft service projects in close collaboration with the local community. The development projects are conceived of and designed by locals to meet the very specific needs of the community and what matters most to them. Working side-by-side with our local Young Dreamers, service trip participants will learn how and why their work has impact. The projects always fall under the categories of education or the environment.
Expand your horizons. Give back while taking in. There are as many reasons to adventure as there are destinations to explore. Check out these upcoming service travel adventures.
Location: Costa Rica
Dates: Aug. 12-20
Type: High School
Location: Costa Rica
Dates: July 20-28
Type: Middle School
Date: July 13-26