As a truly modern nomad, I’ve been blessed to volunteer alongside some salt of the earth folk and care for precious animals around the world as I explore new horizons while maintaining my writing career. The more I travel, the more I learn, and the more excited I get about the endless possibilities to live as a global citizen and neighbor to all.

This article was a joy to write because I hope others are inspired by the possibilities travel affords in this day and age that is unlike any other time. You don’t have to be a typical tourist and you don’t have to continue to be just another consumer when you travel to enjoy the world.

Be wary of travel tourism though–when animals are taken advantage of just so you can “feel” like you were a part of something unique.

All of the volunteer opportunities listed in this article have a track record of compassion and sustainability.

Ever onward!