If you’re looking for a more satisfying holiday and you don’t mind a bit of hard work, then there are a number of opportunities for volunteering in Bulgaria. Various international organisations have ongoing projects in the country, and there are also many local groups that welcome foreign volunteers.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (www.wwoofbulgaria.org) Can direct you to current projects and openings for volunteers on farms around the country.
Habitat for Humanity (www.habitatbulgaria.org) Organises house-building and community-based projects in poorer neighbourhoods.
Cadip (www.cadip.org) Canadian organisation running volunteer programs working in Bulgarian orphanages.
St James' Park (www.stjamespark.biz) A British-run venture in the village of Voditsa, in northern Bulgaria. It’s an ‘alternative’ campsite and organic farm that welcomes volunteers, either (through WWOOF) working 30 hours a week for board and lodging, or doing smaller, casual jobs for free meals.
Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov) The US organisation offers projects working in education and community development.
British Society for the Protection of Birds (www.rspb.org.uk) Volunteers can work as field assistants in Bulgaria, mapping breeding birds.
Bulgarian Archaeological Association (www.archaeology.archbg.net) Find out about volunteering opportunities on archaeological digs in Bulgaria.
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