Best Volunteer Destinations for Solo Female Travellers

Embarking on a solo journey is a transformative experience, and certain destinations cater exceptionally well to solo female travellers. Whilst any destination is good for solo female travellers, some are perhaps more suited than others. Here is our list of top volunteer destinations for solo female travellersā€¦

Bali, Indonesia

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Why It’s Great

Bali’s allure lies not only in its breathtaking landscapes but also in the warm hospitality of its people. The island’s spiritual atmosphere creates a welcoming environment for solo female travellers, where the emphasis on community and connection ensures a sense of safety. The local people are extremely friendly and many solo female travellers would recommend Bali as a great place to travel alone. Also the food is delicious (and super cheap!), and its easy and affordable to get around.

Things to Do

Volunteer in Community Projects: Engage in meaningful community projects in Ubud, contributing to local initiatives ranging from education to sustainable development. Help decorate school buildings or assist in the local kindergarten teaching kids basic English.

Explore Serene Beaches: Discover the tranquillity of Nusa Dua and Seminyak, where you can unwind on pristine beaches and partake in water-based activities.

Immerse in Balinese Culture: Attend traditional dance performances, explore local art markets, and delve into the rich cultural tapestry that defines Ubud.


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Why It’s Great

Cambodia’s rich history and the resilience of its people make it an inspiring destination for solo female travellers. The friendliness of the locals, combined with the country’s cultural vibrancy, creates a safe and inviting atmosphere. Whilst not as easy to get around as its neighbour, Thailand, Cambodia is a true gem and there is plenty to explore. The locals can be a little reserved and shy at times but they are also very welcoming and interested in you and where you come from šŸ˜Š

Things to Do

Volunteer in our rural school: This school was build by volunteers several years ago and the kids come here out of their own desire, after having gone to their local school. It is a place where they can learn English and interest with volunteers form around the world.

Explore Angkor Wat: Marvel at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and delve into the historical and architectural wonders of Cambodia.

Connect in Phnom Penh: Immerse yourself in the bustling markets of Phnom Penh, engaging with locals and experiencing the vibrant pulse of Cambodian city life.



Why It’s Great

Peru’s diverse landscapes, from the Andes to the Amazon, provide a backdrop for unique adventures. The warmth of the Peruvian people and the country’s commitment to tourism create a secure environment for solo female travellers. The tourist buses make it easy to explore on your days off and get around the country, and there is plenty of day tours you can book in your free time.

Things to Do

Volunteer in Sustainable Agriculture: Engage in sustainable agriculture projects, working alongside local communities to promote eco-friendly practices.

Trek to Machu Picchu: Embark on the iconic trek to Machu Picchu, a breathtaking journey that combines adventure with historical exploration.

Explore Cusco: Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets of Cusco, discovering traditional crafts, textiles, and the rich Andean culture. Most of IVIā€™s volunteer programs are based here so you will have plenty of time to explore!


Why It’s Great

Fiji’s reputation for friendliness, combined with its stunning tropical setting, makes it an excellent choice for solo female travellers. The laid-back atmosphere and strong sense of community contribute to a safe and enjoyable experience.

Things to Do

From teaching, sports coaching, nutrition outreach, and construction programs, there is plenty of community based programs to get involved in!

Relax on Yasawa Islands: Unwind on the picturesque beaches of the Yasawa Islands, experiencing the serene beauty of Fiji’s tropical paradise.

Immerse in Fijian Culture: Participate in traditional ceremonies, connect with locals, and gain insights into Fijian customs and hospitality.


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Why It’s Great

Thailand’s diverse attractions, from bustling cities to tranquil islands, cater to a wide range of interests. The Thai people’s friendliness and the country’s well-established tourism infrastructure make it a comfortable destination for solo female travellers.

Things to Do

Volunteer in Elephant Sanctuaries: Contribute to wildlife conservation by volunteering in ethical elephant sanctuaries, promoting responsible tourism.

Explore Bangkok’s Markets: Dive into the vibrant street markets of Bangkok, sampling delicious street food and experiencing the energetic atmosphere.

Relax in Phuket: Enjoy the picturesque beaches of Phuket, where you can unwind, partake in water activities, and embrace the laid-back island vibe.

South Korea

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Why It’s Great

South Korea’s modern yet culturally rich environment, efficient public transportation, and low crime rates make it a safe and exciting destination for solo female travellers. The country’s blend of tradition and innovation offers a unique experience.

Things to Do

Volunteer in Community Programs in Seoul: Contribute to community programs such as helping out at the local soup kitchen in the dynamic city of Seoul, engaging in initiatives that promote social well-being.

Explore Historic Sites: Visit historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, immersing yourself in South Korea’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Experience Myeongdong’s Street Food: Indulge in the vibrant street food culture of Myeongdong, savouring a variety of delicious Korean dishes in this bustling district.


Whether you seek the tranquillity of Bali, the cultural richness of Cambodia, the adventurous spirit of Peru, the tropical paradise of Fiji, the diverse landscapes of Thailand, or the modern charm of South Korea, each destination welcomes solo female travellers with open arms. Embrace the opportunity to connect with different cultures, embark on meaningful adventures, and create memories that redefine the boundaries of solo travel. These destinations not only offer safety and warmth but also empower solo female travellers to explore, discover, and contribute to the world in their unique and inspiring way.

None of these took your fancy: Here are all IVIā€™s volunteer programs!

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