Traveling Barefoot means going beyond not being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution. We don’t tread lightly, we tread deliberately — effecting positive change in the parts of the world that need it most. Barefoot Atlas Volunteer Travel Guides are for extraordinary people in search of both adventure and meaning. They’ll lead you way off the beaten path, where challenges are certain to abound — and with them the rare chance to wrap yourself in the fabric of a foreign culture, gain a fresh perspective, and change our world for the better.
We’re passionate about every volunteer project in our guides. We’ve been there and witnessed the positive impact they are having on the environments and communities they serve. They are grassroots organizations as barefoot as we are: firmly rooted in the life, struggle and challenges around them. And they all need you — not just your money. We’ve focused on low or no-cost projects because giving from the heart shouldn’t cost a fortune or require an expensive placement agency. We’re here to help independent travelers find the best volunteer opportunity for them.
Not every adventure we describe will be right for you, nor will you be right for every adventure we describe. But somewhere sandwiched between the orphanages and animal rescues, just before a rural public health program and right after a women’s co-op, there is a project that can show you just how extraordinary you can be. To help you find it we portray each experience as accurately and objectively as possible, the inspirational and the uncomfortable alike.
So what are you waiting for? Kick off those shoes and hit the road. And when you have that paradigm-shifting, life-altering adventure, share it with us so your footprint can help others find their way. Because as a community we’re building the Barefoot Atlas, a worldwide discussion forum that connects extraordinary people with meaningful volunteer adventures around the world. Please join us in our effort on the Barefoot Atlas Forum, travelers, dreamers and heroes alike.