Volunteer Travel
Why Via?

Our Volunteer Travel Programs are designed around four key principles.  

  •  Safety in Community with Expert Local Knowledge & Supervision
  •  Long-term Relationships with Local Partners
  •  Hands-on Learning through Immersive Education
  •  Sustained Impact through Integrated Volunteer Service



Safety in Community

Safety is a priority to Via International and we focus on a combination of resources to provide safe volunteer travel experiences and community engagement. Our over 40 years of experience in the field has taught us to employ local experts engaging in community projects and cultural exchange through group activities. Our team in each location is a 'family' and when you travel with us, you become a part of it. This is possible due to the fact that Via supports programs that are responsive to locally defined needs, relying on close partnerships with local organizations and the leadership of local residents. 


Long-term Relationships


Via International's participatory development process helped to establish and in some ways define the early stages of what has now become broadly known as voluntourism. By integrating volunteer service as a strategic and appropriate extension of community outreach we offer travel experiences and service learning opportunities to meaningfully engage with development initiatives around the world. We are proud to work with a host of dynamic local partners oriented toward long-term engagement of complex socioeconomic challenges with a commitment to work toward community level solutions.


Hands-on Learning


We believe that service and cultural exchange helps to raise awareness of the complexities and interconnectivity of these unique communities while simultaneously providing a vehicle for transparency, support, and an influx of much needed energy.

Sustained Impact


When joining Via International, you become part of an extensive support network reaching an estimated 25,000 people each year in communities around the world.  We now support international development initiatives through our Integrated Volunteer Travel Programs with international volunteering opportunities in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. In addition, we have domestic programs in San Diego, New Mexico and Appalachia. Each of these is designed to improve quality of life through nutrition and ecology training, community leadership education and/or microcredit and micro-enterprise support.