8 Of The Best Volunteer Podcasts To Download Now
Whether you simply can’t contain the excitement about your upcoming volunteer experience in India, are already out in the field collecting research on bird species in Costa Rica, or have just returned home from a month of building houses in South Africa these podcasts are for you.
Podcast with a Travel Focus:
All About Travel: Amateur Traveler
The main focus of this podcast is travel destinations, covering a wide range of countries all over the world. However, we’ve included this podcast specifically on our list because it includes an entire section dedicated solely to volunteering. Podcasts discuss great volunteer locations, projects worth contributing to, and volunteering options for teenagers.
Podcasts that Highlight Individuals:
Voices of People Making a Difference: Big Vision Podcast
Having interviewed over 70 individuals, Tara Sophia Mohr, covers the stories of people making a difference across a range of different topics and through different means. However, whether these stories revolve solely around volunteering or not they help to emphasis the point that every person has the power to create substantial change.
Inspiring Volunteer Stories: Good News Shared
Each episode follows the journey of one specific volunteer. Topics discussed include challenges met in the field, success celebrated, and how the organisation that the volunteer worked with is doing today.
Stories of Philanthropy: Chirp Radio
Focusing specifically on the city of Chicago, each episode highlights city-wide changes and success that can be attributed to the efforts and work of volunteers. Each podcast is quite short which makes this option perfect for a quick reminder that the work of volunteers is mighty important.
Podcasts That Educate:
Global Awareness: The Guardian, Global Development
This isn’t a specific podcast per say but a sub-category of The Guardians overall listening options. Each episode in this sub-category explores a current global issue raising awareness surrounding worldwide concerns.
Conservationist Awareness: Discover Wildlife
Covering specific issues and debates currently being confronted in the world of conservation. This is a great option for volunteers joining a wildlife or marine volunteer program to stay up to date on what is going on worldwide in the field.
Podcasts About Volunteering and Careers:
Small Action, Big Change: Idealist Podcast
Focusing on the non-profit world, this is a fantastic podcast for volunteers who are looking to turn their experiences into professional careers. This podcast even has a section devoted exclusively to pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.
Podcasts Focused on Mindfulness:
Intentional Living: The Lively Show
A bit of a change from the rest of this list, but equally important. Volunteering is about doing things with intention, taking time for connection, noticing and placing importance on the details. This podcast is about all of these things and will help you hone in on what is important during both your volunteer experience and in your daily life.
Have any podcasts to add or perhaps a particular episode that really resonated with you and your volunteer experience? Let us know in the comments section below!
- Cape Coast
- Cape Town
- Chiang Mai
- Community Development
- Fiji Islands
- Gap Year
- Kampong Cham
- Luang Prabang
- Mahe and Curieuse
- Marine Conservation
- Personal Development
- Phang Nga
- Responsible Travel
- Service Learning
- Study Abroad
- Under 18
- Wildlife Conservation
- Women's Empowerment