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Nine inspirational travel and volunteering quotes

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For those who are driven to make a positive impact in the world, volunteering abroad is a great way to get the most out of your travel experience.

By choosing an ethical volunteering program, you’ll be contributing to local and global sustainable development efforts while fully immersing yourself in the local culture or natural environment. 

We’ve compiled some of our favourite inspiring travel and volunteering quotes to explain why we find volunteer travel to be a meaningful travel experience.

Read on, get inspired, and we hope to see you soon on one of our programs!

1) “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Volunteering abroad will give you a fresh perspective

2) “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never tried to sleep with a mosquito around you.” – Betty Reese

Volunteer abroad to make an impact.

3) “Travel teaches tolerance.” – Professor M.S. Rao

Volunteering abroad will teach you more than you ever though possible

4) “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

When you travel and volunteer abroad, you'll come back with plenty of new stories to inspire others with.

5) “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Travel abroad to change your ideas about what's important in life

6) “Travelling makes one modest — you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Faubert

Travelling abroad will make you grateful and modest

7) “Experience and travel; these are education within themselves.” – Euripides

Volunteering and travelling abroad can teach you many important life lessons

8) “And then I realised adventure was the best way to learn.” – Author unknown

Volunteering abroad is the best way to learn important life lessons.

9) “Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver

Travel with purpose when you volunteer abroad with GVI


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