Global health insurance is something to consider for the growing number of young people who are volunteering abroad.
According to John Constable, managing director at STA Travel, young people are "more socially aware than ever".
As a result, they are now happy to look into new experiences, such as "working with orang-utans in Borneo or under-privileged children in South America".
Wherever you are thinking of travelling to for volunteer work, make sure you are international medical insurance is up to the job to protect you against unusual diseases or illnesses.
Earlier this month STA Travel predicted a surge in 'voluntourism' over the course of 2011 as more and more people look to give something back to international communities.
Mr Constable advised: "The best place to start is to think of the sort of project you'd like to be involved in – with animals, a conservation project or one with local children and their families.
"From there, then consider the sort of destination you'd like to work in, Asia, South America or Australia for example."