Published: 31 July 2013
Did you know there are many opportunities to volunteer abroad – outside the UK? You can make a difference anywhere around the world.
What can I do?
There are all kinds of volunteering opportunities. It just depends where you want to go, what you want to do and for how long.
Why not try coaching young people in Tanzania? Or helping communities to raise their standards of living in South America? Why not try teaching in Asia? Animal welfare in Australia … or summer camps in America? The list goes on!
Can anyone do it?
YES - whether you’re single, in a family, young or old, there’s something out there for you to do. All you need to do is look. As with all volunteering each organisation will have agreed roles, some with specific requirements others a bit more flexible
Just ask us
Does it cost anything?
Costs are dependent on the individual project and organisation you volunteer with. There is generally a registration fee (between £145-£190) and most ask you to pay your own travel costs.
Can I get funding for this?
There is funding available in certain circumstances. Speak to the opportunity provider to find out if they have funding subsidies or know of different funding grants. You could always create your own fundraising schemes to get you there.
How long do I need to volunteer for?
There are opportunities that last as little as 2 weeks and as long as 12 months. There may even be opportunities that last longer. All details of length of service are available from the organisation leading the opportunity.
Check out: http://www.volunteerinternational.org for further information.
BUNAC (private company)
Volunteering and work experience programmes around the world.
A range of 2-4 week community based volunteer projects.
Promoting and fostering the process of positive, creative change in Russia.
Gapyear.com (private company)
Useful background info about taking a year out.
Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange
Promoting cultural exchange and personal development for young people.
8 or 12 month structured volunteer placements in Africa, Asia or South America for school leavers.
Rewarding voluntary placements for all ages. Over 300 projects across 20 countries in teaching, conservation, sports coaching, care and more. Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Starts from £595 for two weeks including accommodation, food, travel and 24/7 support.
Not only teaching but also conservation, medical, archaeological and business and journalism projects. (A company registered in the UK.)
VESL Summer Placements
A charity that sends volunteers to run educational projects in Asia.
Through its Global Xchange programme, leading international development organisation VSO offers young people (18-22) overseas volunteer placements for three or six months in developing countries in Africa and Asia.
A big database of opportunities; many public access points and your school, college or careers centre may have access.
Year Out Group (private company)
An alliance of organisations offering advice, information and opportunities.