Volunteer abroad on your career break and make a difference. We've got a huge range of volunteer options all over the world, and in all fields, from conservation and orphanage work to business volunteering and medical placements.

Empower Be The Change ethnic tribe development project volunteering
Empower Be The Change special learning project volunteering

Volunteer in Bangalore, India and get as much out as you put in!

This project will see you working with women in community development projects. You'll really get to know the locals and help them to help themselves. Your work on the women's empowerment project will be challenging and varied, but also fun!

As a volunteer, you will have a skills assessment before being assigned to a placement that matches your skills and interests. You will complete another soft skills assessment during your placement, and a further one at the end, as well as a personalised action plan. This means that you will not just be helping others while you volunteer, you will be improving your skills and be in a better place to apply for a promotion or a new job when you return!

You can also opt into personal development sessions during your placement if you wish, to give you even more help and support.

Volunteering in India is an unforgettable experience. You'll be working with other volunteers and local people to bring about real change in the community where you'll be based. India is an amazing country but it has a lot of people who are disadvantaged, particularly women and children, and you can help them through volunteering - working directly with them on projects that are sustainable and responsible.

Start dates
Year round
Location
India
Duration
1 to 3 months
Price
From £700
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, all meals, in-country transport.
Also included
weekly project meetings, t-shirt
Optional extras
Weekly personal development meetings (no additional charge), sim card
Organisation
Teach English in China on a homestay programme
Teach English in China on a homestay programme

A career break teaching English with a difference!

This special Homestay programme means you will immerse yourself in Chinese cultural life, while tutoring a child. Because this is a home tutoring placement, it is unusual in that it mainly takes place in Chinese school holidays (although term-time placements are also available).

You will be required to tutor for 15 hours per week, after school and/or at weekends. If your placement is in term time, you will tutor for only 5 hours per week and spend the other 10 hours in language and cultural volunteering.

You will get to know your host family (who is carefully screened) and fellow participants, and have time to travel and explore the region.

You must be fluent in English but do not need a degree or TEFL qualification. You will get food, accommodation and a monthly allowance. Placements are for 1, 2 or 3 months.

This is a very rare opportunity to teach English on a one-to-one basis, and to have an immersive experience where you will really get to understand China in a unique way.

Start dates
February, July & August for holiday tutoring, year-round for term-time
Location
Various locations in China
Duration
1, 2 or 3 months
Price
From £550
Payment
Around £100 for the first month, £160 for the second and £210 for the third.
Requirements
native English speaker.
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, all meals, transfers, in-country transport, guaranteed job.
Also included
orientation, cultural training, teaching support, monthly cultural activity
Organisation

On this unique volunteer project, you will be matched with an aspiring social entrepreneur in Rio de Janeiro, who is passionate about tackling an issue in their community through their venture or social project.

Your role will be to provide business support to improve the entrepreneur's sustainability and increase the impact of their project. You will be directly applying your business skills and experience to a 6-week consultancy project.

Before your placement starts, you will receive 3 days of training as a Social Impact Consultant to complement your experience and prepare you for your role. Your training includes:

  • An introduction to social entrepreneurship - locally and globally
  • Business start-up methods
  • Consultancy tools and techniques
  • Cross-cultural working

You'll be based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - one of the liveliest, most colourful and naturally beautiful cities in the world. Every day is different, but a typical day involves meeting your client, working with your group or alone and perhaps attending a workshop or one to one session. In your free time, you might relax on Copacabana beach, go for a hike, head out dancing or to see a samba band, or on a weekend venture further afield to explore the area.

This programme is not just about volunteering - Social Starters have worked with over 100 career breakers and have tailored this programme to serve not only social entrepreneurs in Brazil, but also the individuals who take part. You will have the opportunity to focus on your own personal development, and to learn from others, through weekly workshops on personal and business development, coaching sessions, and trips and experiences as a group.

This career break is perfect if you are a skilled professional with 3+ years experience, and are committed to making a sustainable impact. You also need to be committed to your personal and professional development and open to learning about social entrepreneurship in Rio. The long-term benefits for you as a volunteer reach far beyond the programme, as it is just the start of your journey to discover the career and life you really want.

Start dates
Year round
Location
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration
2-12 weeks
Price
£650
Requirements
degree, experience.
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support.
Also included
Being matched with a client, Pre-Programme Guide, Location Guide, Consultancy Toolkit
Organisation

Social Starters

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Much more than traditional volunteer programmes, these experiences will develop, teach and inspire you to go on to make change in your own communities. You will reflect on your learning, focus on your personal development, and enhance your skills.

Email
info@socialstarters.org
2 weeks or less
Up to a month
1-3 months
4-6 months
Amanzi Travel - rhinos

This is a unique opportunity to help in the care and rehabilitation of some of Africa’s most endangered animals including orphaned infant rhinos.

You'll be based on a game reserve in Mpumulanga, working with the dedicated and passionate staff at the sanctuary who are experts in the care of and rehabilitation of endangered wildlife.

You will be involved in hand rearing, caring for and the rehabilitation of the injured and orphaned wildlife at the sanctuary that can include orphaned infant rhino, giraffe, lion, caracel, primates, kudu and antelope to name a few. They will eventually be released to the wild (if possible), otherwise they remain cared for at the sanctuary.

As well as practical training, the expert staff offer educational sessions all about wildlife conservation, care, management and rehabilitation. Volunteers live up close with all the animals and focus on their care and rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of releasing as many as possible back to the wild. No animal in need is ever turned away and this means that you could be working with any number of different species.

You will learn how to do the precise preparation of the formula for the smaller rhinos, lead the bottle-feeding and keep careful records of these rhinos' feeding behavior, weight gain and development. Most of the baby rhinos arrive in a critical condition, often require veterinary care and go through a period of intensive care on arrival. You'll be involved every step of the way, even assisting the vet when required.

The older rhinos are moved into large “bomas” (enclosures) where they are socialised with other rhinos. Volunteers are involved in monitoring the rhino groups to determine their development including their feeding behaviour and the compatibility of the individuals. You'll also help build and clean the enclosures, get involved in anti-poaching measures, and rehabilitating the animals, which involves walking them and playing with them.

After a busy day, there's a chance to relax with your fellow volunteers and there are optional trips at the weekend as well - if you can bear to be away from the rhinos!

This is an amazing career break - not only a wonderful experience for you, but also the knowledge that you're helping to protect some of South Africa's most amazing creatures for years to come.

Full details of the project can be found here.

Start dates
Year round
Location
South Africa
Duration
From 1 week
Price
From £1,095
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, some meals, transfers.
Organisation
Raleigh International - Borneo

Raleigh is looking for expedition medics to join sustainable development programmes in Borneo and Costa Rica & Nicaragua next January. Volunteer managers and medics are needed to run expeditions, so if you're a qualified doctor, paramedic or nurse, this could be for you!

The programmes where you'll be working focus on providing safe access to water, protecting vulnerable environments and building more resilient communities, all whilst developing the skills and confidence of young people.

As an expedition medic you will:

  • Also be required to act as a project manager and draw upon your medical skills when necessary
  • Support a group of around 12 - 14 international young volunteers ensuring they complete an effective and impactful project
  • React and manage any medical emergencies if necessary
  • Look after the general health of all volunteers
  • Deliver first aid training at the beginning of the expedition
  • Support the project sites with any medical advice if necessary from the expedition office 
  • Encourage and motivate the young volunteers to effectively deliver the aims of the project
  • Facilitate the personal development of the group

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Gain and develop expedition medicine skills and experience
  • Learn and develop new skills such as leadership and project management
  • Gain experience in an expedition environment
  • Learn and develop knowledge of international sustainable development
  • Learn new skills to develop or change your career
  • Gain and develop experience working with young people in a challenging environment
  • Experience living in a completely new and exciting environment

You must have at least 2 years post-qualification experience, and medical skills that are transferable to remote static environments. Your living expenses are covered, but for additional costs, you are encouraged to fundraise, and Raleigh will help you with this.

Click here to apply for this amazing career break.

Start dates
Borneo: 27th January, Costa Rica & Nicaragua: 22nd January
Location
Borneo (Costa Rica and Nicaragua placements also available)
Duration
3 months
Price
£2,350 with a medic bursary
Requirements
relevant qualification, experience.
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, most meals.
Also included
Training, travel and medical insurance included, in-country transport
Organisation
Projects Abroad volunteer in Peru

As a volunteer on a teaching placement in Peru, you will work with secondary schools in and around the Sacred Valley. You may find that you teach any ages from all five secondary school year groups. With worksheets and teaching resources available in the Projects Aroad office in the town of Urubamba, you will be well supported. You'll also be able to see a full history of what has been taught previously in your schools and tips from past volunteers.

The team in Peru organise monthly network meetings with the teachers, and weekly workshops for all teaching volunteers. These meetings will provide you with a greater insight into the educational system in Peru and the background of the placement where you’re working. During the workshops you will receive practical advice and suggestions regarding lesson plans and activities to carry out at your teaching placement.

During the long Peruvian school holidays from January to March, you can attend a dedicated teacher training programme. This is carried out by volunteers under the close supervision of Peru Director, Tim DeWinter, and a teaching supervisor. You will prepare interactive lessons for small groups of local teachers that are divided up according to their level of English language knowledge. It is worth noting that most Peruvian teachers will have a very basic level of English.

Outside of volunteering hours, you are free to do as you wish – often free time is used to travel visiting local attractions and landmarks.

This is a fantastic career break opportunity that really gets you involved with the local community and get out as much as you put in - or maybe even more!

Start dates
Flexible
Location
Peru – Sacred Valley
Duration
From 2 weeks
Price
From £1,045
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, most meals, transfers, in-country transport.
Also included
medical insurance, travel insurance
Organisation
Projects Abroad volunteer with locals in Ghana

As a volunteer in medicine, you'll be based in Cape Coast, in the central region of Ghana. You will work in a bustling city hospital, helping patients with a wide range of illnesses.

The hospitals provide an excellent backdrop for learning and improving your medicine and healthcare skills. You will experience different approaches to medicine and treatments. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions that you wouldn't normally see in Europe and North America, such as malaria and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.

When you first arrive at the hospital you will discuss your work schedule with the Projects Abroad coordinator and the placement supervisor who will be a member of the hospital staff. Most volunteers choose to spend time in a variety of different departments within the hospital, including accident and emergency, paediatrics, maternity, pharmacy, physiotherapy and surgery.

You will also take part in regular medical outreach work which can involve treating village children with minor wounds or illnesses, or paying a visit to an orphanage.

If you’re a qualified doctor or nurse, you can take a more hands-on role within the hospital.

When you're not volunteering, you can use your free time to explore the local area, go on a day trip, or simply relax.

This is a great opportunity for a career breaker to really get involved in helping people in Ghana and gain experience that you can't get at home.

Start dates
Flexible
Location
Ghana – Cape Coast
Duration
From 2 weeks
Price
From £1,395
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, most meals, in-country transport.
Also included
medical insurance, travel insurance, transport to and from work
Organisation
Volunteer IT teacher in Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad

Just like children throughout the world, Sri Lankan children are fascinated by computers and eager to learn how to use them. Teaching such a useful skill is invaluable, both to individuals and the communities they live in.

When the young people develop a better understanding of computers, job opportunities open to them, which would not previously have been available. With IT skills, children also find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all that the worldwide web has to offer.

Volunteers are needed to help teach very basic computer programmes like Word and Excel, however, if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work your help will be much appreciated. This IT project is suited to volunteers of all abilities; you don't need to be a computer whizz to be helpful.

Volunteers may work in an IT centre set up by Projects Abroad in Panadura. Children come from miles around to take classes there - English and Sinhala are taught, as well as IT.

Teaching IT is also available in some schools along the south west coast, in Panadura and Negombo. Volunteers working at these schools have the option of teaching a variety of subjects in addition to IT.

Your free time is yours to use as you wish - many volunteers travel in the local area to see the sites.

This career break is perfect for you if you want to teach something a bit different, love a challenge and want to benefit the lives of kids - not just now, but in the future as well.

Start dates
Year round
Location
Sri Lanka – Panadura, Negombo
Duration
From 2 weeks
Price
From £1,145
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, most meals, in-country transport.
Also included
travel insurance, medical insurance, transport to and from work
Organisation