Volunteer abroad guide

There are thousands of volunteer opportunities around the world, so you're guaranteed to find one that suits you.

What you might not know about volunteering abroad:

  • You can volunteer abroad from as little as 1 week to as much as 2 years.
  • You usually have to pay for your volunteer project unless you go for a year or more (you get a huge amount of support for the money, plus you can ensure the project is responsible and sustainable).
  • Although most volunteer projects are in developing countries, you can volunteer in western countries too (like the US or right here in the UK)
  • You usually have to be 18 or over to volunteer abroad and there is no maximum age limit
  • Most projects require no experience but if you want to use your skills and experience, you can do professional volunteering. Professional volunteers come from all industries.
  • Many volunteer projects include some training (eg language lessons, diving course or TEFL).
  • Volunteer projects also often include cultural activities, expeditions and adventure sports.

Whatever volunteer placement you choose, you're pretty much guaranteed to develop in confidence, learn new skills and return home with that warm happy feeling that only comes from knowing you're making the world a better place. You'll also have something fantastic to stick on your CV!

The most important thing about volunteering abroad is to choose something you are passionate about. 

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Organisations offering volunteering abroad

Social Starters

Long and short-term volunteer projects for professionals, focusing on social entrepreneurship.
Go to Social Starters website Find out more


TEFL courses combining practical skills training with authentic teaching practice, to develop confidence and ability in the EFL classroom.
Go to SEE TEFL website Find out more
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A wide range of volunteering opportunities with this UK charity and Madagascar-based NGO, on sustainable development projects.
Go to Azafady website Find out more
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Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.
Go to Travellers Worldwide website Find out more
Global Volunteer Network

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.
Go to Global Volunteer Network website Find out more
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Kaya Responsible Travel

Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 27 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples and families.
Go to Kaya Responsible Travel website Find out more
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Projects Abroad

A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.
Go to Projects Abroad website Find out more

VMM International

VMM is a non-profit organisation with over 46 years’ experience in recruiting, training and supporting volunteers for short and long-term projects abroad.
Go to VMM International website Find out more
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Cross-Cultural Solutions

Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.
Go to Cross-Cultural Solutions website Find out more
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African Conservation Experience

Volunteering opportunities at wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa, including field research, work on game reserves and marine conservation.
Go to African Conservation Experience website Find out more
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Responsible and sustainable volunteer placements around the world.
Go to Globalteer website Find out more
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WorldTeach is a volunteer-sending organisation which focuses on teaching and education.
Go to WorldTeach website Find out more
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Amanzi Travel

Specialist tailor made trips in Africa, where you can help on wildlife conservation, medical, orphan care and teaching initiatives, join incredible overland trips and take wildlife management and game ranger courses.
Go to Amanzi Travel website Find out more
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Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Go to BUNAC website Find out more

Friends for Asia

Varied and meaningful volunteer placements and internships in Thailand, from 2 weeks to several months.
Go to Friends for Asia website Find out more
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Raleigh International

Expeditions and volunteer placements in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania with a wide range of roles for volunteer managers.
Go to Raleigh International website Find out more
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Sunrise International Volunteer Program

Volunteer in a variety of placements throughout China - excursions, Mandarin lessons and cultural experiences also available.
Go to Sunrise International Volunteer Program website Find out more
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Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
Go to Oyster Worldwide website Find out more