The Guide to Volunteering
Overseas — Top Programs and Articles
Volunteer Abroad Programs
Volunteering abroad is the best option for meaningful
work and service in developing countries or for social
causes anywhere. While a few overseas projects cover
room and board in return for work, and there are some
free volunteer programs abroad, most organizations require
fees to cover important services and administrative costs,
such as health care, housing, food, materials, training,
Thousands of volunteer programs are organized for you
by country and region.
We include many first-hand reports
by experienced volunteers
to provide in-depth
practical and inspirational perspectives, in addition
to our comprehensive articles offering expert
Volunteer Abroad Programs and Organizations
Programs with Global Vision International
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit
the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks
adventure and new experiences around the globe.
Be it training as a safari field guide in South
Africa, teaching English in Laos, or diving as
part of a marine research team in the Indian Ocean,
you will find a huge range of exciting opportunities
with GVI. Visit our website for further details
Abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit
changing the way international volunteering works.
We have 20 years of experience and have worked
to make the volunteer adventure of a lifetime possible
for over 35,000 people. We proudly believe we provide
the perfect mix of quality work, cultural immersion,
adventure, and relaxation—all while having 24/7
access to CCS staff and support. Make that life-changing
decision to become a CCSer today!
Abroad with United Planet!
United Planet's Quests offer you or your group
the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and
immerse yourselves in a culture outside your comfort
zone through customized volunteer work, enriching
cultural activities, and home stays with local
families. Our programs in more than 35 countries
run from 1 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of
all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Partake
in educational, environmental sustainability, global
health projects, and more. Visit our website for
more information on specific volunteer opportunities.
Projects Abroad is the world's leading short-term
international volunteer organization. Live and
work in 29 exciting countries around the world:
Argentina, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica,
Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica,
Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal,
Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South
Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Vietnam.
Volunteer projects start year-round and last from
one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching,
child care, social work, conservation, community
development, medicine, human rights, journalism,
international development, language courses, and
more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Gain a new outlook on the world. Experience a unique
opportunity to live and volunteer in Argentina
while learning about the culture and language of
the country. Project areas include community development,
health care, education, and childcare. Volunteer
in Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Jordan,
Peru, Russia, Spain, Thailand, or Turkey.
Abroad with Experiential Learning International
Experience a cultural immersion while participating
in a meaningful volunteer program! ELI partners
with hundreds of local organizations in countries
on five continents to provide volunteer opportunities
for anyone looking for an international volunteer
experience. Whether you would like to devote your
time to caring for orphans in the Philippines,
teaching in a rural school in Ghana, breeding tortoises
in the Galapagos, working at a health camp in India,
planting trees in rural Tanzania, they can set
up the right program for you. Volunteer programs
can last any length of time from a week to a year.
Abroad from US$180 with IVHQ
Affordable volunteer opportunities available worldwide.
Volunteers can participate in Teaching English,
Street Children Work, School Support Program, Summer
and many more projects by country. IVHQ sends over
5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one
of the world's most popular volunteer placement
Abroad Programs from InterExchange
InterExchange Working Abroad has a wide
variety of volunteer programs to fit any interest.
Add to your professional skills, learn a new language
and have the adventure of a lifetime while making
a difference abroad in one of 20 countries! From
environmental conservation programs in Australia
and Costa Rica to social work and community programs
in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, India and Peru,
we will work with you to find the best fit for
your time abroad. Volunteer programs include placement,
housing and visa assistance. Many also include
some meals, project-related transportation, training
and social and cultural activities. InterExchange
has over 40 years of experience arranging cultural
Teach in Africa — WorldTeach
"What is your role in our global community? After 20 years of partnership with the Namibia Ministry of Education and more than 600 volunteers placed, WorldTeach continues to make a difference in childrens’ lives with local education and role-models. Define your role and see for yourself."
in Service with Globeaware
Globe Aware coordinates, organizes and leads volunteer
vacations, service vacations, working holidays
and service trips to locations around the world.
Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs
in international environments that encourage people
to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving
in Argentina with Road2Argentina
Road2Argentina has partnered with many
local non-profit organizations, schools, orphanages
and community centers in Buenos Aires in order
to provide assistance to those in need. These partnerships
give our volunteers the opportunity to get involved
with meaningful projects and make a difference
during their time here in the city. Volunteering
is also a great way to learn and practice your
Spanish and see a less touristy side of Buenos
Aires. Volunteering with a sustainable living project
in Patagonia is also available.
Abroad in Argentina, China, Ireland, South
Africa and Spain with Connect-123
Connect-123 offers meaningful volunteer
projects in China (and other locations worldwide),
according to your interests and skills, in education,
health care, community service and many other fields.
Volunteer programs include teaching English at
local schools, caring for pediatric patients at
local hospitals, assisting at animal shelters,
working with children with autism or other disabilities,
assisting the elderly at retirement homes and caring
for infants and toddlers at orphanages.
in Ecuador and the Galapagos with Lead Adventures
Interested in helping to rehabilitate the endangered
wildlife, rather than looking at animals from far
away or on TV? This program will give you exactly
what you want. As local experts we offer you the
chance of a lifetime—3 different animal rescue
centers in only 4 weeks! Explore the Amazon Rainforest,
the Andes Highlands and the Coast of Ecuador while
helping in the rescue centers of each region. This
one-of-a-kind program also offers you a one-day
training of animal handling before starting your
adventure. Get involved without emptying your pocket!
Broader View Volunteers, U.S. Non Profit
Charity 501 c(3) in 24 Countries — 224
Social & Conservation Outreach Programs
We have Customized, Safe, Reliable and Cost Effective
programs Overseas with no hidden fees. We have
worked with our partners and host families for
over 7 years.
As a non-profit you can fundraise on our website
and all your donors can tax deduct the donations.
As a non profit we give back to the programs we
work with; 65% of all fees, sales, and fundraising
go to our programs abroad.
We have programs in South America, Central America,
Africa, and Asia, including Chile, Peru, Ecuador,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize,
Guatemala, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia,
South Africa, Cameroon, Rwanda, Nepal, India, Vietnam,
Philippines, Cambodia, and China.
Tips to choose an organization: Check independent
feedback, check social media, and ask for financial
||European Volunteer Adventures!
GoEco offers a diverse selection of wildlife, humanitarian
and environmental projects in Europe. You have
the opportunity to choose among several exciting
initiatives in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal,
the Czech Republic and the UK! Whether you’re interested
in sea turtle conservation or a hospitality internship,
you can expect the volunteer experience of a lifetime!
a REAL difference with Love Volunteers — from
Love Volunteers provides truly meaningful, life-changing
volunteering abroad programs in more than 34 developing
countries worldwide. Every year we assist thousands
of volunteers from all over the world into affordable
short and long term voluntary service positions
in the Americas, Asia, Africa, The Middle East
and Europe, and now we want you! With hundreds
of eye-opening community-based social development
programs in fields of Healthcare, Education, Sports,
Law, Social Services, Engineering and Architecture,
Special Needs, Construction, Environmental Protection,
Women’s Empowerment and many more, we will have
a program to suit your skills, in a place that
will truly WOW you! Become a Love Volunteer and
make a REAL difference!
| We are pleased to
offer a vast assortment of articles discussing the experience
of volunteering abroad:
- Expert articles offering you inside advice
and tips by experienced international volunteers can
be found in the Volunteer
Abroad Advisor section.
- Extensive first-hand participant reports may
be found with the Volunteer
Abroad Programs for countries and regions worldwide.
to Evaluate International Volunteer Organizations
Zahara Heckscher provides an overview,
inside tips, and resources to help you select from
the many available volunteer projects worldwide.
Volunteer Overseas? Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer
for Any Age
Co-author of the classic book How to Live Your
Dream of Volunteering Overseas as well as
Abroad editor, Zahara Heckscher is an experienced
volunteer, activist, teacher, and author. She explores
the subject, motives, and activity in a unique
and no-nonsense manner.
to Find a Worthwhile Voluntourism Experience
Amy E. Robertson, an experienced volunteer from
her youth and author of several books including How
to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation in
Latin America, addresses the issue of how
to go about researching and finding reputable organizations,
and offers 5 practical steps to do so effectively.
Interview with Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director
of the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps has made exciting changes, emphasizing
diversity and flexibility, to the distinguished
organization which has produced some exceptional
alumni who continue their good work to this day.
The Director spoke to us regarding programs that
have helped people in diverse locations worldwide.
Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating
An Interview with Nicholas D. Kristof
Nicholas D. Kristof discusses with us an important
new book cowritten with his wife, "A Path Appears:
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity." Nicholas
also offers his views based on experience on related
issues such as volunteering abroad, and other ways
individuals can make a positive impact around the
world while changing lives and tackling inequality.
Abroad Caring for Animals
Author Jane Stanfield describes what it takes to
engage in volunteer care for animals, providing
tips, resources, and examples.
||Ten Projects for Volunteers to Help Endangered Animals Abroad
An overview of ten important projects to volunteer help for the many endangered animals in countries abroad.
to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation
in Latin America
Prepare a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica. Teach
English in Mexico. Build a home in Brazil. Whether
you call it a volunteer vacation, a service trip,
or voluntourism, combining travel and volunteer
work is an increasingly popular way to see the
world writes author Amy E. Robertson.
Guide to Volunteer Farm Work Abroad
Volunteer work and exchanges on farms are now a
very popular way to extend your travels while providing
many opportunities worldwide for meaningful experiences.
Living abroad contributing editor Jonathon Engels
provides an overview on how to both learn and help
others in the process.
50 and Volunteering Overseas
Well over 50 and still volunteering overseas, John
his vast and unusual experience. He offers seniors
and volunteers of all ages advice and accumulated
resources John joined the Peace Corps in 1991 at
age 56 to make a difference.
for an NGO as a Photographer
Jim Hall describes his experience volunteering
abroad for an NGO as a photographer vividly, offering
with inside tips and an explanation of the benefits
to the local community.
Changing Face of International Volunteering
Volker Poelzl provides both an overview of trends
and a selection of the best resources for those
considering volunteer work, service or vacations
||Top Volunteer Sending Organizations in Africa
Author and expert Zahara Heckscher offers an overview of the wide variety of options in Africa and offers suggestions.
Your Volunteer Experience To Find Paid Work Abroad
Strategies and tips offered by Zahara Heckscher
on how to transform your volunteer experience into paid
work overseas, from international aid work to working in
the solar panel industry abroad.
Volunteer Work To a Career: Becoming an International
An experienced international aid worker, Matthew Bolton,
provides inside tips and resources to make the transition
into a long-term career.
Student Perspective: Why Pay to Volunteer
Isabel Eva Bohrer offers a student's view on why volunteering
is sometimes costly, offering advice and resources for those
who wish to make a difference.
a Volunteer Experience Abroad: Advice to Students From
a Former Student
Advice to students on how to seek and find suitable service
to Put Professional Skills to Use As a Volunteer
Amy E. Robertson explores the many organizations and manners
volunteers with much-needed professional skills may put
them to use.
Services Volunteering Over 50: How to Volunteer for Non-Medical
or Teaching Professionals
John Dwyer provides information about the many professional
skills needed by organizations abroad.
to Love Voluntourists: Harnessing their Energy and Curiosity
for Volunteer Service Vacations
Author Alison Gardner offers a view on the development of
voluntourism and voluntourists — a term she coined
in the 1990s — and discusses the ever-growing role
boomers and individuals of all ages have played in the development
of many volunteer vacations producing positive results worldwide.
Volunteering with Your Family
Family volunteering options abroad are described by expert
Zahara Heckscher, who offers practical advice and resources
for a unique collaborative and educational family effort
Study Another Language Abroad? 10 Immersion Schools Where
You Can Study AND Volunteer in Latin America
How to learn a language abroad while volunteering for greater
cultural immersion. Amy E. Robertson covers examples of
top language schools in Latin America that offer both options.
Overseas the Right Way: An Interview with Zahara
a Volunteer Placement Organization by Zahara Heckscher
to Choose the "Right" Volunteer Program Abroad by
Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, Zahara Heckscher
Vacations to Fit: How to Select the Best-Suited Organization by
Doug Cutchins and Anne Geissinger
Establishes Standards of Excellence for International
Volunteering by Sherry Schwarz
Ins and Outs of Volunteering: An Interview with Dianne
as a Volunteer Travel Adviser by Heidi Resetarits
the Most of Volunteer Service with the Peace Corps by
the Peace Corps by Mishelle Shepard
Language and Do Good: Combine Volunteering with Language
Study Abroad by Zahara Heckscher
a Language While Volunteering Abroad by Susan Griffith
Abroad: A Global Movement by Christine Victorino
Abroad: Selecting the Perfect Opportunity by Christine
Cost of Volunteering by Daniel Weiss
Abroad on Your Own by Michael Don
Yourself as a Volunteer by Reverend Dr. Henry Bucher,
Pay to Volunteer Abroad? by Le Ann Joy Adam
Volunteer Abroad? by Peter Hodge
Vacations Gain Popularity by Margaret Jaworski
Transformations: The History and Future of Inter-Cultural
Caring by Ann McLaughlin
Boomers and International Volunteer Service by Ann
Vacations: Seniors Have a Different Agenda by
the Most of a Volunteer Vacation by Doug Cutchins
and Anne Geissinger
as a Senior and Make Retirement Count by Amy Warren
and Winsin Hsieh
Vacations Can Change Your Life by Dianne Brause.
Service Programs. This Summer Vacation Make a Difference by
Service Abroad: Volunteers Combine Alms and Elbow Grease by
Placements Abroad: Coping With Potential Problems by
a Difference: Volunteering and Education Abroad by
Volunteerism by Rebecca Jewell
Work Abroad on Organic Farms by Caroline Nye
for Peace as a Volunteer Abroad by April Thompson