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Volunteer Worldwide with GVI Volunteer Programs Abroad 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
Volunteer with Children Volunteer Abroad with United Planet!
United Planet is an international non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, with a mission to enhance cross-cultural understanding while addressing shared challenges to create a community beyond borders, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in more than 25 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a mutual exchange. We partner with the communities we work with to ensure the experience is important, relevant and impactful.
Volunteer Abroad with CCS Volunteer 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!
Volunteer Worldwide with Projects Abroad Projects Abroad Worldwide
Projects Abroad is the world's leading short-term international volunteer organization. Live and work in 30 exciting countries around the world: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam. Volunteer projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, childcare, social work, conservation, community development, medicine, human rights, journalism, international development, language courses, and more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Summer volunteering with Worldteach WorldTeach Summer 2017
What will your summer adventure look like? Expand your community by teaching abroad in Brazil, Ecuador, India, Morocco, Namibia, or South Africa! Open to current college students and graduates.
Volunteer Worldwide Geovisions: Volunteer Worldwide
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.
International Volunteering wiwth ELI Volunteer Programs Wordwide 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.
Volunteer Worldwide with VolunteerHQ Volunteer Projects 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 organizations!
Adventures in Service Adventures 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 back.
Volunteer in Argentina, China and South Africa with Connect-123 Volunteer 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.
Volunteering in Europe 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!
Animal Rescue in Galapagos with Lead Advenures Volunteer 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!
Volunteer in Argentina with RoadToArgentina Volunteering 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.​
Volunteer with children A 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.
Love Volunteers Make a REAL difference with Love Volunteers — from just US$175!
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!

 Articles on Volunteering Abroad — Expert Guides and First-Hand Stories about Work, Service and Voluntourism

We are pleased to offer a vast assortment of articles discussing the experience of international volunteering:
  • Expert guides offering you inside advice and tips by international volunteers.
  • First-hand participant stories about volunteer abroad programs and projects.

 Expert Articles and Guides on Volunteering Abroad

Evaluate Volunteer Organizations How to Evaluate International Volunteer Programs and Organizations
Co-author of the classic book How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas as well as a Volunteer editor, Zahara Heckscher provides an overview, inside tips, and resources to help you select from the many available volunteer projects worldwide.
Why volunteeer abroad Why Volunteer Abroad? Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer for Any Age
Zahara Heckscher explores the central question, examines the best motives, and suggests activities in a unique way that may make you rethink your preconceptions.
Worthwhile volunteering abroad How to Find a Worthwhile Voluntourism Experience Overseas
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 issues on how to go about researching and finding reputable organizations with proven projects, and offers 5 practical steps to do so effectively.
Worthwhile volunteering How to Volunteer to Protect Wildlife Effectively
With so many great options to volunteer helping to care for wildlife, which projects to choose, where, how long, and what are the considerations?
Volunteer work with animals The Guide to Volunteer Caring for Animals
Author and volunteer Jane Stanfield describes what it takes to engage in care for animals, while providing tips, programs, projects, and recommended organizations.
Volunteer for endangered animals Ten Projects for Volunteers to Help Endangered Animals Abroad
An overview of ten important projects where you can provide volunteer work helping care for many endangered animals in countries worldwide.
Volunteer vacation in Latin America How 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.
Volunteer farm work abroad The 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. Jonathon Engels provides an overview on how to both learn and help others in the process.
Volunteering overseas over 50 Over 50 and Volunteering Overseas
Well over 50 and still volunteering, John Dwyer, describes his vast and unusual experience. He offers seniors and volunteers of all ages advice and accumulated resources.
Volunteer vacations for seniors Volunteer Vacations: Seniors Have a Different Agenda
Author and web host Alison Gardner describes the unique characteristics of the volunteer vacations selected by seniors, including a discussion the many programs available for this form of immersion travel abroad.
Why pay to volunteer? Why Pay to Volunteer? An Experienced Student's Guide
An experienced student explain why volunteering abroad is sometimes costly, offers less expensive alternatives, and provides advice including programs for those who wish to make a difference.
Volunteer photography for an NGO Volunteer Abroad for an NGO as a Photographer
Jim Hall describes his experience volunteering for an NGO as a photographer vividly, offering with inside tips and an explanation of the benefits to the local community.
Volunteer for the long-term The Truth About How Long You Should Commit to Volunteer
Reasons to volunteer for the long-term with resources and recommendations for organizations and locations to do so.
Volunteer in Namibia Top Volunteer Programs and Sending Organizations in Africa
Author and expert Zahara Heckscher offers an overview of the wide variety of options in Africa and offers suggestions.
Volunteer with your kids abroad Top Considerations for Volunteering Overseas… with Your Kids
What to consider when volunteering with your kids, with useful resources, by author Amy E. Robertson.
Peace Corps Director of Volunteering An 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.
Nicholas Kristof A Path Appears A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
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 overseas, and other ways individuals can make a positive impact around the world while changing lives and tackling inequality.
International volunteering trends The Changing Face of International Volunteering
An overview of trends and a selection of the best resources for those considering work, service or vacations abroad.
Women empowerment volunteering Support Women and the World by Volunteering
Tips and key resources addressing the urgent need to volunteer for the empowerment and support of women around the world.
Why Study Another Language Abroad? 10 Immersion Schools Where You Can Study AND Volunteer in Latin America
How to learn a language while volunteering for greater cultural immersion. Amy E. Robertson highlights some of top language schools in Latin America that offer both options.
How to Put Professional Skills to Use As an International Volunteer
Amy E. Robertson explores the organizations and ways volunteers with much-needed professional skills may put them to best use.
Learning 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.
International Volunteering with Your Family
Family volunteering options are described by expert Zahara Heckscher, who offers practical advice and resources for a unique collaborative and educational family effort and experience.
Volunteer Programs with GVI
Volunteer Programs with Projects Abroad
Volunteer Programs with ELI
Volunteer Abroad with United Planet
Volunteer Teaching Abroad with WorldTeach
International Volunteering with Volunteer HQ
Volunteer Worldwide with Geovisions
Volunteer Programs with Connect123
Volunteer with a broader view
GO ECO Volunteering Programs
Volunteer in Ecuador with Lead Adventures
Love Volunteers
Volunteer worldwide with PlanMyGapYear
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