Volunteer Abroad Programs and Organizations
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.
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!
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!
Projects Abroad is the world's leading short-term international volunteer organization. Live and work in 30 exciting countries around abroad: 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+.
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
WorldTeach Teaching Worldwide WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries worldwide. Summer placements are available in Ecuador, South Africa, Nepal, Namibia, and Morocco. Longer placements are available in Ecuador, Namibia, the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, and China. Volunteers teach a broad range of subjects, including English, math, science, computers skills, and HIV/AIDS education.
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.
Programs Worldwide with ELI Abroad
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.
in Service with Globeaware
Globe Aware coordinates, organizes and leads volunteer
vacations, service vacations, working holidays
and service trips to locations abroad.
Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs
in international environments that encourage people
to immerse themselves as part of a unique way of giving
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!
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.
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!
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 international volunteering:
Expert guides offer you inside advice
and tips by very experienced international volunteers.
First-hand stories about volunteering on programs and projects abroad by those who have participated that go more in-depth than reviews.
Trends in Volunteering Abroad
Experts and managers of top volunteer organizations provide an overview and analysis of trends
considering volunteer programs abroad, as well as the many advantages.
Why Pay to Volunteer? A Guide for Students
A student experienced in volunteering abroad explains why it is sometimes costly, offers less expensive and even free alternatives, and provides tips about programs for those who wish to make a difference.
The Lifelong Benefits of Service Learning Abroad
The many benefits of service learning abroad — for local communities and your development as an educated global citizen — possible through the options available to students of all ages, from teens to college and beyond.
to Find a Worthwhile Voluntourism Experience Overseas
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.
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 engage in a transformational experience.
Guide to Volunteer Farm Work Abroad
Free volunteer work and exchanges on farms are now a
very popular way to extend your travels while providing
many opportunities worldwide for meaningful experiences.
provides an overview on how to both learn and help
others in the process.
50 and Volunteering Overseas
Well over 50 and still volunteering, John
Editor for Senior Volunteer Service for TransitionsAbroad.com, describes
his vast and unusual experience. He offers seniors
and volunteers of all ages advice and accumulated
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.
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 the unique long-term volunteer programs that
have helped people in diverse locations worldwide since JFK called for the creation of the Peace Corps..
Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating
An Interview with Nicholas D. Kristof
A prolific writer and advocate of human rights and youth volunteering discusses with us an important
book co-written with his wife, "A Path Appears:
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity." Nicholas
also offers his views based on experience on
issues such as volunteering overseas, and other ways
individuals can make a positive impact around the
world while changing lives and tackling inequality.
to Love (Senior) Voluntourists
Author and authority Alison Gardner elaborates on her optimistic view of voluntourism and voluntourists—a
term she coined in the 1990s—and discusses the
growing role boomers have played in its development.