| 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!
||Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
| Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself. It’s an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. Choose from 10 countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, or Thailand
Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-12 weeks.
Costs: The U.S. tax-deductible program fee for a two-week program is $2,588 (£1,408) with each additional week of stay only $297 (£162). The program fee for the one-week Insight Abroad program offered in Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Russia is $1,695 (£922). Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, language instruction, cultural education, food, lodging, transportation to and from all Cross-Cultural Solutions’ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from headquarters staff, 24-hour access to in-country staff, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and more.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801;Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494.
| United Planet
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to interact with local communities through customized volunteer work, enriching activities, and home stays. Our programs in more than 40 countries run from 1 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds because we know that everyone has something to offer! Visit our website for more information on specific countries!
||Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.: 800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
|| Volunteer 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! From environmental conservation programs in Australia and Costa Rica, to social work and community programs in Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Ghana, India and Peru, we will work with you to find the best fit for your time abroad. Volunteer programs include placement, housing, meals, project related transportation, training and social and cultural activities. InterExchange has over 40 years of experience arranging cultural exchange programs.
Cost: $595 and up
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013. Tel.. 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
| Projects Abroad Worldwide
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Live and work in 27 exciting countries around the world: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, and Vietnam. Volunteer projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, care, conservation, community development, medicine, human rights, journalism, and more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.
| Globe Aware
Adventures in Service
Volunteer vacations in Costa Rica, Cuba, India,, Peru, Romania, Thailand, or Vietnam.
|| Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
| Volunteer Abroad with Greenheart Travel
Explore fascinating places while you help local people working to improve the quality of life in their communities. Greenheart Travel's volunteer abroad programs offer you the opportunity to expand your personal growth, experience true cultural immersion and impact communities in need. Each of our volunteer programs has been hand-picked to reflect our mission to help build a more sustainable, more diverse and more peaceful world. Volunteer with meaningful, locally managed projects in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.
Volunteer projects in Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Dates: Year round
Cost: Starting at $900--Fees include insurance, room and board
Contact: Greenheart Travel, 746 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.
Tel: 1.312.944.2544 or toll free 1.866.684.9675.
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, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Peru, Russia, Spain, Thailand, or Turkey.
Dates: Year Round. Please see website for details.
Cost: Program prices vary with dates and length of stay. Please see website for prices,
Contact: GeoVisions, 63 Whitfield St. Guilford, Ct 06437.
Tel: 203-453-5838. Toll free 1-877-949-9998.
| How will you touch the world? Volunteer with ProWorld in Peru, Mexico, India, Thailand, and Ghana
REAL projects….REAL experience! Work side-by-side with NGOs to find innovative ways to confront development challenges in Peru, Belize, Mexico, India, Thailand, Brazil or Ghana – from education efforts to eradicate illiteracy and promote natural resource conservation to health campaigns to combat malnutrition, anemia, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
Dates: Year round start dates; 2 – 26 week placements
Cost: Program fees include project work, housing, all meals, onsite transportation, language training, cultural/adventure activities, travel/health insurance, and 24-hour onsite staff support. Program fees can be foundon the website. Scholarships and fundraising support available.
Contact: ProWorld Headquarters, ProWorld Service Corps, 1215 Taylor Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
Tel: 877.42WORLD (US & Canada), 870.750.7202 (UK & Europe)
| Volunteer Abroad from US$180
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!
|| Cost: Program Fees start from US$180.
Dates: See website for particular country program start dates. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from one week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
Tel.: +64 6 758 7949.
| Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Are you ready to change your world this summer? Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) offers 5-8 week summer volunteer programs in which young people (ages 16 to 25) immerse themselves in a Latin American community, live with a host family, and collaborate on sustainable development projects. Participants will experience life-changing growth as they strengthen their Spanish skills, experience a new culture on a personal level, and work together with community members to accomplish shared goals.
Contact: Amigos de las Américas, 5618 Star Lane, Houston, Texas 77057.
Tel: (713) 782-5290, (800) 231-7796. Fax: (713) 782-9267.
WorldTeach offers opportunities for volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and teaching in developing countries. All programs include: full-time in-country coordinator; intensive in-country orientation including language and TESOL training; room and board with host families/apartments. Requires: native level of English fluency; BA or equivalent for year-long programs. Fee covers program costs, including health insurance, airfare, housing, teaching placement, and in-country support.
Dates and locations: Year-long program departures depend on local school calendars; summer programs: June-Aug (7-10 weeks).
Cost: Year-long: American Samoa no fee; Bangladesh no fee; Chile $4,190; Chile Patagonia no fee; China $1,000; Colombia $1,500; Costa Rica $4,990; Ecuador $4,990; Guyana $2,000; Marshal Islands no fee; Micronesia no fee; Namibia $5,990**; Rwanda $5,990; Tanzania $5,990; Thailand $4,990. Semester: Chile $3,990; Namibia $4,990. Summer: China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Poland $3,990; Namibia $4,490. (**some matching funds available for this program) .
Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
| Frontier: Exciting and Worthy Global Volunteering Opportunities
For over 20 years, Frontier volunteers have been pushing the boundaries, making unprecedented discoveries and helping hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people in isolated communities worldwide. Choose from volunteering abroad, adventure travel, wildlife and marine conservation or teaching on your gap year or volunteer placement! We also offer valuable internships, paid work, medical and sports coaching placements.
Check out some of our most popular projects, from our Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation project to Tanzania Marine Conservation project, which attracts volunteers from all over the world!
| Dates: Most projects are flexible and run all year round.
Contact: Bobby Johal, Irvine Towers, 18100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax: +1 949 705 4492
Amity Volunteer Teachers Abroad (AVTA) Program.
The AVTA program offers opportunities for native English-speakers to serve as teaching assistants, teachers, or workshop facilitators in classrooms in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Italy, Ghana, Senegal, and the Ukraine. Room and board provided; programs range in duration from 2 weeks for workshop facilitators; 2 months to a full academic year for other assignments.
Contact: email@example.com, www.amity.org
Bridges for Education.
BFE is the only tax deductible volunteer teaching of English program that is not a religious or ethnic group and which organizes International Peace and Language programs in Eastern/Central Europe and China. The purpose of BFE is to promote tolerance and understanding using English as a bridge.
Catholic Volunteer Network
RESPONSE Directory of lay mission opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Search online by type of placement, location, length of placement, whether married couples or parents with dependents are accepted, age requirements, etc. Network of nearly 200 Christian/Catholic volunteer programs.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org/.
Program countries include Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Our programs include teaching English, orphanages, healthcare, journalism, HIV/AIDS, wildlife conservation, street children and more. Our volunteers learn about and contribute to communities abroad in a meaningful way. Join us abroad and find out why we’re the best volunteer organization you’ve never heard of.
Contact: email@example.com; www.cosmicvolunteers.org
Cross-Continental Solutions Inc.
We offer affordable and flexible international volunteer, intern, and culture programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We have great work placements including teaching, healthcare, community work, business coaching, HIV work, care giving, orphanage work, journalism, photography work, animal work, and environmental work. Our affordable program fees start from only US$180 (accommodation & meals included). The programs are customized with flexible work schedule and start dates.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.crosscontinental.org
Since 1971, this international nonprofit organization has placed more than 96,000 volunteers with field researchers engaged in a dazzling menu of scientific and social science research around the world. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, it presently supports about 60 projects in 40 countries. Forty percent of participants are older adults, and a great many volunteers are repeat clients with 20+ projects ticked off their checklist. (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: email@example.com, www.earthwatch.org
Federation EIL: Volunteers for International Partnership (VIP)
Offered in 13 countries, VIP provides volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups to do international community service. If you're exploring service learning opportunities, considering a gap year or looking for a break from your job, reach out to others as a Partnership Volunteer. Available year round; programs include orientation, language training, homestays, host project placement and ongoing program support. Volunteers may be placed with rural development projects, environmental programs, in health clinics, at schools, or other community organizations.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.partnershipvolunteers.org
Global Citizen’s Network
Established in 1992, GCN is a volunteer organization for people committed to sharing values of peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation. With trips generally lasting one, two or three weeks, each team of six to 12 people works with local villagers on projects initiated by the local community, for the benefit of that community. Fifty percent of participants are older adults (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: email@example.com, www.globalcitizens.org
Volunteer teaching and internships in more than 20 countries, including Tibet and the Philippines; plus, paid teaching in China (1-12 months).
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalcrossroad.com
Global Reach Institute for International Exchange: Global Reach Institute / Project HOPE
10-14 Day CME / CNE Medical Delegations to China, Tibet, South Africa and Israel. Join the team, share your knowledge with your international colleagues, and enjoy the adventure of your life! 10-14 Day Cultural Study Tours with volunteering at orphanages and village schools or clinics, adventure elements, and sightseeing all built into the journey of a lifetime! See China, Tibet, Israel, South Africa! Family Cultural Volunteer Programs to China, Tibet, South Africa, Israel...
Make teaching your children a lifetime memory and bonding experience that changes them forever! Through unique visits to Primary Schools, Orphanages, village medical clinics, markets, farm family homes, and the like, your children will learn about the lifestyle, culture, government, education and medical systems, as well as have many people to people moments. Build Bridges Between Nations One Person at a Time!
Contact: email@example.com, www.globalreachinstitute.com
Places volunteers 17 years and older with families in rural communities in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Thailand, India, Kenya, Ghana, and St. Lucia to teach in local schools. Training, support, and adventure travel are integral parts of the program. Information on scholarships, fundraising, and academic credit is available.
Contact: Global Routes, One Short Street, Northampton, MA 01060; Tel. 413-585-8895; Fax: 413-585-8810; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.globalroutes.org.
Global Service Corps (GSC)
Short- and long-term service opportunities for adults
to assist with village-based development projects
Volunteer abroad in Tanzania, Thailand or Cambodia with Global Service Corps, a successful leader in international volunteering and service-learning since 1992. Volunteer in Africa or Asia in programs such as: sustainable agriculture and food security; international health; community development; HIV/AIDS nutrition, education and prevention; teach English abroad; orphan care. Our in-country staff, host family and local accommodations, and year-round volunteer and internship opportunities make GSC the most unique and ground-level community organization since the Peace Corps.
Contact: Global Service Corps, 3543 18th Street, #14, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA; tel. (415) 551-0000; email@example.com, www.globalservicecorps.org
Global Volunteer Network (GVN)
Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world. We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in 21 countries.
Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalvolunteernetwork.org
Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers is a nonprofit international development organization that facilitates peace and mutual understanding between people of diverse cultures. Small- group “servant-learner” teams join such work projects as teaching conversational English and other basic subjects, caring for at risk youth, assisting with healthcare, building schools and community facilities, and much more. About 67 percent of volunteers are older adults, drawn primarily from the U.S. and Canada. One- to 3-week programs are offered in 19 countries. (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: email@example.com, www.globalvolunteers.org
Globalteer — Ethical volunteering with a UK registered charity
Peru, Colombia, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia
Globalteer works with children, community and wildlife projects in South America and South East Asia, to help bring about long term solutions to poverty and suffering. We work only with projects that meet strict criteria for inclusion in our programme so we can be sure that volunteers are working towards a sustainable solution. Duties vary from assisting classroom teachers to digging wells and feeding animals, depending on your skills and the needs of our partner projects. This way you can be confident that your time volunteering is a worthwhile and rewarding experience, no matter how long or short your stay.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalteer.org
U.S. contact office for British organization Greenforce. Recruits volunteers for conservation and other projects worldwide, including marine conservation in Bahamas and Fiji for up to 6 months; combined community service and adventure programs in India, Nepal, Ecuador, Brazil and internships in Spain.
Contact: email@example.com, www.greenforce.org
Habitat for Humanity
This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization seeks to eliminate poverty housing around the world by building homes appropriate to each area where a need exists. No building experience necessary. Choose from programs in over 70 countries. While Habitat will not estimate figures, it says that older volunteers are “very significant” in number. (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: (HQ. and International Programs), 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498; 800-HABITAT or 912-924-6935, fax 912-924-6541; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.habitat.org. Habitat for Humanity Canada (Canadian and International Programs), www.habitat.ca.
International Humanity Foundation (IHF)
Volunteer to help children in Kenya, Bali, Thailand and Indonesia
The International Humanity Foundation is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic individuals of all ages/backgrounds to contribute to our organization from home. IHF has grown over the past 25 years due to the dedication of thousands of volunteers from around the world.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself further with our organization on our website. If you have any questions at this time, feel free to e-mail one of our helpful volunteers. IHF is willing to consider those with transferrable skills, if you can demonstrate them during our application process. Fluency in English, both written and spoken is essential. Those interested in volunteering at an IHF centre are required to complete a level of pre-trip duties in order to gain an understanding of how grassroots organizations function.
At Home Volunteers
IHF offers four unique roles for volunteers. We have opportunities for those who prefer online advocacy or those who would purely like to gain in-field experience and teach the children at one of the centers. If you would prefer to get in-field experience, please contact our email@example.com team for further information. At-home volunteers manage to see the inner workings of a thriving NGO while gaining valuable experience for any future career in International Relations.
Kiva Fellows Program
Whether based internationally or in the US, Kiva Fellows have a unique opportunity to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand by working directly with a Kiva field partner for 16 week placements. Kiva Fellowships are unpaid, volunteer-based positions designed to increase Kiva's global impact, offer participants a unique insider experience into the microfinance industry, and provide a career opportunity of a lifetime.
Oceanic Society Expeditions
The Oceanic Society is a nonprofit organization working to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment through conservation-based research and environmental education. Half its itineraries are volunteer holidays, the rest are educational. Participants become research assistants, working side by side with academics and field researchers, logging, recording, and collecting data, including bird banding and measuring nesting sea turtles. Sixty percent of clients are older adults (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.Oceanic-society.org
people and places
Responsible Volunteering — from Cambodia to the Caribbean!
We create well-matched international volunteer placements in sustainable projects worldwide. people and places is a not-for-profit social enterprise — all profits after operating expenses are covenanted to the charity, Travel Pledge. Each placement is individually planned: volunteers have their own skills, experience and abilities; projects and communities have their own needs and goals. We put the right people in the right places — creating truly "win-win" volunteer experiences!
Contact: email@example.com, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk
Right to Play:
Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right To Play uses international volunteers to implement projects in Asia and Africa. For further details on volunteer projects, visit the website.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.righttoplay.com
Gives clients (aged 16-25) access to a database with 2,500 options worldwide including volunteer work and internships but not paying jobs.
Contact: email@example.com, www.takingoff.net
VISIONS Service Adventures
VISIONS blends ambitious service work, cultural immersion and adventurous exploration. We live in the heart of under-resourced communities in locations around the world. Participants work and socialize with our local hosts. Projects are construction-based, with some social service.
Contact: info@VisionsServiceAdventures.com, www.VisionsServiceAdventures.com
Owned by the Canadian Federation of Students. Arranges volunteer placements lasting 8-24 weeks in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Ghana, Nepal, and Thailand.
Volunteers for International Partnership
Volunteer in over 14 countries including Argentina, Chile, Eduador, Ireland, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco and Thailand to name a few. Placements can be as short as 2 weeks or as long as you want! Host family stays, various projects!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.partnershipvolunteers.org
Volunteers for Peace
Volunteer Workcamps Worldwide
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries/regions every year worldwide! Project cost starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of project include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art and culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 30,000 volunteers worldwide and organized more than 850 volunteer projects in North America. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!
Volunteer abroad programs in Asia, Africa, and South America.
Contact: email@example.com, www.volunteeringsolutions.com
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
Global website has links to the national offices in the countries that have a WWOOF coordinator. National WWOOF coordinators compile a list of their member farmers willing to provide free room and board to volunteers who want to help and are interested in furthering the aims of the organic movement. Currently there are WWOOF branches in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Ghana, Uganda, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, and U.S.