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In Why Volunteer Overseas? Zahara Hecksher, co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas as well as our Volunteer Abroad editor, goes to the core of the issues for those considering participating in a program anywhere worldwide.

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.
Volunteer Worldwide with GVI Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Email: info@gviworld.com
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Volunteer Work Abroad
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Volunteer Abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit changing the way international volunteering works.
Part volunteer experience, part cultural immersion, part eye-opening adventure, 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 Abroad Dates: One Week to Three Months
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing and Availability
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org 
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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Volunteer 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.
Volunteer Worldwide Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.:
617-267-7763.
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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Volunteer Worldwide Volunteer worldwide InterExchange WorkingAbroad 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 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, meals, project related transportation, training and social and cultural activities. InterExchange has over 40 years of experience arranging cultural exchange programs.

Dates: Year-Round
Cost: $595 and up
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.InterExchange.org/workingabroad
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Projects Abroad Worldwide
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+.
Projects Abroad 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.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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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 Wordwide Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible.   
Costs: Program fees start at $185. The cost will depend on the country and duration of the program.  
Contact: ELI
, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278
Email: info@eliabroad.org
Website: www.eliabroad.org
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Globe Aware
Adventures in Service
Volunteer vacations in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Laos, Peru, Romania, Thailand, or Vietnam.
Adventures in Service Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Email: office@globeaware.org
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Volunteer Worldwide Volunteer Worldwide with Geovisions 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, 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.
Email: programs@geovisions.org
Website: geovisions.org

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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!
Volunteer Worldwide with VolunteerHQ 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.
Email: volunteer@volunteerhq.org
Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas — in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability, creative expression, social enterprise and sports and fitness.

Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us
Website: amigoslink.org

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Volunteer Teaching Worldwide with WorldTeach
WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries all around the world. Summer placements are available in Namibia and South African longer placements are available in Namibia, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Volunteers teach a broad range of subjects, including English, math, science, computers skills, and HIV/AIDS education.
Volunteer teaching in South Africa Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Email: info@worldteach.org
Website: www.worldteach.org
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A Broader View Volunteers, U.S. Non Profit Charity 501 c(3)
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 disclosure.
Volunteer Worldwide Dates: Ongoing programs, year round, you choose your dates of arrival and departure.
Cost:
From US$895 for one week to US$2240 for 12 weeks (you can tax deduct the expenses). Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, cultural education, meals, accommodation, pre-departure guidance, 24/7 country staff, tax deducted fees, the option to fundraise within our website, and more.
Contact:
A Broader View Volunteers Corp, 236 Glen Place, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
Tel.:
866-423-3258 or 215-780-1845 (US), (020) 3289-9896 (UK), (02) 8003-3474 (AU).
Fax: 215-887-0915 / Skype: Abroaderview.org
Email: volunteers@abroaderview.org, info@abroaderview.org
Website: www.abroaderview.org
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Global Vision International
Skilled Volunteering Abroad            
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.
Skilled Volunteering Abroad Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: 2 Weeks from $2,200
Email: info@gviworld.com
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Skilled Volunteering
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Global Vision International
Women’s Empowerment Volunteering
Travel to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled locations left in the world and volunteer your time on projects which empower women in local communities, giving women and girls the tools necessary to fight poverty, stay in school and close the social and economic development gap between girls and boys in developing countries.
Women's empowerment volunteer programs Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: 2 Weeks from $1,700
Email: info@gviworld.com
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Women’s Empowerment Programs
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Amerispan
Volunteer Abroad Programs
AmeriSpan's voluntee program allows you to gain a unique insight into another country's culture and obtain valuable work experience abroad. Working with more than 200 organizations throughout the world, our program offers something for everyone. From working on a Panda reserve in China to medical placements in Honduras to a bank in Germany to community development in South Africa, AmeriSpan has a project that will help you achieve your personal goals while improving the lives of others. Many projects allow you to practice the local language with the non-English speaking staff and locals, but not all require prior knowledge.

Contact: info@amerispan.com, www.amerispan.com/volunteer_intern

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: avta@amity.org, 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.

Contact: www.bridges4edu.org

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: info@catholicvolunteernetwork.org, www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org/.

Cosmic Volunteers
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: info@cosmicvolunteers.org; 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: info@crosscontinental.org, www.crosscontinental.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: federation@experiment.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: info@globalcitizens.org, www.globalcitizens.org

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: info@globalreachinstitute.com, www.globalreachinstitute.com

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)
Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world. Over the past 14 years we have connected + volunteers with our 21 partner organizations throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. 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. Bill Gates personally recommended GVN by stating "I'd love to see more young people taking action to help the poor and disadvantaged. Two places to get started are Network for Good and Global Volunteer Network” and CNN listed the Global Volunteer Network as one of 10 organizations that can help you to make a positive impact on the world around you.

Contact: info@volunteer.org.nz, www.globalvolunteernetwork.org

Global Volunteers
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@globalvolunteers.org, 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: info@globalteer.org, www.globalteer.org

Greenforce USA
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: usainfo@greenforce.org, 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; info@habitat.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, 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 email 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 center 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 volunteering@ihfonline.org 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.

Visit: www.ihfonline.org

International Student Volunteers
Volunteer in Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Africa, and Thailand
A highly regarded organization that supports sustainable development initiatives in many countries around the world—including Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Africa, and Thailand—through volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change the world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.

Visit: www.isvolunteers.org

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: office@oceanic-society.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: kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

Right to Play: SportWorks, SportHealth
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: recruitment@righttoplay.com; www.righttoplay.com

Taking Off
Gives clients (aged 16-25) access to a database with 2,500 options worldwide including volunteer work and internships but not paying jobs.

Contact: takingoff@takingoff.net, 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, VisionsServiceAdventures.com

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: info@partnershipvolunteers.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 31,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!

Visit: www.vfp.org

Volunteering Solutions
Volunteer abroad programs in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Contact: info@volunteeringsolutions.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.

Contact: www.wwoofinternational.org

Youth International
Service Learning Semesters Abroad

Youth International is an experiential learning program that combines international travel, inter-cultural exchange, outdoor adventure, volunteer community service work, and homestays. Teams of up to 14 young adults aged 18 to 25 travel together with two group leaders. For 3 months, the team travels through three countries in one region of the world: Asia (Nepal, India, Thailand) or South America (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, including Galapagos Islands). Programs run Sept-Dec. and Feb.-May.

Contact: Youth International, 2319 Woodbury Lane, Evergreen, CO, 80439 USA; tel. 1-720-270-3323; info@youthinternational;org, www.youthinternational.org.

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