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"Europe is the world’s wealthiest continent and the need for international volunteers is quite different from the world’s poorer regions such as Africa or Latin America. But despite well-developed welfare, education and health programs, there are communities all across Europe that are in need of volunteers, be it for teaching English, child care, summer camps, or preservation work. In addition, a volunteer vacation in Europe is not only a great way to help people and communities in need, but it is also a great opportunity to get to know Europeans and their cultures and experience Europe in a different way." —Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl.

Volunteer Reports from Europe
Volunteer in Europe fixing a castle The Guide to Volunteer Work and Vacations Abroad in Europe
Options for volunteer work in Europe, including organizations offering inexpensive workcamps with activities such as repairing old castles as well as volunteer vacations involving nature and wildlife conservation.
Volunteer on an organic farm in Italy with WWOOF Speak English? Volunteer in Spain
A unique program where you can volunteer to teach English in exchange for learning Spanish, often set in beautiful locations. Have all your expenses covered and meet incredible people in Spain; all simply for being a native English-speaker.
Volunteer farm work in Italy Learning Farm Work the Italian Way: Volunteer in Liguria
A unique program where you can volunteer to teach English in exchange for learning Spanish, often set in beautiful locations. Have all your expenses covered and meet incredible people in Spain; all simply for being a native English-speaker.
Cottage for volunteers in Saint Victor, France Volunteer in France Restoring Ancient Villages
Volunteering with a unique program called La Sabranenque and work to restore a medieval French village in a beautiful and peaceful location in the South of France near Avignon.
Volunteer fixing a lavoir in France with Volunteers for Peace Volunteer at Affordable Workcamps in France
Volunteer in France in rustic and beautifully located workcamps with very affordable fees and enjoy a memorable vacation experience.
Volunteer in an Archeological dig in Greece Summer Volunteer Work at Archaeological Digs in Greece
A student seeks and finds an exciting and inspiring summer volunteer opportunity in an archeological dig in Greece, and lists other available group field work excavating ancient ruins.
Volunteering at Organic Farms in Italy with WWOOF
Volunteer Vacations Working on a Farm in Europe
Volunteer in Europe at a Youth Hostel
Volunteer to Help Refugees on the Greek Island of Samos
Volunteering in Ireland

See our listings of volunteer programs in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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!
Volunteering in Europe Dates: 1 week – 6 months
Costs: $350 USD – $2,800 USD
Contact: GoEco Volunteering
Tel.: US: +1 646 240 4545 AU: +61 2 8014 9393
Email: goeco@goeco.org
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Volunteer Abroad in Europe 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 Western Europe run either 6 or 12 months and welcome volunteers ages 18 and up. Partake in educational, environmental sustainability, global health projects, and more. Visit our website for more information!
Volunteer in Europe Dates: Quests depart in January or August.
Cost:
Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email quest@unitedplanet.org. More information can be found on the website. Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.
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Volunteer in Spain
We offer immersion Spanish courses all year round at special prices, jobs in hospitality management all around Spain, affordable internships in different cities throughout Spain, culinary arts in top hotels, field trips for schools and colleges, unpaid volunteer programs, Spanish online courses, and Dele preparation exams.
Volunteer in Spain Dates: All year round, any time, any program.
Cost: From US $100 per week.
Contact: Instituto Hemingway, Bailen 5, 2 Dcha. 48003 – Bilbao, Spain.
Tel.: +34 94 416 7901. Fax: +34 94 416 57 48
Email: info@institutohemingway.com
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Live With and Teach English to a Family in France
This volunteer programme is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low cost.
You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you share your English language skills for around 15 hours a week. This programme has a focus on cultural exchange, it is designed for those of you wishing to experience the French culture in depth. Placements are usually in Southern France, however, positions are available in Paris, and other areas in France.
Seniors welcome!
Volunteer in France with Aliore Dates: 1 to 3 months placements, available all year round. Only 1 month placement in July and August.
Cost:
From 390 Euros.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France.
Tel.:
00 33 951 79 79 72.
Email: infos@aliore.org
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Volunteer Abroad in Europe — Starting at $330
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. Volunteers can participate in Animal care, teaching English, NGO support, environmental, sports, agriculture, and many other projects. IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
Volunteer in Spain Cost: Program Fees start from US$330
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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Connect-123 Volunteer Programs in Europe
Connect-123 links you to volunteer projects in Barcelona, Spain and Dublin, Ireland. According to interests and skills, volunteer programs include Animal Science and Wildlife, Community Service, Economic Development, Education and Teaching, Environment, Human Rights, Medical and Public Health, Social Work Volunteer, Youth Development and Sports.
What's included: Finding a volunteer project that specifically meets your needs; arranging secure, high-quality, centrally-located accommodation based on your budget; assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes; airport meet and greet service; a complete preparation and orientation information pack; advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay; group-rate discounts; and 24/7 emergency support and assistance.
Volunteer in Spain with Connect-123 Dates: Both start dates and durations are flexible. Typical durations range from 1 to 3 months.
Cost: Please see website for details.
Contact: Connect-123 International Internship and Volunteer Programs
USA Tel: (800) 731 6406 (toll free)
Email: info@connect-123.com
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Angloville
Volunteer English Exchange Program
Angloville is looking for volunteers who are available for short courses (1-8 weeks) to help local participants improve their language skills. We offer a stay in one of our beautiful venues in Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Malta, England, and Ireland. We only ask you to help our clients improve their English through a series of general conversations and activities. In return, Angloville provides accommodation with full board and an unforgettable cultural exchange experience.

API
Volunteer Abroad in Germany

API offers guaranteed volunteer placements available in the areas of: Education, child care, nonprofit administration, and social services. These placements require a commitment of 2-4 weeks, and will be in the greater Berlin area.

ARCHELON
Volunteer with the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

Enthusiastic and committed volunteers are required for demanding sea turtle conservation projects run by ARCHELON in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete are major nesting areas for the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle in the Mediterranean and have been monitored by ARCHELON, a non-profit making organization, for 20 years. In Athens, ARCHELON also runs the only Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Greece. Volunteers are invited to work on the island of Zakynthos where the first National Marine Park for sea turtles in the Mediterranean was established in 1999 and assist the Management Body of the Park in its task to protect the nesting beaches. In Peloponnesus, volunteers will protect nests from foxes and other mammals, experience the pilot project of sand dune restoration, help maintain nature trails and the running of the newly established Nature Information Centres. On the island of Crete, participants will work for the implementation of a Management Plan for the nesting areas. At the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist our staff in daily treatment of sea turtles that suffer from accidental and deliberate injuries.

Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC)
Provides a way for Diasporan Armenians to come to Armenia and be easily integrated into the society. By way of cultural and language training, combinded with appropriate volunteer work placement. AVC volunteers work towards rebuilding a great and historic nation. For the amount of time of your choice you can join us and walk away with the expirience of a lifetime.

Balkan Sunflowers
Volunteer with Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo

Projects require help, including education for disadvantaged children, minority and human rights advocacy, women's rights, etc. Intensive language and development training during the first month. Work to help develop the program for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.

CADIP
Short-Term Volunteer Projects in Europe

Participating in an international short-term volunteer project (so called Workcamp) can be an exciting prospect. It is an interesting and meaningful way to travel with purpose and spend 2-3 weeks in a foreign environment. Working and living together with other young people from around the world provides an excellent opportunity to make many new friends, learn about unknown places and culture, gain new skills and experience. Your time, energy, and enthusiasm can make a difference in areas where help is really needed.

Diverbo's "Pueblo Ingles"
Teach English in Spain in a Conversational Volunteer Vacation

Pueblo Ingles has been described as an inspiring cultural adventure, an enriching personal journey, and a unique, human experience. Each week 20 Native English speakers are sponsored to stay in a beautiful, picturesque 4-star resort in Spain so they can converse with Spanish professionals who want to improve their English. Accommodation, food and wine are provided in exchange for your conversation. It's a unique and enjoyable experience and the best way to learn about Spain if you don't speak the local lingo.

Earthwatch | Non Profit Environmental Organizations
Volunteer Conservation Expeditions in Europe
Spanish Dolphins
On a fantastic 10-day boat trip help gather vital data that is leading directly to the implementation of conservation measures.
Whales and Dolphins of Moray Firth, Scotland
Stay in a beautiful village surrounded by majestic cliffs and rolling farmland. Spend your days on the water looking for Whales and Dolpins and gathering crucial population data on these populations to improve their conservation.
Icelandic Glaciers
Stay in a remote part of the beautiful Skaftafell National Park and collect important data on glacial retreat to help understand how climate change is affecting glaciers. This is a unique opportunity to explore one of the most geologically active areas in the world with a team of leading earth scientists.

Global Vision International (GVI)
Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Greece 
This volunteer program gives you the chance to live in the beautiful Bay of Lakonikos in the southern Peloponnese, while working with a team of international volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece.
Your team will perform surveys every morning to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. Volunteers also provide important conservation information to overseas visitors and the local community. Opportunities exist for you to explore the fascinating Greek culture and to enjoy the sights of the surrounding local area in your free time.

Global Volunteers
Volunteer to Teach English in Greece

Volunteer to teach English to youth and adults as well as gardening on the island of Crete in Greece.
Teach English in Italy
Volunteer to teach English to students in the Puglia region of southern Italy.
Teach English in Poland
Volunteer to teach English to children in Poland, help disabled youth, and participate in creating community gardens.
Teach English in Portugal
Volunteer to teach conversational English to youth and adults.

La Giraudiere
Volunteer in France
The volunteer program provides a comfortable, affordable place for a diverse group of people from all over the world to meet and to work towards a common goal together. La Giraudiere is an old French residence which the owner, Pau, aims to turn into a place for primary school children to come and immerse themselves in the true French culture. Don't miss this chance to exchange and to learn new skills across different fields of work, from Internet optimization to plastering!

La Sabranenque
Volunteer in the South of France
Volunteers needed to help preserve and restore villages and monuments in beautiful locations in France, primarily in Provence near Avignon. Work in an international and peaceful communal environment helping to restore and maintain one of the most beautiful villages in a country overflowing with beautiful villages.

Live it Lisbon!
Summer Volunteer Program in Lisbon, Portugal
A non-profit and low-cost summer experience. The program aims at promoting intercultural dialogue and social justice. It is meant to be a responsible and meaningful alternative to mainstream tourism, as over half of the time of the program is spent on intercultural activities and on giving back to the socially and economically challenged host community of Bairro Padre Cruz in Lisbon, Portugal. The program has been run since 2015 by a small independent Development NGO.

Love Volunteers
Make a Ddifference in Central and Eastern Europe with Love Volunteers!

Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join the world’s fastest growing independent volunteering organization on an affordable, safe and responsible voluntary service project in Albania, Moldova, Ukraine or Russia for a truly memorable experience! Visit our website to check out our range of community-based projects and find out how you can make a REAL difference!

National Trust Working Holidays
Britain’s National Trust cares for more wildlife, including 1,250 vulnerable species, than any other European charity. It owns more than 240,000 hectares of land and 575 miles of coastline, making it the largest private landowner in Britain. A virtual army of staff and volunteers assist in managing these habitats with 450 well-organized holidays a year in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The catalog is online. Bookings from overseas volunteers between 18 and 70 are welcome and very inexpensive, including food and hostel accommodations. Most older adults choose projects classified as Oak, Oak Plus, and Archaeological Holidays because they are less physically rigorous.

Projects Abroad
Volunteer in Transylvania, Romania
Support communities in need and experience life in Transylvania, Romania. You can work in archeology, childhood development, or write for a magazine.

REMPART
Summer Volunteer Workcamps
Volunteers are need to help restore and care for ancient monuments, including castles, throughout France. 3,000 volunteers participate yearly, of which 25% are from abroad. Projects are led by expert local technicians and charges vary, so see the website for details.

SCI (Service Civil International)
Volunteer Projects in France
SCI is an exchange organization that sends volunteers on 2-3 week international work projects and long term 3-12 month opportunities in over 45 countries, including France. For all overseas camps for a small fee. Workcamps include shared accommodations, group self-cooked meals and basic health/accident insurance, without additional cost, unless otherwise noted in the camp description. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.

Volunteers for Peace
Projects in France
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 90 countries every year, including France! Project costs starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of projects include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art & culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 32,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!

WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Volunteer locations in countries worldwide, including most countries in Europe. Members may exchange farm work for food, accommodations, and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

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Volunteer in France with Aliore

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