Find out about international volunteering opportunities and why volunteering abroad could be for you.
If you have fallen in love with volunteering, fancy doing something a little bit different, or travelling somewhere new, then there's lots of volunteering opportunities abroad.
Why volunteer abroad?
Volunteering abroad is an exciting experience, offering you the chance to work on a variety of different projects, meet people from all over the world, learn new cultures and live in another country. The skills and experience you gain will look great on your CV.
What voluntary organisations can I go abroad with?
European Voluntary Service
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a fantastic opportunity that allows you to volunteer abroad for a period of 2-12 months. The programme is open to all young people aged between 18-30 years old, as long as they are a legal UK resident.
Step 1 – Finding a Host Project
Choosing a project is all about where you want to go and what you want to do! There are a huge range of EVS voluntary placements across Europe and even beyond. Some of the available project themes are: Youth, Sport, Culture, Social care, Environment.
Try and think about what interests and motivates you before you contact host organisations – it can also help if you’re as open-minded as possible.
Step 2 – Choose a Sending Organisation
You need to be registered with an EVS sending organisation within the UK. They will help you prepare for your EVS experience and support you while you’re abroad. You should try and contact a sending organisation that is near your local area. It takes a minimum of three months from the moment you register with a sending organisation before you can start your EVS placement.
You can search for local sending organisations at the British Council website.
International Citizen Service
ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.
Each project is designed to fight poverty and make a lasting difference by working with local people to meet local needs. So when you volunteer with ICS you won’t just think you will make a difference, you’ll know you will.
Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), ICS is run by six of the most respected names in international volunteering, led by VSO. All of these organisations have a wealth of experience in youth volunteering and offer you a wide range of volunteering opportunities: International Service, Progressio, Raleigh International, Restless Development, Tearfund, VSO.
Launched in 2011, ICS has sent thousands of UK volunteers overseas to volunteer.
If you are aged 18-25 and want to make a real difference in some of the world’s poorest countries, find out how ICS works or apply online now.
Lattitude Global Volunteering
Lattitude Global Volunteering is an international youth development charity who provide young people with the opportunity to work overseas and build valuable life skills.
If you are aged between 17 and 25 you can volunteer and learn new skills, share knowledge and gain confidence by dealing with different peoples, cultures and lifestyles.
For more information visit the Lattitude Global Volunteering website.
The Project Trust
The Project Trust specialises in sending 17-19 year old school leavers on overseas volunteer placements for 8-12 months to Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Every year 250 volunteers go to one of 23 countries, with the opportunity to live and work abroad for a year and develop new skills in areas including teaching and social care.
For more information visit The Project Trust website.
Raleigh International is an overseas voluntary organisation for people aged 17-75, providing opportunities to work in Malaysia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India and Tanzania.
For more information visit the Raleigh International website.