List of Volunteering Organisations
Voluntary Services Overseas
Voluntary Services Overseas offers the chance to work in a variety of sectors, including health, education and goverance to name a few, in order to beat poverty on developing countries. They offer volunteer placements across South America, Africa and Asia.
The Dodwell Trust
The Dodwell Trust aims to find volunteers to work in schools. Charging a (relatively small...) fee, it's a great way to get to grips with the culture and give something back! Read Alice's review of it here.
Here's a refuge dedicated to helping young girls, who would otherwise be in prison awaiting trial to prove their innocence against allegations of petty crime. The refuge is over 40 years old and they're looking for volunteers to help with child care, teaching, environmental work and much more.
An organisation that offers work within West Africa, ranging from research, education, women's issues, legal aid, small business development, and loads more. Check out their website for more info as to where you could work, and in what field.
A website that seems targeted at American students, you may come across an environmental gem or two - the organisation offers opportunities to work in Central America, but check with their points system to see whether your university might support their work in terms of credit points. ICADS also offers Spanish classes, for those of you who don't speak the lingo, or would like to brush up on your skills whilst out there.
Volunteer in Ecuador
Eco Volunteer UP gives support through volunteers to many worthy programs such as vulnerable orphanages, institutes for children with disabilities, street children and local indigenous communities.
Here's a good directory of volunteer projects across the world, with all sorts of different work projects advertised.
An online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
More Than English
The program was designed to be, and has evolved into being the quickest and most effective way for Spaniards to improve their English listening, understanding and conversational proficiency. Volunteers at our beautiful villages have all of their food and accommodation paid for - just for spending time with Spaniards and talking.
Based in Cardiff UNA Exchange offers people of all ages the opportunity to volunteer worldwide at a reasonable price. UNA Exchange charge volunteers a fee between £100-£300 for a placement of three months, not including travel. Recommended by a friend of mine!
Help and Host
A new way to find free accommodation in exchange for work for everyone and anyone looking for a different type of holiday.
Ecoteer offers cheap volunteer work and job opportunities at eco lodges, conservation, farm, teaching and humanitarian projects worldwide.
WWOOF Here's a website dedicated to working on organic farms in exchange for food and shelter. The organisation offers up possibilities in quite a few locations worldwide, so make sure you check regularly as it gets updated quite frequently.
WorkAway A great online resource for all sorts of work, in all sorts of place across the world, for long or short periods of time.
British Council Youth Programmes
This is a programme funded by the European Union allowing young people to work across Europe for up to a year. All expenses are paid, and a monthly allowance is paid towards living costs. Language skills are not necessary for most placements, and language tuition is included.
Cross-Cultural Solutions A broad organisation offering many different sorts of opportunities within the fields of community development, caregiving, teaching and healthcare, across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.
World Service Enquiry is the only UK charity that provides overseas placements, information and career advice to people who want to volunteer or work in international development and aid, at home or overseas.
Panda.org If you fancy working on something ecological, this might just be the site for you. Packed with opportunities across the globe, you can help make the Earth a safer place over your year abroad.