Careers and Entrepreneurship

International volunteering

Volunteering abroad can be an enriching experience that gives you the opportunity to travel, meet new people, develop your skills and gain work experience

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Finding opportunities

This is just a small sample of organisations offering overseas volunteering. You're likely to come across many more during the course of your research:

  • International Citizen Service - a government-funded programme for young volunteers (18-25) offering a unique opportunity to do voluntary development work abroad. An £800 fundraising target is required, but everything else is included (flights, visas, food & accommodation etc.)
  • Engineers Without Borders - runs an international placements that provides qualified volunteer engineers to enhance the engineering skills and knowledge of its international partners; student and graduate opportunities available
  • Concordia International Volunteers -  reasonably priced international volunteering opportunities. Admin fee plus travel, visa, insurance etc.
  • European Voluntary Service - funded voluntary opportunities in Europe, from 2 weeks to 12 months. Free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money is included. Small part of travel costs might be payable. Includes a database of accredited organisations
  • WorkingAbroad volunteering database - search organisations and opportunities across the globe by type and country

Important considerations

If you're considering volunteering abroad, it may be helpful to think about:

  • researching opportunities – what opportunities are available? what organisations run opportunities?
  • choosing the right project – is the organisation ethical and reputable? does the project support local communities or is it voluntourism?
  • costs – what costs are involved? are these made clear on the organisation's website?
  • funding your volunteering – how could you raise funds?

Read our guide to Volunteering abroad [PDF 95.67KB] for more important considerations. 

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