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Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

Check out other International Opportunities for You - Beyond Graduation - The GAP Year
Check out domestic volunteer and job opportunities with non-profits-careers for the common good!

  • The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organization-Represents national organizations which promote intercultural education, understanding and peace through voluntary service.
  • American Red Cross
  • American Friends Service Committee. The AFSC is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. In 1947, the AFSC and British Friends Service Council received the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Amizade- Volunteer Programs offer a rewarding combination of exploration, service and understanding in communities around the world.
  • Become a Development Instructor in Africa. If you are 18+, you can join a 14 month Development Instructor Program with IICD in cooperation with Humana People to People . Out of the 14 months you are spending 6 months training at IICD, 6 months in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia or South Africa doing development work and 2 months doing follow-up with information and outreach in the USA. Will cost some money to participate.
  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers-BTCV is the United Kingdom's leading practical conservation charity, working with people from all sectors of the community on vital urban and rural projects. Volunteers help conserve the countryside and protect wildlife habitats. Full training is provided to suit both the novice and those with experience. Applicants must be over 16 years of age.
  • Campus California TG (CCTG) is an International non-profit institute, that among other activities, is training & placing international volunteers/ activists at humanitarian & environmental projects abroad. We offer programs where you, as a participant, can take actions as a responsible World-citizen through volunteering abroad & in the USA for a better world. Currently Campus California TG has international volunteers at humanitarian development projects in Mozambique, Nicaragua, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. We train and send Volunteers to Africa and Central America.
  • Church based volunteer and mission opportunities-The St. Vincent Pallotti Center.
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia offers a number of different volunteer opportunities from one day local environmental projects through to two week expeditions to remote outback locations that provide and amazing working holiday experience.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions-Volunteer Abroad work side-by-side with local people and experience another culture like never before. Will cost some money to participate.
  • Earthwatch-Allows volunteers to join research scientists in fields such as archaeology, marine biology, animal behavior, ecology, and anthropology on projects all over the world. Expeditions take place year-round for 2-3 weeks at a time. Cost of the program is considered a tax-deductible contribution.
  • Explorations in Travel provides volunteer work placements for students and adults. People looking to spend an extended amount of time in an area, working on a foreign language, developing or using skills that will help in future employment, or who just want a new, challenging experience, will find a volunteer placement an invaluable opportunity.
  • Global Impact is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest people on earth.
  • The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in Alaska, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam. Will cost some money to participate.
  • Global Service Corps (GSC) is a nonprofit international volunteer organization providing opportunities for people worldwide to live and work in Thailand and Tanzania. Programs are offered year-round from two weeks to six months. Enjoy a true cultural immersion by staying in a homestay with local families.
  • Global Vision International (GVI)- Volunteer Abroad. Looking for a unique travel experience? Make a difference in some of the world's most critical conservation and community volunteer projects with Global Vision International and selected partner organizations. Adventurous individuals can join challenging Marine Conservation and Wildlife Research expeditions in Patagonia, Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica and take part in volunteer teaching and wildlife projects in over 20 countries worldwide.
  • Global Volunteer - Live and work with local people on life-affirming community development projects for one to 43 weeks. Year-around volunteer teams support some 100 host communities on six continents.
  • Habitat for Humanity-HFH works together with the poor to build low-cost housing they can purchase at no profit and no interest. Over 60 abroad projects in 26 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. The average term of service is six months.
  • Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between, people are coming toget to change the world by connecting people, ideas, and resources in every possible way.
  • International Student Volunteers, Inc. (ISV)-Offers four-week volunteer work and adventure travel programs to participants in a number of host countries internationally. Thousands of university students and young adults from around the world have taken part in ISV programs which combine conservation, community development, recreation and education into one incredible program.
  • The International Volunteer Program offers volunteer opportunities in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the US, and Costa Rica. Volunteers work on projects in social justice, arts and culture, and the environment.
  • International Service-Learning Programs (IPSL). Study Abroad integrated with Volunteer Service. IPSL programs integrate academic studies with volunteer service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience.
  • Kick Start your International Work Experience-Offers all kinds of work experience activities in South Africa: Internships, Volunteer programs, Gap Years, Language School travel.
  • MBA Enterprise Corps. The Corps is a private volunteer organization which provides MBA graduates the opportunity to assist private enterprises in the transforming economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. While on assignment, they serve as management consultants to their host companies. Since 1991, over 350 Corps members have participated in programs in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Ukraine.
  • Mennonite Central committee- MCC - is the relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches - often known as the "Peace and Justice" churches. MCC has over 700 volunteers in almost 50 developing countries around the world involved in food relief, agriculture, health and education and social services, among other things.
  • Mission: Teach - Connecting educators and schools worldwide.
  • Missionary Cenacle Volunteers - Helping Catholics become apostles.
  • Mobility International USA - Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
  • This site provides job listings in human rights, environment and sustainable development. Search options are available by topic and country.
  • Peace Corps-Work anywhere in the world and in many different capacities.
  • Peacework sponsors short-term international volunteer projects in developing communities in which international volunteers learn about the dynamics of global hunger and poverty by working together on housing, health, and other community initiatives. Costs are minimal, plus airfare.
  • Projects Abroad
  • Taj Global Understanding (TGU) is a non-profit organization, offers unique volunteer programs to India, programs which provide a unique insight into Indian culture.
  • Trinity Mission Center-We have provided volunteer opportunities f or young adult Catholics. These volunteer service opportunities last one week, one month, one year or longer. We also offer "alternative" Fall and Spring break programs for college students, should that be of interest to you.
  • The United Nations Volunteers is the UN organization that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers.
  • United Planet is an international non-profit public educational charity, open to the citizens of every country on Earth. The mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding & friendship, support communities in need, and promote social & economic prosperity among cultures, to unite the world in a community beyond borders.
  • Visions in Action-An international nonprofit organization committed to achieving social and economic justice in the developing world through the participation of communities of self-reliant, grassroots volunteers.
  • Volunteer in Africa
  • Volunteer Program in Bolivia-the Volunteer Challenge
  • Volunteer Match
  • Volunteers for Peace. VFP offers over 800 work camp experiences in over 60 countries.
  • Voluntary Service Overseas-Canada (VSO). VSO is an international development agency that works through volunteers. We promote volunteering to fight global poverty, by supporting people to share skills, creativity and learning with communities around the world. Through personal commitment and practical action, volunteers help build a fairer world.

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