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 Volunteer Organizations - Your Local Groups Worldwide and Work Opportunities.


Volunteers are always needed in the recovery process following a natural or man-made disaster. Some aid organizations have become impotent; restrained by political handcuffs. It is therefore important to know which aid group or organization will be the most effective in coordinating the relief effort in any geographical location.

Every single volunteer makes a huge difference to the relief effort and in reducing the personal and economic hardships. For those who want to volunteer but find that they cannot really afford to do so, there are many non profit organizations around the world that provide for living expenses and the equipment necessary for providing that relief. Check out the organizations below.

Your skills and physical effort are greatly needed and welcomed, whether you are a doctor, paramedic, construction worker, heavy plant equipment opperator, wearhouse manager, teacher, mechanic, able bodied student, electricical engineer, law enforcement officer, plumber, aircraft or helicopter pilot, marine mechanic, cook, communications engineer, fundraiser or celebrity fundraiser or any trades people with a skill to offer.

The following list with brief descriptions of over 80 Volunteer and non-profit organizations around the world, that are actively seeking volunteers, has been compiled by Action Without Borders .Inc who maintain the most comprehensive web site, providing resources and contact information to approximately 25,000 charitable and aid organizations around the world. If you are an individual or group looking to volunteer or an organization looking for volunteers, please check out their web site at  idealist.org .

Volunteer centrerganizations Promoting Global Volunteering
On this page you will find brief descriptions of organizations that specialize in placing people in a variety of volunteer positions in different countries. To learn more about each program, click on the organization's name. If you know of other such organizations that should be listed here, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you notice any broken links or bugs, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If this is your first time here, make sure to also check out the volunteer opportunities and internships listed in Idealist by thousands of organizations around the world.

Another good resource is How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins, Stefano Dezerega, Zahara Heckscher, and Anna Lappe. List Price: $17.00, January 2002. This book is an excellent guide to international volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Action without borders-
Places U.S. citizens in one-week to six-month service assignments aimed at promoting entrepreneurship around the world. The organization pays transportation costs and room and board for volunteers.

Africa Conservation Trust
Based in South Africa, this nonprofit provides limited volunteer opportunities based on available conservation projects in southern Africa.

Africatrust Networks (ATN)
An informal partnership of volunteer programs in West and North Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, and Morocco), ATN manages projects by an in-country registered NGO. The online application form shows the full costs except for visas and medical costs. ATN's British office helps all accepted volunteers to resource their funding.

The world's largest student organization, AIESEC is a global network of 50,000 members across more than 89 countries and territories at more than 800 universities worldwide. AIESEC facilitates international exchange of thousands of students and recent graduates each year.

American Jewish World Service
Jewish men and women—from young professionals to retirees—serve in the Jewish Volunteer Corps (JVC). The JVC places volunteers on short-term consulting projects with local, grassroots NGOs around the world. Through the JVC partnership, volunteers from a variety of backgrounds provide humanitarian aid in the form of technical assistance, training, and advocacy work.

Amigos de las Americas
Places individuals in three- to eight-week community health and development projects in several Latin American countries. Applicants are expected to be competent in either Spanish or Portuguese. The fee for the program covers room and board and air fare.

Places individuals and groups with community projects in ten countries, from Australia and Brazil to Tanzania and the United States. Most service trips are short (about three weeks) but both alternative breaks for college students and long-term projects can be arranged. Volunteers pay for all of their expenses and a percentage of the cost of the project on which they will volunteer.

Anir Foundation
Concentrates on volunteer projects in the United States and Southern Africa that focus on global and local community issues such as housing, poverty, HIV/AIDS, cultural heritage preservation, and appreciating the environment. Anir offers volunteer trips as short as a week in duration, as well as an internship program in its Academy for Tolerance, Peace, and International Awareness. Prices vary depending on program focus and location.

Places artists in nine- to twelve-month projects within a nonprofit organization in Central America. Applicants are expected to be fluent in Spanish. The program provides $1,000 towards air fare and a stipend for art supplies, if needed; the host organization covers room and board. The artist assists the host NGO to communicate its message via the artist's art form—visual, performing, musical, etc. Teaching experience helpful.

Association of Voluntary Service Organizations (AVSO)
Its member organisations place residents of European Union (EU) and most other European countries in positions of up to 18 months duration. The projects are primarily in the EU. Click on "Membership" to see AVSO member organizations, and find more volunteer opportunities in the "How to volunteer" section.

Break Away
Trains college and nonprofit personnel in the organization of alternative spring breaks for students. It can be a great resource for locating a program that allows you to perform valuable volunteer work during your college breaks.

Brethren Volunteer Service
A program of the Church of the Brethren. Volunteers serve a year or more on U.S. and international projects related to BVS goals including working for peace, advocating justice, serving basic human needs, and maintaining the integrity of creation. Service benefits include: housing, food, full medical insurance, and a monthly stipend. Requirements to serve in BVS include: 18 years of age or older, sound physical and mental health, willingness to examine the Christian faith, and commitment to the goals of BVS.

Burma Volunteer Program (BVP)
BVP coordinates volunteers and provides educational opportunities to students from Burma (Myanmar). Typically, volunteers work with political groups, ethnic activists, women's groups, youth associations, news organizations, and various campaigners. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of three months in order to ensure continuity within the organizations.

Canada World Youth
Places Canadian citizens in six- to seven-month service projects around the world, usually with a Canada-based component before the international period. The organization pays all transportation and living costs, but participants are expected to fundraise up to $1,950 (CND) depending on the program.

Careforce UK
Places committed Christians in ten- to twelve-month service projects in the United Kingdom. The program covers room and board and a stipend. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Careforce International
This Canadian-U.S. Christian nonprofit places individuals in service projects in several countries including the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Canada, and the United States. Knowledge of the language of the host country is helpful, but not required. Volunteers typically fundraise between $1,600 and $3,000 (CND) to cover their own costs.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS)
Serves as a clearinghouse for long- and short-term volunteer service projects of CNVS member organizations around the world. There are no fees for the service, but the details of each project vary.

Centre for Cultural Interchange (CCI)
In addition to offering various study abroad programs, CCI places individuals in one-week to three-month service projects in such places as Ireland. The fee for the program covers room and board, but participants are expected to pay separately for their travel arrangements.

CHOICE Humanitarian
A nonprofit development organization offering a wide variety of expeditions to Bolivia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, and Vietnam. The program fees include most in-country expenses, but participants must make their own travel arrangements.

Claretian Volunteers
Claretian Volunteers live in community with other volunteers and work full-time at a one-year ministry placement in the U.S. states of Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, or New Jersey. Lay missionaries receive room and board, medical insurance, transportation to and from the ministry site, and a monthly stipend.

Cross Cultural Solutions
Places individuals in one- to twelve-week programs in countries such as India, Ghana, Peru, China, Russia, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Participants pay a fee for their room and board, insurance, and in-country support, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Disaster Volunteers of Ghana
Volunteers stay in the Volta region of Ghana with a host family and pay a monthly program fee of $500 (USD). This covers food and lodging and also goes toward community projects. Individuals volunteer year round for many different projects, such as working in health care clinics, working with women in rural communities, or teaching at local schools.

Earthwatch Institute
Places individuals in one- to three-week scientific research projects sponsored by the Earthwatch Institute around the world. Participants pay a share of the costs of the program and receive room and board as part of this fee; travel to the research country is not included in the fee.

Financial Services Volunteer Corps
Places financial professionals in one- to two-week service projects in some 30 developing countries, including Russia, the Balkan region, and Indonesia. Participants must have practical financial experience and/or skills necessary for each project. The organization covers transportation and room and board. It also runs a U.S.-based internship for Russian and Ukrainian bankers.

Foundation Cabo San Francisco
The Foundation offers opportunities for volunteers in communitarian services, investigation, and conservation of the flora and fauna of the region of San Francisco de El Cabo in Ecuador.

Geek Corps
Geekcorps promotes economic growth in the developing world by sending highly skilled technology volunteers to teach communities how to use innovative and affordable information and communication technologies to solve development problems.

Global Citizens Network
Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team is partnered with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs.

Global Language Villages
Global Language Villages offers the opportunity to experience China through interactions with Chinese students in a three-week, English-language instruction program.

Global Routes
Offers overseas voluntary work opportunities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean for high school students, as well as teaching internships for volunteers 17 years old and older.

Global Service Corps
Provides short- and long-term opportunities for volunteers, interns, and fellows to live with local host families in Tanzania and Thailand and work on projects in health, HIV/AIDS, education, sustainable agriculture, and the environment. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Participants pay a fee for their room and board, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Global Vision International
Places individuals in a range of expeditions, volunteer projects, and training courses all over the world. There are over 30 programs in more than 15 countries including Brazil, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, and South Africa. Program durations vary from two weeks through more than a year.

Global Volunteer Network
This New Zealand-based organization has volunteer positions available through partner organizations in 15 countries including China, Ghana, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam. There is an application fee for each program.

Global Volunteers
Places individuals in one- to three-week service projects in 20 countries around the world. Participants pay a fee for their room and board, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Guatemala Accompaniment Project
Places individuals in three-month-minimum stay projects as trained human rights observers in Guatemala. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada and speak English. Individuals are expected to fundraise to cover costs which include room, board, and a stipend.

Health Volunteers Overseas
Places fully-trained health and medical professionals in 25 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Volunteers serve for an average of one month in a teaching and training capacity. Volunteers must be fluent in English and pay their travel expenses to and from the country. Room and board are often provided, but this depends on the site chosen.

International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE)
An international federation of national committees promoting youth mobility, international understanding, and global education through long-term (six months or a year) voluntary service exchange programs for youths. There are opportunities in over 30 countries.

Indian Volunteers for Community Service (IVCS)
A British charity allowing anyone to visit and become involved in rural development projects in India for three weeks to six months; the first three weeks are an orientation to rural India, and longer stays permit access to ongoing development projects. Placement fees are £175 for the initial three weeks and £3 per day thereafter, excluding travel costs.

International Medical Volunteers Association
Serves as a clearinghouse of medical service projects around the world for long- and short-term projects. There are no fees for the referral service. The details of each project vary.

International Volunteer Programs Association
The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an alliance of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations based in the Americas, which are involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges. The IVPA site features a search engine for international volunteer placements.

Involvement Volunteers Association Inc.
This Australia-based nonprofit places individuals in service projects around the world, lasting from two weeks up to a year. Volunteers are assessed a small placement fee of AU$275 by the organization. Volunteers then pay a fee depending upon the organization with which they choose to work, and need to make their own travel arrangements.

Japan International Volunteer Centre (JVC)
JVC is active in various projects such as agriculture, water provision, forest preservation/utilization, children's education, peace building, and emergency relief. Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, South Africa, Ethiopia, Palestine, Afghanistan, and North Korea are the current fields of the projects.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Jesuit Volunteer Corps is the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the United States, and has volunteer placements in six other countries. Some placements require specific credentials, but most jobs can be done by people with a general educational background. U.S. placements require a one-year commitment; international placements require a two-year commitment. International volunteers make their own travel arrangements, and receive room and board once in-country.

MaryKnoll Fathers & Brothers
This Catholic faith-based service has a number of short-term volunteer opportunities. Group study/exposure/service programs range from two weeks to one year, and individual volunteer opportunities last a minimum of three months. The trips offer a chance to study and learn about cultures, global realities, and peoples, especially the poor.

Mercy Ships
Places individuals in two-week to one-year service projects around the world. There are a wide range of positions, some of which require professional training. The program covers room and board and a stipend. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements for short-term trips (three months or less). Applicants interested in long-term opportunities are expected to participate in a training program.

Mission Doctors Association
The Catholic MDA places volunteers in mission hospitals and clinics in Africa, Latin America, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. There are two service opportunities: long-term (three years) or short-term (one to three months). Physicians must have completed a 12 month residency program. For the long-term program, MDA provides complete sponsorship, airfare, insurance, and a small stipend. Short-term volunteers cover these expenses themselves. In both cases, hospitals provide room and board.

New Developement Experience
This program, working together with the nonprofit Community Enterprise Solutions (CES), invites volunteers to go to Guatemala and participate in successful development work and to provide the human and financial resources necessary for CES to continue to achieve its mission. Choose from a variety of different types of programs and you can even create your own custom experience.

Oceanic Society
Places individuals of all ages and backgrounds in one- to two-week field research projects around the world. Longer-term conservation projects emphasize protection of marine wildlife, the marine environment, and other aquatic habitats. Participants pay a share of the costs of the research program and receive room and board, in addition to partial transportation with certain expeditions, as part of the fee.

Operation Crossroads Africa
Has seven-week programs in 35 African countries, 12 Caribbean states, and Brazil. Participants go in teams to assist in community projects, living and working with the local population. The program cost is $3500 and includes international airfare to the country, plus most in-country expenses.

Partners of the Americas
Networks individuals from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States in one- to two-week service opportunities in partner communities in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. Applicants are expected to have an expertise related to the project. Costs for projects vary widely.

Peace Brigades International
Places individuals in long-term service projects accompanying endangered human rights defenders in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Mexico. Applicants must be at least 25 and be fluent in the language of the host country. Participants pay their airfare and are sometimes expected to fundraise to cover part of the program costs.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is the U.S. government's international volunteering program. Currently, more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 72 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS.

Peacework arranges international volunteer projects and service-learning programs for colleges, universities, schools, campus ministries, civic groups, and service organizations seeking to expand their knowledge of the global community. Projects are available in the fields of health, housing, education and literacy, environment and conservation, and institutional programs for children and youth.

Por un Major HOY
A flexible program of participatory trips that offers an unforgettable opportunity to get to know Mexico from the inside out during any time of the year. Typical trips consist of hands-on work with a community, collaborating together on a local project or need during the day, while in the afternoons visiting a museum, a historic neighborhood, another cultural institution, or a local artist or activist home.

Project OTZMA
Places participants (ages 20 to 25, college graduates preferred) in Israel for ten months in settings that include immigration absorption centers, kibbutzim, youth aliyah villages, and areas of urban renewal. The program cost is $1950, excluding air fare.

Project Trust
This British organization places students in their gap year in volunteer positions in 24 countries. Volunteers must be European Union citizens and be between the ages of 17 and 19.5.

ProWorld Service Corps
Promotes social and economic development, empowers communities, and cultivates educated compassionate global citizens. ProWorld links volunteers with community development projects, language classes, and local activities in Belize, Mexico, and Peru. Trips are available for as short as two weeks, or as long as 26 weeks.

Religious Youth Service (RYS)
Places individuals in one- to two-week (and occasionally up to four-week) service projects around the world. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and have an interest in world religions. There is no program fee, but participants pay a modest fee (typically $200 for two weeks) and cover their transportation costs.

Service Civil International
Places volunteers in two- to four-week international group workcamps and in three- to twelve-month volunteering with small stipend. Participants pay for airfare and a $175 fee. SCI is a secular, grassroots, and nonprofit volunteer placement and development movement run in the United States by an all-volunteer staff and board.

Servicio Internacional Para la Paz (SIPAZ)
Places individuals in long-term service projects in Chiapas, Mexico. Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and it is helpful to have some conflict resolution skills. Participants pay no fee and receive transportation costs and room and board.

Students Partnership Worldwide
This British organization runs four- to nine-month volunteer programs in India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. All volunteers receive intensive training (up to six weeks) before working together in teams in rural communities, raising awareness of important health and environmental issues. Participants must be aged 18 to 28 years, and pay fees for each program; SPW offers fundraising advice. The basic cost of a placement ranges from £2900 to £3300, including air fare.

SYTO (Student and Youth Travel Organization)
A group of organizations that place participants in nongovernmental and governmental organizations, private and small-scale businesses, and schools in Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, The Gambia, Benin, and Nigeria. Programs last for three months (though can be extended) and have an associated program fee.

Thai Experience is a nonprofit organization linking volunteers from developed countries with projects in rural Thailand. Volunteers teach English or computer skills, or use other special skills, bridging the gap while gaining valuable knowledge and a cross-cultural experience.

is a nonprofit organization that aims to transmit knowledge of English from wealthier nations to poorer ones by way of volunteers. The length of time can be anywhere from a week to six months or longer. Program costs start at 150 Euros for a week in Thailand, but diverge widely depending on the selected country. Air fare and food are additional costs.

This British registered charity offers challenging expedition and gap year programs consisting of sustainable jungle and rainforest conservation projects, language teaching, and cultural experiences in diverse environments such as the rainforests of Central and South America and South East Asia.

United Nations Volunteers
Places individuals in service projects around the world, usually for one- to two-year projects, though sometimes for shorter timeframes. Applicants must be at least 25, should be fluent in the language of the country in which they aspire to volunteer, and be experts in their area of service. Participants receive transportation costs, room and board, and a stipend.

United Planet
is the nonprofit U.S. partner of the ICYE (see above) and is devoted to building cross-cultural understanding and friendship around the world. UP offers a diverse range of initiatives to build global understanding, including short- and long-term (from a week to a year) Volunteer Quests, as well as educational Learning Quests, in some 35 countries. Program fees and included costs vary depending on destination.

VAE Teachers Kenya
Volunteers are normally recruited for this "gap year" teaching scheme in the second half of the year prior to the placement. Departure is usually in early January and volunteers have the option of staying in Kenya for either a three- or preferably a six-month period.

Visions in Action
Places individuals in six-month and one-year service projects with local nonprofit development organizations, research institutes, health clinics, community and activist groups, and media outlets in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, and Mexico. All programs include a one-month language training program. Applicants must be at least 20 and have two years of college or the equivalent work experience. Participants pay fees for each program that cover all expenses, but the organization does offer fundraising advice.

Voluntary Service International
The Irish branch of Service Civil International (see above) places Irish individuals in short- and long-term service projects both in Ireland and around the world. Program costs depend on the destination.

Voluntary Service Overseas
This British development charity places professionals from a variety of fields in two-year service projects in over 40 countries around the world. Potential participants should have a university degree and a few years work experience; programs for youths are also available. The organization pays all costs and a stipend is included.

Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana
VOLU organizes a variety of projects, including the construction of primary or secondary schools, roads, and hospitals, as well as reforestation, cocoa plantation, literacy projects, community development, oil palm production, and AIDS awareness campaigns. There are two cycles of workcamps—summer and winter—which run about three or four weeks.

Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA)
VSA recruits and sends New Zealanders to work as volunteers with communities in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, and works with partner organizations to formulate assignments that address their needs. Assignments usually last two years, but are sometimes shorter.

Volunteers for Peace
Places individuals in two- to three-week workcamp-based service projects in over 95 countries around the world. Participants pay a fee between $250 and $500 for their room and board, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Volunteers in Asia
Places individuals in six-week, or one- to two-year, service projects in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Those participants bound for English teaching positions must attend a two-week training session in Thailand. Applicants for the one- and two-year programs must have a BA/BS. Participants pay fees for each program, but most costs are covered by VIA.

VSO Canada
The Canadian branch of Voluntary Service Overseas (see above) places individuals from Canada or the United States in long-term service projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. Applicants may be expected to have degrees to participate in certain projects; youth-oriented programs are also available. The organization pays all costs and a stipend is included.

Winrock International
Places U.S. professionals in two- to six-week volunteer assignments to promote agricultural, business, and technical development overseas. Winrock covers transportation, lodging, and travel expenses.

Witness for Peace
Places volunteers in two-year social justice missions in Mexico; there are also shorter delegations to Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Volunteers must be 21, fluent in Spanish, and U.S. citizens. The cost is transportation to the training site, plus volunteers are expected to raise $1000 over two years of service.

World Pulse
Program participants are involved in community service projects and a cross-cultural training program in the San Francisco Bay Area over an eight-month period, and then travel abroad during the summer to join an international voluntary service project for two or three weeks. World Pulse covers 80 percent of the program fee, and participants must fundraise the remainder. Must be a Bay Area resident. There are also openings for international youth to come to the Bay Area for summer service projects.

Based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, WorldTeach provides opportunities for individuals interested in international education to serve as volunteer teachers in developing countries. WorldTeach has two-month summer programs and year-long placements in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Guyana, Ecuador, Marshall Islands, Namibia, Poland, and South Africa.

World University Service of Canada
Through Uniterra, a new international volunteer cooperation program, WUSC aims to help reduce poverty in the world and to help achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals. The site includes a list of volunteer positions.

Young Volunteers' Programme
Places individuals over 20 currently residing in Finland (not necessarily citizens) in four- to twelve-month service projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The training and selection takes place in Finland. Most of the positions are in the field of social work. Priority is given to individuals who have had some experience living abroad. There is a 200 euro fee for the program, and applicants are expected to meet all their travel and living costs.

Youth Challenge International
Places 18- to 35-year old Canadian, Australian, Costa Rican, Guyanese, and Vanuatan citizens in five-week to three-month service projects in such countries as Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guyana, Tanzania, and Vanuatu. Participants are expected to fundraise to cover their air fare and room and board costs.

Youth With A Mission
This multidenominational Christian organization places individuals in one-week to one-year-plus service projects globally. There are no fees for the program, but applicants are expected to meet all their travel and living costs.

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