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Volunteering overseas with Outreach International
makes a real difference!


We organise gap year and career break volunteer projects plus summer breaks in Mexico, Cambodia, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

We're a small, friendly, but highly professional organisation that places committed volunteers in meaningful projects, carefully selected to match your skills and interests. Projects range from two weeks to six months – or even longer.

Volunteering abroad could involve anything from working with children – in schools or orphanages – to working with animals, such as helping out at an animal rescue centre. Other popular projects include rainforest and marine conservation, teaching English or art and craft, or medical-related projects, such as physiotherapy. There are also some great sports-related projects like coaching football. There really is something for everyone.

Who volunteers?

  • Mostly people from the UK, but we also have volunteers from the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and Norway, and welcome enquiries from other countries.
  • Students – either just before, during or just after going to university.
  • 16 and 17 year old volunteers – we have some great two week projects.
  • Mature volunteers looking to use their current skills or to develop new ones. If you're in a job, we have some great two week projects; if you're taking a career break or are retired, we have many excellent longer projects.

Generally, you don't need qualifications – just energy, enthusiasm and commitment. There are also great opportunities for travelling and sightseeing.

Thinking of participating in volunteer work abroad? We'd love to hear from you.

"I had a brilliant experience, and I wouldn't change a thing. I now know what I want to do with my life."

Joanna Tallis, Teaching Art and Craft to the Disabled project volunteer, Mexico

"The project is going well we're having a really great time at the school the teachers are very friendly and welcoming despite my lack of fluency!"

Maddie and Bobby. Gap Year volunteers

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Why Choose Outreach International?

Our overseas volunteer projects are carefully selected and regularly monitored. They all need volunteers so there's a clear, defined role for you.

Before you make a commitment we like to chat to potential volunteers over the phone and then meet you informally to discuss your project (or alternatively by Skype). It's a little more involved than other gap year organisations, but we want you to enjoy the best, most suitable placement rather than simply take your money.

We're also good value. You may pay a little more, but with us you get a complete package, inclusive of EVERYTHING bar flights, vaccinations and personal spending.

No wonder most of our volunteers are actually referred to us by friends or family who've volunteered before!

Click here to see more reasons for volunteering overseas with Outreach International


Under 18?

Most of our projects are designed for over 18s, but we have a special summer programme for sixth formers and school leavers aged 16 or 17 in Mexico and Ecuador.

Read more about programmes designed for teenagers.


Holiday Placements

Summer, Christmas, Easter placements.

Volunteering from one week to six months or more

Most of our regular projects are for a minimum of one or two months. However, we also offer short term volunteering of just one, two or three weeks.

Read more about holiday volunteering.


Urgent Vacancies


Featured Projects

Cambodia. Helping Sex Trafficking Victims (C12)

Helping Sex Trafficking Victims

This NGO in Phnom Penh works with victims of the sex trade and human trafficking. Ideal for career break and slightly older gap year volunteers wanting to work in international development.

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Cambodia. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Clinic (C18)

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Clinic

This project is ideal for a qualified occupational therapist or physiotherapist wanting to volunteer abroad in Cambodia. Career break volunteers carry out physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

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Cambodia. Disabled Women Art and Craft Project (C2)

Disabled Women Art and Craft Project

Teach art, textiles and craft to disabled women and disabled girls. Volunteering enables them to make saleable products. This is a great volunteer textiles project that supports disadvantaged disabled Cambodian women.

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Please join us. You can make a difference.

Please have a look around our website and contact us if you have any queries. To apply for a project click here.

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Latest News

"I would like to express the invaluable contributions from the Outreach International volunteers. With respect to their support I believe we have built good collaboration and cooperation. Their technical assistance is providing development in our community, progressing our children mentally, and advancing our organization's capacity as a whole. On behalf of the children, I would certainly express our gratitude to all positive contributions of the aforementioned. We will let you know updates and we look forward to continued work together."
Sinoun, Director of C14 Orphanage Project in Cambodia.

Laura Brown, our physiotherapy volunteer in Mexico has written a report on her project in Puerto Vallarta.

Silvia Serrano, our first ever Mexican volunteer, has written an evaluation for our Teach at a Deaf School project in Nepal.

Holiday Placements - We offer a large selection of projects suitable for Summer, Easter and Christmas vacation breaks.