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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

Read more testimonials.


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

Tanzania. Medical Volunteering (T6)

Medical Volunteering

People in rural Tanzania have unusually high rates of hypertension, cardio-vascular illnesses and cervical cancer. We need medical volunteers to work as part of a research term into the treatment of these difficulties.

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Sri Lanka. Football Coaching (S6)

Football Coaching

Coach football and coach sports in Galle, Sri Lanka, on your gap year. This project is ideal for anyone with football coaching experience who has a passion for football and wants to volunteer on a gap year sports project abroad.

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Tanzania. Helping and Educating Street Children (T5)

Helping and Educating Street Children

This is an NGO that supports street children in Tanzania. Volunteers are needed to help with the education of kindergarten children.

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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

We have a new special needs project that has requested volunteers in Cambodia.

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

Local student, Adam King, has made a beautiful video for us using footage from our medical project in Tanzania.

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