Volunteer Abroad with Outreach

We make volunteering abroad accessible for gap year students, career break volunteers (including those with specialist skills who want to use them in a developing country), and retired persons who have skills and time to give to a community.

We take a very personal approach to planning your volunteering experience. This starts before you even book. We’ll talk to you about your preferences, goals for volunteering and travel experience, plus any fears or phobias. See Jessie’s feedback on how we supported her in Nepal.

We want you to make a difference through your energy, capacity and skills; feeling challenged but not overwhelmed by your meaningful adventure.

Who volunteers?

We serve all types of volunteers; from retired persons with hard earned professional & life experiences, to gap year students full of passion, creativity and ambition.

In particular we support volunteers developing their vocational knowledge; whether you are about to start studying or are part/newly qualified, or have years of experience – there are projects that develop your insight as a nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, teacher, social worker or carer/educator of children & adults with special needs.

Many of our volunteers are from the United Kingdom. Equally we serve volunteers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe. Technology provides the wonderful benefit of being able to meet online, to plan, prepare and support every volunteer going overseas.

How do I volunteer abroad?

Just introduce yourself to us though our online application form and we will arrange an online meeting. Using Skype or Facetime allows us to talk face to face about your volunteer placement. It may take one meeting or ten, but we’ll work with you to make the perfect match. Only when you are happy with our recommendation do you commit with a confirmation form and a small deposit.

We then help prepare you for your placement volunteering abroad,and we give you a full pre-departure briefing before you go. When you arrive you will be met by one of our wonderful country coordinators; mature, local professionals who look after volunteers from beginning to end, making sure things go right and supporting you should things go wrong.

Where can I volunteer abroad?

We support around 60 different community organisations in central and South America, East Africa and Asia. They are all locally-led, sustainable projects, operating independently of volunteers. Many of our projects are working in the community, supporting children or vulnerable adults. We also support a range of conservation projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

The projects are grass roots initiatives, usually recommended to us by our country coordinators. We visit each project personally to assess their need for volunteers, as well as the living and working conditions so you always know what to expect!