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Volunteer Abroad with Outreach

We make volunteering abroad possible for gap year students, career break volunteers (those with specialist skills or just wanting a change), and increasingly retired persons who have a life-time of experience and skills to share with a community.

We take a very personal approach to planning your volunteering experience. This starts before you even book, as we talk to you about your preferences and goals for volunteering, your travel experience, plus any fears or phobias. We want you to make a difference through a mixture of your energy, capacity and skills; all the time feeling challenged but not overwhelmed by your meaningful adventure.

Bethan, Ecuador 2016 :- “I would definitely recommend volunteering for others thinking about it. It was an incredible experience which was a brilliant insight into the culture I was able to immerse myself into.”

Beth, Mexico 2017 :- “I am very grateful that I found and chose Outreach International to travel and volunteer with. I wouldn’t trade my experience with OI for anything, and I would certainly consider volunteering with OI in the future”

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.

Perry, Nurse, Tanzania 2017 :- “This experience was exactly what I was hoping for!  It is invaluable to me and I was able to get possible job opportunities from it.  I loved every minute!  Thank you so much Steve and everyone at Outreach for listening to me and giving me this opportunity”.

Lynn, retired, Kenya 2017  :- “Outreach helped me visualise the dream and then commit to it!”

We love supporting our younger volunteers, for whom volunteering is not only an adventure but also an opportunity to broaden horizons, influence a career and shape lifetime behaviours.

Jessica, Nepal 2017 :- “Steve was very supportive to me and my parents from start to end. I would highly recommend Outreach as an organisation to go with, the whole process felt very personal.”

We enjoy helping volunteers develop their vocational knowledge wherever possible – whether you are about to start studying, are part/newly qualified, or you 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.

Emily, speech therapist, Kenya 2017  :- “I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Kenya! Before flying out, I doubted how much I would actually be able to achieve however, I feel the whole trip exceeded my expectations.”

Charles, veterinary elective, Mexico 2017 :- “I felt very comfortably prepared.  Greta (the Outreach country coordinator, who is a retired veterinarian) answered my every question and made me feel like I had everything I could need with me. Greta was attentive, helpful, and supportive throughout.”

Around half 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 through 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 just one meeting, or maybe two or three, 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.

Josh, Kenya 2017 :- “The process was really good. I loved how Steve had spent time to look at my application and it really showed he cared about my application and wanted me to get the most from my trip”

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 you need their help.

Lottie, Ecuador 2017 :- “Thank you so much for everything! I’m so glad I found Outreach and this project and set-up. The whole thing has been so perfect for me thank you! Living with Monika and the other volunteers was so right for me”. 

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!

To find the right project for you, share some basic details to set up a talk about your meaningful advenure