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.
I really enjoyed my project & felt I made a valued contribution whilst I was there. I learned a lot about a different way of living & both the positive aspects of Ecuador which I felt the UK could learn from & the negatives/need improvements aspects. I feel like I’ve grown more in my understanding & appreciation of different ways of living in different cultures & I hope I can take this forward in my future career.
I loved every day I spent in Ecuador & it really is a beautiful country. I was really upset to leave Monika & her family, the country, volunteers I’ve met there, friends from the project & others who live in Quito & the project itself. You’re always sad to leave a holiday destination you’ve enjoyed but this was something different. I saw some amazing sights & got to know such fantastic people”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perry, 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”.
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.
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.
My favourite week was probably our Galapagos trip. I didn’t think I’d get to go in the end but we booked a cruise boat for a few days and it was so worth it! We did so much snorkelling and saw so many animals. The food was great as well and we had such a good time. I loved the jungle tour we went on as well. We saw so many animals and went swimming in the big lake at sunset the whole thing was such a cool experience. Although I am glad I stayed at the street children project for the whole two months instead of going to the jungle – I think that was the right decision for me.
It’s crazy how quickly the three months went and how much I’ve achieved. I made some great friends and got so much braver and better at planning things. I feel so much better about going to university now as well.”.
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!