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. See Jessie’s feedback as an example of how we supported her in Nepal.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Read Jessie's feedback from volunteering as a teacher in Nepal, at the project
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