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We make volunteering abroad accessible for those with less travel experience, volunteers wanting to volunteer with friends or family, gap year students, volunteers with specialist skills and those experienced volunteers wanting to go that bit further.
We take a very personal approach to planning your volunteering experience. This starts before you even book. We want to know your preferences, your goals for volunteering, your travel experience, your confidence and any fears or phobias. Of course we also want to hear about your passions, your skills, talents and any professional experience you can bring to bear on a project. We want you to make a difference through your energy, capacity and skills; 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. In particular we support volunteers developing their vocational knowledge; whether you are about to start studying, are part/newly qualified, or have years of experience, there are projects that develop your insight as a nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech 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.
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 you prepare for your placement volunteering abroad, both the travel logistics and the knowledge you need of your destination. We give you a full pre-trip briefing before you go, and 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 things go right and supporting you should things go wrong.
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. The majority 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 you can expect, so you always know what to expect!
"My name is Madeline Ford I am 17 years old and I am currently studying my A levels at Pocklington School. I h...
In 2016 Bethan and a fellow student of Occupational Therapy, (OT) travelled to Ecuador to work in a ...