Volunteering abroad is a great chance to gain new experiences that you can bring back and use in your everyday work life.

Although here at TimeBank we just deal with volunteering based in the United Kingdom, there are lots of organistions that can help you to volunteer abroad. You don’t need to be young to volunteer abroad, and you don’t need to give up a whole year either.

There are volunteering projects on offer across the world, from one week to two years. Some projects will require you to have specific skills. Check carefully before you sign up, many organisations charge a fee so you might need to fundraise before you go.

We focus on volunteering in the UK, but these organisations should be able to help you further if you want advice.

  • InterVol brings together information and advice on volunteering overseas.
  • Raleigh International runs two different volunteering programmes – one for those under 24 and the other if you’re aged 25-75! 
  • Habitat for Humanity is an international housing charity working in 92 countries worldwide to tackle poverty housing - you can be aged 18-80 to volunteer from 9-14 days.
  • WorldWide Volunteering has information about volunteering opportunities throughout the UK and worldwide.
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) works in over 40 countries. There are long or short term roles if you're a qualified professional. If you’re aged 18-25, you could volunteer on the Global Xchange or Youth for Development programmes. VSO is the lead agency for International Citizen Service.
  • International Citizen Service gives young people aged 18 to 22 the chance to volunteer for 10 to 12 weeks in a developing country on projects to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

See also the sections on volunteering 'on holiday'.

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