Interested in learning new skills while helping others? Volunteering
introduces you to new people and cultures, giving you invaluable
experience that will enhance or influence your future career.
You can do it abroad or nearer to home. The websites listed on this
page will open your eyes to the many European and international
opportunities for volunteer work that exist: European Voluntary Service
(EVS), Youth Exchanges and Work Camps.
European Voluntary Service
Alliance of European
Voluntary Service Organizations
This group represents national bodies that run international voluntary
projects. The site includes a detailed presentation of the network and
a useful list of its members.
The virtual meeting place for all European volunteers. Here you can
find EVS volunteers and volunteering projects in the country where you
are planning to go. With news and information on the European Voluntary
Service and the Future Capital. (Registration required if you want to
interact with the other volunteers or view their personal page.)
Explains what EVS is and how it works and raises some questions for you
to think about before applying. The site will help you prepare mentally
for a stay abroad and give some practical hints and tips.
EVS: Application Forms
Whether you are a volunteer or a host organisation, you will find all
the necessary application forms (pdf or word) to apply for an EVS
Read more about the history: how and when the European Voluntary
Service project started and the decisions that supported this
EVS: Information page
Dedicated to the programme, this site includes information about
volunteering in Europe and contact details of former participants and
other applicants. Reach them in a direct forum or by searching the
comprehensive address list. A partial version available in English.
Learn more about the European Voluntary Service project from the Youth
in Action Programme: descriptions of the projects, who can apply and
how to do so.
Wondering whom you should contact? Find the contact details of your
National Agency for the Youth Programme.
The European database on
EVS accredited organizations
Each organisation is presented through a short description, its
motivation and EVS experience, the themes of work and contact details.
It also informs if the organisation offers possibilities for young
people with fewer opportunities.
Association of Voluntary
Information on all member bodies dealing with voluntary service
programmes in Europe.
International organisation with work camps in Germany, Latin America
and Switzerland. General information about programmes and advice on
what to expect from a work camp. Limited information available in
Organization helping to arrange and support work camps in Europe,
Africa, Asia and Latin America. Information about work camps, and
advice on what to expect and how to prepare.
Creative Corners: new
agency for creative volunteering
Through this site, volunteers with creative skills (from any country)
can apply for projects in South and Central America.
Independent, non-profit organisation coordinating volunteer programmes
in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia,
Tanzania and Thailand.
European Volunteer Centre
European umbrella organisation of National and Regional Volunteer
Centres across Europe, which promotes volunteering Europe wide. It
provides information on developments within the EU.
This site is built around the experiences of young volunteers from all
over Europe. It gives tips on tackling environmental problems,
improving quality of life, contacting others and sharing ideas. Anyone
can participate by posting questions, comments or ideas.
Look here to create the perfect gap year programme. Behind it, there is
a young, dynamic, specialist team of committed professionals with
relevant management expertise and a thorough understanding of business
and the volunteering sector. The projects they offer could be based on
adventure and activity, arts and heritage, leisure and lifestyle,
wildlife and safaris. It is up to you to choose what suits you best!
Global Volunteer Network
Apply online for volunteer positions in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal,
Romania, Russia, Thailand and Uganda.
A reference site for planning your gap year, with tips on staying safe.
Practical advice and articles on voluntary work, paid work and gap-year
travels in general.
Non-profit, international youth organisation coordinating youth
exchange and voluntary service programmes in 34 countries worldwide.
Volunteer placements are usually in social work, education, youth work,
health education and environmental work. Site has a searchable database
Search for opportunities online and read the practical general
information and advice on volunteering. Subscribe to the newsletter
(one every two months).
Join a summer camp in Europe, North America or North Africa, and meet
people from all over the world. Activities include peace camps and
anti-racism work. Short-, medium- and long-term opportunities. Only
people aged over 18 can apply.
Find out about short-term international work camps in Germany and
Europe, and longer ones in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Information on different projects and programmes, advice on how to
apply and prepare. Limited information available in English.
One World Action
This organisation is working for a world free from poverty and
oppression. Visit the website to see the latest opportunities for
prospective volunteers. The newsletters are available in pdf format.
Opportunities for voluntary work in human rights, the environment and
sustainable development. Register to receive the latest vacancies by
This site is for volunteers who want to get involved in a development
project without leaving home, and for organisations looking for online
volunteers around the world. Here you will find translated documents,
articles, data and projects for helping people and communities in the
German organisation for international work camps around the world.
Learn more about its projects. Includes an application form and contact
details of previous participants. Some information is available in
English (a programme in pdf).
Voluntary short- and long-term projects worldwide, information on
organisations dealing with them, and many useful links and documents.
Subscribe to email lists for the programmes that interest you.
A resource that helps countries take stock of volunteer resources at
national, regional and local level. The kit is available in English,
French, Spanish and Korean.
United Nations Volunteers
An open door to opportunities with UN Volunteers and like-minded
organisations around the world. Learn more about your volunteer options
and how to apply. Read about the experiences of former volunteers.
Site to help you find information and advice on voluntary work all over
the world – at any age.
Interested in volunteering? All you need to know about volunteering
including how to get started. Links to many other sites with useful
An independent organisation offering volunteering opportunities around
the world. Visit the volunteer section of the website for details, fill
in the online application form or read volunteers’ stories.
Volunteers for Peace
Find out about international work camps in 80 countries. Services
include a consultation and placement service for work camp hosts and
volunteers, linking people with suitable programmes. FAQs, a work camp
directory and advice for volunteers.
A resource for students or people with no previous experience who are
interested in volunteering in a developing country for an interesting
vacation or unique gap year. Useful guides list hundred of projects
throughout the world in different fields. The choice ranges from
archaeological, heritage conservation and green projects to
humanitarian work camps.
Looking for the most amazing gap year, summer break or sabbatical
opportunities on offer? This organisation is specialised in
conservation placements in Africa. Its programmes run from 2 weeks to 3
months and are located in amazing countries like South Africa, Kenya,
Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka. Placement types include conservation
on land and at sea, plus various teaching and community projects.
Looking to volunteer abroad in your gap year? This site will help you
find a programme (and accommodation) in China, Cambodia, Costa Rica,
Thailand or Vietnam.
A directory of current volunteering opportunities in different
Youth Action for Peace
International exchanges of volunteers into non-profit initiatives, and
links to international youth organisations.
Looking for a challenge? Here you can join one of the adventurous
projects combining community development, health work and environmental
research carried out by teams of volunteers aged 18-30.
[Source: European Youth Portal http://europa.eu/youth]