Working as a volunteer can be very rewarding.
It gives you the opportunity to spend a long time in one country and be part of a community.
There are a few ways to find work as a volunteer. Through an agency or approach a project yourself.
An agency will do all the work for you and they have connections with great projects around the world.
They will charge a fee for their work and you have the security of the agency to make sure everything is done right
Finding a project yourself is another way of find volunteer work. It is easier if you already in the country you want to work in. Check with local schools and orphanages, or with other travelers.
Sometimes you have to pay a few dollars for a room and meals. But you should not be paying to pay a full wage to work as a volunteer.
For most projects experience is not needed, but it might help if you have some experience related to field you will be working in. In case of medical projects, experience is needed.
This can be anything from a few hours per week to a full time schedule.
As it is volunteer work, there will not be a salary. Sometimes you might get a small reward.
Room & Board
In many projects this is included, sometimes you will have to pay a small fee for this or arrange your own accomodation.
Worldwide, but very popular in Africa for larger scale projects.
Different types of volunteer work
You can work with animals or people. You can build houses or help clean up a beach. Play sports with children or work in an animal shelter.
How to get the job
Coral Cay – NGO that specialises in the organisation of community based coral reef and tropical forest expeditions.
Global Volunteers – International volunteer service
Go Overseas – Overview of different volunteer projects around the world
Grass Roots Volunteering – Resource website that connects volunteers with projects
Help X – Online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
Het Andere Reizen – Dutch agency that helps with finding volunteer projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Peace Corps – USA organisation that help with volunteer programs in over 60 countries.
STA Travel – Agency that will help with short term volunteer projects.
Work Away – Overview of different volunteer projects around the world
Wwoof – Volunteer work at farms.