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Volunteering / exchanges

Interested in learning new skills while helping others? Volunteering introduces you to new people, and sometimes even new cultures, and you gain invaluable experience to enhance or influence your future career. Choose a voluntary activity in another country, or one nearer to home. These pages will open your eyes to the many European voluntary opportunities that exist: European Voluntary Service (EVS), Youth Exchanges and Work Camps.

 

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations

This group represents national organisations running international voluntary service projects. Includes a detailed presentation of the network and a useful list of its members.
This site is available in: English

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Association of Voluntary Service Organisations

Interested in volunteering abroad? Information on all the member organisations dealing with voluntary service programmes in Europe.
This site is available in: English

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Cross-Cultural Organisation

An independent non-profit organisation coordinating volunteer programmes in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania and Thailand.
This site is available in: English

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European Volunteer Centre

A European umbrella organisation of National and Regional Volunteer Centres across Europe, which promotes volunteering on a European level. It provides information on developments within the EU.
This site is available in:English French

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Global Volunteer Network

Volunteer positions available through its partner organisations in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Thailand and Uganda. Youcan apply via the online application form. Don’t miss the photos!
This site is available in: English

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Greenpeace

Here volunteers are always welcomed! Take action in its campaigns via your computer by signing up as a cyber-activist. Information about the group’s activities.
This site is available in: English

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International Cultural Youth Exchange

Non-profit international youth organisation coordinating youth exchange and voluntary service programmes in 34 countries worldwide. Volunteering placements are usually in the fields of social work, education, youth work, health education and environment. Search the database for placements and try the useful links.
This site is available in:English

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International Relief Friendship Foundation

Volunteering vacancies available in several countries in the field of sustainable long-term development. For more information on a certain project, fill in the form.
This site is available in: English

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International Volunteer Programs Association

Search for opportunities online and read the practical information and advice on volunteering in general. Subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter or check out the FAQs.
This site is available in: English

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OXFAM

Practical information on how to get involved, through voluntary opportunities with Oxfam International or one of its affiliates.
This site is available in: English French Spanish

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One World Action

This organisation is working for a world free from poverty and oppression. Visit the volunteering part of the website to see the latest opportunities. The newsletters are available in pdf format.
This site is available in: English

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Oneworld

Volunteer opportunities in human rights, the environment and sustainable development. Register to receive the latest opportunities by email.
This site is available in: English

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Online Volunteering Service

This site is for volunteers who want to get involved in a development project without leaving home, as well as for organisations looking for support from online volunteers around the world. Here you will find translated documents, articles, data and projects for helping people and communities in the developing world.
This site is available in: English French Spanish

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Peace Corps

Everything you should know about serving as a volunteer: applicant kit, online application, countries where you can work, programme descriptions and much more.
This site is available in: English French Spanish

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Service Civil International

Voluntary short- and long-term projects worldwide, information on organisations dealing with them, and many useful links and documents. Subscribe to one of the email lists according to the programme you are interested in.
This site is available in: English

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Toolkit: Measuring volunteering

A resource designed to assist countries in conducting surveys assessing their national, regional and local volunteer levels. A pdf document is available in English, French, Spanish and Korean.
This site is available in: English

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Training information - International voluntary service

A training kit in pdf version for trainers and young people interested and/or involved in international voluntary service activities and projects. Choose between downloading the entire kit or chapter by chapter.
This site is available in: English

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United Nations Volunteers

An open door for several opportunities with UN Volunteers and like-minded organisations around the world. Learn more about your volunteer options and how to apply. Read the experiences of former volunteers!
This site is available in: English

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Volunteer Abroad

Interested in volunteering? All you need to know about volunteering including how to get started. Connects you to more links with useful information.
This site is available in: English

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WorkingAbroad

An independent organisation offering volunteering opportunities around the world. Visit the volunteer part of the website for details, fill in the online application form or read volunteers’ stories.
This site is available in: English French

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World 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. Here you can find useful guides listing hundred of projects throughout the world in different fields. If you want to get involved just choose from among the archaeological, heritage conservation and green projects or the humanitarian work camps.
This site is available in: English French Italian

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Worldwide volunteer directory

A directory that presents you with current voluntary opportunities in different countries.
This site is available in: English

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Youth Action for Peace

Interesting links and addresses of organisations dealing with international youth movements involved in the exchanging of volunteers worldwide.
This site is available in: English

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Youth Challenge International

Looking for a challenge? Take part in one of the adventurous projects carried out by teams of volunteers aged 18-30 years. They combine community development, health work and environmental research.
This site is available in: English

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