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Volunteer Abroad Placements

There is an enormous range of volunteer abroad placements through which you can assist organizations. To make it easier to review volunteer placements that match your interests, we have divided our placements into five main categories: Education, Health Care, Social Programs, Wildlife and the Environment, and Community Development.

How to Find a Placement

Within each category there can be a large variety of organization types and job titles. If you have a general idea as to the type of volunteering you are interested in, but you are not sure exactly what you want to do or where you can go, reviewing our placements by category is a great place to start.

For example, you know that you are interested in volunteering in Education, but are not sure exactly what you can do. Using the links you can review a list of all of our placements in Education. That list will be quite large because it includes all education placements in all countries, so you can further specify your interest by reviewing placements sorted by: Classroom Teaching; Employment Skills Training; and Non-Formal Teaching. You can continue to use the links to refine your search even further, for example selecting Employment Skills Training and then finally Computer Skills Training Volunteer. This will show you a list if all placements that we have who are looking for a computer skills training volunteer to assist them.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of jobs to be done, and beginning your search by category can be a useful way to help narrow down the number of placements for consideration.

If you already have an idea of what you want to do as a volunteer, the advanced search tool can be a useful resource. It allows you to search placements by specific Job Title or Placement Type.

For example, let’s say you are interested in volunteering as a Nurse. Using the advanced search tool, you can see that there is a job title of Nursing Volunteer. Selecting that will show you a list of all Nursing placements, in all countries at all types of organizations. You can further use the advanced search tool to narrow your search by country and/or organization type. For example, you might want to volunteer as a nurse in Nepal, but would like to work at a medical clinic, not a hospital. Using the advanced search tool allows you to search by Nepal, Nursing Volunteer at a Medical Clinic.

Another example may be that you do not care about what specific tasks you do as a volunteer, as long as it is in support of a specific organization type, such as an organization working in the field of Women’s Rights. You can use the advanced search tool to search by organization type, and select “Women and Child Services”. This will bring up a list of all volunteer positions available with organizations managing issues facing women and children.