ACTION DESK FACTSHEET - VOLUNTEERING ABROAD:
If you're interested in voluntary opportunities overseas it can be daunting to know where to even start to look…
How do you find a placement where you’ll make the greatest difference but still continue to learn and enjoy your time to the max?!
There are several international networking services for volunteers, workers and travellers that can provide you with the information you need to get started - projects are diverse and can offer you the ability to take action for nature or society – whatever your passion!
Volunteering projects can be short term, long term, paid, unpaid, skilled, unskilled - it all depends on your needs, qualifications and personal interests.
Below are examples of different projects you can work on and we’ve listed the contact details for different organisations you can volunteer with.
But first… to help you along your way – here’s a mini-checklist to help you narrow down your selection before you contact the volunteering organisations.
• Can you afford to be unpaid?
• What country do you want to go to?
• What type of work do you want to do?
• How long will you go for?
• How much money do you need to save up first?
• What are your qualifications & work experience?
• What are your language skills, hobbies… ?
• List your personal motives & objectives
Speak with someone who’s already been a volunteer overseas – get the answers to all your burning questions - 0845 603 0027 (VSO Returned Volunteers)
EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS -
• Rural community development projects
• Teaching English
• Conservation projects
• Rainforest expeditions
• Excavating archaeological sites
• Marine projects
• Working with orphans and street children
• Protecting wildlife in national parks and reserves
• Providing medical assistance
• Organic farming
VOLUNTEERING ORGANISATIONS –
1. VSO – www.vso.org.uk - Volunteering Services Overseas –
Is an International development charity that works through volunteers. They have almost 2,000 skilled professionals currently working in over 40 countries.
Call - Volunteering Advice Line - 020 8780 7500
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. WORKING ABROAD - http://www.workingabroad.com
Offering the ability to take action for nature and society – they offer you a personalised search on volunteering opportunities around the world.
Write - PO Box 454, Flat 1, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3ZS
Email - Victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com or Andreas.Kornevall@workingabroad.com
3. I-TO-I - http://www.i-to-i.com/
In the last 12 months i-to-i has helped 4,000 people to volunteer abroad in vitally important projects in 27 countries and they’ve trained 10,000 people how to Teach English as a Foreign language.
Write - Woodside House, 261 Low Lane, Leeds, LS18 5NY
Call – 0113 205 4620 , 0870 333 2332
Email - email@example.com
4. VOLUNTEERING ABROAD - http://www.volunteeringabroad.com/
Take time out from your career or take a year out to do some meaningful travelling abroad. Volunteer travel opportunities range from teaching English as a foreign language, conservation jobs, humanitarian work building homes and schools, marketing internships to coaching sports abroad to the young stars of tomorrow.
5. Teaching & Projects Abroad - http://www.teaching-abroad.co.uk/
They offer a diverse range of teaching, care, conservation, medical, journalism and work experience projects, plus the opportunity to become part of one of our local communities overseas.
Write - Aldsworth Parade, Goring, Sussex BN12 4TX
Call - 01903 708300
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
6. EARTHWATCH –http://www.earthwatch.org
Earthwatch engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding necessary for a sustainable environment. With over 130 research projects to choose from this year, there is something for everyone. An Earthwatch expedition offers you the chance to explore parts of the world you might otherwise never see, to amaze yourself by the things you can do and to get your hands dirty in the name of making the world a better place.
Write - Earthwatch, 267 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HT
Email - email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Call - : 01865 318 838 or 01865 318 831
Call us on BBC Oxford's CSV Actiondesk 08459 311222 and let us know how you're getting on.