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Youth Partnership for Peace and Development


With Active programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a voluntary and non-profit youth-led development organization working directly with development partners across the world. Established as a post-conflict initiative, the organization is staffed by a group of young proactive youths who are convinced that development does not lie in the hands of the elderly alone, about also in those of young people.

It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change, and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation in various communities and the world at large.
The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country.
Our work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.



The International Islamic Youth League specifically focusing on result based performance and participatory approach towards achieving it aims and objective within realistic timeframe. Our organization capacity includes effective and efficient staff, strict financial control and management systems, responsive information, communication and technology assets and logistically oriented to emerging humanitarian contingency planning and emergency response. Achievements are guided by core organizational principles and values for the best interests of beneficiaries and accountability to our donors and relevant stakeholders.
Some of the achievements in emergency response, protection, care and maintenance, repatriation and reintegration of people with concerns in the Sierra Leonean, Mali, Burkina Fas, Niger and Mauritania operations include:
• Enhanced Protection for Returning Sierra Leone Refugees from West Africa Region through Registration, Documentation, Organisation of Convoy Movements and follow up on severe protection cases with Government counterpart, UNHCR and other nongovernmental partners;
• Provided Care and Maintenance for over Twenty Thousand (20,000) Returnees in host community settlements and Camps through the provision health and sanitation , education, food and non-food items commodity management and distribution;
• Provided Care and Maintenance for over Thirty Nine Thousand (39,000) displaced persons in MOPTI displaced Camps in Mali and refugee camps in neighboring countries Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Mauritania through the provision health and sanitation, education, food and non-food items commodity management and distribution.
• Provided livelihood to Liberian Refugees in Sierra Leonean Camps through life skills training and start up kits;
• Facilitated repatriation of Sierra Leonean Returnees and Liberian Refugees in their places of origin;
• Facilitated reintegration of internally displaced persons and returnees through community driven and empowerment projects;
• Coordinated inter agency meetings in collaboration with government counterpart, UN Agencies, INGOs and Civil Society Organisations and Beneficiaries.
• Facilitated documentations and tracing of separated children and promote family reunification;
• Facilitated child sponsorship and basic education in camps and host communities;
• Engaged communities to raise awareness on gender based violence and trafficking of young girls
• Provided capacity building to beneficiaries and stakeholders through targeted training and reorientation of their mind to become self-reliance

One World 365


Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.



Tambasons Global Human Services provides humanitarian services to African immigrants in the United states and provides support to people with special needs in Liberia..We work with you, religious groups, institutions, individuals and partners on a global basis to render humanitarian services to people with disabilities/special needs. These include mental disabilities, developmental disabilities, the blind, African immigrants in the USA, the poor, the sick, kids, women and others, in order to make the world a better place for human beings to live in peace and good health. This is our twitter page . Here is our facebook page .This is our Ebay page .This is our youtube page .

We urgently need volunteers from around the world to join our fundraising team, board of directors, committees and leadership etc.

ACIPP West Africa


The African Community Internship Placement Programme (ACIPP) was started in 2007 by Simon Tsike-Sossah as a means of financing the Abusua Foundation, a local NGO focused on youth development. ACIPP became its own entity in 2012, and we now support a wide range of NGOs in Ghana and Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Through our internship placements, we aid organisations in the forms of on-the-ground support and in-kind donations. These internships are numerous and varied: with placements in the fields of health education, media, youth development, medicine, agriculture, performing arts, conservation and human rights advocacy. Starting in Ghana, we have expanded beyond its borders, with emphasis on countries in West Africa emerging from war. Come join us in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia!



The Youth for Community Academic and Development Services (YOCADS) is a legal and registered Liberian-based non-for-profit, non-governmental youth developmental organization duly accredited and incorporated by the Ministries of Foreign affairs, Planning and Economic Affairs, Youth and Sports respectively. YOCADS is run by experienced young people dedicated to humanity and social work with a lot of experience on numerous projects.

YOCADS was established by some Liberian Youths who saw the need to address the numerous problems faced by Liberian Youths. YOCADS is dedicated to empowering youth and local communities to take ownership of their own wellbeing. Since the establishment of YOCADS in August 18, 2000 as a civil society Youth serving organization has undertaken numerous projects in Liberia. These projects include Advocacy and Awareness Campaign on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) 2006-2010; Round Table Discussion on The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 2005 and 2007.

Furthermore, the organization is building the capacity of young people through youth development in the areas of apprenticeship, vocational and IT training. These young have been train through a project called “Kick for Your Future: in Monrovia Slums Communities with support from a Swiss NGO “CooperAxion. Additionally, young people have also been train skills development through a project call: “Empowerment of the youth of two Slum Communities in Monrovia” with support from MISEREOR.
During the Ebola crisis that destroyed the lives of many people, YOCADS amongst many organizations intervene to ensure that Ebola was Kick out of Liberia. YOCADS was engaged into the “Anti-Ebola Awareness Campaign” through the distribution of sanitation buckets, sanitizers, chlorine/chloral, and deltol/tie soap. We also conducted a door to door awareness campaign where massages of Ebola were disseminated.

We are currently empowering young people by offering them skills training at community based training shops; those skills include : auto mechanic, soap making, hairdressing, generator and bike repair, refrigerator and air condition repair, Metal works, Carpentry and business start up. And at State vocational enterprises: electricity, and auto mechanic. Leisure Time: both female and male soccer, cultural dance, acrobat, computer and IT training.

We want to be a principle player in developing and empowering young people means of livelihood and capacity to sustain themselves.

We would appreciate if we could secure more investment/funding into skills and livelihood empowerment for young people and at the same time improve the quality of our ongoing activities.

We are able to plan, organize and run ongoing programs in Clara Town and Soniwein as a basis for social stability due to leisure activities, apprenticeships and running a hub that is used for workshops like IT and life skills training.



CCIVS was created in 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO as an international non-governmental organisation responsible for the coordination of voluntary service world-wide. CCIVS has an associate status with the UNESCO and is an elected member of the NGO Liaison committee. CCIVS is charged with networking and international representation of IVS, training and capacity building, communication and campaigns.

Its 200 member organisations implement voluntary programmes in the fields of sustainability and environment, peace and human rights, poverty reduction and health promotion, active participation and social inclusion, cultural heritage and diversity. These programmes are generally carried out through workcamps or mid to long term volunteering, consisting of a national or an international group working on a common project.

Please note that workcamps and longer-term projects are not organised directly by CCIVS, and that we do not recruit volunteers directly. These activities are carried out by CCIVS member organisations who undertake the recruitment. The full list of CCIVS members can be found on our website.



Disaster Volunteers of Ghana (DIVOG) is a Ghanaian non-profit that builds global partnerships to empower underdeveloped rural communities throughout Ghana. We connect international volunteers with local communities to work together and develop sustainable solutions to education, healthcare, infrastructure and sanitation needs throughout rural Ghana. Whether you’re looking for a long-term volunteer placement or a two-week volunteer vacation, DIVOG is right for you!

Our Mission: Since its inception in 2002, DIVOG has been committed to empowering rural communities throughout Ghana, impacting over 50 communities. You may be wondering, “I haven’t heard of many ‘disasters’ in Ghana.” In many ways this is true; Ghana fortunately avoids many natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc) and man-made disasters (genocide, political turmoil, etc). However, we strongly believe that there are countless socioeconomic disasters that plague rural Ghanaian communities—undrinkable water due to a lack of simple sanitation systems, inadequate educational facilities, and orphanages that cannot meet the basic needs of underprivileged orphans.

Founder Richard Yinkah recognized these widespread problems and saw the need for grassroots, Ghanaian solutions. While many people abroad have been aware of the obstacles faced by underdeveloped nations throughout Africa, Richard sought to provide international volunteers with an affordable, hands-on opportunity to understand the reality of these issues. For nearly a decade, DIVOG has been successfully providing international volunteers with the opportunity to experience Ghana and make a sustainable, lasting difference.

Our Vision: One of our fundamental beliefs is the need for EMPOWERMENT INSTEAD OF CHARITY. We believe that many programs based on hand-out principles, while well-intended, will be disappointed in their long-term impact. Our programs are rooted in the idea of community ownership and participation; local stakeholders volunteer their time alongside our international volunteers, offering their specialized expertise and/or manual labour to ensure the sustainability of our efforts. The benefits of encouraging communal collaboration are undeniable.

We seek to increase awareness of the obstacles preventing improvements in education, sanitation, nutrition, and infrastructure, and after volunteering abroad with DIVOG, most of our volunteers return home and instantly serve as ambassadors to their own communities. Experiencing life in a rural Ghanaian community as an active member, not just an observing visitor, is an adventure that stays with each volunteer. Several of our volunteers have started their own nonprofits after their experience in Ghana, and many of our volunteers return to work with us regularly.


Contact 020 7614 7690

Street Child is a UK charity founded by Tom Dannatt in 2008, Street Child believes that that every child deserves the right to live in a safe, secure home and the chance to receive a quality education. Starting in Sierra Leone and now LIberia, we strive to see every child enjoying these two basic rights.

Accounting for International Development (AfID)


Accounting for International Development (A f I D) is an award winning social enterprise that offers all accountants the opportunity to use their skills to make a genuine difference as volunteers and gain rewarding hands-on International Development experience in Asia, Africa and South America. Individually tailored assignments ranging from 2 weeks to 12 months form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of charities and non-profit community organisations across the world.

AfID’s partners, which include orphanages, hospitals, micro-finance organisations, conservation projects, women’s empowerment programmes and the Country Offices of international NGOs, are all doing amazing work to tackle extreme poverty and inequality in their communities but due to their limited resources are unable to access vital accounting and financial management training.

The main focus of all AfID assignments is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people so that our partners have the financial management capacity they need to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their beneficiaries. Volunteers could be coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Cambodia , budgeting with a street kid centre in the Philippines, financial reporting for a primary school in Nepal, or implementing new financial controls at the Country Office of an international NGO in Africa. Each assignment is tailored to the volunteer’s skills and experience, availability, passions and interests.

AfID is now supporting over 170 charities and non-profit organisations in 33 countries across Asia, Africa and South America. Since our inception in 2009 we have placed over 500 volunteer accountants taking the total hours of pro-bono financial management coaching to over 70,000 - equating to over £7 Million worth of professional services.

AfID is the winner of the 2012 Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award; a multi-award winning social enterprise supported by UnLtd & The Millennium Awards Trust (Funded by the National Lottery)



Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors without Borders) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF combines the provision of emergency medical care with a commitment to speaking out about the suffering people endure and the obstacles encountered in providing assistance.

MSF is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by doctors and journalists in 1971. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement with 19 national offices and an international coordination office in Geneva, Switzerland.

MSF’s core work is in providing emergency medical assistance to the most vulnerable people in crisis due to armed conflict.

MSF also provides medical care to help people survive in catastrophic situations where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. MSF provides assistance during epidemics, following natural disasters, and to people who are excluded from healthcare.

When MSF witnesses serious acts of violence against or neglect of individuals or groups, we may speak out publicly based on eyewitness accounts, medical data and experience. We also give a voice to those who have witnessed such acts .

MSF is an independent and self-governed organisation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF strives to ensure that it has the power to evaluate medical needs freely, to access populations without restriction and to control the aid it provides directly, giving priority to those in most grave danger. MSF does not take sides in armed conflict and demands unhindered access to patients and the space it needs to carry out emergency medical interventions. In addition MSF only accepts private donations and never accepts funds from parties directly involved in any conflict or medical emergency that MSF is dealing with.

The work of MSF is carried out by thousands of national and international health professionals, logistical and administrative staff. Together they manage projects in approximately 65 countries worldwide.

MSF recruits medical and non-medical volunteers to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.

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Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is a registered member-based non-profit youth organisation, an empowerment vehicle and a revolutionary movement for all youth in Africa. OAYouth works to inspire, unify and empower local national youth, while strengthening synergy of programs in all African countries. The organisation is successfully implementing empowerment and advocacy programmes that are building young people to become responsible citizens and new drivers of Africa’s social, political and economic transformation. Being a youth led continental body, OAYouth has Branches in 35 African countries. It is also registered in Cameroon, Malawi, Gambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

As youth, we are confidently stepping into the future together, building young thought leaders ready to conquer the 21st century! The dignity of the African people is not for sale!

Our Vision

A strong representation and participation of youth in championing unity, peace and prosperity in Africa.

Our Mission

To be the continental umbrella organisation for all African youth, providing a platform for youth-led programmes, a forum for dialogue, and a network of strong future leaders..

Our Slogan

African Youth Power

Change is our Motivation!

Youth is our Weapon!

Unity our Shield!


To motivate and inspire youth to be active in policy development

To unify the youth voices of individuals and organisations in Africa

To empower youth through leadership development and entrepreneurship

To motivate and inspire youth to be active in policy development

Give a sense of institutional belonging and sense of security for youth to build courage and voice their concerns

Imbue in young people the challenge to dare and make innovative initiatives

Link them with role models that are success stories

Inspire them to act against abuse, racism, tyranny through campaigns, demonstrations and meetings

Encourage through volunteering to give back to their communities

Develop themed campaigns for them to be aware of their responsibilities as citizens

To unify the youth voices of individuals and organisations in Africa

Cement partnership of youth organisations, governments, NGO and academic institutes

Develop the Continental Network as a platform for information, expertise and knowledge sharing

Develop synergies of youth activities

Strengthen youth-led capacity building initiatives, men and women, and support them to be able to function as successful social entrepreneurs

Build OAYouth to become an umbrella platform to address youth issues in an integrated and creative manner

To empower youth through leadership development and entrepreneurship

Provide Entrepreneurship, Agricultural and Leadership training

Give capacity and access to Volunteering platforms

Building and encouraging Innovation

Human Rights Campaign and Training

Young Mothers Education Programmes

Developing Media Centre for access to Information

Participation in debates and policy dialogue

Encourage participation in democratic processes, such as voting and policy dialogue



Trócaire is the Irish Catholic organisation for overseas development. We use volunteers to assist with our fundraising, campaigning and education work in Ireland (NI and ROI). Volunteers work together or singly to promote our organisation and the work of our partners in developing countries- a placement with Trócaire is an insight to our work and an opportunity to help others in need- and gain skills about the development sector.



Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian aid organisation, which provides medical care to vulnerable populations who are in crisis situations or who are excluded from healthcare. This includes caring for people who are victims of natural disasters, war, famine, disease, political repression and poverty. Doctors of the World’s projects take place in both developing and developed countries. We recruit medical and non-medical volunteers to participate in the overseas projects. DOW UK launched a healthcare project in January 2006 called Project London. For overseas posts, international experience is desirable and some knowledge of French and/or Spanish is useful. If you are interested in volunteering, please send a CV and covering letter to Chris Bonfiglioli at Doctors of the World UK at

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translation of documents from French to English or interpreting for patients over the phone, and graphic design.



Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is a young women-led organisation committed to actively promoting and advocating for the empowerment and rights of African women and girls and to raise awareness of the African women's Decade. The MEWC website aims to be a comprehensive online resource to support the empowerment of African women and girls. Make Every Woman Count focuses on 6 priority areas that are vital to women's rights and gender equality: Human Rights of Women, Women, Peace & Security, Violence Against Women, Political Participation & Leadership, Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDS & Reproductives Health.


Make Every Woman Count's mission is to provide accessible, timely and accurate information, resources and tools to support and strengthen the work of African women's rights advocates, grassroots, and activists to effectively promote the economic, political and social rights of African women and girls; and to inspire and support young women to be the future generation of African leaders.


Make Every Woman Count's vision is a world where African women and girls are empowered to fully participate in the economic, political and social life of the continent. MEWC believes that the empowerment of women and girls will lead to real participatory democracy and social justice for all, hence peace and sustainable development, food security and better healthcare which will benefit the whole continent.



World Service Enquiry, is the only registered charity providing expert, impartial information and advice about working and volunteering in the third world to people of any faith or none. As World Service Enquiry, Christians Abroad provides information on voluntary and paid opportunities, short or long-term in aid, development and mission programmes overseas - for skilled and qualified professionals and unskilled people. Our comprehensive 2006/7 guide, updated annually, is geared mainly to unskilled people without professional experience. It gives details about how to start a search for voluntary placements and work overseas, outlines organisations with information on development issues and international organisations who recruit volunteers. For those considering where and how they can best use their experience abroad, World Service Enquiry also provides One to One vocational career guidance. They provide a forum space to discuss your interest in working overseas and possible ways forward. E-volve is our unique internet self coaching program, written by a leading life coach to help you access your suitability to work in international development and aid. For those already qualified with some work experience we publish a monthly job magazine, Opportunities Abroad, available on subscription, which contains up-to-date vacancies (overseas and in the UK) from international and UK agencies. Alternative email address VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translators, media specialists, sales and marketing, database design and administration, fundraising. Volunteers with offending backgrounds may be accepted.



Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender or religion. Our goal is to serve one million people a year. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has impacted over 5.5 million people; delivered more than $21 million of medical equipment, hospital supplies and medicines; completed close to 350 construction and agriculture projects including schools, clinics, orphanages and waterwells; and demonstrated the love of God to people in 95 ports in 53 developing nations. One of the reasons Mercy Ships accomplishes so much is because career and short-term volunteers raise their own support and pay crew fees to serve. 850 career staff and over 1600 short-term volunteers from over 40 nations join together to serve the poor and needy. Mercy Ships follows the 2,000 year-old model of Jesus: the blind see, the lame walk, the mute speak, and Good News (the nature and character of a loving God) is proclaimed and demonstrated among the poor. Mercy Ships welcomes volunteers who would like to give of their time, efforts and expertise to the work of bringing hope and healing to the poor. Short-term volunteers can participate from two weeks to a year with Mercy Ships, while others may choose to serve in a career capacity. We do not usually accept volunteers with an offending background.



EngineerAid is an international charity working to provide remote solutions to engineering and technology problems in the less economically developed countries by providing a platform to engineers to collaborate and solve problems. EngineerAid works in over 33 countries world wide along with other partner organisations around the world, ranging from Government departments to NGOs and leading social enterprises. The use of our services is as far-reaching as the need of technological support and innovation in every sector, including, but not limited to health, education, transport, agriculture, energy, water, sanitation and construction. The engineering technologies involved within these sectors include electronic, mechanical, electrical and clinical amongst others. Our vision is to be in direct communication and collaboration with engineers across the globe to advocate self-help and long-term sustainability of the expert knowledge and skills provided. We aim to provide a service to aid development, with open access, giving simple, direct and timely advice, working independently and in collaboration with other NGOs. Our mission is to create a global community together with people in developing countries and engineers across the world for the sharing of expert knowledge As a team we promote the values of honesty, humanity, passion and enthusiasm for what we do. Our approach is proactive, always ethical, and eager to face new challenges in the sharing of expert knowledge. We display an apolitical attitude, keeping ourselves committed to the cause of social development. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: All opportunities are based online. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background.



Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS) is an organisation of nearly 200 full time, Christian faith based volunteer programmes. The programmes offer volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on a full-time basis (30+ hours/week) for as little as one week to three years. Programmes place people in numerous ministries, and in over 110 countries. We are based in the US and place volunteers in all 50 states in the US. Guiding users should check for the most current placment information on our website under Response Directory. We may have placements for volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence, but acceptance varies between programmes.

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