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Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) aims to improve opportunities for youth in underprivileged communities through better education and sustainable community development. The project was founded in 1998 by a Ghanaian, Billa Mahmud, who taught reading, writing and maths under a mango tree to local children who were not able to attend school. Today we teach 170 children aged 3-16 in our free school, have three vocational centres training seamstresses and hairdressers for free, run a food programme and coach girls and boys football teams. The first afternoon football team started as an incentive for the students to attend the school-under-the-mango-tree in the morning; the project now coaches Ghana Football League-registered teams on football pitches located on an old rubbish-dumping site which Billa and his students have cleared. Most recently the UCC has set up a micro-finance project which is enabling parents of the children at the UCC to start their own small businesses in the community.

The volunteer project which works with the centre has been running since 2008, as a way to support the UCC. We need volunteers to teach our many students one-to-one, to bring them up to the class level and bolster what is learnt in the classroom. Some children come to us with little or no education and our Ghanaian teachers do not have the time to invest in them individually, which is where our volunteers are invaluable. The children love the attention and affection that volunteers bring and benefit from the cultural exchange, new teaching styles and the opportunity to communicate with a native English speakers. Volunteers also help coach football and can organise to hold creative sessions in afternoons. The funding that volunteers bring through donations to the centre and our Sponsor a Child scheme is also important for the running of the project.

Over the next couple of years our main aim is to build a permanent school for the centre so that we can teach more children who are not currently in formal education. Land has been purchased and building work started in the Summer of 2017. Expertise in construction could prove very useful over the next 2 years and would enable us to move the project forward at a faster pace.



Stockport Progress and Recovery Centre (formerly Stockport Day Centre) is a local voluntary organisation providing support to adults in the Stockport area who experience mental health problems.

We offer a range of leisure, therapeutic, educational and social activities and facilities, developed in consultation with our members, in order to promote integration and mental and social well being.

The centre was set up as a registered charity in 1985. We employ around 12 staff as well as a larger number of volunteers who constitute an important element of the service we provide.

Since April 2013, we have been working together with Stockport and District Mind as part of the Stockport Mental Health Alliance to provide an Enablement and Recovery Service.

The centre is managed by a committee made up of representatives from various local mental health services, including MIND and Making Space, together with members of the centre and other interested persons.

We are principally funded by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Social Services, but a considerable amount is raised annually through fundraising and also from events organised by the centre and its members.

SPARC welcomes applications from all individuals interested in undertaking voluntary work in the mental health field.

The volunteer's role involves supporting and befriending members, facilitating groups and initiating activities. Volunteers are requested to attend regular training sessions and assistance is available for travel and training expenses.

Khaya Volunteer Projects


Affordable and responsible volunteer projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe focused on sports, childcare, wildlife, education and healthcare.

Richmond Vale Academy


By educating people from St. Vincent and the rest of the world, Richmond Vale Academy aims to build the capacity, knowledge and confidence in its’ students. By achieving personal growth and development, future leaders of St. Vincent and of the world will take action for a more just and more sustainable world.

Richmond Vale Academy is a humanitarian Non-Profit Organization which since 2012 has worked on developing a program to secure being ready for Climate Change in a structured way. After having experienced the effects of global climate change in extreme weather events – e.g. a drought in the beginning of 2010 followed by Hurricane Thomas and the torrential rainfalls and flash floods in 2011 – RVA launched the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Program in 2012.
The Program seeks to educate, raise awareness and mobilize people to take action. It offers a practical solution to building greater resilience into vulnerable communities by implementing actions to protect the natural resources they depend on.
You will take part in courses about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans , Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and what we can do together to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent. Develop the organic farm, implement projects like biogas, water harvesting, develop chicken production or recycling of grey water. Realizing project in group, promote organic and climate smart agriculture techniques, teach in schools, plant trees, develop model gardens, promote recycling process.

Green Life Volunteers


We focus on community oriented projects that actually make a difference for nature, animals & people in one of the world's most biodiverse and pristine jungles.
We offer personal and great service – We are a small non-profit organization, run mainly by founder and owner of GLV, Janina Schan, interns and volunteers, and dedicated project staff. Every volunteer is unique and different, and we work hard to make sure you’ll volunteer in a project that is worthwhile and fits your needs! Because we have a mixed team of Costa Ricans and Foreigners, who volunteer and live in Costa Rica themselves, we know exactly what you’re looking for and what questions you may have… and we can thus provide you with a great volunteer adventure abroad!
Volunteers can learn how to make and install solar panels while doing something great for a small rural community in Costa Rica. Volunteers will work in sustainable and organic farms, and will be part of a sustainable movement by contributing their know-how and physical work. Volunteers will help in establishing or maintaining dog and cat rescue projects. Volunteers can teach English and provide Environmental Education. Volunteers support the situation of families economically with their weekly fee payment. Volunteers can bring their special knowledge from their countries or professional backgrounds, and teach different skills or use their skills to help. Volunteers can also learn from Costa Ricans, not only the language, but how to live a more relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Life in Costa Rica is very different from our hectic modern lifes in large city. In Costa Rica, everything goes according to the “Pura Vida” vibe, which directly translated means Pure Life, but relates to just take things easy, enjoy yourself and relax!
Our next Solar Power Workshop in Costa Rica will be June 17th – July 1st 2017. Would you like to learn how to build Solar Panels from scratch and help install them on remote rural schools that don't have access to electricity? You as a participant will gain an understanding of the basic engineering principles of photovoltaic power during our theory lessons throughout the workshop. During our hands-on workshop part you'll learn how solar panels are built and maintained, assemble all the solar panel parts, install solar panels, and educate the community. You'll also receive some amazing guest-lectures on topics related to renewable energies in Costa Rica, and more in depth economic and solar power analysis.
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Together for Women and Children


Together for Women and Children – TOWOC was founded by a group of Social Workers, gender experts, Community Relay Agents and lawyers who were concerned with the plight of children, widows, young people, single mothers, female school drop-outs, orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV and AIDS infected persons. Especially those in the hard-to-reach areas.
Much of our work as in previous years has been based on the three pillars upon which our strategic plan lies namely; Gender and Capacity Building, Education and Support for orphans/vulnerable, Health and HIV/AIDS.
Inspired by the existing laws of the government of Cameroon, which seeks to empower individuals to assure full responsibility in nation building, and the noisy confusions surrounding human existence, TOWOC was created to culture and redirect the lapses affecting our communities. This is in defense of the principles of globalization and sustainable development.
Sustainable development entails the putting together of the limited resources at the disposal of man for positive achievements to humanity. It is a collective procedure whereby the skills and resources of collective fragment account for a collective whole. In this quest there of TOWOC seeks to exploit the lost skills buried in the heart of every living being. It is empowering the people to stand up and work for the well being of the community. It to the development of every society and should not be left out in the race for globalization and sustainable development. Of worth is the education and re-education of the individual with an emphasis on the symbolic relationship and relevance of the environment on human existence. This ultimately attunes to the importance TOWOC attributes to human health and community development.
So far, we have reached 3500 people directly and about 11,500 indirectly in our activities.



Volunteer Latin America provide free and low-cost work abroad opportunities in Central and South America. We aim to connect volunteers to some of the best grassroots projects in the environmental and humanitarian sectors.

The environmental projects we offer are as varied and interesting as you might imagine, ranging from forestry to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. A multitude of other opportunities exist in a diverse range of species, habitats and locations. As well as offering a vast range of environmental projects, we offer volunteers the opportunity to help the economically, socially and politically disadvantaged people of the region by providing a wide variety of humanitarian work. There are opportunities to get involved in child welfare, community development, education and health programmes.

The projects we offer either require the volunteer to make a small financial contribution (participation fee), are free but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses, or provide complimentary accommodation and food.

Projects vary in length from one week up to a full year. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter or longer periods of time.

Because we help hundreds of grassroots organisations find people willing to help them achieve their objectives, we support environmental conservation and local community development in the region. Without the support and commitment of volunteers many of these organisations would be unable to carry out their vital work.



Latin Link works in partnership with churches to send and receive individuals, families and teams, to and from Latin American communities, to share the love of God.

We do this through three inter-related programmes:

Step: Our renowned short-term programme for teams. Get a hands on experience of mission in Latin America, living and working alongside a local church, helping with a practical project and joining them in reaching out to their community. Apply as an individual or put together your own team. Projects last for 16 weeks each spring and 3-7 weeks in the summer.

Stride: A programme offering student placements and mission training opportunities.
Student Placements: 6-9 months suitable for language students on their year abroad or 6-8 weeks suitable for medical students requiring an elective. An opportunity to explore how your study and mission can work together to support churches and Christian projects in Latin America.
Mission Training Opportunities: Bespoke placements for individuals, married couples or families to spend 12-24 months putting their faith into practice in Latin America. Use and develop your gifts and skills while working alongside a church or Christian run project. Stride could be a career change, sabbatical, or something to pursue in early retirement. A Stride placement is a great way to explore whether cross-cultural mission is for you. A 24 month Stride is the pathway into the Stay programme.

Stay: We have over 100 members of many nationalities, working with local churches and organisations to help them meet a diverse range of spiritual and practical needs - from caring for street children, to training church leaders and supporting university students to generating employment opportunities.

Latin Link's vision is to see vibrant, Bible-believing Christian communities in every part of Latin America, impacting their neighbours, their societies and the wider world.



As GoAbroad's Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2016, African Impact is now a multi-award winning volunteer travel organization that is operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. We have over 16 years’ experience and have facilitated over 12,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent!


To maximise the positive force of volunteering and make sure our volunteers have a fun and rewarding adventure with us. We truly believe that volunteering has the power to change lives; we’ve seen it first-hand.
We aiming to integrate ourselves into the community from grassroots to partnerships with local governments and strive to nurture a culture of mutual respect.

Our volunteer experiences are based on three key things:

- We want our volunteers to have an amazing time experiencing everything Africa has to offer and leave knowing they’ve contributed to something bigger than themselves.

- We want our volunteers to learn as much as they can about local history, culture and wildlife

- We want to support local communities and conservation efforts through education and hands-on help.

Our Charity: The Happy Africa Foundation

As part of our commitment to making a positive impact, we set up The Happy Africa Foundation in 2008. The charity helps to independently monitor our projects and provides tools and expertise that help to ensure our sustainability. The charity also ensures that donations given by our volunteers are managed responsibly.

Our Wildlife Trust: ALERT

African Impact were also instrumental in the establishment of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) in 2005, a non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion in consultation with governments, wildlife authorities and communities.

Alongside African Impact, ALERT also aims to support the ground-breaking four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program developed by our founders in 1999.

Our Projects

To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we thoroughly evaluate each potential project with a detailed scorecard before setting up a volunteering program. This involves analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project as well as its long-term viability and impact. Also, every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won’t run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential.

We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.



Mafanikio Community Based Organisation (MCBO) was started in 2003 to promote quality education through tailored programs. As such several programs were set up that help in the achievement of the objectives.

Our School development program focuses on providing volunteer services for local and international volunteers to the local marginalized schools, which have very few teachers and limited learning resources. The volunteers work with the local teachers and community together with the children. This creates an opportunity of interaction and roller coaster of grassroots experience.

The experiential learning is beneficent to all the parties involved in that they all learn from each other in a very dynamic interesting manner.

Our student placement and internship program focuses on providing professional placements for students in various fields in order to engage in work experience abroad under supervision. This opens up a whole world of possibilities because in most cases, the students are taught to improvise in order to provide certain services. Besides, they also strengthen professional skills and interpersonal relationship in professional setting. In this program everyone is a beneficiary in terms of wealth of experience and services respectively.



Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.



UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.



Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) is seeking assistance with marine and coral reef conservation projects throughout the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean region. Volunteers can spend from two weeks or more participating on expeditions, with monthly departures throughout the year. The aim of CCC expeditions is to help gather key ecological information for the protection and sustainable use of tropical resources, whilst simultaneously offering poverty alleviation through the provision of alternative livelihood opportunities for local communities. Current CCC projects are based in the Philippines and Montserrat and volunteers require no previous experience.

Since 1986, thousands of CCC volunteers have helped establish numerous marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries across the globe, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Belize Barrier Reef.



The Kingdom of Nepal which is situated in the lap of Central Himalaya with a rich cultural heritage, is a land of ancient history and colourful cultures. Insight Nepal was established as an institution with a view to introducing the diverse geographical and cultural environment of Nepal to the participants, and to foster an awareness and cultural understanding. Global Hands is a short-term volunteer programme, which is designed for those people who want to come to Nepal with a desire to explore, experience and discover a unique way of life. The main objective of this programme is to provide opportunities to those people who have limited time and budget, but are keenly interested in gaining experiences by sharing their ideas and skills with local community service groups, and to reach the people who are in need.



Jubilee Partners is a Christian community dedicated to serving poor and oppressed people. The community's work includes several areas of service: resettling refugees, peace-making, and working against the death penalty. Each volunteer does a variety of work, including teaching English as a second language to refugees, providing childcare for refugee children, cleaning refugee houses between occupants, gardening, light maintenance, meal preparation and cleanup, and various other manual labor tasks as needed. The staff eat meals together, sharing responsibilities for cooking and dishwashing. Volunteers are expected to participate in the spiritual life of the community, which is Christian.



The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is a registered charity which has pioneered the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises found in the waters off Scotland's west coast. Using study techniques that neither harm nor seriously disturb the animals, the research work undertaken provides those who manage Scotland's wildlife and habitats with the information they need to achieve effective conservation. The research also provides the materials for our work in environmental education, helping to raise public awareness around the UK and educate visitors to this outstanding area about the local marine environment.

HWDT welcomes onboard about 60 volunteers every field season to assist with visual and acoustic data collection. Volunteers effectively become marine mammal scientists for the week, contributing to data collection and the general running of the boat. For more information, see

HWDT also recruits interns to assist with specialised tasks over the field season. Interns will spend six months in Tobermory, working alongside the HWDT team undertaking sightings and strandings tasks or educational activities. Interns will receive no funding from HWDT. For more information see

Adventure Alternative, the Responsible Travel Company


Adventure Alternative work alongside it's charity Moving Mountains Trust to offer gap years, electives and sabbaticals that have direct value to communities in Kenya and Nepal, with long term sustainable wealth creation as our aim.

The trips combine overland travel and international development, and we have started our own companies and NGOs in each host country. Training is provided to successful applicants, as well as excellent staffing and post-trip support and benefits. Rewarding, meaningful and challenging. Our trips are all Fair Trade Volunteering.

We offer volunteer posts in Kenya and Nepal which allow people to engage with the work of an NGO - this includes:

Teaching non-examinable subjects (sports, arts & crafts, drama, ethics and values, music)

Running extra-curricular events like after school reading club, conversational English, play time, sharing stories, putting on a play or teaching a new sport. This depends on personal interests and skills

Helping to manage the childrens home where you will be living - discipline, cleaning ,food preparation, homework, weeding the shamba, looking after the cow, running evening activities (Kenya only)

Helping in the on-site Early Child Development centre - games and play, basic numerical and literacy skills (Kenya only)

Learning Swahili or Nepali

Mentoring and counselling - group sessions with our youth groups, individual coaching and assistance with life skills

Duration is from a minimum of two weeks but we much prefer a minimum period of at least one school term (beginning start of January, April, October). Volunteers work with our staff who run the NGO and are experienced in social welfare and education. You will learn about these issues in a developing country.



The Foundation For International Human Development and Environmental Studies is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to inform, educate and train every individual, irrespective of his or her cultural, national or educational background to acquire basic knowledge about social, economic and political rights. Our activities transcend all boundaries in the world and this has facilitated our utmost objective of promoting inter-cultural exchanges among countries. The Foundation For International Human Development and Environmental Studies considers as its mission the need to promote a vigorous campaign of sensitising people to be more proactive towards issues concerning the environment. We also inform and educate people all over the world to acquire knowledge about their economic and political rights. The volunteer programmes currently include: teaching, community development, media internship, law placements, orphanage, information technology, medical internship, and conservation. Summer Youth Camps: every year summer camps are organised for the youth to bring them together during their school break. There is a theme on various issues ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and abstinence, restoration of the environment, peace building as well as conflict resolution in West Africa. It is one setting that offers a whole host of camp options to enrich, challenge and entertain the youth every holiday. Support Centre for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS: FIHDES WORLDWIDE join other organisations throughout the world to participate in the International AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL FIHDES WORLDWIDE every year in May. We hope to construct a support centre in affected areas in order to provide medical care and counselling for the youth and those living with HIV/AIDS. The centre will try to fight the ostracism and ignorance of these people within their communities. We also plan to establish a rehabilitation centre for the youth and students involved in drugs and ex drug users.



PhaNgan Animal Care FOR STRAYS (PACS)

is a Non-Profit Animal Welfare Centre on a island (Koh Phangan) in South Thailand. PAC is dedicated to improving the lives of all the Island's Animals, since 2001.

PACS provides Nursing care for all basic illness and injuries of Stray Animals, as well as Neutering & Vaccination.

PACS does not Operate as a Shelter.

PACS asks Depending on Volunteer for a minimum commitment of 2 months, and generally requests a minimum of 5 days per week, depending on the number of volunteers available.

PACS receive No Official Funding and relies Heavily on the Good Will of the Local Community, Tourists and friends of PACS.

Please contact PACS directly to find out about availability, or complete the application form on our website under Support PACS.



The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation works to restore the endangered flora and fauna of Mauritius, Rodrigues and offshore islets and is well known for its work in the recovery of the Mauritius Kestrel, Echo Parakeet, Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Fody and Mauritius Olive White Eye as well as its work on habitat and island restoration projects.

We are always keen to hear from University graduates who would like to gain practical hands-on experience and pursue a conservation career working within our organization. We accept volunteers throughout the year to work on a range of our projects.
The work may involve endemic bird nest location and monitoring, radio tracking, population monitoring, report writing, bird handling of Pink Pigeons, Echo Parakeets, Mauritius Kestrels and Passerines. Other projects include conservation of rare plants (mainland Mauritius, Rodrigues, and offshore islets such as Round Island and Ile Aux Aigrettes), Reptile conservation and translocation and captive breeding amongst others.

Working for the MWF gives the opportunity to gain valuable experience of first hand conservation work in the ongoing recovery of endangered species, for which the NGO is world renowned.

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