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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website



In Britain, we are fortunate to enjoy a huge diversity of native animals and birds, but every year, millions of these animals are killed, injured or suffer some trauma, either as a result of direct contact with man, or the impact that we have on the environment. We are dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Through history, we have seen how vital it is to preserve the natural balance of nature. Our aim is to return the animals back to the wild. If you feel strongly about the future of British wildlife, if you love animals or even if it's just because you have some free time and want to work with a group of friendly and dedicated like minded people, why not become a volunteer at Wildlife Aid. All we ask is that you can commit to one shift a week. Our shifts are 9am to 1pm, 1-6pm and 6-10pm, including weekends. Wildlife Aid could not continue to care for animals that need our help without our volunteers. There are lots of opportunities, you don't need any special skills and full training and support will be given. Hospital and recuperation - handling smaller animals, such as hedgehogs, birds and squirrels, and learning to deal with larger ones. Feeding orphans. Cleaning pens, cages, outside runs and feeding dishes. Recording weights and relevant information about our patients. Rescue drivers - If you have transport, you can help us by being on call to collect small animals in your area and bring them to the centre. Administration - We always need people with office skills to help us with our general administration, such as keeping our database up to date, entering hospital records on to the computer and the million other things that always need doing! School and groups talks - Are you confident talking in front of a group of people? Once you have had some experience here, why not help us in our educational programme by giving talks on behalf of Wildlife Aid?



Pit Pony Sanctuary. We are a small group in Wales who help Pit Ponies and all the other needy horses & ponies we can with our meagre resources. No riding opportunities. Our ponies don't generally like people and certainly don't want to be ridden. Opportunities for physical work on the 20 acre Farm, fencing, general repairs, walling, mucking out, etc Also administration opportunities in the Charity office. Our small Hill Farm overloos Pontypridd and the Taff Vally. From its lofty perch there are panoramic views off to the Brecon Beacons on a clear day. We share the land with much wildlife and try to do minimal disturbance.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Fundraising. Letter writing, Help with web sites, searching opportunities on-line etc. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background. Each case individually assessed.



Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) (UK charity and Gambian NGO A78) has committed itself to supplement and complement the efforts of the Government of the Republic of The Gambia in the provision of excellent gainful educational opportunities, primary healthcare, life skills and employment facilities. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES · To develop a system of schooling, where every child gets an equal opportunity to education · To provide local employment opportunities · To improve training opportunities for the local people · To develop primary healthcare facilities for the less privileged communities · To develop the skills of teenagers through skills centres · To make The Gambia a wealthier and healthier place for everyone WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED? We currently have ten early years and primary classrooms, a health centre providing primary health care, a bee farm, a developing tree nursery, an information centre offering a free library service, and a lodge providing accommodation for working volunteers. Over 48 locals are directly benefiting from employment through our project and we are currently providing an education for 500+ children aged between 3 and 14 years old. TASKS AVAILABLE There are so many areas covered by the project that it is up to you to tell us how best you can contribute to the project. Working with our Gambian team you will put together a work programme to ensure you get the best from your volunteering experience. To give you an idea, here are some of the skills and professions we are always on the lookout for: Nursery/early years education, teaching skills, computer skills, play-group/mother and baby groups, plumbing and building skills, electricians, engineers, doctors, welders, carpenters, painters, administrators, nurses, dieticians, gardeners, adult education, sports, and many more !! So no matter how unqualified you may think you are there is always something to suit your abilities and interests! We may be able to place a volunteer with an offending background depending on the offence. Please contact us to discuss.



OIKOS is a non-profit volunteering organisation founded in 1979 for protecting and studying the environment. It works internationally on environmental problems in big cities on defence and the reintegration of woods, especially mediterranean ones. Oikos staff consists of experts in various subjects and volunteers participate at work camps and long-time volunteer projects. A large part of Oikos work is focused on communication, networks, cognitive features, in order to grasp a systemic vision of the ecological crisis. Volunteers will be involved in all our outdoor activities and there will be space for their ideas. Main duties involve work in Biological horticulture and general maintenance. Long-term volunteers can be involved in administration work also. We may be able to accept a volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence, the work and the background of the other volunteers.

Save the Marginalized


Save the marginalized Uganda is non government organization with community based approach in delivering services. In east Africa Uganda busoga regional.

• Home Care and Support for People living with HIV/AIDS.
• HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment.
• Prevention and Management of HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections in communities.
• Nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS in communities.
• Counseling and Psychological Support for People with HIV/AIDS and bereaved families.
• Community Advocacy for the Legal Rights of People living with HIV/AIDS.
• Communication for Healthy Communities through health promoting strategies and interventions.
• Decreasing number of partners or frequency of sex.
• Increasing consistent and correct condom use.
• Developing sexual communication and negotiation skills with regard to condom use.
• Develop risk-avoidance skills.
• Learning to recognize STD symptoms, and seek early appropriate treatment.
• Increasing Primary HIV-prevention knowledge (e.g., where to buy condoms).
• Increase risk-reduction motivation.
• Rendering condoms available, accessible, and affordable.
• Improving diagnosis and treatment of bacterial STDs.
• Increasing parent-child communication skills.
• Increasing involvement of gatekeepers and youth in intervention program design.
• Advocating for policies that support the advancement of youth.
• Increasing access to education for out-of-school youth (e.g, waive school fees).
• Linking income-generating components with HIV-prevention programs targeted for children youth.

• Involving in adequate safe water supply and sanitation campaigns in our communities.
• Involving in immunization against the six (6) killer diseases.
• Involving in maternal and child health / family planning in our communities.
• Spearheading efforts directed at nutrition and food production in our communities.
• Appropriate treatment of minor diseases and injury.
• Prevention and control of locally endemic diseases in our communities.
• Involving in Community Based Rehabilitation efforts and campaigns.
• Provision of mental health services in communities.
• Spearheading Health Education efforts and campaigns in our communities.
• Spearheading efforts directed at STD / HIV/AIDS control and prevention.
• Involving in oral and dental health campaigns in our communities.


• School mental health promotion activities – These include child-friendly schools, and programs that support ecological changes in schools.
• Early childhood interventions – Examples include pre-school psycho-social interventions, home visits to pregnant women, and combining nutritional and psycho-social interventions in populations of the disadvantaged.
• Supporting to children – Such programs may include skills-building or child and youth development.
• Violence prevention programs – such as community policing initiatives.
• Empowerment of women – Socio-economic programs to improve access to education and credit, for example.
• Social support for the elderly – including day and community centers for the aged and so-called "befriending" initiatives.
• Mental health inte

SAVE THE MARGINALIZED(STM) welcomes every person from the entire world who wishes to provide /offer services to our clients (both vulnerable and disadvantaged children) and the community as a whole and as well as those who wish to do their internships with us through voluntary work approach.



The aim of Jus B is to provide a safe environment (youth centre and IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) centre), support (a team of youth workers) and activities (available at the youth centre ) for the young people of the Bromley North area, so that they are valued and empowered during their transition into adult life. The Jus B project stems from the result of a working party established by St Mary's Church, the police and representatives of the youth service in Bromley and young people. This was prompted by a concern about rising levels of youth crime and a recognition that this appeared to stem from a sense of alienation and disconnection among young people. This project serves young people living in Central and North Bromley. There is no statutory youth club serving either of these council wards, and little voluntary or community provision. This leaves young people to hang around, sometimes in quasi-criminal gangs, or gather in the town centre where they are perceived as a nuisance. We have consulted young people locally using a peer consultation approach and have found considerable support for a provision of a place to go and things to do. We combine centre-based work with street work and school work. The overall objectives of the programme are to develop self-esteem, to help young people to discover new skills and talents and provide them with the resources to make informed decisions of all things that are important to them, within a non-judgemental environment. DBS checks and references are mandatory for all roles that are eligible and normally are those that involve volunteering with young people and trustees. Admin volunteers are subject to reference checks.

Volunteer Ghana


When you join a project with Volunteer Ghana, you are helping support the work of various organisations in Ghana. Some of these organisations focus on education, community, health and hygiene and others on ecotourism. We know you will get more out of your experience with us not only through the physical support you give, but also because the projects you are involved with have not been created to provide you with an experience, but are a response to a local need and are therefore part of a sustainable development agenda. Your role is support the project with your enthusiasm and skills where possible - the more you put in the more you both get out...



Gram Vikas, a non government organisation was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1869 in 1979 and has been working in the rural locations of Odisha since the last 34 years. It was founded by Mr. Joe Madiath on the conviction that every family in a village must follow healthy living practices and achieve an improved and dignified quality of life. The outreach of the Gram Vikas is in 1200 habitations across Odisha.

The mission of Gram Vikas is “To promote processes which are sustainable, socially inclusive, gender equitable; to enable critical masses of poor and marginalized rural people or communities to achieve a dignified quality of life”.

Gram Vikas is governed by a Governing Board comprising of eight members from distinguished backgrounds ranging from development, management, finance and legal sector. Gram Vikas has implemented the projects in 23 districts of Odisha and currently has a staff strength of 300.

Gram Vikas’ holistic developmental programme called the Movement and Action Network for the Transformation of Rural Areas (MANTRA) has an entry point in the villages through water and sanitation. This is based on principles of 100% inclusion, Social and Gender equity, Cost sharing and sustainability. Building on the community mobilisation process in water and sanitation, other programmes in the sectors of livelihoods, health, education and renewable energy are taken up in the villages.

More than 69,000 families across 12061 villages in Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh, today echo similar sentiments. These are people, who have participated in and, subsequently taken ownership of the water and sanitation programme promoted by Gram Vikas.



The international volunteer programs of Joint Assistance Centre (JAC) are intended to provide opportunities for visiting friends from abroad to see India and learn about its people and their concerns while travelling. Programs run all year round in different parts of the country. An individual schedule is devised for each person or group to meet their needs. Arrangements have to be made at least 30 days in advance of arrival in India in order to plan properly. Volunteers working with children will be placed in one location at a school or a home for children for a period of 15 days or longer. These volunteers should be prepared to learn some basic Hindi language preferably starting before they leave for India. Learning Hindi is possible in JAC also. It takes four days to understand basic Hindi. Participation in work camps in Indian villages: These programmes involve work with villagers on such activities as sanitation projects, building construction, plant nurseries and other agricultural work, literacy and women's welfare, health projects including use of local herbal medicine, environmental awareness campaign etc. (1-4 weeks) Working with children in schools and orphanages (12 weeks minimum) Helping in JAC office in New Delhi doing office work, and research for cultural exchange, disaster preparedness and other programmes. Preparing and attending conferences on development, disasters and environmental issues. Taking part in environmentally oriented treks in the Himalayan area. Participation in yoga, meditation and natural health care training programme. Participation in individually designed projects based on special skills involving a long term commitment in such areas as medicine, journalism and engineering.



ASTOVOT ("Association Togolaise des Voluntaires au Travail" or Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work) is an educational, apolitical, non-profit association, created in 1957 and registered on April 12th, 2002 under no. 0455/MISD-SG-DAPSC. It is recognized as an association of young volunteers and as an NGO. Its goal is to foster and promote local development, working towards the improvement of the standard of living in the rural areas of Togo. One hundred volunteers are recruited each year to work in short term workcamps for about one month to help with building of health centres and schools, and also with tree planting and agricultural work. Volunteers have brainstorming sessions with local volunteers before starting their projects. ASTOVOT organises national and international solidarity projects, social reinsertion, youth camps and awareness raising campaigns in rural communities. By now ASTOVOT has supported the construction of over 150 village schools, 30 health centres and public latrines, implemented afforestation projects as well as literacy and vocational courses and socio-educational workshops. ASTOVOT has been leading LMTV projects since 2006. In 2007 ASTOVOT received about 10 LMTV volunteers coming from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Middle-term workcamps are organised all year round. Please note that the alternative email address is



The Jatun Sacha Foundation offers opportunities for volunteers and interns to participate in any of their seven stations in research, education, reforestation, environmental education, organic agriculture, community service, station maintenance, conservation projects, sustainable auaculture, productive projects, climate change - carbon fixation, heaelth, support to local NGO initiatves, plant conservation, and agro forestry activities carried out by the Jatun Sacha, Bilsa and Guandera, Congal, and San Cristobal biological stations. The Jatun Sacha Biological Station is a 2,500 hectares reserve located in the tropical rainforest region of the Upper Napo of Amazonian Ecuador. Bilsa is a 3,000 hectares reserve containing some of the last premontane tropical wet forest of the north-western coastal province of Esmeraldas. This forest has been catalogued as a 'Hot Spot', being the third priority for conservation in the world. Guandera, at altitudes of 3,100-3,600 meters above sea level, conserves more than 1,000 hectares of tropical wet montane forest and páramo (alpine grass land) highlands in the northern Andes of the Carchi province. The Congal Biological Reserve and Sustainable Aquaculture Center is a 500 hectare reserve including mangrove and tropical hardwood forests, located in the province of Esmeraldas, in the Muisne estuary. The Lalo Loor Biological Reserve is a 250 hectare reserve that protects the last remaining stretches of transational dry forest on coastal Ecuador located in the Manabi province. San Cristobal is located on the San Cristobal island of the unique Galapagos archipelago, famous for the giant tortoise, conserving one of the last remnants of native vegetation on the higher portion of the island. And La Hesperia, the newest of our reserves, is a 800 hectare reserve located in the low montane and tropical montane cloud forest, in the province of Pichincha. The Tsuraku Community Biologocal Station and Reserve is a 4500 hectare reserve in the Amazonian region and is managed by the indigenous Shuar people of the area.



Helps International (HINT) Cameroon is a charitable non-profit and non-governmental organisation whose mission is to improve on the social and economic well-being and health of the poor and underprivileged in the society, through education, skills development and job creation. We have projects and volunteering opportunities in five main areas which are:

1. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

2. Health

3. Education

4. Economic Development

5. Community Development

There are a number of volunteer positions currently available as listed below. If there is anything you can do in the list, please visit our website and fill in the application form.

· Project proposal writing

· Fundraising

· Help build a database of very poor and needy children in our community

· Secretarial work (typing, sending emails etc)

· AIDS literature preparation and production

· AIDS education and awareness in schools, community groups and universities

· Identification of orphans & street children in the community

· Teaching computer and internet skills

· Computer hardware installations and repairs

· Computer software installations, repairs and development

· Teaching young entrepreneurs business management skills

· Teaching tailoring & interior design

· Teaching carpentry skills

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Fundraising, proposal writing and translating our website into French.



The Congolese Association of Merseyside aims to relieve the need, and help improve life style of refugees, asylum seekers and other French speaking persons in need within the community throughout Merseyside and surrounding areas. We provide translation, interpretation, training, advocacy, sign post and referral to specialists and other main stream agencies to meet social need (health care, housing, employ, education, life long learning and other basic rights). We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background depending on the offence.

Global Dental Relief


At Global Dental Relief our mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world.

Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages.

With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya and Cambodia.



PAID VOLUNTEER ENGLISH TEACHING INTERNSHIP program in India is aimed to give international experience and exposure to teachers/students who aspire to accomplish global teaching skills. Teaching internship provides teachers or prospective teachers an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to assume responsibilities of a full-time teacher in ENGLISH in Indian schools.

India is the second largest English-speaking nation in the world and most preferred destination for English Teachers to gain real practical experience to augment teaching career prospects in a unique cultural platform.

The position provides a world of opportunity to take classes in Kindergartens, Pre-school, Elementary school, Middle school or High school to acquire teaching experience along with regular teachers in a professional environment. In addition, the teaching interns will have the opportunity to participate in academic seminars, cultural and recreational excursions, sporting and cultural activities in the host schools.

The main highlights of the Volunteer Teaching internship are;

* All teaching internees will be provided with free accommodation, food,Wifi and other organized services throughout their stay in India.

* Monthly stipend of Rs.7500-15000 (Salary of a regular teacher)

* Free Raffle ticket to win one Crore rupees

* Expert guidance and 24/7 support from an experienced and dedicated professional team.

* The duration of the internship is 4 months to 1 year.

* Interns can work in International schools or private schools .

* Placement is open throughout the year (Academic year)

* Interns will be honored with International Experience Certificate after successful completion of their internship.



VolunTeach Peru is an educational organisation, created in 1999 to help improve and enrich the teaching of the English language in schools throughout the country thanks to the cooperation of English-native university students and graduates who cooperate in our programmes.

What we do,

Training and practical workshops in partner schools
ELT consultancy.
Selection and training of British university students and graduates
Pro-bono project I: “Hello English”
Pro-bono project II: “Happy Christmas”.
TEFL Certificate



We offer a unique choice of holistic interventions for the prevention, treatment, and recovery from addictions and attachments. The charity also provide a range of educational and preventative services for children and adults including meditation and mindfulness practical workshops to help deal with the underlying relapsing conditions, such as stress, anxiety, anger, low self -esteem, pain and depression which often lead to alcohol, illicit drug, and medication dependency.



Wesley Community Furniture has been running an essential service in Manchester, in one form or other, since 1993. WCF is a Furniture Reuse Organisation (FRO) established with the aim of reusing household items for the benefit of people in need, after concerned local volunteers saw a huge waste of resources in Hulme - both items and people. We endeavour to use the initiative, hard work and creativity of local people to help sustain disadvantaged inner-city communities.

Our operation presently consists of our main shop/office/work unit in Fallowfield, a second shop/work unit in Hulme, a small fleet of 3 vans, 7 paid staff, and our invaluable team of 25+ volunteers (many of whom work full time). We can only do what we do thanks to the input & efforts of our volunteers, and all our generated income goes into the service provision.

We collect donations of all manner of household items: furniture, beds, white goods/electricals, bicycles, books, bric-a-brac, bedding & clothing. We collect donations from the public from all over Greater Manchester/N Cheshire, which we sort, repair (if viable), store, sell (at minimal cost) and deliver to our clients.

Our clients either walk in off the street or are referred from other statutory/voluntary organisations. These referred clients, in the direst of circumstances, can access our ‘Homestarter’ furniture packages, which provide many of the basics for independent living for a very small outlay.

The main beneficiaries of the work of our charity fall into two groups, but, as we often find when clients become volunteers, these are often the same people. These are:-

1) Volunteers: all our staff (paid or unpaid) come from the wards of Manchester with the highest multi-deprivation indexes scores in the city (some of the highest in England), and it is often the case that they are unemployed, homeless, from a refugee background, or otherwise disadvantaged.

2) Clients: similarly mostly from the poorest wards in the City of Manchester (plus Salford & N Trafford), and on Benefits or Benefit level incomes. Referral organisations include:-

Social Services, Health Trusts, Social Landlords, CABs, Refugee/Asylum Organisations, Mental Health Projects, Women’s Refuges/organisations for the victims of violence, Homeless Projects, Probation Service, Age Concern, Drug/Alcohol Projects etc. Some 40%+ of our clients come from BME backgrounds.

Please see our website for more details.

KAASO Uganda


St. Paul KAASO (Kabira Adult Attention & School for Orphans) is a unique community project in Uganda that provides education and mentorship to children in one of the areas hardest-hit by the HIV/AIDS crisis. KAASO is first and foremost a primary school, but relies on an interconnected network of community initiatives to keep the school running and the level of education high.

The school’s motto – “Invest in Education” – not only applies to the children, but also the adults of the community. KAASO’s ultimate goal is to empower people, both young and old, to enable them to follow their dreams and realise their full potential.

KAASO’s success over the years has been thanks to community involvement and a series of initiatives that work together to make education at KAASO sustainable. By bringing together parents, guardians, volunteers and community members, KAASO has created a centre for innovation, entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking.

KAASO has been welcoming volunteers since 2006 - and many of those volunteers have come back again and again. Volunteering at KAASO is not just a one-off experience, it is to become part of a unique community, a school and a family. You simply cannot come to KAASO and not be moved by the spirit, tenacity, determination and hope of the people. It is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

We invite self-motivated, forward-thinkers with open minds to KAASO. Your duties will not be handed to you - there is no set format, no text book. With respect, empathy, and personal motivation, you can find your own unique way to make a difference. We invite you to join us.

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