5 Unique Volunteer Opportunities in Europe

5 Unique Volunteer Opportunities in Europe

When living your daily life, it’s easy to forget that there are people out there who need serious aid in order to get their lives back on track. But even then, it isn’t just unfortunate people that need our help – our environment and precious wildlife are suffering under the huge weight of poverty and pollution, and are slowly dying off every day. 

Take global warming for example – this disaster has been occurring for years now, and still we have not seen an improvement in the carbon footprint. There are people, and environments, out there that really need your help across Europe where you can make a real difference.

Before you leave you will need to research all opportunities thoroughly and get prepared before departing, be sure to get or renew e111 card and ensure that you know what you’re letting yourself into as volunteering isn’t always the easiest, but is a rewarding experience nonetheless.

If you would like to give back and volunteer in Europe but you are wondering where you should go check out our top recommendations below:

 

1. Iceland – Environmental Conservation

Until fairly recently, Iceland was very much under the radar and continued as a relatively remote location. However, the last couple of years have seen tourism soar in this European country, and while that’s positive for Iceland’s economy, the environment is really suffering. We’ve already briefly touched on global warming, and that’s exactly what volunteers aim to prevent when volunteering in Iceland. In this country, environmental conservation includes reducing the effects of global warming on the enchanting Icelandic glacier, as well as cleaning the coastline and ensuring that the fishing industry remains thriving and unburdened by a deteriorating environment.  

 

2. Bosnia – Community Development

Bosnia community development

Even historical events that happened many decades ago are still affecting the communities for many countries. Back in 1992-95, Bosnia suffered from the Bosnian War, as violence and suffering was brought to the country. While the environment has recovered greatly from the devastation, the community hasn’t, and there’s still a huge divide across the society. Therefore, volunteers in Bosnia aim to reunite the people and eliminate the division left between the people.

A programme worth joining to improve the community in Bosnia is Love Volunteers, which aims to end the racial segregation by completely destroying the prejudice that lingers in the Bosnian atmosphere. By volunteering here, you will learn a huge lesson and learn a lot about the importance of peace and love within a community.

 

3. Spain – Marine Conservation

Spain marine conservation

I’m sure most of you have visited an aquarium in your life and marvelled at the beautiful, tropic fish that live in our world. Well, in Spain, marline life is suffering, and it’s up to the volunteers to conserve the marine life. Unfortunately, Spanish shores are bombarded by heavy damage due to the incredibly high tourist population that the country receives – a great 8.6 million to be exact. If you’re looking for a full-on volunteering experience, without a single dull day, then this is exactly where you should volunteer. From assisting research into dolphins, to restoring the sandy beaches that Spain is so proud of, marine conservation voluntary work in Spain is full of action.

 

4. Slovakia – Lynx, Wolf & Bear Conservation

Slovakia bear volunteer

Across centuries, we have lost many amazing species of animal, and the way that we continue to pollute the earth and destroy habitats, the number of extinct species is guaranteed to increase. In Slovakia, volunteers are able to work hard at conserving the unique, innocent wildlife that resides there, including lynxes, wolves and bears. Here, volunteers can track the mammals through stunning landscapes, such as forests and meadow habitats among the mountains. Furthermore, you can learn how to recognise and record any signs of their presence, helping you to ensure that they’re healthy and safe in their environment.

Volunteering abroad is an excellent way to broaden your mind and develop a greater understanding on how our world needs our help. Without our help, wildlife will be gone forever, as well as stunning landscapes and vital ecosystems. Who said volunteering had to be boring – travel to one of these European destinations and help our dying communities and environments now!

 

5. France - Summer Voluntary Camps

France volunteer summer camps

If you have a few weeks free over summer why not consider going to volunteer in France. There are short term placements available at educational summer camps which aim to help children improve their English language skills in a fun and supportive environment. Placements can be found throughout the country which are a great way to experience the French way of life, meet friendly people, help children learn and also get to travel and see more of the country.

 

Related Opportunities

Volunteer Projects for Teenagers

We send 16 – 17 year olds on to specially designed ‘teenager’ projects. Sometimes these projects might have older volunteers too but the focus will be suitable for teenagers. 

Short & Long Term Volunteer Projects

We offer volunteer projects from 2 weeks up to 12 months in duration which are aimed at supporting the development of local communities.

Summer Community Volunteer Projects

Apply to join one of our community-based programs and make a difference this summer. You’ll learn from living and working in a richly mixed, international group, as well as from the practical work itself.

Volunteer in Bosnia with Love Volunteers Community Development Program - from just $20per day!

Through our wonderful partner organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we aim to support local and international efforts to put an end to the racial segregation by removing the inherited prejudice of the regions next generation – it’s children.

Orca Conservation Volunteer Project

Discover the renowned Garden Route while participating in marine conservation, research and local education initiatives in Plettenberg Bay!

Tanzania Whale Sharks & Turtles

Assist in work contributing towards the conservation of the majestic whale shark and beautiful turtle in these crystal clear waters around Mafia island.

Turtle Conservation Project in Huidong, China

Take a hands-on approach to conserving and raising China’s endangered sea turtles. 

Get Paid to Teach English Abroad with an Online TEFL Course

Get paid to teach English around the world by taking an i-to-i internationally recognised online TEFL course from anywhere in the world!

Cuba: Spanish Lessons + Reef Conservation + Havana

Spend six weeks in Cuba and explore Havana, learn to dance cuban-style, work with local artists, conserve pristine beaches and help rebuild one of the countries oldest boxing clubs.

Marine Conservation Volunteer Project in Spain

The Marine Conservation Project is located in Denia, a traditional old fishing town situation 100 km south of Valencia. It is the birthplace of the Marine Reserve in the Cape of San Antonio.

Volunteer Projects for Families

Every year we have a small selection of projects open to family volunteers and children (usually aged 5-13). 

Volunteer with sun bears in Borneo

Volunteer with the smallest species of bear on the planet. The rehabilitation centre strives to protect these adorable bears and gives them the chance to live back in the wild.

Mega European

49 Days, London to London. Visiting 20 countries. This is MEGA.

Volunteer Projects for Seniors

Every year we have a small selection of projects open to seniors aged 50+. 

Florida Wild Animal Rescue

Help to provide the day to day care for a range of rescued wild animals at this beautiful sanctuary in the heart of Florida.

Thailand Animal Rescue Centre

Join this incredible project to help provide an enriching and secure environment for domesticated wild animals so they can be rehabilitated and released back into Thailand's jungles.

Bears of Romania

Volunteer at a bear sanctuary in Romania.

 

 

      

 

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