Apply to volunteer abroad with One World 365. On our website you can find volunteer work in 5 continents and in over 100 countries around the world. Our website features hundreds of volunteer challenging programs and lots of different organisations which you can browse for free and apply today to work and make a difference. As a volunteer you will get a rewarding experience where you can make a difference, meet new people and immerse yourself into a new culture. On our directory you can search projects by type and location, read on for more information.
Types of Programs
There are hundreds of really amazing projects and organisations which need assistance all year, you could apply to help communities, conservation, wildlife, education and teaching initiatives or work at orphanages or on care projects. Whether you are looking to gain experience for a future career or just spend a holiday doing something rewarding there are projects for everyone. Some projects can be join for a short period of less than a week whilst on others you can stay for over a year.
Guide to Volunteering Abroad
Get inspiration for a life changing trip today and read more information about applying to give back. On our website you can read more information about volunteering or search opportunities and holidays to destinations worldwide. We help thousands of people find and arrange volunteer trips every year and you can read on for information on why you might want to sign up and how you can set up a dream trip. There are no specific reasons why you might choose to volunteer abroad, maybe you are looking to do something different or you are planning a family holiday and you want a rewarding experience which is totally different to anything you have ever done before. You will get to explore a new region of the world and be far more than just a tourist.
Volunteering abroad is a chance to do something different and help other people, communities, wildlife and find out about yourself. By applying you will get to live and immerse yourself in a foreign country, meet people from all around the world and be able to have a real hands on learning experience. Lots of people volunteer simply because they enjoy it and it makes you feel good, Ghandi once said the best way to lose yourself is in the service of others and not many feelings compare. Not only is volunteering abroad a wonderful experience, it’s also one that you can take home with you and show to your friends and families through the memories you have, friends you've made and pictures you have taken. You have the option to apply direct with local projects and NGO's or arrange your trip through an international travel / volunteer company who will be able to arrange you a placement. Even if you apply by yourself you won't be alone volunteering. Most organizations have lots of volunteers helping at anytime, so you are very unlikely to be alone. If you are worried please enquire direct before applying, or join a group volunteer program.
Applying with a Sending Agency
By volunteering through a travel agent or volunteer organisation, you should get a safe and structured trip. Most things should be taken care of including the journey, travel information and pre-project briefings. With a volunteer sending agency you get in-country support and there will always be someone available via phone or e-mail to assist you whilst abroad. If it is your first time volunteering abroad or if you are going solo it is recommended applying to volunteer abroad through a volunteer sending agency.
A travel or sending agency will be able to plan your trip and reduce the stress of the experience. Volunteer sending organisations are able to accommodate individuals, groups, school trips or employees on trips abroad. They will arrange placements, help with flights, maybe even place you on group flights with other volunteers, let you decide on time / departure and make sure everything runs smoothly. A lot of volunteer organisations employ staff overseas to directly help with travel arrangements and help with any problems volunteers may encounter whilst abroad.
- Most Nationalities are able to apply but you will need to be eligble for a tourist visa for the destination you are interested in. Participants usually come from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany and other European countries. However, it is not uncommon to find international volunteers from countries like Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Brazil.
- Most organisations require you to be 18 to volunteer by yourself on a project overseas. But some companies specialize in trips for 15-17 year old's, these are usually structured and short term programs organized in conjunction with schools. If you are under this age limit you might need to volunteer with your family, there are family volunteering holidays available worldwide but certain restrictions apply.
- No previous experience is required for non skilled positions but if you are looking to help as a doctor for example you will need qualifications. You will need to be in good health, flexible, enthusiastic, adaptable, have a desire to make a positive impact. A good level of English is needed for most placements and sometimes depending on the destination you might need to know the basics of the local language.
If you are in a skilled career and would like to take time out to do something rewarding then you can find specific skilled volunteering placements in countries all around the world. There are short term programs available during summer and over Christmas and New Year to fit around jobs, but you can join year round. A lot of teachers use the summer break to travel and give back, whilst most placements are un-paid but you can find some where you will receive a basic salary. Types of areas you can apply to join include: human rights work, engineering, business, teaching / education, environmental work, medical / healthcare and social work. Medical skills are always in need, so if you are a nurse, dentist, hygene assistant, doctor or have any skills you can make a different on programs in the developing world.
Duration & What to Expect
Volunteering is certainly no normal holiday, sometimes working hours can be long and exhausting so please beware of this before applying. If you would like to see a country and just sit on a beach then volunteering might not be for you. But if you have the enthusiasm to want to help and you are open to new experiences then you might relish the challenge. Every day will be new and there will be lots of free time for you to relax or travel and see more of the country you are based in. Usually when participating you will develop strong bonds with your fellow volunteers and you might make friends to last a life time. You will take away lots of positive memories from volunteering in a foreign country, most people really enjoy the experience and are able to make a contribution to projects around the world.
You can participate from as little as a day, to over a year. The minimum and maximum program length really depend on the organisation or program, some have a minimum of one week but a lot require at least 2 weeks or longer. On care / orphanage projects most organisations like partipants to stay long term 4 weeks or longers because you need to learn new skills and develop bonds with people you are working with. Please note being away from home on a long term volunteer program will impact relationships, holidays, and finances, these things should be considered before joining a year long placement for example. If you speak Portuguese you can view more information about our website and opportunities here: Trabalho voluntário no exterior com a One World 365.
Before a lot of people depart on volunteering placements abroad one popular question is 'who is this going to benefit?' and 'will I be able to make a difference'. By deciding to travel overseas and help a volunteer program you will be able to help others whilst helping yourself develop personally. You will benefit personally and professionally, this will be a fresh new learning experience. Occassionally in the media there are negative stories about the effectiveness and how worthwhile programs are. Don't let this put you off, developing countries benefit from international help as a lot of places lack the people and skills to help make a difference. New participants bring new ideas and skills and can also help programs develop overtime by working with local staff. By applying for educational, environmental, wildlife or communtity based placements you will be able to contribute and have a positive impact. Tourism is also a massive boost to any country, the presence of international volunteers provides money for destinations and for projects, of which a lot require a donation to keep projects operating. By traveling and volunteering you will be buying local food or staying in accommodation which will boost others indirectly.
Our directory should give you some really inspirational ideas on where you can go and what you could do. There is no deadline or best time to apply and please research all countries before signing up to a program. Some organizations allow you to book a program over one year in advance. Sometimes its good to book the program early as this reserve your spot, some projects only need a limited number of volunteers so can fill up quickly. You should also be able to change your program dates if needed. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need any help.
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