Concordia International Volunteers

Concordia International Volunteers

Concordia is a small not-for-profit charity promoting greater understanding, international peace & volunteer opportunities.

Through our East/West programme, you can volunteer overseas in many destinations in Europe, North America, Japan, and Korea. Our North/South programme offers volunteer placements in South East Asia, India, Africa, Central and South America.

International Volunteer Projects

Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Selections of projects, mainly in Europe, are available for teenagers aged 16 and 17.

Types of Projects

The project range is diverse and includes nature conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, art and culture as well as projects that are more socially based including children’s play-schemes and teaching. These are some examples of projects you might find:

  • Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
  • Set up a music festival in Germany
  • Restore a castle in France
  • Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
  • Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
  • Carry out archaeological work in Greece
  • Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
  • Help with arts activities in Turkey
  • Promote organic farming in Japan
  • Organise activities for street children in India
  • Teach English in Thailand

Summer, Winter and Spring Programme

The main season runs from June to September. Selecting a project is easy through our database, which is on our website. The projects are available from the beginning of April each year and over 1500 different projects can be found. We also offer a smaller programme over the winter and spring.

Length of Projects

Projects usually last for 2-4 weeks; we also offer a few projects lasting from 1 month up to 6, though the minimum age for these projects is 20 and volunteers are required to have some previous experience.

How to Apply

All projects currently available are listed on our website. Volunteers pay a registration fee (£225 for East/West; £250 for North/South) and fund their own travel. Food and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, Eastern Europe Russia, North America, Japan and South Korea.

Only for projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa volunteers are required to pay an on-arrival fee of approx (it covers food, accommodation and funds the entire programme in the country) and to attend a preparation weekend in Brighton.

Concordia International Volunteer Programme in brief:

  • Most projects run from June to September with a smaller winter/spring programme
  • Summer programme available on line every year in April with more than 1500 projects to choose from
  • Projects available in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Projects last for 2 – 4 weeks
  • Projects for anyone aged 18+
  • Teenage projects for 16 – 17 year olds
  • No experience necessary

Costs / Pay

Volunteers pay a registration fee of £225 for the East/West Programme, and £250 for the North/South Programme, plus their travel and insurance costs. Some projects have Extra Fees, to be paid to the host organization. Food and accommodation are provided free of charge.

Contact / Enquiry

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Concordia International Volunteers Reviews

Volunteer in Japan with Concordia

Concordia is a great organisation, which provides a variety of different projects all around the world for affordable price. I really wanted to volunteer in Japan and this organisation gave me what I wanted. The programme I chose was environmental project in Japan for two months. Before I got there, I received a lot of information from Concordia and had a meeting to discuss different issues and concerns that may arise while I am on the project. This was very helpful as it gave me confidence and overview of what can happen and how to deal with different situations.
When I arrived in Japan to the meeting point there was someone to meet us and guide us to the accommodation. Our team leader was very funny and friendly, we could talk to her about everything. The programme itself included work in forest and near the lake, and during the period of two months we have done many different things. The work wasn’t the same each day and we experienced different camps and activities as well. During summer there are a lot of festivals in Japan and we as volunteers could participate and help them organise everything. The other activities included international camps where we met a lot of new people and learned new skills.
During the stay we could get support from our team leader and the person in charge of this project, which was very helpful. They could answer all our questions and they made sure that we are safe and have enough food all the time. Our long term team included six people and we could become like a family with each other. We had a lot of fun and we enjoyed every day we spent there.
In the end I would say this project was very valuable to meet new people and get to know the country and culture from within, as well as, the local people, who were very generous to us. I would like to return to Concordia again for a different project in the future.

By: Anastasija
Nationality: Latvia
Age: 19

Brilliant way to explore a coutnry

Concordia do a fantastic job of offering a wide range of projects across the globe - meaning the perfect trip will be there for you.
Once I'd decided an environmental project in Iceland was for me, the Concordia did were great in making sure I was prepared, had all the info I needed and was happy and confident in my plans.
By going through Condordia the project was interesting, plans made at weekends to make most of your time abroad, you meet brilliant people from all over the globe, and you get to take part in some fantastic work where get chance to get to know the country.
For those of you who want a little more out of travelling -- Concordia are great organisation to help you get there and get the most out of your travels.

By: Amy
Nationality: British
Age: 24

A fantastic organisation! So many international opportunities and the team are excellent and very supportive!

I have been able to enjoy many enriching overseas experiences through Concordia such as volunteering on various different social and environmental projects in Europe, exchanging my time and enthusiasm to help community projects in return for accommodation and food.

I have also had the opportunity to lead one of Concordia's UK summer projects here in the UK, where I coordinated and organised the daily social activity programme for the volunteers who were working at a youth centre in Kent to deliver outreach sports and creative activities to youth in the local community.

I have also been fortunate enough to take part in "European Voluntary Service" through Concordia. My project was in the French Alps, working for an organisation which promotes intercultural appreciation and tolerance through international summer youth activity camps, festivals, local community projects etc.

These are just a few examples of the many diverse opportunities that are made possible through Concordia! I would highly recommend the organisation to anyone wanting to take part in "ethical" overseas voluntary projects which benefit local communities and to those wanting to feel enriched and inspired!

By: Emma
Nationality: British
Age: 25

Screen-print and comics festival in Rome

The program offered by Concordia Volunteers are amazing, I got the chance to discover an anarchic independent community in the periphery of Rome (an amazing city adding to that). The camp was based in the participation of all in the community activities, including cleaning and cooking. In addition we helped to organise a screen-printing and comics festival (which was the main goal of the camp at the beginning). I got to meet amazing and open-minded people, that welcomed our team in their fort for 2 weeks and learned very interesting story about the place and the people.The artists of the festival were amazing as well.
The fact that Concordia provides such opportunities is incredible, it pushes young people to open themselves to the world. This program taught me to be more independent, autonomous and understanding.
The only issue I had during those 2 weeks were the other volunteers on the team, most were amazing obviously and we had a lot of fun, including with the local people of the fort and the artists. However, some were just not motivated enough about the goal of the camp which was to discover an amazing community and help them set their festival up. I think Concordia should be more selective in the future.
Still, I would recommend this organisation to anyone willing to have an unique experience abroad.

By: Joana Salles
Nationality: French
Age: 19

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