Volunteer in Europe
Do something rewarding and apply to volunteer in Europe. There are programs throughout the continent during summer and all year round where you can can help people, communities, wildlife and the environment. Search projects today.
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Guide to Volunteering in Europe
Europe is very developed and one of the most modern and wealthiest continents in the world but there is still a need for assistance from international participants in most countries. There are so many short and long term volunteer programs available where you can make a difference, do something worthwhile and also have one of the most fun experiences of your life. This is a great experience for you to live abroad in a new country and just travelling in Europe can be expensive but if you choose to volunteer you usually get accommodation and meals included.
Volunteering is also a good way to make new friends from all over the world, most organisations in Europe hire local and international staff so its a good cultural experience too. Every project is different and each destination offers a unique experience to experience cultural immersion and really help make a difference. Where you volunteer really decides on your preferences, each country offers a different experience. If you have a specific program in mind you might not have as much choice as if you were open minded.
Research all destinations before applying or e-mail us for advice and we will be happy to suggestions options. It is important you select the project which best suits or matches your interests so you can really give 100%. Also try not to limit yourself to one particular country and be open to new places which you might not have thought about visiting before. There are short and long term programs available all year round so if you would like to take a holiday with a difference, donate a week of you time or even stay longer you will find a suitable program for you.
Types of Volunteer Programs in Europe
In Europe you can help community and conservation projects working direct with people, animals, towns, villages and the environment. There are lots of options available like working with children and on youth projects, helping disadvantaged, elderly and disabled people, joining building and construction programs, working to protect wildlife like bears and turtles and helping conservation.
There is a Leonardo da Vinci volunteer and travel program is a EU funded learning experience for young people aged 18 and above. Leonardo da Vinci program helps you improve language skills whilst living abroad in a different European country. This is a great cultural exchange opportunity and living abroad will give you the experience of a lifetime. Various volunteer organizations we have listed offer the Leonardo Da Vinci program.
Free, Low Cost & Paid Volunteer Opportunities in Europe
If you are you looking to volunteer abroad in Europe for free or find low cost volunteer placements we have hundreds of volunteer organisations listed which offer programs. Some programs are structured and you will need to pay a fee, but others are totally free. You can find local organisations in need of help and then make a real impact. For free volunteer projects, you are best applying to local NGO's or direct to grass roots organisations.
European Voluntary Service Programs (EVS) programs are also a great opportunity to make a difference in Europe. With this volunteer program you get to live in a European country, improve your foreign language skills and help community volunteer projects. Once you have applied to be a European Service Volunteer you will hopefully be accepted. This volunteer experience in Europe is free of charge and this covers everything from your food, accommodation to transport.
Other free volunteering programs in Europe include:
- Work in Exchange for Accommodation and Meals - If you don't mind too much not getting paid to work, you will find various hostels, hotels, guest houses and also farms offering travellers free lodgings and accommodation in exchange for working a few hours per day / week.
- WWOOF - Willing Workers on Organic Farms is a popular option for backpackers where you will get to experience rural life on a farm. These farms offer free accommodation and food in exchange for you working with agriculture, animals or being a general assistance helping out with daily duties.
Volunteering in Eastern Europe
Volunteering in Eastern Europe is an increasing popular opportunity, you can discover a up and coming region of the world and see both ancient and modern locations. This region offers a very authentic volunteering experience where you will get to see and understand other cultures whilst also contributing to worthwhile causes.
We have some very rewarding volunteer projects in Eastern Europe available to book during summer or all year round. You could work at community centres, hospitals, schools, media companies or be in the great outdoors on a dig, excavation or archaeological research program. In your free time there are lots of activities and excursions available where you can see new places. Homestays are very popular in this part of the continent where you will live and eat alongside a local family - this is a fascinating eye opening cultural exchange.
Summer Volunteer Programs in Europe
Looking to spend your summer break doing something meaningful? There are so many projects available to book during summer in various different countries around the continent. Some placements can include helping marine animals where you will get to live in spectacular locations like Greece or Spain.
When signing up to volunteer in Europe you might be staying in shared accommodation which is pre-arranged if you apply for a structured program. You might also choose to stay with a host family which can be an interesting and fun experience. Sometimes you can choose to have private accommodation arrange in a hotel or hostel.
To apply most organisations will require you to be aged 18+ but there are special programs which also accept 16 and 17 year olds. To volunteer you don't need any previous experience for non skilled positions, you will just need to be enthusiastic and open minded to a new experience living in a different country. No qualifications are generally needed for non-skilled placements, just a willingness to help others, enthusiasm is welcomed. You should apply for a project well in advance of your ideal start date as the normal administration of the programme can take a few months.
Help / Advice
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Europe Volunteer Reviews
If you have ever been to volunteer in Europe and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.
"I would highly recommend volunteering to anyone looking to stay away a little longer and do something special. I initially applied for the experience and to help, and by the end of my placement I had made friends for life." - Kate, UK
"The experience taught me that age and nationality are of little importance and that you do not have to spend money to have fun or see something beautiful. I made friends for life. Voluntary is about the people". - Hannah volunteered in Greece with Concordia
"I worked with teenagers aged 14-17, they were mostly Russian speaking Estonians, but there were also teens from other countries. It was an excellent experience, I learnt a lot, particularly about the experience of the teens as Russians living in Estonia. It was also very interesting to meet and work with the volunteers from all over Europe (I was the only English volunteer). We got on well and I hope to keep in touch long term with some of them". - Caroline, English project in Estonia
"I will definitely do it again next summer , it was an unforgettable two weeks" - Aliya, UK
"Working on the project was a unique experience – I hope to do many more. Everyone should be a volunteer!" - Ruth, festival project participant
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