Volunteer in Pakistan
Pakistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, this nation has faced many difficult challenges over the last few decades with internal security problems and political instability. But there are large international charities and also local NGO's working to improve the situation for people in Pakistan and seek international volunteers all year round.
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Guide to Volunteering in Pakistan
Pakistan has one of the largest populations in the world with around 177 million people living here, many of which live in poverty and need help. There was also a devastating earthquake which hit Pakistan on the 24th September 2013, this left many people homeless with infrastructure badly damaged. If you would like to work and help in Pakistan arrange a volunteer placement through One World 365.
A lot of organisations are working in Pakistan to help alleviate poverty, some work in conjunction with the government whilst others work independently. Unfortunately the security and safety of international volunteers has meant a lot of operations have stopping running or are now just available in limited places. Programs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and surrounding areas were recently ended but you can still find placements in places like Punjab and the capital Islamabad.
There are general placements available and also more specific areas where you can work like helping with the prevention and spread of HIV and AIDS. Most NGO's and volunteer organisations hire international volunteers to help improve education, communities development, training of local people to learn new skills and also to help with refugees. Wildlife and environmental organisations like the WWF also run projects to help animals and nature.
Most organisations cater to gap year, career break and retired volunteers or whoever is taking a break from their normal day to day routine. As a volunteer in Pakistan you should firstly have a heart to serve as most projects will test and stretch your abilities (mentally and physically). The experience of working in Pakistan will be the most challenging, emotional and eye opening experience of your life. There are structured, free and paid volunteer placements available but please note just turning up in Pakistan and trying to seek placements locally isn't recommended especially if you do not speak the language.
Most organisations will require a long term commitment of at least 3 months. Casual and temporary short term volunteer opportunities for a few days or weeks in Pakistan will be difficult to find. If you haven't got the time to commit then why not consider booking a tour in Pakistan then try to visit local NGO's and good causes. Volunteers usually need to be aged 18 and over but anyone younger can request information or participate on special structured group programs or apply with an adult.
Charity Aid Volunteering in Pakistan
International volunteer organisations working in Parkistan include:
- The UN
- Red Cross
- Red Crescent
To get a volunteer job with these organisations you will need to be a skilled professional and go through an application.
Top Tips for Volunteering in Pakistan
- Learn local words and phrases
- Know the best times and places to go
- Research organisations and view past participant feedback
- Work out if you would prefer a safer destination
- Learn about local culture and etiquette
- Consider un-paid positions to boost your chances of helping
- Dress sensibly for the weather and culture
How to Apply
You can search recommended organisations which place international volunteers in Pakistan above. Most companies offer structured packages which include placements, airport pick up, accommodation and in-country support. Due to the safety situation in Pakistan we recommend viewing our other Asia volunteer projects or searching India volunteer programs where there are a lot of more options.