Volunteer in the USA
Looking to do something rewarding? Find volunteering positions throughout the United States with charities, NGO's and local organisations where you can help people, wildlife or the environment. You will get to meet new people, work in teams and give back. View our guide to volunteering in the USA and search programs today.
Volunteering Programs in the USA
Guide to Volunteering in the United States
There are lots of world famous organisations like Habitat For Humanity and Peace Corps which originated in the USA, but not a lot of people know you can actually spend time volunteering here. The United States is often overlooked as a country to spend time volunteering, some people tend to think as it is developed and modern there isn't any need for assistance.
If you enjoy being in the outdoors the USA has a range of volunteer projects in beautiful settings, you can find placements with animals or the and environmental at breathtakingly large National Parks. You will get to spend time helping in spectacular settings which you wouldn't normally see. There are also lots of community based projects located throughout the country.
Top Reasons to Apply to Volunteer in the USA
- The projects we have listed are an incredibly rewarding experience and is ideal for anyone interested in doing something in service, all projects are different so please research all before applying
- This will be a cultural exchange, you will live and work alongside local and international participants gaining an insight into the country, people and way of life
- There are a lot of options available so whether you are passionate about animals, people or the environment you will be sure to find a role to match your interests
- You will get to do something rewarding and beneficial to others, not just sightseeing!
- You can join short and long term placements throughout the year which can fit around your schedule
Location of Projects
On our website we have programs all around the USA from big cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Los Angeles to more rural and less-developed places like the Yosemite National Park. If you are after sun and are passionate about animals we have placements at rescue and rehabilitation centres in beautiful Florida. Or if the West Coast appeals view projects in California or check out projects in Hawaii.
Types of Volunteer Programs in the USA
There are lots of volunteer programs available to join throughout the U.S.A. - these are open all year round.
Conservation & Environmental Volunteer Programs in the USA
The United States has some world famous outdoor locations like the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. A popular program include working to protect nature on the Appalachia trail on the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. You can work in teams run by locally employed staff helping nature and working to protect areas with high tourist visitor numbers. Tasks can include creating and cleaning trails, constructing buildings, cleaning rubbish, planting trees and vegatation. Please note some conservation projects can be hands on and include physical labour - this is not a relaxing lazy holiday.
- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a popular volunteer program which will appeal to people are keen to get involved with helping nature..
Community Development Volunteer Programs in the USA
The USA is the third biggest country in the world and there are lots of local organisations working on the ground to help disadvantaged people. The US has a huge population of around 300 million people but not everyone is lucky enough to be living the American Dream and poverty is high especially in urban areas. You can apply with a charity or local organisation working directly with people who need assistance - there are so many different roles and positions available.
Volunteer with Animals in the USA
We have some fantastic programs where you can work to help, rehabilitate and rescue injured wildlife. You could help wolfs, horses, monkeys, dogs and other animals at centres throughout the country. Some placements are very hands on where you will have daily contact with animals but please note you will need to be willing to get involved with all aspects of programs e.g. cleaning, collecting/preparing food, washing encolusures, gardening, helping with admin and being an extra pair of hands for the daily routine.
Education is a big part of these programs too, you might be working with local communities and children explaining the need to help animals and get people involved. Every placement is different, there are specific roles for experienced vets but most programs allow everyone to apply irrelevant of experience as full training will be provided on arrival. Sometimes you might be required to have a tetanus vaccination.
What to Expect
Every program is different but usually you will work around 5-8 hours per day Monday to Friday. Evenings and weekends will be free to explore your new surroundings. Please note sometimes you might be required to put a lot of effort in, if you are just after a relaxing experience we recommend you just join one of our tours.
- Programs in the USA are open to native US citizens and also internationals - to apply you will need to be aged 17+ for most projects although this vary
- You will need to be eligible for a USA tourist visa
- If you are an American citizen you might want to search our featured organisations to arrange a placement, or you could also seek out opportunities locally
- If you apply through an agency / organisation they will usually arrange accommodation for you, this can be in a shared house, hotel, hostel or guest house. Homestays are also available whilst there is also the option to book this separately.
How to Apply
Most organisation which offer placements to internationals charge a fee which includes placements, transfers, housing and in-country support. You can apply or read more information via our website today
Free, Low Cost & Paid Volunteer Opportunities in the USA
All placements are different, some might require you to pay a fee if you are applying overseas but some local projects offer free housing, food and also a weekly living allowance. A lot of charities and community based projects offer free opportunities.
If you need any help organising a volunteer placement in the United States please get in touch.
Reviews & Testimonials
If you have ever been to volunteer in the USA and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.
"In 2014 I signed up for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and flew off to California for ten months of nonprofit work with a team of ten other people who were strangers in the beginning, but soon became family. My team worked, lived, cooked meals, traveled and explored together. We traveled through California, Oregon and Alaska and lived in tents, apartments, cooperatives, and barns. We worked for state parks, conservation agencies, learning to help farm on communes and built tundra gardens in the Arctic. This program instilled immense growth and sense of community for my team mates. If you are aged 18–24, sign up to experience it yourself." - Cecelia Barrow, USA
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