Volunteer Abroad with Original Volunteers,the UK’s leading independent provider of volunteering holidays
Original Volunteers is the UK’s leading independent volunteering abroad specialist. Every year we send volunteers abroad to more than 100 projects across 20 countries. Our placements are ethical, flexible, low-cost and tailored to you.
We’ve helped thousands of people enjoy life-affirming experiences volunteering abroad around the globe. But don’t take our word for it, read their reviews. We also offer unrivalled expert advice so if you are not sure which project for your first time, how to get there or how to mix and match projects get in touch we’ll be happy to help.
We’re low cost
We are budget volunteering specialists, with projects starting from a very affordable £12.50 per week including accommodation in Cambodia. Or help at a school in India, only £50 per week. Animal and conservation volunteers might like to work on a Caribbean island offering worthwhile work from £65 a week. If flight costs are a barrier to long-haul destinations, return flights to our Morocco programme typically cost between £47 and £100 if bought in advance and is a great project if this will your first time volunteering abroad. We have also put together a grants and gap year funding list. And as some long-stay volunteers discover each year, if you stay long enough and can help with the behind-the-scenes-work you may be invited to stay longer and volunteer for free!
We offer volunteer placements from just one or two weeks and don’t restrict you to fixed start dates at most projects so you can tailor your dates around your home commitments. In addition, at most destinations you can mix up volunteering experiences. We encourage projects to work this way where possible as you may have a hidden talent which could benefit the community. For example, many teaching and nursing volunteers in Ghana discover after arrival they are quite good at building or sport which can often come as a surprise!
We offer variety
We offer a range of placements, from work with orphans, street kids and students to animals, conservation and health care and medical electives. If you have the time, why not travel from one project to another making your way round the world, perhaps travelling independently between projects?
You’re fully supported
We have a team of experienced local staff at every project to support you. You’ll never be on your own when you volunteer abroad.
We can tailor placements to your requests. Have a skill or specific idea in mind and can’t find it on our site? Ask us! We’ve helped engineers install boreholes, health workers set up preventative workshops, sports enthusiasts establish local teams and drama students put on whole performances. Whatever your background or interest, if you want to volunteer abroad and have a skills or interest to share with a community overseas we will try to find a project which will make of your skills. Contact Us and tell us a bit of your background or what you are looking for.
“Go for it! It was worth it. I am a much stronger person as a result.”