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’re trustworthy

    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 you can help 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 the budget volunteering specialists. Our volunteer opportunities start from a very affordable £12.50 per week in Cambodia. Help at a school in India, only £50 per week. Volunteer with animals on a stunning Caribbean island 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’re flexible

    We offer volunteer placements to help abroad 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 to street kids to animal and conservation volunteering and health care and medical electives.

    If you have the time, why not turn your voluntary work abroad into a longer round-the-world trip hopping from one unique project to another with independent travel between your programmes?

  • 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.

  • Bespoke

    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 skill or interest to share with a community overseas we will help find a project to suit. Contact Us and tell us a bit about yourself and volunteer now!

About us at Original Volunteers

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Emily Holm, from Bucks, UK

“Go for it! It was worth it. I am a much stronger person as a result.”

Emily Holm
Bucks, UK