100 Free or Cheap Volunteer Work Opportunities Abroad
Volunteer work has become big business. Hundreds of gap year companies are there to guide timid gappers into a voluntary project, but if you are willing to be brave and do it all yourself it can be much, much cheaper.
91. New Era Galapogas Foundation, Galapogas, Ecuador
A unique and rewarding chance to live and work in the Galapogas Islands is offered to volunteers willing to become involved with the projects of NEGF. Skills sought in volunteers include foreign languages, an artistic or environmental background and experience of working with children. Volunteers typically live with local host families. Three month commitment required.
92. KMC International Workcamps, Czech Republic
Join ten to 20 other volunteers from many different countries to work on a service project which benefits a local community. A contribution to food and accommodation costs is required. Projects include gardening and castle renovations.
93. WWOOF, Worldwide
An international organic farming movement, WWOOF puts volunteer workers in touch with hosts offering food, accommodation and the chance to learn about organic lifestyles.
94. Casa de los Angeles, Mexico
A safe haven for street children in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, Casa de los Angeles welcomes volunteers that can cook, build things, teach basic hygiene or that are just good with children.
95. Green Gecko Project, Cambodia
At Green Gecko, Siem Reap's street kids can eat a hot lunch, attend an English class, play and get a hug, get their hair combed and receive medical attention. Volunteers with skills, experience or ideas that they are willing to impart to the Khymer staff are most valuable. Minimum one month commitment.
96. Natural History Museum, UK
One of the top museums of its kind in the world, the Natural History Museum has over 200 volunteers unified by a shared interest in nature.
97. Nebaj, Guatemala
Nebaj is a mountain town famous for its artisans and a hotbed of international NGOs many of which are willing to take on both short and long term foreign volunteers. This website provides information on the many ways a volunteer can help out. A small donation is asked of all volunteers, less than $15 for the first week, half that for the second week. Basic, intermediate or advanced Spanish may be required.
98. Trade Aid, Tanzania
Welcomes mature volunteers with specialist skills such as accountancy, IT, tourism and teaching who train local staff in that skill.
99. Humanity First, Worldwide
Humanity First works on human development projects and responds to disasters such as earthquakes in Turkey and Iran, floods in Latin America, storms and tsunamis in the USA and Indonesia, and conflicts in Eastern Europe. Skilled volunteers are requested to enter their details into the volunteer database.
100. SECMOL, India
The Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh was founded in 1988 by a group of young Ladakhis. Today they organise activities for Ladakhi youth, run a campus for students and develop solar energy projects. Volunteers contribute around £4 per day towards costs.