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International Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back and make a difference. Many students want to experience short term volunteering in the holidays, or spend some time helping others after graduation. 

However, this often comes at a price. Organisations may ask you to pay an admin fee, or fundraise a certain amount, not to mention the costs of getting to the location all for the promise that you'll be making a difference to the people/place/flora and fauna. 

The article "How to ethically volunteer anywhere in the world" by Shannon O'Donnell lists 5 steps on finding volunteer projects which may suit you. 

These websites may help you get started with your search:

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) - opportunities in over 50 countries worldwide 

GoOverseas.com - information on volunteering abroad for free 

VolunteerForever - tips on how to reduce your costs 

GoEco - sustainability organisation specialising in student placements

Agape Volunteers - volunteer in Africa with low programme fees 

Volunteering Solutions - low cost volunteer projects

International Citizen Service (ICS) - a government funded overseas volunteering programme, fundraising required 

Original Volunteers - one of the UK's most affordable volunteer sending organisations for volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Working Abroad - ethical volunteering opportunities (fees apply) 

Legitimate organisations such as Frontier and Ecoteer promote responsible volunteering, some opportunities are free whereas others require a fee.   

You can find additional information about a range of different funding and Grants available for vounteering abroad HERE.