Overseas volunteering

Volunteering is a type of unpaid work that you choose to do and that helps other people, a local community or the environment. Often it involves working with a charity or similar organisation, but you can also set up your own voluntary projects.

Volunteering is extremely flexible. You may have one day or more to spare, you might want to start your own volunteering project or volunteer for a charity.

The length of time for your volunteer placement will vary, these can last from 2 weeks - 6 months, with the start dates also extremely flexible.

We have identified volunteer providers for you to research and source a volunteer placement below, if you wish to apply to any of these opportunties, please first register your interest by completing the short term registration form.

If you find a volunteer placement yourself, please let us know by also completing the form.

Once you have secured your volunteer placement, there will be a number of forms which you must complete, details can be found on the Before you leave pages.

*Please note there may be costs associated with each programme, such as a participation fee. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of these, and able to cover any that are required.

Frontier

Frontier aims to conserve the world's most endangered wildlife and threatened habitats and to build sustainable livelihoods for marginalised and under resourced communities in the world's poorest countries. To create solutions that are apolitical, forward-thinking, community-driven, and innovative and which take into consideration the long-term needs of low income communities.

Locations: Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Central America

Recommended Faculties: All - University Wide

Visit the Frontier website

GVI

Global Vision International offers over 150 different volunteer abroad projects in 25 countries all over the world. Projects are run alongside, and with the collaboration of, local partners and communities.

Locations: Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Central America

Recommended Faculties: All - University wide

Visit the GVI website

Habitat for Humanity

Through community-led construction, renovation or new build projects, Habitat for Humanity mobilise and support communities as they help people in housing need. 

Locations: Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, North America

Recommended Faculties: All - University wide

Visit the Habitat for Humanity website

Give a Fig Volunteering

Give a fig is a non-profit organisation, placing volunteers in government schools, colleges, universities, villages, and orphanages providing you with unique Volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka

Locations: Sri Lanka

Recommended Faculties: All - University wide

Visit the Give a Fig website

ICYE

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE UK) is an ethical international volunteering charity and was established in 1993 to work in the field of intercultural learning and youth empowerment.

Locations: Africa, Asia & Latin America

Recommended Faculties: All - University Wide

Visit the ICYE website

SLV Global

SLV Global provide psychology students and graduates from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in the mental health sector whilst being immersed in a unique and exciting culture.   

Locations: Bali, India, Sri Lanka

Recommended Faculties: FST - Psychology

Visit the SLV Global website 

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Funding your experience

Find out about grants, scholarships and other means of funding your exchange.

Find out about grants, scholarships and other means of funding your exchange.

How to apply

Find out how to apply and next steps to take for your experience abroad.