Volunteering abroad gives you the opportunity to use your skills to help communities throughout the world. There are many different volunteer programmes available with varying duration from 2 weeks up to 2 years. Here you will find a list of some organisations that offer different programmes which include conservation, teaching, medical related, management, construction, to name but a few. Please note, SETU Waterford is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Amizade is a nonprofit organization created to provide opportunities for individuals and groups to be able to take part in educational, environmental, health, welfare, and other service projects around the world. Volunteers do not need to have any special skills. They just need a willingness to help. Amizade collaborates with existing community-based organizations to develop projects which will are both beneficial to the community and enjoyable to the volunteers. Most of these are building projects centering around the construction of schools, health posts, environmental centers, etc. Local members of the communities are encouraged to work with side by side with Amizade volunteers.
Casa Xelaju - Guatemala
CEX's Project La Pedrera offers students and non-students a variety of internship and volunteer work opportunities with an under served, indigenous community in Guatamala. A variety Spanish-speaking ability and lengths of stay are available. Opportunities include teaching English, math, computer classes, organizing projects and workshops, taking children on field trips, investigation surveys, statistical legal work, medical and dental clinic positions, building projects, domestic crisis interventions.
Conservation Volunteers Australia: International Opportunities
Conservation Volunteers Australia is a non-profit, non-political community based organization, which undertakes conservation projects which will be of benefit to the Australian environment. Their organization also sponsors programs in various countries throughout Europe, Central America, Asia, and Africa in cooperation with local environmental and conservation groups. Outside of Australia, most programs last between 2-5 weeks during which you would be part of a team of volunteers.
EIL Volunteer Abroad
EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish based, non-profit organisation. EIL is part of a worldwide federation which is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding between cultures. It operates in over 30 countries involving over 25,000 people each year on a variety of cultural integration and volunteering programmes. The EIL Volunteer Abroad programme places Irish people in 15 different countries. A wide range of projects are available: Teaching, Welfare, Health, Conservation and Human Rights related. Volunteers work alongside local people and are supported by local staff.
Global Vision International (GVI)
GVI offers over 60 projects in the fields of Marine Conservation and Wildlife Research expeditions in Africa and Latin America and volunteer teaching and wildlife projects in over 30 countries worldwide. Programs include field in-depth training, cultural orientation and 24 hour support provided by field staff throughout your stay. Programs length is extremely flexible, ranging from 1 week to 2 years.
GV seeks volunteers interested in English teaching, childcare, health care, and labor projects. They offer the opportunity to help support over 100 communities in 20 countries across 6 continents through volunteer service. Participants live and work alongside local people on all projects. Start dates are available throughout the year, and GV also offers volunteer-vacation programs for students interested in short term opportunities.
Habitat For Humanity (HFH)
HFH primarily works together with the poor to build low-cost housing they can purchase at no profit and no interest. They also help to rebuild housing for cities struck by disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. There are over 60 abroad projects in 26 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. The assignments vary from short term trips starting at one week to long-term three year assignments. Transportation, housing, health insurance and a stipend are provided.
International Partnership For Service Learning (IPSL)
IPSL offers programs which combines structured academic studies with substantial volunteer community service for a summer, semester or year in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, India, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, and Scotland. Placements are available and are individualized based on the student's needs and interests. Programs are based at recognized, degree granting institutions in the host country, involve 20 hours of service per week, and have an in-country resident director to assist students.
International Student Volunteers (ISV)
International Student Volunteers is a non-profit organization committed to encouraging student volunteer work around the world. ISV's mission is to combine Education, Conservation, and Recreation. Programs are available in Australia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, New Zealand, and Thailand.
Overseas Mission Experience
Project organised by the Irish based Missionary Congregations. They facilitate people in the 18 -30 age group who would like to spend 4 to 6 weeks on mission during the summer. Placements available in Africa, South America and Asia.
Missionaries of Africa, Cypress Grove, Templeogue, Dublin 6W
Development and Education Initiative.
Summer Volunteering programmes in Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, India, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ireland.
(SERVE will be visiting SETU Waterford this semester (date to be arranged) to make a presentation to any interested students wishing to volunteer abroad next summer)
VSO - Ireland
Since 1958, over 30,000 volunteers have served with VSO. They send experienced professionals from the areas of management, education, health and some technical areas. VSO volunteers live within local communities for a local salary, and work with local colleagues on one or two year placements to help communities work towards a better future.