Volunteer in the UK

Volunteering in the UK is a great way to find out about the country, people and language. It gives you a chance to experience what living and working is like and can give you a head start with your career options. There are many organisations that offer voluntary placements to further your interests in conservation, culture and history.

If you’re finding it difficult to find work placements, traineeships and internships, why not consider temporary and/or seasonal work volunteering which can be a great alternative and is ideal if you want to improve your English and your experience.

For more information on volunteering opportunities in the UK have a look at the links below:

There are thousands of volunteering opportunities in the UK. The European Youth Portal can assist you in finding the perfect opportunity for you.
European Youth Portal

The British Council is the UK national agency for the European Youth in Action programme. Along with the European Commission and the UK Government, they help young people discover Europe through initiatives such as Youth Exchanges, European Voluntary Service (EVS), Youth Initiatives and Support Measures. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with the Youth in Action programme go visit the EVS website.
Youth in Action - EVS

Do-it 'Volunteering made easy' is a great website to search for voluntary work in the UK and overseas. The site has a special section for students and young people wanting to volunteer abroad. Look up opportunities in the area you’re interested in – homelessness, the environment, human rights, disability, and much, much more.
Do-it Volunteering made easy

Concordia is a charity committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace. It offers young people opportunities for international volunteering, work experience, education, and training.
Concordia 

Global Xchange, a partnership between the VSO, the British Council, and Community Service Volunteers (CSV), is an exchange programme that brings young people from different countries to live alongside each other and work together as volunteers, so they can share their learning with their host communities.
Global Xchange

DirectGov functions as a directory for anything related to volunteering in the UK.
DirectGov

The Site provides fact sheets and articles on all the key issues facing young people including work, study and volunteering. The site also offers information on topics such as sex and relationships, drinking and drugs, housing, legal and finances, and health and wellbeing.
The Site

The National Trust preserves and protects the coastline, countryside, and buildings of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Among many different volunteering options it offers some youth involvement programmes as well as working holidays.
National Trust 

For volunteering opportunities in national parks please have a look at the website below.
Nationalparks 

You can visit World Volunteer Web for the latest volunteering news, updates and resources.
World Volunteer Web 

 

Information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

 

Scotland

This website has lots of useful information on volunteering, including how it can benefit you, what you can do and where to go to find voluntary opportunities.
Young Scot InfoLine – Volunteering

Young Scot What’s on Where website allows you to search for voluntary placements in your local area.
Young Scot WOW

Scotland’s centre of excellence in volunteering.
Volunteer Development Scotland

Volunteer abroad lists volunteer opportunities in Scotland.
Volunteer Abroad

Scotland’s gateway to volunteering.  Includes fast find function which allows you to search thousands of volunteer opportunities in Scotland.
Volunteer Scotland

HOST is a voluntary organisation, a network of UK residents who welcome international students to their homes for a weekend, or Christmas, visit. The purpose is to give students an insight into the way of life in Britain. Students also share their own culture with their hosts.
HOST UK

 

Wales

The Volunteering Wales website will give you information and advice about getting involved in volunteering.
Volunteering Wales

ICP Partneriaeth is an approved EVS hosting co-ordinator and sending organisation. They are also one of the approved EVS training providers for Wales.
ICP Patneriaeth

Through a range of volunteering in Wales and the world, UNA Exchange promotes and supports international understanding, cultural exchange and community development whilst at the same time enabling volunteers’ personal growth & development.
UNA Exchange

 

Northern Ireland

Volunteering NI is promoting and developing volunteering to build stronger communities.
Volunteering NI

Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland organise a range of conservation projects across Northern Ireland working towards a better environment.
Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland

The Causeway Volunteer Centre supports volunteering in the areas of Ballymoney, Coleraine and Moyle.
Causeway Volunteer Centre

VSB offers a guide to volunteering opportunities and other specialised volunteering projects available throughout Belfast & Castlereagh, North Down & Ards and Fermanagh.
VSB website