Want to make a change whilst experiencing British culture and polishing your English? We’ve gathered some suggestions to help you set off on your volunteering journey.
The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. You can register when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start your project until you are over 18. The Solidarity Corps works as a pool of young people who register their interest to take part in solidarity-related projects. When you register, your details will be held in the European Solidarity Corps system, which allows organisations to search the database for young people for their projects.
Want to gain new skills, experience a different culture and help people? If you're aged between 18 and 30, you can volunteer across Europe for 8 to 12 months. There are placements available also in the UK.
Do-it is a search portal for volunteering opportunities. If you know where you would like to go, you can find opportunities in that area.
Vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds, helping young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way. You can search for volunteering opportunities by location or key word.
One of the best-known environmental organisations, Greenpeace also offer volunteering, internships, jobs and community activities in the UK.
A globally renowned aid and development charity with 70 years of experience, working and campaigning with partners in over 90 countries worldwide. There is plenty of volunteering opportunities with them, all across the UK.
These voluntourism opportunities promote awareness of ecological farming practices by providing visitors with the opportunity to live and learn on organic properties. Make a difference, lend a hand to support organic farmers and growers.
VAP is a UK based charity organisation which works towards creating and preserving international peace, justice and human solidarity for people and their communities. They provide short-term (2-4 weeks), medium-term (2-6 months) and long-term volunteering opportunities (6+ months) or as an EVS volunteer on a fully funded scheme.
Habitat for Humanity is a global, non-profit housing organisation with over 40 years of experience. They empower people in the world’s poorest communities to overcome the chronic lack of decent, affordable housing. Volunteer with Habitat also locally.
Action for Charity is a children’s charity that operates throughout the UK. Their opportunities database shows a wide range of placements and types of services.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provide opportunities to volunteer for animals’ welfare. They have a range of roles available that can be found around the UK.
The Wildlife Trusts offer plenty of opportunities across the UK including community gardening, species surveying (such as looking for otters!), caring for nature reserves, plant identification and GPS mapping. If you fancy the topic but not the outdoors bit, you could find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.
Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland. Use their opportunity database to search for volunteering placements in Northern Ireland.
Volunteer Scotland provides opportunities for people to volunteer across Scotland. You can search by location or key word and there are also opportunities to volunteer at events.
Volunteering Wales is a platform for those searching for opportunities to volunteer throughout Wales.
NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they’re essential for a better society. Their site is a good place to look to find a local volunteer centre.
Volunteer Centres are local organisations that provide support and expertise within the local community, to potential volunteers, existing volunteers and organisations that involve volunteers. They are often a good place to start looking for volunteering opportunities in the local area.
While you can’t apply directly to Sport England to volunteer, they do provide information on how to get involved in sports volunteering.