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Volunteering overseas

We always strive at BU to give you a wide range of options which is why we encourage students who want to volunteer to look beyond the UK too.

There a whole host of opportunities to take part in volunteering overseas which will help you not only to broaden your skills base but also to broaden your mind as well. The links below provide a whole of host of organisations that maybe able to help you.

  • Bolera Palms - volunteering projects with a village community in Malawi, helping in three key areas, education, conservation and community development
  • BUNAC - volunteering and summer camps in the US, Canada and Australia
  • Camps International - award winning volunteer trips to Africa and Asia
  • European Solidarity Corps - voluntering projects in Europe
  • Frontier - conservation, education, exploration
  • Gapforce - marine conservation, teaching, medical placements, community development and more
  • Global Vision International - conservation projects in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe
  • Green Force - NGO volunteering organisation
  • Help Argentina - a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Argentine civil society
  • ICYE (Intercultural Youth Exchange) - an ethical International Volunteer organisation which sends volunteers throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our focus is on responsible volunteering and a cultural immersion, which includes volunteering for a local community-led project, local partners, living with a host family and receiving language lessons and extensive training
  • International Citizen Service (ICS) - a global volunteering experience funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Lattitude Global Volunteering - youth volunteering opportunities overseas
  • Lessons for Life - overseas volunteer project in Africa, volunteers can teach English, hold sports days, run reading workshops, assist on construction projects, or help in a medical centre
  • Mafanikio Organization - a Kenyan community based organization set up to fight poverty in the marginalised regions of Kenya
  • Makhad Trust - provides practical projects which promote sustainable living and are directed towards people who have shown an interest in returning to work their land in the Sinai Desert
  • Operation Wallacea - international conservation
  • Projects Abroad - overseas volunteer work placements
  • Pod Volunteering - a leading non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world
  • Real Gap Experience - gap year and travelling ideas in over 45 countries round the world
  • Responde - an Argentine NGO which works for the recuperation of small communities in risk of extinction
  • Restless Development - worldwide volunteering projects in health, education and the environment
  • Sadhana Forest - experience sustainable living though reforestation, water conservation, food security and community development
  • Seaview Predator Park - volunteer program in South Africa
  • TEFL ( - international volunteering projects
  • The Great Orangutan Project - connect with orangutans
  • The Oceans Campus - volunteers have the opportunity to learn numerous facets of operating a Big Five Game Reserve in Africa
  • Tru Experience Travel - gap year travel and volunteer work abroad from two weeks to a year round the world
  • Volantary Service Overseas (VSO) - international volunteer programme for 18-22 year olds
  • Volunteer Society Nepal - volunteering in Nepal
  • World Service Enquiry - information service about volunteering projects in the third world.

Please note: All of the opportunities above have been provided in good faith and BU is not responsible for the content of the websites or any of the activities these organisations are running. Students are also responsible for any financial costs which they may incur.

When choosing a volunteer project do your research carefully to make sure the organisation/project you are intending to work with is ethical. This is particularly important when choosing wildlife volunteering projects due to numerous unethical issues that surround it.