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Volunteer Abroad Programs

Volunteer abroad in over 50 destinations with International Volunteer HQ, Australia’s leading volunteer travel organisation - trusted by more than 100,000 volunteers worldwide. With volunteer programs starting from just US$180 for 1 week, you won’t find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer organisation for an impactful volunteer holiday, gap year or alternative break.

You can volunteer overseas with IVHQ for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks, with volunteer abroad programs available in Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, North America, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Pacific. Even if you’re looking for volunteer programs close to home, we have a marine conservation program in the Great Barrier Reef which is popular with Australian volunteers, as well as international volunteers.

Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteering abroad with IVHQ enables you to make meaningful contributions to community projects in the areas of education, healthcare, construction, childcare, community development, conservation, social enterprise, volunteering with animals, wildlife and more.

Looking for inspiration on where to volunteer abroad? Discover IVHQ’s volunteer abroad programs below.

Volunteer in Argentina - Buenos Aires
The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Healthcare Construction and Renovation Sports Education
Program fees
From $620 (2 weeks) to $1,970 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Argentina - Cordoba
Villa Allende, Cordoba Province
Volunteer in Argentina - Cordoba with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching/Education Healthcare Construction and Renovation Sports Community Elderly Care Special Needs Care
Program fees
From $325 (1 week) to $2,045 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Australia
Cairns
Volunteer in Australia with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Marine Conservation
Program fees
From $1,010 (1 week) to $3,940 (4 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Bali - Ubud
Ubud and the island of Nusa Penida
Volunteer in Ubud, Bali with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 40 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching Health Education Turtle Conservation Environmental Education Construction and Renovation Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From $325 (1 week) to $1,680 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Bali - Lovina
Lovina, northern coast of Bali
Volunteer in Lovina, Bali with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 10 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching School and Community Renovation
Program fees
From $350 (1 week) to $1,705 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Belgium
Brussels
Become a volunteer in Belgium with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Renovation NGO Support Community Outreach Food Outreach
Program fees
From $465 (1 week) to $2,689 (6 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Belize
Private island off the Caribbean coast of Belize
Volunteer in Belize with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Marine Conservation
Program fees
From $720 (1 week) to $5,375 (8 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in Brazil with International Volunteer HQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 20 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Carnaval Sports Community Development
Program fees
From $525 (2 weeks) to $3,385 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
Volunteer in Cambodia with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 30 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Working with NGOs Computer Support Special Needs Care
Program fees
From $360 (2 weeks) to $2,405 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in China
Xi’an and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer in China with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 20 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
Teaching English Summer Outreach Teaching Special Needs Care
Program fees
From $310 (1 week) to $3,990 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Colombia - Bogota
Bogotá and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in Colombia with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Construction and Renovation Feeding the Homeless Elderly Care
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $3,120 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Colombia - Cartagena
Cartagena and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Sports Development Community
Program fees
From $450 (2 weeks) to $2,030 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Costa Rica
San Jose, Manuel Antonio and across Costa Rica
Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 40 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Childcare - Manuel Antonio Teaching English Teaching English - Manuel Antonio Healthcare Healthcare - Manuel Antonio Eco-Agriculture Conservation Construction and Renovation Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From $355 (1 week) to $4,825 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Croatia
The coastal hub of Split, located on the Mediterranean Sea
Become a volunteer in Croatia with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Teaching Animal Care Creative Technologies Youth Support Special Needs Support Marine Conservation
Program fees
From $549 (1 week) to $3,299 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Ecuador - Quito
Capital city of Quito
Volunteer in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Street Children Work School Break School Support Teaching English Music Physical Education NGO Support Community Development Shelter Support
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $1,555 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Ecuador - Santa Elena
Santa Elena
Volunteer in Santa Elena, Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten School Break Teaching English Environmental Education Sports Education Community Development
Program fees
From $365 (1 week) to $1,685 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Fiji
Suva and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching and Sports Education Construction and Renovation
Program fees
From $370 (1 week) to $1,895 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Ghana
Greater Accra Region
Volunteer Abroad in Ghana with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 20 and 50 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Medical Medical Outreach Agriculture Construction and Renovation Sports Teaching
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $3,200 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Greece
Chios
Become a volunteer in Greece with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Support School Support Food Outreach Special Needs Support
Program fees
From $700 (2 weeks) to $2,800 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Guatemala
Antigua and Sipacate
Volunteer in Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 20 and 50 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Animal Care/Animal Rights Turtle Conservation Eco-Agriculture Conservation Construction and Renovation Mayan Cultural Immersion Working with the Elderly Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From $310 (1 week) to $3,895 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in India - Delhi
Delhi and surrounding rural areas
Volunteer Abroad in India with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 15 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Slum Teaching Teaching English Health
Program fees
From $250 (1 week) to $2,500 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in India - Kerala
South Indian city of Fort Kochi
Volunteer Abroad in Kerala, India with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching Medical Dentistry Special Needs Care Women's Education
Program fees
From $360 (1 week) to $1,130 (8 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Italy - Naples
Naples, Campania region in Southern Italy
Volunteer Abroad Programs - Volunteer in Italy
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 10 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
After School Care Teaching English Environmental Environmental
Program fees
From $715 (2 weeks) to $3,015 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Italy - Rome
Rome, the capital city of Italy
Volunteer Abroad Programs - Volunteer in Italy, Rome with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Animal Care Sports NGO Support Feeding the Homeless Special Needs Support Sports
Program fees
From $955 (2 weeks) to $4,105 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Jamaica
Ocho Rios
Volunteer in Jamaica with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching and School Support Special Education Animal Care Veterinary Care Sports Development Business and Community Development Child and Youth Development Marine Conservation
Program fees
From $395 (1 week) to $2,150 (8 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Jordan
Amman
Become a volunteer in Jordan with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Saturday of the month
Between 1 and 5 volunteers start each month
Projects
Teaching Arts and Music Ramadan Youth Support Special Needs Support Women's Education
Program fees
From $530 (1 week) to $2,550 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Kenya
Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Maasai, and surrounding rural villages
Volunteer Abroad in Kenya with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 30 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Childcare - Mombasa Teaching Teaching - Maasai Teaching - Mombasa Music Sports Education Special Needs Care Women's Education Women's Education Mombasa
Program fees
From $280 (1 week) to $1,380 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Laos
Honkau Village and the wider Vientiane region
Volunteer Abroad in Laos with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Construction and Renovation
Program fees
From $260 (1 week) to $1,510 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Madagascar
Islands of Nosy Komba and Nosy Be
Volunteer Abroad in Madagascar with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Teaching Forest Conservation Island Outreach Community Development​​ Marine Conservation Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From $580 (2 weeks) to $2,380 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Mexico
Mérida, Yucatán state on Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Animal Care/Animal Rights Sustainable Agriculture Special Needs Care
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $1,770 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Morocco
Rabat and surrounding towns and rural villages
Volunteer Abroad in Morocco with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 10 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Teaching French Sports Development Ramadan Program Women's Education
Program fees
From $245 (1 week) to $3,610 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Morocco - Marrakech
Marrakech and the nearby Atlas Mountains
Volunteer Abroad in Marrakech with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Teaching French Amazigh Immersion Special Needs Care Women's Education
Program fees
From $330 (1 week) to $4,275 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Nepal
Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara
Volunteer Abroad in Nepal with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 30 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare – Kathmandu Childcare - Pokhara Teaching English Medical Elective Sustainable Agriculture Construction and Renovation NGO Support Special Needs Care - Kathmandu Women's Education - Kathmandu
Program fees
From $250 (1 week) to $1,400 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in New Zealand
Auckland
Volunteer in New Zealand with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 10 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Coast and Waterway Conservation Environmental Education Coast and Waterway Conservation
Program fees
From $915 (2 weeks) to $5,055 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Peru - Cusco
Cusco and surrounding valleys
Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 25 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Animal Care Eco-Agriculture Conservation Jungle Conservation Construction and Renovation Andean Immersion Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course
Program fees
From $310 (1 week) to $3,895 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Peru - Lima
Lima, the capital city of Peru
Volunteer in Lima, Peru with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Animal Care Construction and Renovation Community Support
Program fees
From $180 (1 week) to $2,520 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Philippines
Aborlan District on the island of Palawan
Volunteer in the Philippines with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching Environmental Construction and Renovation
Program fees
From $260 (1 week) to $2,380 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Portugal
Lisbon, Albufeira and Mafra
Become a volunteer in Portugal with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Wolf Conservation Food Rescue Youth Support Homeless Support Environmental Scuba Diving
Program fees
From $455 (1 week) to $2,875 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's coastal capital of San Juan
Volunteer in Puerto Rico with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 1 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Youth Support Environmental Sustainability NGO Support Community Development
Program fees
From $590 (1 week) to $3,300 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Romania
Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita
Volunteer Abroad Programs - Volunteer in Romania
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
After School Support Summer Camp Teaching Animal Care Sustainable Agriculture NGO Support Special Needs Support
Program fees
From $360 (1 week) to $3,980 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in South Africa
Cape Town and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in South Africa with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 20 and 50 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Computer Training Teaching Sport Development Surf Outreach
Program fees
From $250 (1 week) to $3,700 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in South Africa - Table View
Table View and surrounding areas
Volunteer Abroad in South Africa - Table View with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 20 and 50 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Surf, Skate & Swim Sport Development
Program fees
From $285 (1 week) to $5,540 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Spain
Barcelona, on the northeast coast of Spain
Become a volunteer in Barcelona with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over
Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
Between 5 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Animal Care Creative Technologies Youth Support Special Needs Support Marine Conservation
Program fees
From $625 (1 week) to $4,860 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Kandy and Wasgamuwa National Park
Volunteer Abroad in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Medical Wild Elephant Conservation Temple Renovation Rural Community Development Cultural Immersion Special Needs
Program fees
From $315 (1 week) to $1,720 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Tanzania
Arusha and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 30 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Medical Animal Welfare HIV/AIDS Support
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $1,735 (16 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Thailand
Province of Chiang Rai
Volunteer Abroad in Thailand with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 15 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Outdoor Work
Program fees
From $380 (2 weeks) to $1,390 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Thailand - Hua Hin
Hua Hin on the southern coast of Thailand
Volunteer Abroad in Thailand - Hua Hin with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 15 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Teaching English Hill Tribe Support
Program fees
From $280 (1 week) to $1,580 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in USA - New Orleans
New Orleans, United States
Become a volunteer in New Orleans with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 1 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Environmental Sustainability Construction and Renovation Youth Support Community Development
Program fees
From $520 (1 week) to $3,200 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Uganda
Kampala, the capital city of Uganda
Volunteer abroad in Uganda with IVHQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 10 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Medical HIV/AIDS Support Sports Education Special Needs Care Women's Education
Program fees
From $280 (1 week) to $2,325 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Victoria Falls
Private game reserve in Victoria Falls
Volunteer in Victoria Falls with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or 16 and 17 year-olds with guardian or parent
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 15 volunteers start each month
Projects
Wildlife Conservation
Program fees
From $1,000 (2 weeks) to $4,360 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer Abroad in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 15 and 30 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching English Medical Food Outreach Special Needs Care
Program fees
From $275 (1 week) to $2,525 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Zambia
Livingstone and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer in Zambia with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Teaching Rural Teaching Medical Construction and Renovation Elderly Care
Program fees
From $270 (1 week) to $1,950 (16 weeks)
Language requirements
English

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