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Volunteer in the USA

Volunteer in the USA

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s exciting USA volunteer abroad programs. Choose from a wide range of trusted USA volunteer projects, including Environmental Sustainability, Youth Support, Community Development and Construction and Renovation. Volunteer opportunities in the USA are based in the vibrant cities of New Orleans, San Diego, Philadelphia and Chicago. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 115,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in the USA.

Highlights:
  • 10 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$664 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Volunteers are hosted together in dormitory-style accommodation or hostels

  • Projects based in the buzzing cities of New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego and Chicago

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from CA$664
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in four iconic USA cities
Discover American history & culture
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in United States

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Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$837

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help support Chicago’s disadvantaged communities and directly benefit the lives of vulnerable people by assisting in food banks, homeless shelters, missions, clothing banks and other community initiatives.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$664

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help a range of community initiatives providing assistance to vulnerable people in a range of ways. Volunteers can assist in food banks, homeless shelters, warehouses, churches or farmer’s markets.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$830

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help Philadelphia's low income, homeless and marginalized populations by collaborating with community centers, homeless shelters, food banks, and missions to address the needs of health, wellness and hunger.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$803

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help support San Diego’s rapidly growing low income and homeless populations by coordinating food outreach campaigns, renovating homeless shelters, sorting and distributing donations and more.

Supports community development

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$730

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

For those with an appetite for physical work, help local building and renovation projects on worthy community initiatives.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$837

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help tackle Chicago’s pollution problem and ease the devastating effects of global warming on a range of sustainability initiatives such as nature conservation, tree planting, recycling and environmental education.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$664

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist on a range of community-based sustainability initiatives including in gardens, parks and warehouses that all aim to better the local environment.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$830

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help combat pollution and protect Philadelphia’s ecosystems by assisting in sustainability initiatives such as river clean ups, urban farms, removal of invasive species and environmental education.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$803

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help protect San Diego’s delicate plant and animal populations from the terrible effects of global warming by maintaining coastal ecosystems through tree planting, beach clean ups and environmental education.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$664

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with local initiatives in New Orleans
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help local organizations working with young people from disadvantaged communities by providing tutoring and structured activities to foster positive development.

”Absolutely amazing project. I would definitely recommend! I definitely felt like I made a difference within the local community, my only compliant is I wish I could’ve stayed longer to volunteer more! The people at the volunteer projects and the local community were so grateful for our help and also our time. The accommodation hosts offered us great food and were always happy to provide for us! The were so lovely. Perfect hosts!”

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