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NEW Volunteer Projects at IVHQ

At IVHQ, we’re continually sourcing new and innovative opportunities for you to explore the world in a way that’s meaningful to you and to the community you serve. Discovering new volunteer destinations, expanding projects in popular locations and finding the areas where international volunteers are needed are just a few of the reasons we open new projects!

With over 300 affordable volunteer projects in 50+ fabulous destinations to choose from, you can be confident that you’ll find a cause close to your heart.

Check out our newly launched volunteer abroad projects below, and be one of the first to make a difference there!

NEW Volunteer Projects in Athens, Greece

NEW Volunteer Projects in Athens, Greece

By popular request, IVHQ now offers a diverse range of volunteer projects in Athens, Greece! Home of the Ancient Greeks and architecture fit for gods, these projects are based in the capital of Greece and a perfect location to start your Greek experience. Choose from 6 newly launched projects supporting a variety of causes. Be quick - our Europe volunteer programs are always popular and sure to fill up quickly over busy periods!

Volunteer in an animal shelter in Athens that provides a safe space for abandoned and rescued dogs. Help care for, feed, socialize and look after these dogs so that they can find a new and loving home.

Support local NGOs that help refugees and asylum seekers upskill, secure steady employment and integrate into Greek society in a community center in Athens.

Volunteer with NGOs in Athens involved in causes such as social inclusion and environmental conservation. Help develop online presence and marketing materials for local NGOs using your creative and technological skills!

Help the homeless in Athens by volunteering with NGOs that provide aid and basic services to vulnerable people living on the streets.

Improve the quality of life for those with special needs in an activity center in Athens. Help provide a safe space for disabled children to learn, grow and have fun through creative and enjoyable activities.

Help run arts and sports activities for young refugees in a host center in Athens. Provide a safe space for young people to socialize, express themselves, think creatively and learn new skills.

Recommendation from Molly

Recommended by Molly

IVHQ Travel Expert

“Animal Care, because who doesn’t love helping dogs! This would be my first recommendation as this project is a great opportunity for dog lovers to help care for, feed, and socialize dogs so that they can find a new and loving home. Homeless Support is also a great option as it’s a fantastic way for volunteers to get involved with outreach activities first hand by distributing meals etc. and seeing the positive impact you are having on the homeless populations you’re supporting.”

NEW Conservation Volunteer Projects

NEW Conservation Volunteer Projects

Climate change is an issue that is top of mind with so many of our volunteers. IVHQ declared a climate emergency in 2021 and as part of that declaration, we committed to opening more climate-action and related projects. There are so many ways you can help our planet - these are our newest projects to get stuck into.

Whether sustainable farming and agriculture is a cause close to your heart, or forest conservation is where you want to dedicate your efforts, these projects are one step closer to helping our planet be a healthier home for future generations!

Want to help tackle climate change in Rome? Support local NGOs with tree planting initiatives, raise awareness of the climate disaster and help bring the local community together to promote social inclusion and unity.

Help youth get involved in agriculture and develop an interest in farming, beekeeping, soap making, paper making and other skills which may help generate future income opportunities.

Help restore Portugal's native forests by aiding the ecological recovery of degraded areas and protecting precious ecosystems.

Contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal by helping protect lynx, eagles, wolves, brown bears and other animals at a wildlife park in Miranda do Corvo.

Help improve sustainable farming techniques within the local community in Tanzania. Support local farmers, educate families on how to grow their own food and get involved in community outreach work around Arusha.

Support local conservation initiatives such as tree planting, and help educate the local community on important environmental issues.

Help protect Zanzibar's rainforest as well as some of its most endangered species, including the Red Colobus Monkeys, snakes, lizards, tortoises and chameleons. You’ll also tackle coastal erosion on the island and provide environmental education to local children so that these initiatives can continue for future generations to come.

Recommendation from Merran

Recommended by Merran

IVHQ Travel Expert

“I would absolutely recommend the sustainable agriculture project. You can connect with nature, learn about local food, and how the crops are grown. The local community, especially the kids, are always the favorite part of this project as they are always popping by to see what the volunteers are up to, and asking questions. This project also helps teach skills to help the local youth create income potential.”

NEW Volunteer Projects in Africa

NEW Volunteer Projects in Africa

Volunteering in Africa is a popular choice for a good reason - you have so many opportunities to help communities that value your support while experiencing a culture and community unlike any other. Help with cleaning, feeding, and caring for injured turtles or see or help protect wildlife at one of Africa’s biggest game reserves - these are just a couple of new options for you to choose from!

Help out at a local animal shelter by caring for abandoned cats and dogs and improving their quality of life through nurturing and play.

Incredible experiences await as a volunteer preserving iconic African wildlife in South Africa's spectacular Kruger National Park. You’ll help local conservationists with a range of protection and research activities.

Get involved in important renovation and building projects in kindergartens, childcare centers, schools and other community spaces in Arusha. By helping improve infrastructure in Tanzania, you'll be supporting the learning and development of local people.

Help improve sustainable farming techniques within the local community in Tanzania. Support local farmers, educate families on how to grow their own food and get involved in community outreach work around Arusha.

Help protect Zanzibar's rainforest as well as some of its most endangered species, including the Red Colobus Monkeys, snakes, lizards, tortoises and chameleons. You’ll also tackle coastal erosion on the island and provide environmental education to local children so that these initiatives can continue for future generations to come.

Help support the conservation of endangered marine turtles and coral reefs in Zanzibar. Assist marine biologists at a turtle hatchery and with coastal conservation efforts, such as monitoring and protecting the reef.

Recommendation from Mariana

Recommended by Mariana

IVHQ Travel Expert

“If you are passionate about nature, enjoy working outdoors and don't mind some physical work and getting your hands dirty, the Wildlife Conservation project located at Kruger Park should be on your bucket list. Not only will you be part of a team working on protecting animal species in the African savannah, as you will also have the unique experience of living and working in a private game reserve where you have the opportunity to see wildlife everyday during game safaris.”

NEW Medical Volunteer Projects

NEW Medical Volunteer Projects

Medical volunteers are always welcome at IVHQ - the impact that you will have on the people in the community you choose to support cannot be underestimated! Helping increase access to education around healthcare goes a long way towards helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people from under-resourced communities.

Help provide basic healthcare to people who otherwise wouldn't have access in slums in Buenos Aires. Gain hands-on medical experience by assisting regular medical campaigns that aim to widen the reach of public health in Argentina.

Volunteer in dental clinics or community centers to provide access to essential dental care to underserved communities in San José, Costa Rica.

A medical project with a difference. This is a one week roving medical campaign, visiting rural communities and helping to provide malaria treatment and prevention, as well education around nutrition, sexual health and hygiene.

Volunteer in dental or health clinics to help improve access to important dental care for underserved communities in Guatemala.

Volunteer as a physical therapist in local clinics, observing and assisting professionals to help improve patient care.

Assist local dentists, hygienists, orthodontists, and their patients in dental and health clinics within low income communities.

Recommendation from Scotia

Recommended by Scotia

IVHQ Travel Expert

“The new Physical Therapy project in India - Kerala is a one-of-a-kind project that IVHQ now has available! This is a fantastic opportunity for those physical therapy or occupational therapy students looking to contribute their time & effort as an IVHQ volunteer, while gaining some amazing experiences in Kerala's top-ranking healthcare system.”

NEW Animal Care Volunteer Projects

NEW Animal Care Volunteer Projects

We know our volunteers have big hearts - especially when it comes to our four-legged furry friends! Our Animal Care volunteer projects always get a lot of love from our international volunteer community. From rehoming stranded dogs to taking care of abandoned kittens and more, these projects are crucial to improving the welfare of animals around the globe!

Based on popular request, we’ve launched a few more opportunities to volunteer with animals in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Help rescue and care for abandoned cats, dogs, chickens, and other animals in need at shelters in Siem Reap.

Support local vet clinics and animal welfare organizations to provide hands-on care and companionship to abandoned dogs, cats and other domestic animals.

Volunteer in an animal shelter in Athens that provides a safe space for abandoned and rescued dogs. Help care for, feed, socialize and look after these dogs so that they can find a new and loving home.

Help out at a local animal shelter for dogs and cats, providing the animals with medical treatment and companionship, while raising awareness of abandonment.

Help out at a local animal shelter by caring for abandoned cats and dogs and improving their quality of life through nurturing and play.

Recommendation from Sammy

Recommended by Sammy

IVHQ Travel Expert

“I’d recommend the Animal Care project in Athens! On this project, you’ll not only care for lost and abandoned dogs, but you’ll also get to be involved in their journey of finding a forever home. Your days will be varied and busy; from feeding and socializing, to supporting adoption events or assisting with searching for adoption families, there is so much to get involved in to be able to make a difference.”

NEW Community Volunteer Projects

NEW Community Volunteer Projects

Are you a people-person and want to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of others? Our diverse range of Community Development volunteer projects are full of volunteers just like you, who want to help improve access to education, upskill locals in areas like technology, or help out with feeding the homeless or supporting youth development.

Our newest community-focused projects have identified volunteer opportunities where you can make a world of difference. Feel the joy of giving back, knowing that you will leave a lasting impact on the community, even after you return home.

For those wanting to volunteer abroad over Christmas and New Year, this is an amazing way to spread some festive cheer to those in need over the Christmas period. Get a great mix of worthwhile volunteer work and a cultural Argentinian festive experience.

Volunteer in local schools in Battambang for students aged between 5-18 years old. Assist a local teacher in English lessons to help improve higher education and career prospects for local children.

Assist in a local NGO working across a range of humanitarian and environmental initiatives, such as social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection and environmental conservation.

Volunteer in local NGOs facilitating language lessons for a range of community members including children, youth, adults and the elderly.

Volunteer with youth in Rome and help at after-school programs for young people from disadvantaged communities run by local NGOs.

This is a special Holiday project that runs for one week over the Christmas period. Help provide Christmas Dinner and companionship to homeless people in Jamaica during the festive season.

Help to redistribute unused food from local supermarkets to vulnerable communities throughout Barcelona.

Cook for and socialize with young refugees and migrants at a host center in Barcelona to help them learn English, connect with different cultures, and integrate into Spanish society.

Get involved in important renovation and building projects in kindergartens, childcare centers, schools and other community spaces in Arusha. By helping improve infrastructure in Tanzania, you'll be supporting the learning and development of local people.

Help care for and educate local children at childhood development centers and kindergartens. Pass on valuable English language skills to the kids, which can later open the doors to many employment opportunities for them.

Improve the standard of living for local people by helping build or renovate important community spaces that bring people together, such as temples, hospitals, schools, and housing.

Recommendation from Mariana

Recommended by Mariana

IVHQ Travel Expert

“It might seem a small task, but the impact is big! The Construction and Renovation project in Tanzania is a great opportunity to improve the living conditions of people in Arusha. From building a fence at the childcare centre to painting a classroom at a local school, volunteers bring their skills and willingness to help promote dignity, safety and long-term solutions for the local community.”

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