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Volunteer in the USA

Volunteer in the USA with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of meaningful volunteer projects, including Environmental Sustainability, Youth Support, Community Development and Construction and Renovation. Volunteer programs in the USA are based in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in the USA.

While international travel restrictions are in place due to Covid-19, our USA volunteer programs provide a unique opportunity for Americans to be immersed in a new city and culture while giving back to local communities when they need it most - without crossing any borders. Our volunteer programs in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego are now open to volunteers of all ages, in accordance with state laws and adhering to all public health guidelines.

For non-Americans wishing to volunteer in the USA, you can book with confidence as our flexible booking policy allows you to change your start date, volunteer program or destination for free. This updated policy applies to all IVHQ volunteers and means you can easily change your travel plans should you need to - or if you simply change your mind! Once you’ve paid your registration fee, your money is protected.

If you want to experience volunteer vacations in the USA and make a difference in communities that truly value your support, explore the best volunteer programs in the USA below...

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IVHQ volunteers in the USA

A quick look at volunteering in the USA…

  • Volunteer trips in USA are available year-round with start dates every Monday
  • Choose to volunteer in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia or San Diego
  • 4 meaningful volunteer project options: Community Development, Environmental Sustainability, Construction and Renovation or Youth Support
  • Volunteers are hosted together in dormitory-style accommodation or hostels
  • Program fees from only US$520 (approximately £392) for 1 week
  • Included in your USA volunteer trip: airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, some meals and 24/7 support in the USA

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!

IVHQ Volunteer - Bethany McComb
Bethany McComb
Nationality: British
Age: 20
Destination: USA - New Orleans

Volunteer opportunities in the United States

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Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £475

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £377

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £471

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £456

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £414

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £475

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £377

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £471

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £456

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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 £377

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday

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

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in United States to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in United States will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore United States with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!