Volunteer Abroad

Put your strengths into action for others - worldwide

Do some good deeds, help a community out, get involved through simple, yet meaningful, activities - across borders. The core tasks of the volunteer involve the support of local communities and organizations, active/proactive protection of flora and fauna and being opened to other new prospects. No matter what your skills or how they are used, they should come purely from the heart. Switch it up a bit and get some new motivation, take that step towards a unique journey into the history, culture, diversity and ways of life of our world.

“Do a little  bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu, South African Nobel Peace Prize winner

By volunteering we understand, transform and inspire

In different areas and countries in Africa, Asia or South America you, with the help of volunteer programs from Studentsgoabroad, are given the possibility to selectively implement your skills and ideas in a unique experience.

As part of a volunteer project, you can work part-time or full-time and will be staying either with a host family or other accommodation in or near your project according to the standards of the host country. You will learn an entirely new culture and have a completely different lifestyle. This will help you to understand the local conditions and the lives of the inhabitants. Merely by using your skills and strengths while volunteering, you can help pave the way for a brighter future - not immediately, but sustainingly - and with your experiences you will inspire the world.

Volunteering in a foreign country is an unforgettable experience that will surely impact your life and stay with you even after you leave the country. Make a difference abroad!

What Volunteering is NOT

No matter in what area you volunteer, volunteering is not a holiday, not an ego trip or a tourist attraction. The projects are authentic and honest. You are making a contribution by keeping the project moving and helping to further the support of others in a sustainable manner. You cannot change the world, though usually you do not immediately notice a direct transformation. See your work in a global context and understand that any kind of volunteer work nourishes the way to a better intercultural understanding and partnership.

Am I suitable for the volunteer programs?


Especially in countries in Southeast Asia and Africa voluntary service, with all its geographical and cultural characteristics, can be very demanding.


Basically, everyone 18 or over is suitable, if they feel ready and up for the challenge. For most volunteer projects, there are theoretically no special skills required. However, everyone must be aware that the programs are authentic. This means that volunteers are confronted with many social taboos they will have to deal with in everyday life. Especially in countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, voluntary service with all its geographical and cultural characteristics can be very demanding. It is important, therefore, that future volunteers take more time in selecting their project by first defining their own goals and motivations and how much time, power and heart they are willing and able to contribute. Our years of experience with volunteer projects and volunteers worldwide has enabled us to acquire a good know-how on volunteering, so we are very skilled at helping you find the appropriate project.


Volunteer programs in Africa


Volunteer in Ghana

Volunteer in Ghana

Ghana impresses with its beautiful beaches, lagoons, waterfalls, giant national reserves and has a lot more to offer on top of that. As in many other West African countries you will find tropical rain forests inhabited by an interesting fauna and flora. As a volunteer you will get to know the diverse Ghanaian culture.

Project locations: 

  • Accra
  • Ho

Volunteer in Ghana

Projects from 2 weeks duration:

  • English teaching
  • Nursery
  • Orphanage & children home
  • Assistance in a hospital
  • Soccer project
  • Computer skills project

Volunteer in Kenya

Volunteer in Kenya

Kenya is a country full of breathtaking nature, animals and open-minded people. Every year many tourists from all over the world travel to Kenya to admire lions, giraffes, flamingos, rhinos and hippos in various nature reserves. Despite the fast developing tourism, the country is struggling with poverty issues, especially in the rural areas.

Project locations:

  • Nairobi and surrounding
  • Kisumu
  • Sikri
  • Eldoret

Volunteer in Kenya

Projects from 2 weeks duration: 

  • Assist in hospitals
  • Assist at trainings centre for blind and deaf children
  • Animal welfare
  • Care work with children

Volunteer in Namibia

Volunteer in Namibia

Namibia appears to be from outer space; lonesome and just as breathtaking. Until 1915 the country was a German colony. As one of the youngest nation in Africa Namibia is an inviting destination to get to know Africa during a volunteering in Namibia.

Project location: 

  • Windhoek

Volunteer in Namibia

Projects from 2 weeks duration:

  • Day care for children

 

 

 

Volunteer in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa

Due to South Africa's cultural diversity and moving history, unique and authentic experiences during your stay abroad are guaranteed. South Africans' hospitality is outstanding and makes it very easy for you to access the locals and the typical South African way of life.

Project locations:

  • Cape Town
  • Karoo National Park
  • Paarl, Western Cape
  • Gaansbai, Western Cape

Volunteer in South Africa

Projects from 2 weeks duration:

  • Children's home & integration Kindergarten
  • Primary school 
  • Children hospital project
  • Surf project with children
  • Wildlife project
  • Lion project
  • Marine conservation

Projects from 4 weeks duration: 

  • Cheetah project

Projects from 6 weeks duration: 

  • Pinguin conservation centre

Projects from 12 weeks duration: 

  • Primary school in township

Volunteer in Tansania

Volunteer in Tansania

Tansania is not only known for its scenic beauty, but also for the rich, unique culture, which is represented among others by the Maasai. Different volunteer programs give you the opportunity to support sustainable development of the country and its people. 

Project locations:

  • Moshi
  • Arusha
  • Sansibar/ Stonetown

Volunteer in Tansania

Projects from 2 weeks duration: 

  • Assist in a hospital
  • Orphanage and children home
  • English teaching
  • HIV support

 

 

 


Volunteer programs in Asia


Volunteer in China

Volunteer in China

The Chinese culture is very multifaceted and could not be different from the European. China is rich in ancient history which is still reflected in numerous famous buildings. As a volunteer in China you will mainly teach in schools.

Project locations:

  • Shanghai
  • Chengdu
  • Miang Yang

Volunteer in China

 

 

Projects from 4 weeks: 

  • Soccer progam
  • Kindergarten
  • Work at special needs centre
  • English teaching
  • Summer camp

 

 

 

Volunteer in Nepal

Volunteer in Nepal

During your volunteer program in Nepal you will be given the opportunity to support local disadvantaged children and women in different facilities and activities.

Project location: 

  • Pokhara

Volunteer in Nepal

Projects from 2 weeks: 

  • Health care project
  • Orphanage and children's home

 

 

 

Volunteer in Indonesia

Volunteer in Bali

Numerous tourists are attracted by the magic of the Indonesian island every year. However, especially the popular tourism areas as Bali suffer from the main industry. As a volunteer in Bali you will offer direct support for the local inhabitants and natural conservation.

Project location:

  • Bali 

Volunteer in Bali

 

 

Projects from 4 weeks:

  • Pre school and primary in Nusa Dua
  • Boys orphanage in Denpasar
  • Primary in Kerobokan
  • Women empowerment
  • Marine turtle conservation program
  • Bird conservation program

Projects from 8 weeks:

  • Children's home in Jimbaran
  • Vocational High school in Ubud
  • Pre- and primary school in Ubud
  • High School in Ubud

Projects from 12 weeks:

  • Children's home in Karangasem

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteering in Sri Lanka is more than stunning landscapes and magical cultural sights. You will work and live together with locals and experience new ways of achievements for the local community and for you as a person.

Project sites: 

  • Kandy
  • Hanguranketha
  • Ambalangoda

 

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

 

 


Volunteer programs in Central and South America


Volunteer in Argentina

Volunteer in Argentina

A great variety of volunteer programs are avaible for your once you have decided to volunteer in Argentina. However, the focus is mainly on social and health care services, as a large number of the population lives below the povery line. 

Project locations:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Slum of Buenos Aires
  • Coronel Suárez

 

Volunteer in Argentina

 

 

Projects from 2 weeks duration: 

  • English teaching at a primary
  • Community soup kitchen
  • Kindergarten project

Projects from 4 weeks duration: 

  • Children's home
  • English teaching in a community centre

Projects from 8 weeks duration:

  • Kindergarten and home work support at slum "Villa 21"

Projects from 12 weeks duration: 

  • Assist in a health care centre
  • Bio garden project in a hospital

Volunteer in Costa Rica

An utterly fascinating country with a unique nature no other country could offer with the same size! It's here where you will be given the chance to volunteer in nature and wildlife conservation in different natural reserves! 

Project location: 

  • Guanacaste

Volunteer in Costa Rica

 

 

Projects from 2 weeks duration: 

  • Nature and wildlife conservation in different national parks
  • Turtle conservation

Volunteer in the Dominican Republic

Volunteer in the Dominican Republic

With dreamlike beaches, a stunning biodiversity and various wonderful meaningful projects, the Dominican Republic has rapidly become one of our most favorite travel destinations. Use your opportunity to support the local community as volunteer or intern, learn Spanish and enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Project location:

  • Samaná

Volunteer in the Dominican Republic

Projects from 4 weeks: 

  • Assist in a hospital
  • Community project
  • Assist at a dentist
  • Multi media project to promote children rights
  • Multi media projects to promote children rights

Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador

In Ecuador you can enjoy Pacific Ocean beaches, visit the world's famous Galapagos-Islands, admire its highest mountain and inactive volcano Chimborazo as well as discover the breathtaking nature of the Amazonas region. The perfect place for people who are motivated to support the local community while enjoying nature at its best. 

Project locations:

  • Quito
  • Oriente, Napo Province
  • Guayas Province
  • San Cristóbal, Galapagos islands
  • Santa Cruz, Galapagos islands
  • Isabela, Galapagos islands

 

Volunteer in Ecuador

Projects from 2 weeks: 

  • Children's home (Quito)
  • Elderly home (Quito)
  • Street kids project (Quito)
  • Teach English (Quito, Galapagos)
  • Teach sports (Guayas province, Galapagos)
  • Day care (Quito)
  • Nature and wildlife conservation (Galapagos)

Volunteer in Canada

These unique volunteer programs in Canada offer you to get engaged in the communities in either a city or rural placement. 

City placements:

  • Vancouver
  • Toronto
  • Calgary
  • Ottawa
  • Montral
  • Quebec City

Rural placements:

  • British Columbia Lower Mainland
  • Vancouver Island
  • British Columbia Interior und Rocky Mountains


Volunteer in Canada

Projects from 4 weeks: 

  • NGO/NPO
  • People rights
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Animal conservation

 

 

 

Volunteer in Peru

Volunteer in Peru

Peru’s countryside is as different as the climatic zones. During a social project in Peru, for example in the metropolis and historical cities Lima and Cuzco, you can get a good insight in the Peruvian life style. 

Project location:

  • Cuzco

Volunteer in Peru

Projects from 4 weeks: 

  • Orphanage project
  • Private physiotherapy for disabled children
  • Assist in a elderly home
  • Kindergarten
  • English teaching