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					VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY OVERSEAS



Over recent years the Stirling Volunteer Centre has received growing interest in
volunteering overseas. In response to this we have produced this booklet as a starting point
to help you find an opportunity to suit you.

When planning your placement abroad, the following steps may be useful:-

Step 1 Research into the opportunities on offer, using books, the internet and
       careers/volunteering advisers to help you (see sources of information below)

Step 2 Make contact with several agencies which seem to be of interest and gain
       further information from them and from speaking to careers/volunteering
       advisers. It may also be useful to speak to someone who has experience of
       volunteering abroad. (See also www.workingabroad.com, which includes
       volunteer feedback stories).

Step 3 Decide on the opportunity which suits you best, making sure you know all that is
       involved in terms of skill/age requirements, duration, accommodation, visas,
       vaccinations, insurance, travel arrangements, UK training/briefing, funding
       required, whether fundraising will be necessary, etc.

       The process from initial contact with the agency of your choice to taking up a
       placement can often take several months, so allow yourself time for this.


SOURCES OF INFORMATION

There a large number of agencies in Britain which place volunteers abroad on work
projects, both short and long term, and thorough research and advanced planning will help
to ensure that your placement abroad goes well.

Below are a list of useful books and internet websites, which will give you access to the
agencies which might be of interest to you.
The Volunteer Centre also has a resource library with up-to-date information on
opportunities and staff who can offer information and advice on the opportunity best
suited to your needs. Contact: The Volunteer Centre, 15 Friars Street, Stirling FK8 1HA,
Tel: (01786) 446071, email info@volunteerstirling.org.uk.
LITERATURE

The following books are a good source of information, and should be available in public
libraries, careers libraries, bookshops or directly from the publisher.

International Directory of Voluntary Work
Ed: Victoria Pybus, £10.99 (2000)
Vacation Work, 9 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HJ. Tel: 01865 241978.
Website: www.vacationwork.co.uk
A thorough guide to short-term and long-term voluntary work overseas, with a section on
the agencies that operate within the major global regions. Details whether agencies
provide for travel, accommodation, expenses etc. Also explains age and skill
requirements.

Directory of Work & Study in Developing Countries
Toby Milner, £9.99 (3 rd edition) Ed Victoria Pybus
A handbook on opportunities in over 400 organisations in over 100 countries.

Finding Voluntary Work Abroad
Mark Hempshell, £9.99 (1999)
How to Books Ltd, 3 Newtec Place, Magdalene Road, Oxford OX4 1RE. Tel: 01865
793806.
Website: www.howtobooks.co.uk
email: info@howtobooks.co.uk
A beginner’s guide to doing voluntary work overseas.

Thinking About Volunteering Overseas
Volunteering and Overseas Development: A Guide to Opportunities
Both produced by: Returned Volunteer Action (RVA), 1 Amwell Street, London EC1R
1TH. Tel: 020 7278 0804
RVA is an organisation for serving and returned overseas development workers. It gives
returned volunteers the opportunity to share their experiences with those considering
overseas voluntary work

A Year Between: The Complete Guide to Taking a Gap Year
Central Bureau, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN Tel: 020 7389 4004
Website: www.britishcouncil.org/cbeve
A directory and guidebook for people considering a gap year after school, college or
university. 1999. £9.99.

Kibbutz Volunteer
Ed. Victoria Pybus. £10.99.
A guide listing full details of 200 Kibbutzim.
The Internet

www.timebank.org.uk Overseas Directory
This is a free online directory of organisations looking for volunteers to work abroad.
Opportunities are categorised by level of skill required and it is possible to search by
duration (from a couple of weeks to several years).
 www.gapyear.com provides information on relevant agencies for gap year activities
www.peridot.co.uk will take you to the ‘Gap Year Handbook’ which includes a section on
volunteering abroad
www.oneworld.org has a short list of voluntary opportunities overseas.
www.idealist.org has some general information about volunteering overseas
www.workingabroad.com hosts information about organisations recruiting volunteers and
has previous volunteer feedback stories
 www.ciee.org The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) also provides
information about short term jobs abroad, internships (stages), international university
information to students and recent graduates
Below are specific agencies’ websites which may be of interest:-
http:europa.eu.int/youth has a lot of information about volunteering in Europe


Volunteering websites
AVIVA
23 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View 7441, Cape Town, South Africa
Head Office: +27 21 557 5996 Duty Mobile: +27 83 554 2431
Email: info@aviva-sa.com Web Site: www.aviva-sa.com

What:        Wildlife and community projects (e.g. game reserve development, animal
             rehabilitation, township orphanage, surf school, etc.)
Where:       South Africa
Duration:    4 weeks to 6 months
Requirements Age: 16+
Other:

BESO
British Executive Services Overseas, 164 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2RB.
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7630 0644 Fax: 020 7630 0624
email: registrar@beso.org web site: www.beso.org
What:            Executive projects
Where:           Countries with developing economies
Duration:        2 weeks to 6 months
Requirements: Professional, financial, technical, managerial experience
Other:           Travel, accommodation and living expenses provided
Biosphere Expeditions
Sprat's Water, near Carlton Colville, The Broads National Park, Suffolk NR33 8BP
Tel: +44 (0)1502-583085, Fax: +44 (0)1502-587414
e-mail: info@biosphere-expeditions.org Web site: www.biosphere-expeditions.org
What:           Non-profit conservation expeditions, working with local scientists
Where:          Various
Duration:       2 weeks to several months
Requirements: No special skills required, no age limits
Other:          Supported by expedition leader from Biosphere Expeditions


BTCV International Conservation Holidays
email:information@btcv.org.uk website: www.btcv.org
What:           Conservation and environmental projects
Where:          Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia
Duration:       Varies
Requirements: No special skills needed
Other:          Fee chargeable £100-£900 incl accommodation and food


BUNAC
16 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0QH
Tel: 020 7251 3472 Fax:020 7251 0215
e-mail: enquiries@bunac.org.uk web site: www.bunac.orguk/
What:            Placements for young people in various countries
Where:           USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa, Costa Rica,
                 Peru
Duration:        3 months – 1 yr
Requirements: 18 - 35
Other:           Costs vary

Canary Nature/Alantic Whale Foundation
59 St Martin's Lane,
London WC2N 4JS
e-mail: edb@whalenation.org
web: www.whalefoundation.org.uk
What:           volunteer and eco-tourism programmes, Projects in marine biology
                pollution and conservation (whale, dolphin programmes)
Where:          Tenerife
Duration:       Min. 1 week
Requirements: Max age 30
Other:          Cost £75pw with a price of £400 for 6 weeks. Accommodation & food
                extra
Challenges Worldwide
13 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA
Tel: 0845 2000 342 email recruitment@challengesworldwide.com.
Website /www.challengesworldwide.com/
What:           Projects in human development, poverty alleviation, environment
Where:          Antigua, Bangladesh, Belize, Dominica, Ecuador and Tasmania
Duration:       3 months+
Requirements: Skills: e.g. marketing, project management, design, engineering, rural
                development, social/care work, business planning and training.
                Suitable for anyone from students to experienced professionals
Other:          Volunteers must raise a minimum Placement Contribution

Concordia (Youth Service Volunteers) Ltd.
Heversham House, 20-22 Boundary Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4ET
Tel: +44 (0)1273 422218website: www.concordia-iye.org.uk
What:           Community-based projects incl. Conservation, restoration, archaeology,
                construction, arts & culture, working with young people or people with
                special needs. Committed to international youth exchange.
Where:          Over 40 countries
Duration:       2-4 weeks
Requirements: Age: 16-30
Other:          Registration fee of £80-115 + travel expenses

Changing Worlds Ltd
Hodore Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR
Tel: 01892 770 000
e-mail: welcome@changingworlds.co.uk web site: www.changingworlds.co.uk/
What:           Hotel and farm work
Where:          Canada, India, Tanzania, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Argentina
Duration:
Requirements:
Other:          Skiing opportunities in Canada. In-country agent & UK back-up

Concern
40 St Enoch Sq, Glasgow G1 4DH Tel 0141-221-3610
 website: www.concern.net/
What:          Projects to help advancement of people in less developed countries
               Opps for teachers, nurses, accountants, mechanics, social workers,
               agriculturalists and other skilled workers
Where:         21 different countries
Duration:      Usually 2 years, some shorter term projects
Requirements: 21+, usually some post qualification experience required
Other:         Travel, food, accommodation, monthly allowance, medicals & insurance
               provided for
Council on International Educational Exchange (UK Contact)
IST Plus Ltd Rosedale House, Rosedale Road, Richmond Surrey TW9 2SZ
Tel: 020 8939 9057 Fax: 020 8332 7858
e-mail: info@istplus.com web site: www.istplus.com
What:           Work, study, teaching and study placements
Where:          Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia, China, etc.
Duration:       Varies
Requirements:
Other:          Fees vary

Cross Cultural Solutions
Tower Point 44, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YR
website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org e-mail: infouk@crossculturalsolutions.org
What:          Work with locals on locally designed and driven projects.
Where:         Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia,
               Thailand and Tanzania.
Duration:      2-12 weeks
Requirements:
Other:         Fees start at approx £1200.


Gap Activity Projects (GAP) Limited
GAP House, 44 Queens Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4BB
Tel: 01189 594914 Fax:01189 576634
email: volunteer@gap.org.uk website: www.gap.org.uk
What:           Teaching English, care work and conservation
Where:          30+ countries
Duration:       4-12 months
Requirements: Aimed at school leavers
Other:          Costs from £1000 + air travel. Accommodation & food provided

Greenforce
11-15 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BP Tel: 020 7470 8888
e-mail: info@greenforce.org web site: www.greenforce.org/
What:          Conservation projects
Where:         Various countries
Duration:      1-6 months
Requirements: No experience required
Other:

Global Vision International
Amwell Farmhouse, Normansland, Wheathampstead, St Albans Herts AL4 8EJ
Tel: 0870 608-8898 web site: www.gvi.co.uk
What:          Working for international charities
Where:         S Africa, Honduras, Nepal, Alaska.
Duration:      Varies
Requirements:
Other:         Training provided
IAEA/Agriventure
Speedwell Farm Bungalow, Nettle Bank, Cambridgeshire PE14 0SA
Tel: 01945 450999 Email: uk@agriventure.com
Web site:www.agriventure.com/ukcontact.asp
What:          Agricultural exchanges
Where:         Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA or Japan
Duration:      4 months to over a year
Requirements:
Other:         Fees vary

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE-UK)
Latin America House, Kingsgate Place, London, NW6 4TA
tel: 0870 774 3486 fax: 020 7916 1246
e-mail: info@icye.co.uk website: www.icye.co.uk

What:         Placements to help local communities (e.g. drug rehabilitation, human
              rights, street children)
              To promote peace and cultural understanding
Where:        25 different countries
Duration:     Lasts July-September
Requirements: Age 18-30
Other:

International Service
Suite 3A, Hunter House, 57 Goodramgate, York YO1 7FX
Tel: 01904 647799 Fax: 01904 65 23 53
e-mail: is@internationalservice.org.uk web site: www.internationalservice.org.uk
What:           Health and engineering professionals
Where:          West Africa, Latin America and the Middle East
Duration:       2-3 yr placements
Requirements: Must be qualified
Other:


International Voluntary Service
IVS-GB Scotland, 7 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN, Tel: 0131-226-6722
Email Scotland@ivs-gb.org.uk
What:          Projects for sustainable development of local and global communities,
               working for peace and greater understanding
Where:         World wide
Duration:      2 –4 weeks; also longer term: 3-12 months
Requirements: 18+ (for projects abroad); no specific skills/qualifications required
Other:         Membership+Reg. Fees charged (£120-145); food & accommodation
               provided.
International Volunteer Program
web site: www.ivpsf.org
What:          Social justice, arts and culture, the environment
Where:         California, Costa Rica, Spain France
Duration:      6 week placements
Requirements: Assignments chosen to match volunteer’s skills
Other:         Admin fee for accommodation. Placement support & training provided

i-to-i
Woodside House, 261 Low Lane, Leeds, LS18 5NY, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 870 333 2332 Fax: +44 (0) 113 242 2171
email: info@i-to-i.com web: www.i-to-i.com
What:           Teach English, conservation, medical, health, building and care work
Where:          19 different countries
Duration:       4 – 24 weeks
Requirements: Age 17-70
Other:

14 day First Challenge expedition in Morocco
Médecins Sans Frontiéres
67-74 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QX
Tel:020 7404 6600 Fax: 020 7404 4466
email: office-ldn@london.msf.org web site: www.msf.org/
What:            All types of medical professionals, Also, administrators, engineers &
                 accountants
Where:           In 70+ different countries
Duration:        Varies (3 months to 1 year
Requirements: Must be qualified, previous experience advantageous
Other:           Selection process

Peace Brigades International
The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1
tel/fax: 020 7324 4628 email: pbiuk@gn.apc.org web site: www.peacebrigades.org
What:           Work in defence of human rights and peace, lobbying work, supporting
                threatened people/organisations.
Where:          Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal
Duration:       Various
Requirements: 25 years old +, Spanish an advantage in Latin America
Other:          Training provided, most costs covered by PBI

Project Trust
The Hebridean Centre, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TE
Tel: 01879 230444 Fax: 01879 230357
email:info@projecttrust.org.uk
web site: www.projecttrust.org.uk/
What:          Social work, teaching, outdoors activities and community development
Where:         25+ countries outside of Europe
Duration:      1 year
Requirements: 17-19 yr olds, in full time education
Other:         Living expenses provided, fundraising required
Raleigh International
Raleigh House, 27 Parsons Green Lane, London SW6 4HZ
Tel: 020 7371 8585 Fax: 020 7371 5852
email: info@raleigh.org.uk web site: www.raleigh.org.uk/
What:           Community and environmental projects
Where:          Various countries
Duration:       3 months
Requirements: Age 17-25, also 26+ to staff expeditions
Other:          Fundraising support given

Skillshare International
126 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7JA
Tel: 0116 254 1862 Fax: 0116 254 2614
website: www.skillshare.org email: info@skillshare.org
What:           Qualified business/engineering professionals
Where:          in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland
Duration:       1 – 2 yrs
Requirements: Must be qualified, 2 years experience
Other:

Students Partnership World-wide
2nd Floor, Faith House, No 7 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB
Tel: 020 7222 0138 Fax: 020 7233 0008
web site: www.spw.orge-mail: spwuk@gn.apc.org
What:           Health education and environment programmes in schools and
                communities
Where:          South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Nepal
Duration:       4-9 months
Requirements: 18 – 28 yrs old
Other:          Local support provided

Teaching & Projects Abroad
Aldsworth Parade, Goring, Sussex BN12 4T
Tel: +44 (0)1903 708300 Fax: +44 (0)1903 785779
E-mail: info@teaching-abroad.co.uk Web-site: www.teaching-abroad.co.uk
What:           Teaching English, projects in care & community, conservation,
                journalism, business and many other professions
Where:          South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Duration:       1 month to 1 year
Requirements: TEFL not required
Other:          All ages & abilities

Trekforce Expeditions
Naldred Farm Offices, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. RH16 1XR
Tel 01444-474123 e-mail: info@trekforce.org.ukweb site: www.trekforce.org.uk/
What:          Conservation, community and scientific expeditions
Where:         Central and South America, South East Asia
Duration:      8-20 weeks
Requirements: Fundraising required
Other:         Advice given
UNA Exchange
Temple of Peace, Cathays Park,Cardiff CF10 3AP
Tel: +44(0)29 2022 3088Fax: +44(0)29 2066 5557
e-mail: unaexchange@btinternet.comweb site: www.unaexchange.org/
What:           Work on projects hosted locally, e.g. conservation, social, arts, etc
Where:          50+ countries
Duration:       2-3 weeks
Requirements:
Other:          Pay travel expenses + project fees (around £140), food & accommodation
                provided

UNIPAL
BCM UNIPAL, LondonWC1N 3XX Tel/Fax: +44(0)20 8299 1132
web site: www.unipal.org.uk/
What:          Teaching in Palestinian Refugee camps (mainly English to children)
Where:         Palestinian Refugee camps
Duration:      4-5 weeks July/August
Requirements: Teaching experience/qualifications an advantage but not essential
Other:         £500 to cover travel + insurance, food and accommodation provided

United Nations Volunteers
Apply throughVSO (Voluntary Services Overseas), please mark UNV
317 Putney Bridge Road London SW15 2PN
Tel: 020 8780 7200 Fax: 020 8780 7300
website: www.vso.org.uk
What:           Supporting sustainable human development globally
Where:          Various
Duration:       2 years, some shorter term projects
Requirements: Qualifications & Experience required
Other:          Apply through VSO

VentureCo Worldwide
The Ironyard 64-66 The Market Place Warwick CV34 4SD
Tel: 01926 651 071
e-mail: mail@ventureco-worldwide.com
web site: www.ventureco-worldwide.com/
What:           Voluntary project and expeditions, learn Spanish, work with children,
                conservation project
Where:          Various countries incl Africa, S America, Asia, India & Nepal,
                Galapagos
Duration:       4 months
Requirements:
Other:          Gap year
VolunteerAfrica
PO Box 24, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1ZW, UK
Website: www.volunteerafrica.org
What:         Working with locals to build a community resource (e.g. school, health
              centre)
Where:        Tanzania
Duration:     4 weeks/7 weeks/10 weeks
Requirements: 18+
Other:        Costs vary e.g. £450 for 4 week programme + travel. Support provided

expedition in Morocco 2-9 months on a Gap Challenge placement in Costa Rica or Tanzania to a
VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas)
317 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2PN
Tel: 020 8780 7200 Fax: 020 8780 7300
website: www.vso.org.uk
What:           Education, health, business and social development, technical
Where:          60+ developing countries worldwide
Duration:       2 years (1 yr within developing world and Eastern Europe)
Requirements: Age 17-68 Relevant qualifications required, experience an advantage
Other:          Travel and living allowance provided

Youth Action for Peace UK
Tel: 08701 657 927 E-mail yapuk@ukonline.co.uk Website: www.yap-uk.org
What:           Work camps, international group projects, work towards human justice
                and peace through support of cultural, socio-economic and political
                freedom
Where:          50 national partnership organisations
Duration:       3 weeks
Requirements: Unskilled, 18+ (min 15)
Other:          £110-150 membership fee incl food & accommodation


World Challenge Expeditions
Black Arrow House, 2 Chandos Road London NW10 6NF
Tel: 020 8728 7200Fax: 020 8961 1551
e-mail: welcome@world-challenge.co.ukweb site: www.world-challenge.co.uk
What:           Conservation and teaching projects
Where:          12 different countries, incl. Tanzania, Morocco, Costa Rico
Duration:       2-9 months, or shorter 2 week projects
Requirements: Gap challenges for 17-24 year olds
Other:
months on a Gap Challenge placement in Costa Rica or Tanzania to a 14 day First Challenge
WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
7 North Street Workshops Stoke sub Hamdon Somerset TA14 6QR
Tel: 01935 825588 Fax: 01935 825775
email: worldvol@worldvol.co.uk Web: www.wwv.org.uk
What:          Database of volunteer opportunities in UK and abroad
Where:         Worldwide
Duration:      Varies
Requirements: Age 14+
Other:
VOLUNTEERING ORGANISATION NETWORKS

 The following organisations are volunteering networks and are very useful for checking
any individual volunteering organisations you are interested in:-

http://www.alliance-network.org [EN]
Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations
This alliance represents national organisations running international voluntary service
projects.

http://www.avso.org [EN]
Association of Voluntary Service Organisations
Provides information on all the member organisations dealing with voluntary service
programmes in Europe.

http://www.cev.be/index.htm [EN][FR]
European Volunteer Centre
European umbrella organisation of National and Regional Volunteer Centres across
Europe, providing information on developments within the EU.

http://www.volunteer.org.nz/ [EN]
Global Volunteer Network
Volunteer positions available through its partner organisations in China, Ecuador, Ghana,
Nepal, Romania, Russia, Thailand and Uganda.

				
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