Want to volunteer abroad, but not sure where to start?

We’ll walk you through it step-by-step. Scroll down to explore, or click one of the links to the right to jump to the section that interests you. Learn more about volunteering abroad by reading our guidebooks and searching for programs!



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1.Learn about volunteering abroad

If you're new to volunteering abroad, we recommend going through a few of our top guidebooks to familiarize yourself with how to find the right program, and what to expect on your travels.

Top volunteering guidebooks

2023 Best Volunteer Abroad Programs, Organizations, & Projects

By Sarah Vandenberg 10 Jan 2023

Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs for Doctors, Nurses, Pre Med Students

By Brittany Edwardes 25 Jan 2023

Teen & High School Volunteer Abroad Programs | Under 18 Mission Trips

By Sarah Vandenberg 6 Dec 2022

Cheap Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs & Low Cost Overseas Projects

By Steven Weddle 6 Sep 2022

200 Volunteer Abroad & Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

By Sarah Vandenberg 9 Sep 2022

Guidebooks for each traveler type


How Volunteering Abroad as a Couple Can Improve Your Relationship

By Ken Budd 2 Oct 2019

Family & Group

Family & Group Volunteer Abroad Projects

By Sarah Vandenberg 1 Dec 2022


Volunteer Trips for Female Solo Travelers

By Sarah Vandenberg 6 May 2022


Best Solo Vacations for Lone Travelers: Volunteer Vacations for Singles

By Robin Van Auken 6 Feb 2023

Gap Year

Gap Year Travel Abroad Programs, Projects, Internships, and Experiences

By Sarah Vandenberg 11 May 2019

Senior Citizens

Volunteer Abroad Opportunities for Seniors and Retirees

By Sarah Vandenberg 27 Jan 2023

Teen & high school

Teen & High School Volunteer Abroad Programs | Under 18 Mission Trips

By Sarah Vandenberg 6 Dec 2022

First Time

Volunteer Abroad Opportunities for First-Time Travelers

By Brittany Edwardes 29 Jun 2019

2. See where to go and what to do

Make a Real Impact Volunteering Abroad With Maximo Nivel!

Guidebooks by project type


Medical, Dental, Nursing Mission Trips Abroad | Global Health Internship

By Brittany Edwardes 25 Sep 2016


Dental Volunteer Abroad & Medical Mission Trips | Dentists & Students

By Nick Callos 10 Jan 2023


Nursing Volunteer Abroad Projects for Students & Professional Nurses

By Sarah Vandenberg 10 Jan 2023


Intern Abroad Programs | Overseas Pre Med & Healthcare Internships

By Brittany Edwardes 23 Aug 2014


Health Volunteer Abroad: Paramedic, Public Health, Midwife, Pharmacist

By Sarah Vandenberg 28 Nov 2018

HIV/AIDS Support

Health Volunteer Abroad: Paramedic, Public Health, Midwife, Pharmacist

By Sarah Vandenberg 28 Nov 2018

Mental Health

Volunteer Abroad in Mental Health, Psychology and Special Needs

By Danielle Forshay 4 Sep 2022


Midwifery Internships and Volunteer Programs Abroad

By Nick Callos 25 Jun 2018


Veterinary Volunteer Programs and Internships Abroad

By Robin Van Auken 9 Jan 2023

Guidebooks by destination


Volunteer & Intern in Ghana | Volunteer Abroad

By Nick Callos 2 Jan 2018

South Africa

Volunteer Abroad in South Africa | Overseas Volunteer Programs

By Melissa Haynes 16 Mar 2015


Volunteer in Tanzania: Wildlife, Teach English, Medical & More

By Jordyn Hotchkiss 13 Nov 2016


Volunteer in Kenya: Teach English, Sports Coaching & Medical Care

By Jordyn Hotchkiss 13 Oct 2016


Volunteer in Madagascar: Lemurs, Conservation, Wildlife and More

By Volunteer Forever 5 Feb 2018


Volunteer & Teach in Morocco: English, Sports Coaching, Speech Therapy

By Volunteer Forever 22 May 2017

Guidebooks by season & duration

Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break Trips: Volunteer Abroad Trips for Students

By Volunteer Forever 12 Mar 2019

Summer Break

Summer Volunteer Work Abroad Programs & Opportunities

By Sarah Vandenberg 19 Feb 2019

Winter Break

Winter Break Volunteer Abroad Programs | Trips for Christmas Break

By Volunteer Forever 18 Aug 2019

Long-Term Volunteering

Long Term Volunteer Work Abroad Programs & Voluntary Charity Jobs

By Brittany Edwardes 1 Feb 2023

Short-Term Volunteering

Short Term Volunteer Abroad Programs & Mission Trips (1 Week & 2 Weeks)

By Brittany Edwardes 10 Jan 2023

3.Find a program

Ready to narrow your options? Here's how to use Volunteer Forever to find an amazing program abroad!

Visit our Volunteer programs page, where you’ll find hundreds of organizations and projects all over the world.


Click on an organization name to learn more about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved.


Want to know more about travel opportunities with that organization? Follow the link to their website to explore and start your application!


4.Plan your travels

Once you’ve decided on your dream project, it’s time to apply! Here are a few of our top recommended partners.

Maximo Nivel


Maximo Nivel provides high quality volunteer, intern, study, and teach abroad programs in Latin America. Since 2003, they have offered volunteer programs to travelers in medical and healthcare, teaching, childcare, and much more. Programs are located in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru!

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)


Established in 2007, IVHQ is the world's leading volunteer abroad organization offering projects in over 40 international destinations. Whether you are traveling for one week or even taking a gap year, or simply wishing to assist a community abroad, IVHQ has the program for you.

Projects Abroad


Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world, sending 10,000 travelers of all ages around the globe each year on a variety of volunteer projects. Programs range from childcare, to teaching, to sports, and beyond.

Love Volunteers


Love Volunteers provides truly meaningful, life-changing volunteering abroad programs in more than 34 developing countries worldwide.

Plan My Gap Year


Founded in 2011, Plan My Gap Year offers affordable volunteer trips for childcare, English teaching, wildlife conservation, and more. As 93% of their 3,000 participants per year are either solo or female, PMGY is a great fit for those volunteering alone and want to meet other like-minded travelers.



Degree- and career-related volunteer trips and internships worldwide.



GoEco is a leading ecotourism company with a varied selection of affordable volunteer projects abroad - a gateway to over 150 extraordinary community, wildlife and environmental initiatives all over the world.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp (ABV)


Nonprofit organization offering volunteer travel placements in 25 countries, supporting local organizations in low-income communities.

Naturally Africa Volunteers


Making a sustainable contribution to communities across Africa through education, medical and healthcare, sports and conservation projects.

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