There are many thousands of opportunities for volunteering both at home and abroad over the summer months. We cannot cover all these possibilities in depth, this information is intended to help you raise the necessary questions to help you make an informed decision.
You may also want to consider summer/ holiday work at home and abroad, for more information please visit both the Joblink and Careers websites.
Volunteering in the UK
Placements in the UK may not be as exotic as those abroad but if you are strapped for cash they are a great way to have a cheap holiday, meet new people and learn new skills.
If you visit Do-It trust.org you will be able to view volunteer opportunities within any area of the UK and by your interests and skills.
If you are looking to go abroad for your volunteering then the possibilities are endless. You can teach, do conservation work, work on a building project, learn a new language or do cultural exchanges. Some organisations tailor their opportunities to people taking year out but others offer opportunities to people who do not have that amount of time.
Volunteering Opportunities Overseas
The Volunteer Office does not actively promote overseas projects as we do not have the resources to assess and check each group to see if they offer a suitable, worthwhile and safe experience. Therefore we have created this document so that you can make an informed choice and also choose the right opportunity for you.
We are aware of the huge benefits that a well-structured, impactful and positive overseas project can provide for self-development, growth and learning. We are also aware that there are some pretty unscrupulous companies out there who charge a considerable amount of money for their programmes and sometimes they are not always what they seem.
Checklist of good practice/questions to ask
Checklist of websites as a good starting point
Please click here for a further list of organisations and charities that provide a wide variety of opportunities