Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

These are just a few suggestions of outside organizations to consider while looking for volunteer abroad programs. The Boston University Community Service Center neither endorses nor sponsors any of the organizations listed. Volunteers enroll and participate at their own risk.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, responsible and affordable volunteer abroad programs in countries around the world. Each year, IVHQ places thousands of volunteers on our volunteer abroad programs and we have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities in over 30 locations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and The Pacific. Established in 2007, IVHQ has grown to become the world’s leading volunteer travel company, sending over 38,000 volunteer abroad to assist in a range of projects including Teaching, Medical, Childcare, Conservation, Sports Development, Community Development, Agriculture and Construction. We work with local teams and NGOs in each of our program locations, and offer 24/7 support to our international volunteers throughout their stay, enabling volunteers to work within the community to provide sustainable support and development. With volunteer program fees starting from USD$180, you will not find a more affordable, high quality and trustworthy international volunteer travel opportunity. For more information, visit the website or send an email to our Enquiries Center: info@volunteerhq.org

Bridge International Academies

We at the Bridge International Academies (www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com<http://www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com/>) are determined to change this. We serve 95,216 students from families living on only $2 per day or less, and aim to serve 10,000,000 students around the developing world by 2025. Our first 8th grade class begins their academic year in January. We’ve created a service learning program, the Bridge Corps, which will send participants to our schools in Kenya and Uganda to prepare these 8th graders for the most stressful, high stakes exam you can possibly imagine.

The Bridge Corps – a service opportunity differentiated by its very measurable goals (i.e., if you can help an 8th grader pass this test, they can attend high school) – will play a key role in achieving the Bridge International Academies mission of “knowledge for all”.

Interested? Contact Jake Weissbourd at jake.weissbourd@bridgeinternationalacademies.com or call him at 617-417-2474

Projects Overland
Projects Overland, a volunteer organization based in Tanzania, operated through the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, has offices in Arusha, Moshi and Zanzibar and support projects in medical placements, schools, orphanages and community projects (eg. AIDS, human rights). Our volunteers come from all over the world and we offer them safe and affordable accommodation, 24/7 support, rewarding experiences and much more. Our aim is to empower and support communities in need – because although Tanzania is getting lots of tourists every year, it is still a developing country where health care and education are rare commodities. For more information, please contact Katharina at katharina.h@projectsoverland.org

Common Tides

The organization sponsors trips in May and October to Honduras and Belize. Common Tides provides free marine science programs and sail training to young students that live in developing countries. The goal of the program is to provide children with more education about their oceans so that in the future they can be empowered to fill conservation roles, eco-tourism jobs, and further understand their connection with the ocean. For more information, please see the website or contact Mike Smith (commontides@gmail.com).

Crees is a non-profit organization that runs important conservation and sustainable community development initiatives in the Peruvian Amazon. Their aim is to create a sustainable future for the Amazon rainforest through conservation research and community education. They offer volunteer placements from 2-12 weeks duration. For more information, visit www.crees-manu.org

Volunteering Solutions
We are an organization which provides Safe International volunteering opportunities in different countries in the field of Medical and healthcare, Childcare, teaching, women empowerment, community development, wildlife and conservation programs. We also offer International internships for medical – nursing students and professionals in hospitals as well as have dental elective placements for dental students.‬ For more information, please visit http://www.volunteeringsolutions.com/volunteer-abroad

Global Business Brigades
The BU chapter will be traveling to Panama after finals this May for eight days! On the brigade, you will have the opportunity to consult under-resourced microenterprises on sustainable business practices. If interested, please contact the Chapter President, Stephanie Stanczyk (stanczyk@bu.edu).

Global Vision International
GVI owns and operates more than 150 volunteer programs in over 40 countries worldwide. For more information, please email (info@gviworld.com) the organization or visit the website.

Learning Enterprises
Learning Enterprises coordinates thirteen programs in eleven countries in which participants live with host families for periods of 4 to 6 weeks, teaching English and getting involved in their village in myriad exciting ways. For more information, contact Alex Cartlidge (atlarge2@learningenterprises.org).

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Volunteers serve a 27-month commitment in one of 77 countries. Over the past 50 years, over 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps.

NGOabroad provides frugal, customized international volunteer options and helps people enter international humanitarian work in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. While the positions posted are volunteer positions, the organization also helps people into international careers. To apply, fill out the questionnaire on the website and include it along with a copy of your resume in an email (info@NGOabroad.com). Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

United Planet
The organization’s mission is to foster cross-cultural awareness and promote international education. They are seeking volunteers who are interested in volunteering abroad in fields including healthcare, women’s empowerment, or conservation and environmental awareness. For more information, please go to the website or email (quest@unitedplanet.org) the organization.

World Connect
This organization is devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of women and children underserved and under-resourced communities worldwide, and it is currently has several volunteer openings with its Kids-to-Kids program as well as a development internship opportunity. For more information, please see the website.

Water Ecuador
This organization provides clean drinking water at affordable prices to impoverished communities. They are devoted to a sustainable approach with a local focus based on teaching good health practices, conserving water resources, and preventing waterborne disease. In Ecuador, past volunteers have built water treatment systems, taught in schools about the importance of safe water and good hygiene, tested water sources for microbial and chemical contamination, and worked to strengthen the administrative structure of our organization. Please see the website (http://waterecuador.org/you-can/lend-a-hand/) or email info@waterecuador.org for more information.

Flying Kites
At Flying Kites, we believe that the world’s poorest children, if given the tools they need, will change the circumstances that failed them. In the Aberdares Mountains of Kenya, we run a Home and Leadership Academy for orphaned children. Through our emphasis on excellence, advocacy and compassion, children who have suffered the devastating effects of poverty are being empowered to compete in, and contribute to, our complex and changing world. The Ambassador Program invites talented and deeply passionate individuals to commit to an ambassadorship, which combines advocacy, fundraising, a 3-12 months at our children’s home in Kenya into a truly exceptional learning experience.

Place for Change
Place for Change is a social entrepreneurship that promotes volunteering abroad opportunities in India. Visit http://www.placeforchange.com/ or email asha@placeforchange.com for more information. Apply to volunteer or intern!

Love Volunteers
Love Volunteers is a travel organization, working in 27 developing countries to provide international support to local NGOs. We work directly with local teams to help develop their organizational models and supply volunteers who can help with everything from teaching English to administrative tasks or undertaking field research. We strive to offer volunteers extremely competitive program fees on a non-profit basis as we recognise the real value is having volunteers help local people at a grassroots level, rather than charging high fees that often never reach the local community. We have local coordinators in each country that we work with to help volunteers find opportunities that complement their goals. Visit http://www.lovevolunteers.org/ for more information.

Rostro de Cristo Program
Rostro de Cristo invites recent college graduates to spend one year living in the communities of Mount Sinai and Arbolito in Ecuador. During this year, volunteers live in intentional Christian community, focus on living simply, develop spiritually, offer hospitality to visiting retreat groups, and serve in a variety of volunteer placements. These placements include education, mentoring, healthcare, social work, community outreach, and pastoral ministry. Please visit their website, www.rostrodecristo.org, or email their office, faceofchrist@rostrodecristo.org, for more information.

To post information about your organization’s volunteer abroad opportunities, please contact the Community Outreach Manager at bucsc@bu.edu.