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Cosmic Volunteers

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Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

INTERNATIONAL CHINA CONCERN

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Love, Hope and Opportunity for Every Disabled Child

International China Concern (ICC) is a Christian development organisation that changes lives by bringing love, hope and opportunity to China’s abandoned and disabled. Founded in 1993 by David Gotts, International China Concern exists to help the disadvantaged live life to the full and to their God-given potential. Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth, there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. In many welfare centres the mortality rate remains high and for those who survive, the future is bleak. For 22 years, International China Concern has partnered with the Chinese government to develop social welfare for the abandoned and disabled. Our reputation and relationships in China place us in an excellent position to not only provide services and homes for life but also empower Chinese nationals to see lives saved, families supported, communities transformed and attitudes changed.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since 1993 International China Concern has taken teams of people from all around the world, to serve in China's orphanages. Teams are made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages and experience - but all have a heart to care for China's disadvantaged children. You do not have to be a professional - If you can hug a child, play with a child, pray with a child or help meet their basic needs, then you qualify. Past team members describe their time in China as - "enriching, ministering, touching, hilarious, everlasting", and "a life changing experience".

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.

BMS WORLD MISSION

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BMS World Mission works in partnership with Baptist churches and other Christian organisations in approximately 30 countries across four continents - Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As a leading Christian mission organisation, BMS World Mission aims to share life in all its fullness with the worlds people by:

1) Enabling them to know Christ.

2) Alleviating suffering and injustice.

3) Improving the quality of life, with many people as our primary agent of change - motivating, training, sending and resourcing them.

We have around 200 mission workers engaged in pastoral and church planting work, engineering, teaching, agriculture, community and medical work etc, and then we also send short-term volunteers each year. BMS Action Teams (gap year) are designed specifically for young people between the ages of 18-23 and run from September to June. The programme starts with a month of quality mission training, followed by a six-month overseas placement working alongside BMS mission staff or a local partner church. On return to the UK, teams head out on a two-month tour of Baptist churches, sharing their experiences and encouraging other people to get involved in world mission.

The BMS Volunteer Programme is specifically designed for people who want to share their professional skills and experience to demonstrate Christ's love in another culture. Spending between three months and two years overseas enables you to impact on the lives of those in need in a meaningful way. We aim to match your expertise (technical and non-technical) with the needs of BMS personnel or partner organisations, so that the placement provides help where it is really needed and is a truly fulfilling experience. You may think that your particular expertise could never be used in short-term mission, but your skill could be the very one our overseas partners are looking for. There is no typical volunteer - we have individuals and couples from all walks of life serving on the volunteer programme. Applicants need to be over 21 years for this programme and we can accept people up to their mid-seventies as long as they can obtain health clearance. We are also able to place medical electives, language students and Bible college students for their placements.

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

Lattitude Global Volunteering

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Volunteer Overseas With Lattitude

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that provides overseas volunteering opportunities for 17-25 year olds. Our aim is to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their life skills while making a positive difference to the lives of others in a culture and community different from their own.

Over more than 40 years Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer on long-term placements from 3 to 12 months in over 17 countries around the world. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, care work, community projects and teaching.

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that will truly benefit from their skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provides comprehensive support to young people from beginning to end of their volunteer journey. To make our placements as accessible as possible we also offer bursaries and scholarships to eligible candidates.

‘In 2012 I volunteered to teach English in San Luis, Argentina with Lattitude. I can honestly say this was to date the best and most important 5 months of my life. I enjoyed my placement and the entire experience so much that I owe a great deal of gratitude to Lattitude. During my time abroad I also developed a passion for teaching, so much so that I have since enrolled on a BA in Education in University, none of this would have been possible had I not been offered the opportunity to teach abroad.’

Rhys Richards, Lattitude Volunteer

2014-2015 places available, apply today! www.lattitude.org.uk

VOLUNTEERING SOLUTIONS

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Volunteering Solutions is an organisation dedicated to promoting the most affordable and exciting volunteer programmes for the betterment of local communities in need. Its unique and innovative ways of working make it a highly competitive and popular volunteer placement organisation providing a truly satisfying and fulfilling experience for all. The organisation is run in a highly professional and methodical manner and overhead charges are kept very low. The advantages are passed on to the volunteers. Hence the cost of participating in our various projects is the best and most affordable. This is your gateway to explore and help the communities in need. We aim at supporting the work of local community organisations in different countries through the placement of international volunteers and offer a wide variety of volunteer programmes in Ghana,Kenya,Tanzania,Morocco,Uganda,South Africa,India,Nepal,China,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Vietnam,Cambodia,Philippines,Peru,Costa Rica,Ecuador, Spain and Australia.The organisation provides unique opportunities for safe and memorable travel experiences throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka combined with enriching and rewarding voluntary work. Our volunteers get opportunities to have in-country travel and have the real feel of a new culture by having a home stay with local families. Our Mission is to promote voluntary work in the countries that need it most, by connecting the right people with the right opportunity in each country. We aim provide meaningful, affordable and reliable volunteer abroad options to everyone. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

EIL UK

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EIL UK is a registered charity and our mission is to bring people together from different nations to improve understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness.
Registered Charity No. 1070440

AMAIDI International

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Since 2006 AMAIDI enables social organizations worldwide to get access to professional and general volunteer resources to be able to meet their global challenges.

Therefore we inspire and mobilize individuals, companies and universities to engage themselves locally or online, either with their skills (pro bono) or their work force (hands-on).

Amaidi International links overseas and local volunteers with local communities they want to support via building capacity of the local organizations that serve these communities such as non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, care-homes and social enterprises.

Amaidi International also partners with responsible travel organizations in the countries we work in, so that tourists are offered a different way of getting in touch with the soul of a country. This also allows opportunities to the local communities visited, such as earning respect for their culture and income towards their livelihood.

Amaidi International acknowledges that money, spent in the right way according to the real needs of a local community, can be a boon for the urban and rural poor, enabling them to place the first steps on the road to a better life, away from poverty and its ugly faces such as chronical illness, un-employment, lack of access to quality education and political empowerment.

AFRICA & ASIA VENTURE (AV)

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Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is a not-for-profit social enterprise that specialises in gap year and summer volunteering projects in the developing world for those aged 17 to 25. Since AV started in 1993 more than 5,500 volunteers from 30+ countries have together contributed over 1,200 man-years of service to the communities with which AV works. AV delivers a volunteer experience refined from years of expertise and meticulous attention to detail. The working relationships forged since 1993 enable us to bring our volunteers projects that reflect our very special global network, encompassing Africa, Asia and Latin America. We look for inspired, committed and energetic volunteers, who will travel out with us in groups to make a real contribution to the developing world and experience possibly the most memorable time of their lives. Our volunteers experience an intense period of travel, hard work, friendship, adventure, exploration and fun. We also promise them every chance to expand their personal boundaries and discover so much more than they thought possible about the people and the communities they will live in and themselves. Volunteers spend their time participating in projects of their choice, which will include teaching, sports coaching and , community activities in a carefully selected pairs or small groups. Along with the advice, support and back up you would expect from us, the independent travel opportunities, which can be included as part of all our schemes, provide our volunteers with a mass of life-changing experiences. For details, take a look at our website (www.aventure.co.uk) or call us on +44 (0) 1380 729009. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted. Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is a founding member of The Year Out Group.

OYSTER WORLDWIDE

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Oyster is a specialist and very personal company which aims to help people make the most of their gap year. We offer a variety of voluntary programmes abroad for individuals and families. They are designed to be challenging and to give our participants new skills and experiences. They are also intended to benefit the host country. Your skills, new ideas and simple hard work are always much appreciated.

We offer voluntary teaching projects in Chile, Nepal, Laos and Tanzania, and opportunities to volunteer with children in a youth centre or as a sports coach in Brazil and South Africa. We also run teaching programmes in China or Thailand (following the completion of a TEFL qualification). In Romania, you can volunteer in a children’s hospital and care home, gain valuable medical experience as you work within a mobile medical unit, or join animal welfare specialists on a project to help captive bears.

If you are interested in working with animals, we run many different animal and wildlife conservation programmes across the world. Travel to Thailand on a diving and marine conservation project, or volunteer with elephants, with turtles, or at a wildlife sanctuary in this country. In South Africa, you can complete a veterinary internship or game ranger course, or volunteer with lions, sharks, monkeys, elephants or the Big 5 on a private game reserve. With also have opportunities to volunteer with bears, orangutans, monkeys, elephants and turtles in Borneo and Malaysia, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Laos and Costa Rica.

In the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand, we offer environmental conservation projects where volunteers can get involved in planting trees, building footpaths and cleaning beaches. We also run a surf development course in Australia, and ski and snowboard instructor courses in Canada, Romania and France.

For those interested in applying for medicine at university, or already studying or working as a medic, we offer medical internships in India and Romania, where volunteers with an interest are able to gain valuable and worthwhile experience for their CV.

With Oyster you will get:

• The certainty of a well-chosen voluntary programme with everything arranged in advance.

• A personal service from our experienced staff in the UK, who will get to know you very well before you depart.

• Thorough preparation in the UK and on arrival.

• Excellent support from our in-country staff who will help settle you in, be a supportive friend and be there to assist with problems.

• A group of fellow travellers to share the experience with.

Oyster is a member of the Year Out Group and adheres to its standards and code of practice. Your money is safe with Oyster. We are financially protected by the ATOL scheme and IPP.

Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (SCBC)

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The Soutpaspansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation was established in 2014 in order to catalogue the biodiversity of understudied animals in the Soutpansberg region of South Africa. The project initially began with a strong herpetological emphasis; soon it became apparent that it would be impossible to limit the study to a single group. Soon amphibians, small mammals, scorpions, Theraphosidae, Odonata and Lepidoptera were added to the focus of the study. The inclusion of the additional groups has not hampered the reptilian data collection as these groups are often encountered while searching for reptiles. We aim to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

We require research assistant volunteers to help us with our ongoing project:
Currently we are looking for people interested in herpetology, entomology, arachnids and small mammals. Participants need to be comfortable around reptiles, reasonably fit and happy to live without electricity (we do have solar power) and in a remote area. Data is collected through fieldwork as well as accessing existing databases and private collections/lists. Where possible fieldwork will be conducted in understudied regions to the East and north of the Soutpansberg range. The collected information will indicate biodiversity hotspots and highlight areas for the consideration of conservational action.

The information generated from this project will include species lists, distribution within the region, habitat preferences and also biological notes of observed behaviours. One of the intended outcomes of the project and the collected information is the consolidation of the information into a publication for future research reference as well as for the education of the interested public.

Research assistants who wish to partake in their own research may do so after discussing their options and drafting a proposal with our help. We are also able to take on students who need to do an internship as part of their course if we our informed upon booking.

The SCBC aims to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

Skills and Knowledge you will acquire through participation:
• Reptile and Amphibian Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Setting up and maintaining Pit Fall and Funnel Traps for small vertebrates and invertebrates
• Arthropod Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Horticulture for Conservation
• Basic Tracking
• Bird Identification and Bird Conservation Data Collection
• Basic Ecology and Conservation in a Changing World
• Macro Photography
• Living off the Grid.

JUST VOLUNTEERS!

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Just Volunteers! is a non profit group which places suitable volunteers with small, independent NGOs in China, HK, Malaysia and Mongolia. www.just-volunteers.org




The NGOs we work with run:

- Orphanages;

- A school for Myanmar refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;


- Summer camps on the Mongolian Steppe;

- A hospital for abandoned children in Beijing;

- A training centre for physically disabled young people in Guangzhou;


We need people to:

- Teach English;

- Teach vocational skills;

- Run a kindergarten;

- Organize sports;

- Run team building games;

- Give their time and patience;

- Share their enthusiasm!



All projects provide free accommodation and most also provide free food - unless otherwise stated. Volunteers who are selected will be given the opportunity to speak to past volunteers if they wish.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

REEF CHECK

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Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is a California registered nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to save our reefs and oceans. Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs in over 90 countries and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits. For more information on Reef Check please visit www.ReefCheck.org

GLOBE AWARE, ADVENTURES IN SERVICE

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Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back, focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programmes. Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, but it is actually the involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the community that is of the greatest mutual benefit. We believe that understanding other cultures helps everyone to create better-informed solutions, not to mention leading a more enjoyable life!

Globe Aware adventures provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community and to develop a real appreciation for cultures unlike our own. The host provides a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help and have fun! The communities with whom we work choose the projects that they feel are most important to develop. The work is varied and can encompass everything from helping provide a better life for captive elephants in Thailand, playing word games with Peruvian children, planting trees in India, to painting a community centre in Costa Rica, amongst many other activities. We feel it is of supreme importance to respect the culture and heritage in which the volunteer is working. The goal is not for volunteers to change the host communities, but rather to help them in the needs that the host community has identified as important. Those who will enjoy the experience the most are those who bring an open mind and willingness to help. The natural healthy exchange of ideas and opinions leads to a mutual understanding of cultures.

CROSSLINKS

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Jesus challenged his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. At Crosslinks we aim to play our part in this great commission, with our stated aim being: Making Christ known through the proclamation and teaching of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are enthusiasts for creative worldwide mission, our slogan is: “God’s Word to God’s World”. Whether you are a school leaver or a highly skilled professional (or anywhere in between!) your gifts and servant-hearted attitude could be valuable in any number of different settings. Many of our placements involve teaching in some capacity, but this can range from home-schooling or teaching English in local secondary schools to lecturing in theological colleges. Placements vary from a couple of weeks to two years, but usually there is something to fit into the time you have available.

UNITED PLANET

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As an international non-profit organization, United Planet (UP) strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

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