Love Volunteers

PO Box. 199 Pukekohe, Auckland, 2679 New Zealand

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About Love Volunteers

Year Founded: 2009

Love Volunteers provide the most cost-effective way to volunteer and help local communities in developing countries around the world! What makes us cheaper than other organisations? Firstly, we are just a handful of passionate people dedicated to helping volunteers and local communities around the world. We operate without huge overheads - no company cars, no downtown office - we're just volunteers who knew we could do a better job. Secondly, we work with local organisations wherever we can to keep administration costs to a minimum and also to feed as much money and skills into the local communities as we can.

With Love Volunteers you know that all of our partner organisations have been fully vetted to ensure that, not only does a genuine need for assistance exist, but that the environments that we place our volunteers in are safe and of a high quality. As a Love Volunteer you not only give your time to help those who need it most, but you can trust that you will be involved in an ethical and sustainable program that has a real-world impact.

The safety of our volunteers is our number one priority, so we work closely with our partner organisations to understand the local security and safety arrangements and only provide programs where we have carried out a thorough safety assessment. We have dedicated in-country staff at every location, and also appoint a Love Volunteers staff member to be your point of contact throughout the duration of your placement.

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Volunteer Abroad & Make a REAL Difference - From US$175!

-Multi-Country Locations : Albania, Argentina and 34 other locations , Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia Show less

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers in Peru provide much-needed support and assistance to children and young adults at various...

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Community Development Project in Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Brcko

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! With a goal of breaking down the still prevalent racial prejudices left in the wake of the...

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Education Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteers on this wonderful program can choose to assist in educational institutions such as primary and...

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Working with Children/Community Development in Bolivia

Bolivia : Cochabamba

Looking for a truly unique project? This one is for you! This wonderfully unique social development project was established with the sole purpose of providing a safe environment...

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Teaching in Monasteries in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu, Pokhara

Want to help educate and guide Nepalese Monks? This program is for you! Programs involving teaching in monasteries in Nepal are held in the outskirts of Kathmandu and

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Teaching English in Albania

Albania : Tirana

Want to volunteer in a picturesque village nestled high in the Albanian Alps? Based in the Alps of Northern Albania, this project involves working in community schools...

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Construction Project in Zambia

Zambia : Livingstone, Rural Areas

Want to help create something will last long after you have returned home? This program is for you! The majority of people in the village of Mwandi live in mud huts which...

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Youth Drop-In Center Program in Albania

Albania : Tirana

Want to help support underprivileged youth from Albania’s minority Romani community? Volunteers who choose to be part of this amazing program will be based in a daily...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Rwanda

Rwanda : Kigali, Rural Areas

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? This amazing program gives volunteers the unique opportunity to support the underprivileged and improve the...

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Healthcare and Medical in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Badulla

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Sri Lanka! Medical placements are only available in Badulla. Here basic medical centers

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Working with Children in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Want to help improve the lives of Kenyan orphans? This program is for you! Sadly due to the stigma of HIV in Africa, Kenya has many orphanages which house children who...

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Working with Children in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Kumasi and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Want to help teach valuable life skills to Ghanaian orphans? Working at an orphanage in Ghana is likely to be one of the most challenging and yet rewarding experiences...

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Education Program in The West Bank

Palestine : Nablus

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Based in Nablus, Palestine, this wonderful program provides educational and recreational programs to communities...

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Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Here’s something a little different! This program is available in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai in the North...

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Albania

Albania : Tirana

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers are urgently needed to contribute their time and energy at a day-care center for children...

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Children's Foster Home Program in Albania

Albania : Tirana

Do you love children? Help us to support and care for Albania’s most vulnerable children! On this amazing program volunteers are placed at a public foster home in Tirana...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua, Rural Areas

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Guatemala! Low income communities in Guatemala have very limited access to good healthcare...

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Construction Program, Rwanda

Rwanda : Kigali, Rural Areas

ANNOUNCMENT: Funding has finally been approved for the next round of construction at our current school building project, with plans to build a much needed second classroom...

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Agricultural Program, Rwanda

Rwanda : Kigali, Rural Areas

Like physical work and getting your hands dirty? This program is for you! Love Volunteers works closely with a local Farming Co-operative in Rwamagana. The co-operative...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Bangladesh

Bangladesh : Dhaka

Want to make a real difference in the lives of those worst affected by poverty? As a Love Volunteers Teacher is Bangladesh, you have the opportunity to help shape the...

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Orphanage Program in Ukraine

Ukraine : Cherkassy, Kiev

Do you love children? Want to help improve the lives of Ukrainian orphans? Ukraine has more than 100,000 children living in more than 140 orphanages and group foster homes...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? On this program, volunteers are placed in schools in Arusha which are drastically understaffed as a result...

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Work with Children in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala

Want to help improve the lives of Ugandan children? This program is for you! The work usually undertaken by volunteers in Ugandan orphanages entails organizing play, assisting...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Senegal

Senegal : Dakar

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Senegal! Volunteers are welcome in the health care sector in Senegal where their...

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Teach French, English or Spanish in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteers are desperately needed to teach foreign languages to Moroccan children who come from very modest...

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Teaching in Malawi

Malawi : Lilongwe

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? The notoriously under-funded schools of Malawi have a desperate need for teaching help. There are insufficient...

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Teaching and Working with Children in Ethiopia

Ethiopia : Addis Ababa

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Every child needs the love and support of a family. Our children at the Teaching/Working with Children program...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Imparting your own language in a way that works for the learner is always a stimulating challenge. Those

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Working with Children in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Want to help improve the lives of Peru’s orphaned children? This program is for you! Doing your bit in an orphanage or other childcare facility is rewarding, sometimes...

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Healthcare and Medical Programs in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Ecuador! In this wonderful program, volunteers will be based in a Quito hospital, clinic...

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Refugee Camp Program in The West Bank

Palestine : West Bank

Want to make a real and lasting impact to the lives of children and families worst affect by the occupation of Palestine? This amazing project allows volunteers the opportunity...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? This amazing program takes place in Kathmandu and involves teaching in a primary school which has recently...

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Education for Children Living on the Street in India

India : Jaipur

Want to help the children worst affected by the plight of poverty? This program is for you! Among the poorest inhabitants of India’s cities are families living in tent...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Cambodia! There is a high demand for volunteer nurses, doctors and health specialists in...

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Teaching English in Moldova

Moldova : Causeni, Chisinau

Want to volunteer in a picturesque rural town in post-soviet Eastern Europe? Volunteers are desperately sought for Teaching English placements in elementary and secondary...

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Bat Rehabilitation Project in Australia

Australia : Gold Coast

Do you love the outdoors? Not afraid to get your hands dirty? This program is for you! Love Volunteers works with a Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre that specializes in...

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Great Barrier Turtle Conservation in Australia

Australia : Cairns

Want to help protect the magnificent giant sea turtle? Located on stunning Fitzroy Island, a 45 minute fast-ferry ride from Cairns in Australia’s tropical northern state...

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Wildlife Rescue Project in Australia

Australia : Rural Areas

Do you love animals? Want to help protect endangered species? Love Volunteers proudly supports a wildlife shelter located in the Stanley State Forest in the state of

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Community Development in Moldova

Moldova : Causeni

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! Volunteers with a desire to support the local community of Causeni can take on Community...

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Elephant Village Project in Surin, Thailand

Thailand : Surin

Do you love working with animals? Want to help care for Thailand’s majestic Elephants? This program is for you! For centuries, Thailand’s farmers have used the indigenous...

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School Renovation Program in Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand : Koh Samui

Want to do something will last long after you have returned home? This program is for you! Koh Samui is a beautiful island; stunning beaches, crystal clear seas, and amazing...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand : Koh Samui

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Why not teach in an island paradise! Koh Samui is a stunning tourist island situated in the Gulf of Thailand....

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Women's Empowerment Program in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

Want the chance to bring joy to those women worst affected by social injustice? This amazing but challenging program, set in a Women’s Refuge Centre in Bangkok City,...

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Elephant Camp Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Do you love working with animals? Want to help care for Thailand’s majestic Elephants? This program is for you! The elephant camp project site is roughly 40 miles (65...

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Pre-School Education Program in China

China : Shanghai

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with young children? Volunteers are required in many parts of China to work with pre-school children. These civilian-run...

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Women's Empowerment Program in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Want the chance to bring joy to those women worst affected by social injustice? This wonderful program aims to assist women who have suffered domestic violence and/or

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Environmental Protection Program in Panama

Panama : Rural Areas

Want to help reforestation effort of the Panamanian rainforest? This is an amazing Environmental/Conservation based program is set in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest,...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Mexico

Mexico : Oaxaca

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Mexico! Set in one of the most beautiful inland cities in the mountains of Southern Mexico,...

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Working with Children in Mexico

Mexico : Oaxaca

Want to help improve the lives of Mexican children? This program is for you! We work closely with an amazing non-profit organization devoted solely to improving the lives...

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Childcare Program in the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Love working with children? This program is for you! The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in...

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Environmental Protection Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

Do you love the outdoors? Want to help protect Costa Rica’s National Parks? Our Environmental Protection programs allow volunteers to take part in vital conservation...

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Agro-Ecology Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Isidro de Heredia

Do you love the outdoors? Not afraid to get your hands dirty? This program is for you! Volunteers on this project live and work on an agro-ecological farm, which is 3

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Game Ranger Course in South Africa

South Africa : Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth

Want to get hands-on experience of what it takes to work in a Game Reserve? This amazing course allows volunteers to not only help at out our exciting Wildlife Protection...

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Midwifery Internship in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Are you a Midwifery student or recent graduate? This program is for you! Volunteers with a background in medicine, midwifery and nursing are eligible for this internship...

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Journalism Internship in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Are you are journalism student or recent graduate? This program is for you! Students with a background in journalism and a good grasp of English are welcome to apply to...

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Women's Empowerment Program in Mombasa, Kenya

Kenya : Mombasa, Rural Areas

Want the chance to bring joy to those women worst affected by social injustice? On our Women’s Empowerment program in Mombasa, volunteers work alongside our local team...

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Drug Rehabilitation Program in Diani Beach, Kenya

Kenya : Mombasa, Rural Areas

Are you looking for a real challenge? On this challenging yet rewarding project, volunteers will work alongside a team of local volunteers to run a drug awareness community...

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Working with Children in Mombasa, Kenya

Kenya : Rural Areas

Want to help improve the lives of Kenyan orphans? This program is for you! On this program volunteers work with vulnerable children in orphanages in either Mombasa or

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Women's Rescue Center Program in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Want the chance to bring joy to those women worst affected by social injustice? This amazing program is operated in the Wangigi area of Nairobi, and is only available

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Linx - Reuniting Families in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi, Rural Areas

Want to help reunite Kenyan orphans with their families? The Linx program identifies street children who have been displaced and disconnected from their families and aims...

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Refugee (SIDP) Camp Program in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Want to help improve the lives of Kenya’s internally displaced people? After the results of the 2007 elections, riots ensued throughout many parts of Kenya forcing over...

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Creative Art's Center Project in Ghana

Ghana : Kumasi, Rural Areas

Enjoy sharing your passion for the arts? Help us bring joy to the children of Ghana! The Kids Creative Art center we work closely with is based in the Ashanti region of...

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Computer and IT Training Program in Cameroon

Cameroon : Buea

Consider yourself to be a bit of a computer whiz? Here is a perfect volunteering opportunity for you! Our wonderful partner organization in Cameroon has set up a computer...

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Sports Development Program in Cameroon

Cameroon : Buea

Are you the Sporty type? Do you love to stay active? This program is for you! Volunteers on this exciting project can assist with a community-based sporting program during...

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International Summer Camp 2016!

Palestine : Bethlehem, Hebron and 3 other cities , Jerusalem, Nablus, West Bank Show less

Love Volunteers are proud to offer this exciting annual Summer Work and Travel Program, which aims to bring people together from all over the world to visit, live and learn...

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Construction Program in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua, Rural Areas

Want to help create something will last long after you have returned home? This program is for you! Despite its huge historical significance as the center of Spanish conquest...

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Environmental Protection in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua, Rural Areas

Do you love the outdoors? Want to help protect Guatemala’s National Parks? In developing countries like Guatemala, where the precious natural resources are deteriorating,...

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Childcare Program in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua, Rural Areas

Love working with children? This program is for you! Despite its huge historical significance as the center of Spanish conquest in the America’s, Guatemala is a developing...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua, Rural Areas

Education is the key to development. So why not teach what you know? The Teaching and Assisting in Schools program in beautiful Guatemala is tailored for volunteers so...

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Working with Children in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Colombo Central

Want to help improve the lives of Sri Lanka’s orphaned children? This program is for you! Poverty and a very low standard of living can sadly result in cases where children...

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Pre-School Education Program in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Colombo Central

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with young children? Our kindergarten programs allow volunteers a wonderful opportunity to associate with kids from different...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Badulla

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Working directly with local teachers, volunteers support children in their efforts to learn English and IT...

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Badulla

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? The vocational training center offers formalized classes that aim to improve the skills of children...

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Summer Camp Programs in China

China : Shanghai, Suzhou and 1 other city , Zhengzhou Show less

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Children aged from 4 to 19 years old attend special Summer Camps in Shanghai, Zhengzhou and Suzhou which

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Working with Children with Disabilities in China

China : Shanghai

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers on this inspirational program will be working in the new residential quarters in Shang...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in China

China : Shanghai, Zhengzhou

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteers are required in many parts of China to work with school children of all ages, ranging from 7 to...

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Language Learning and Teaching in Russia

Russia : Moscow, St. Petersburg

FIND OUT WHY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO BECOME A LOVE VOLUNTEER!! In close collaboration with our partners in Russia, Love Volunteers is offering placements

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Language Learning and Medical Work in St Petersburg

Russia : St. Petersburg

FIND OUT WHY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO BECOME A LOVE VOLUNTEER!! In close collaboration with our partners in Russia, Love Volunteers is offering placements

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Teaching and Working with Children in Provincial Russia

Russia : Moscow, St. Petersburg

FIND OUT WHY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO BECOME A LOVE VOLUNTEER!! In close collaboration with our partners in Russia, Love Volunteers is offering placements

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Environmental Protection Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Do you have a passion for the environment? Our Environmental programs revolve around educating future generations on conserving the environment, through educational camps...

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Surf and Adventure Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Like to surf? Always wanted to learn? This program is for you! This wonderful program takes underprivileged children out of the settlements and off the streets and teaches...

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Sports Development Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Do you have a love for Sports? This program is for you! This program involves coaching young people at primary school level. Volunteers can assist in coaching sports and...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Are you a Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in South Africa! Most of the medical projects that we support are government funded local clinical...

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Social Welfare/Social Work Programs in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Want to help improve the lives of South African children? This program is for you! The Social Welfare program offers a variety of projects that need help and volunteers...

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Wildlife Protection Program in South Africa

South Africa : Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth

Want to work in South African Game Reserve? This program is for you! The Game Reserve is situated just outside Port Elizabeth. The reserve is on 6000 hectares of land

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteers are needed to teach English children and young people attending primary and secondary schools

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Special Education Programs in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers are needed to help at an elementary school in La Ceiba catering for children from kindergarten...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Guatemala! Volunteers who are registered nurses, medical students or other kinds of health...

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Dental Program in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Are you a Dental Student or Qualified Dental Practitioner? Your skills are desperately needed in Honduras! The dental department in the local hospital in La Ceiba is always...

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HIV/AIDS Program in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Do you have a passion for healthcare and helping people? Honduras is home to 17% of Central America’s population, and is also where 60% of the region’s HIV infections...

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Working with Children in Honduras

Honduras : La Ceiba

Want to help improve the lives of Honduran children? This program is for you! Children suffering various types of neglect attend the nursery schools where these placements...

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Healthcare and Medical in Zambia!

Zambia : Livingstone, Rural Areas

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Zambia! Health care professionals and med-students have the opportunity to volunteer...

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Teaching in Schools in Zambia

Zambia : Livingstone, Rural Areas

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? We currently work with two schools in Mwandi where the students come from very difficult economic circumstances....

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Working with Children in Zambia

Zambia : Livingstone, Rural Areas

Want to help improve the lives of the children of Zambia? This program is for you! Volunteering in a preschool is rewarding, sometimes chaotic, but always great fun! Around...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Uganda! Placements for volunteers in Uganda are available in a number of community...

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Community Development Program in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! This is an amazing grassroots project that anyone can participate in! Volunteers on this...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Tanzania! On this program, volunteers with medical experience can assist directly...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? We work closely with multiple schools around Arusha at both nursery and primary level. These are some of

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Working with Children in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Want to help improve the lives of Tanzanian children? This program is for you! The orphanage we work closely with in Tanzania is home to over 20 children between the ages...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Senegal

Senegal : Dakar

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteering to teach in Senegal is a hugely rewarding experience. Placements teaching English, sports, and...

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Working with Children in Senegal

Senegal : Dakar

Want to help improve the lives of Senegalese children? This program is for you! Volunteers are desperately needed to assist in orphanages, nursery schools and community...

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers on this challenging but immensely rewarding program provide much-needed support and

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Women's Empowerment in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Want the chance to bring joy to those worst affected by social injustice? The women's empowerment program in Morocco allows volunteers to get a clear idea of women’s...

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Working with Children and Youth in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Want to help improve the lives of Morocco children? This program is for you! Volunteers on this wonderful program will work with Moroccan youth, teaching and assisting...

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Working with Children in Malawi

Malawi : Lilongwe

Want to help improve the lives of Malawian orphans? This program is for you! Volunteers who choose to work with children in Malawi will be based mainly in the outskirts...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Mombasa, Kenya

Kenya : Mombasa, Rural Areas

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Kenya! This excellent program is available in Mombasa or Diani Beach, about an hour...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Mombasa, Kenya

Kenya : Rural Areas

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Teaching volunteer programs are available in Mombasa or Diani Beach, about an hour from Mombasa. In Mombasa,...

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Healthcare and Medical Placements in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Kenya! Volunteers who wish to participate in the medical or healthcare field in

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HIV / AIDS Program in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Want to help reduce the spread of HIV in Africa? The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is unusual in its scope and magnitude. Health workers in Kenya are under great pressure,...

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Teaching in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Volunteers on the teaching program in Nairobi help with the teaching of different subjects in Kenyan elementary...

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Healthcare and Medical Placements in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Kumasi and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Ghana! Love Volunteers works closely with several hospitals and local clinics in...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Kumasi and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Teaching placements are available in Kumasi City and the general Ashanti Region (rural). Volunteers can help...

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Medical Volunteering in Cameroon

Cameroon : Buea

Want to use your training and education in the medical field to really help those in need? Our Medical programs in Cameroon welcome volunteers with a wide range of levels...

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Teaching in Schools in Cameroon

Cameroon : Buea

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Love Volunteers works closely with two community schools in Buea and Mamfe, on Cameroons Western Coast. Together...

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Working with Children in Cameroon

Cameroon : Buea

Want to help teach valuable life skills to Cameroonian orphans? Love Volunteers works closely with an Orphanage in Buea on Cameroons picturesque Western Coast. The orphanage...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Peru! Taking your evolving medical ability to a location where the need is greatest can

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Healthcare (non-medical) in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? On this program volunteers will be placed at a home that provides care and treatment for mentally...

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Alternative Health Care Program in Mexico

Mexico : Cuernavaca

Do you like alternative medicine, holistic remedies, and yoga? This program is for you! With the complete absence of alternative healthcare for members of under-privileged...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Mexico

Mexico : Cuernavaca

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? We work with several community-based schools in Temixco, Mexico that are in desperate need of volunteers

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Community Development in the Andes in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! This wonderful community-based program, located in the town of Cotacachi high in the Ecuadorian...

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Amazon Environmental Protection in Ecuador

Ecuador : Rural Areas

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Volunteers are needed to work at a Biological Station carrying out field research and education in the tropical

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Amazon Animal Welfare Program in Ecuador

Ecuador : Rural Areas

Do you love animals? Want to help protect endangered species? This program is for you! Based at an animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the Amazon jungle, volunteers...

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Conservation on the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Check out this amazing opportunity! The main goal of this program is to develop methods for restoring native species...

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Environmental and Agricultural Program in The Cloud Forest

Ecuador : Rural Areas

Do you love the outdoors? Want to help protect Ecuador’s National Parks? This project is located in the most amazing and bio-diverse cloud forest in Ecuador, about 3...

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Animal Therapy Program in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Do you have a passion for horses and dogs? Want to help those born into a life of disability? Hippotherapy (horses) and canotherapy (dogs) are recognized worldwide as

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Our Teaching English program, based in the amazing city of Quito, aims to serve one of the poorest communities...

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers undertaking this project will contribute their time and energy to taking care of disabled...

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Volunteer to Assist the Elderly

Ecuador : Quito

We also need volunteers to help at a residential facility which houses both destitute elderly people and elderly residents with mental health and disability problems. The...

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Teaching English to Adults in the Cloud Forest

Ecuador : Rural Areas

Do you have a passion for Teaching? Want to visit an exotic location? This program is for you! This program is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings of The...

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Children's Daycare Program in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Love working with children? This program is for you! The aim of this program is to help and support economically disadvantaged children who attend the childcare center....

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Permaculture in The West Bank

Palestine : West Bank

Want to help promote sustainable creative solutions to problems of environmental degradation and food and water shortages facing the local communities of the West Bank? This...

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Turtle Conservation Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas, San Jose

Want to help protect the magnificent giant sea turtle? Our Sea Turtle Conservation program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades...

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School Renovation Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Like mucking in, but only have one week to give? This program is perfect for you! The School Renovation program is specifically designed for those volunteers who do not...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? This program is open to all volunteers who are fluent in the English language. Volunteers can be placed in...

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Working with Children with Disabilities in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? Volunteers in Vietnam provide much-needed support and assistance to children at various childcare...

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Teach French in Vietnam

Vietnam : Da nang, Hanoi and 2 other cities , Ho Chi Minh City, Thai Nguyen Show less

Volunteers with advanced French are needed in Vietnam. There are opportunities available for teaching French and assisting local modern language teachers in delivering the...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? The aim of the teaching program in Vietnam is to provide an English language speaking environment for disadvantaged...

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Healthcare and Medical Program in Vietnam

Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Vietnam! The medical program in Vietnam provides skilled medical professionals and students...

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Outdoor Work Program in Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Do you love the outdoors? Not afraid to get your hands dirty? This program is for you! Volunteers on this program are needed to help with gardening and construction at...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? Our teaching volunteers have the choice of placements in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai which is famous as

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Special Needs Program in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu

Do you have a passion for helping those born into a life of disability? This wonderful project aims to provide the basic skills needed for a person with disabilities to...

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Healthcare and Medical Programs in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Nepal! Volunteer placements are based at health clinics or hospitals, and are either Government-run...

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Agriculture and Environmental Programs in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu

Do you love the outdoors? Want to help protect Nepal’s flora and fauna? Volunteers in Nepal contribute to improving cultivation methods and they play an important role...

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Working with Children in Nepal

Nepal : Kathmandu, Pokhara

Want to help improve the lives of Nepal’s orphaned children? This program is for you! Poverty and a very low standard of living sadly result in cases where children

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Mini Volunteer Program - Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

The Mini volunteer program provides a superb opportunity to combine volunteer work with four days of travel. The schedule comprises an initial stint as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar,...

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Work at an English Summer Camp in Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

At a summer camp which primarily aims to teach English as well as cultural programs, volunteers assist the Mongolian teachers to deliver basic conversational English to 10-16...

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Volunteer in Media - Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

The media project amounts to an internship with Mongolia's premier television network, enabling volunteers in Mongolia to take part in many aspects of TV programme creation....

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Volunteer in Business Management, Marketing, and Development

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Management and Business placements offer volunteers the opportunity to develop useful skills while taking part in an interesting and worthwhile project. While experiencing...

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Teach English in Mongolia!

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Love Volunteers is looking for native English speakers to help teach and improve the knowledge of English to communities in Mongolia. English is taught from an early age

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Orphanage Work and Community development - Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Opportunities exist to make a difference to the lives of children living on the street in Mongolia. Compelled by their families' dire state of poverty, children leave rural...

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Home Construction in Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Volunteers are invited to take part in the construction of homes for low-income families in Mongolia. In a country with as many as 780,000 people facing inadequate housing,...

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Health Care and Medical Placements in Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Volunteers are placed in the Ulaanbaatar area, where the Family Hospital has a pressing need for extra helpers. The work is interesting, not least because two or three days...

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Summer Volunteer Program in India

India : Jaipur

Want to volunteer AND explore this amazing country? This program is for you! This awe inspiring 3 week summer program combines a cultural experience with the satisfaction...

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Volunteer and Travel Program in India

India : Jaipur

Want to volunteer AND explore this amazing country? This program is for you! What makes this adventure attractive is the combination of volunteering in India and weekend...

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Working with Children in India

India : Jaipur

Want to help improve the lives of India’s orphaned children? This program is for you! The aim of our Orphanage program is to assist in helping with, and caring for children....

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Sports Education Program in India

India : Dharamsala, Jaipur

Are you the Sporty type? Do you love to stay active? This program is for you! Sport is an amazing way of bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together....

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Women's Empowerment Program in India

India : Dharamsala, Jaipur

Want the chance to bring joy to those women worst affected by social injustice? The Women’s Empowerment Program aims to assist deprived women to improve their self–confidence...

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Childcare Program in India

India : Dharamsala, Jaipur

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with young children? On our Childcare Program in India, the volunteer’s main focus will be centered on working with children...

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Teaching and Assisting in School in India

India : Dharamsala, Jaipur

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? The aim of the Teaching program is to help lay the foundations for a better future for children by improving...

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Social Work Internships

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Want to help improve the lives of Cambodian children? This program is for you! Volunteers with a caring and compassionate outlook, and who have at least some prior experience...

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Media Internships

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Do you have experience in Radio, Broadcasting or Journalism? This program is for you! Volunteering/Interning in the field of media and communications affords an especially...

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Vocational Training Program in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! Placements are available in the IT or service sector in Cambodia to volunteers aged 18 and...

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Environmental Protection Program in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Do you love the outdoors? Want to help protect Cambodia’s flora and fauna? There are many reasons to bring your energy and enthusiasm to bear on Cambodia’s environmental...

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Law and Human Rights Internships

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Are you a qualified Lawyer, Solicitor, or Paralegal or Med-student? Here is an opportunity just for you! Volunteering for a Cambodian Human Rights NGO enables you to support...

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Community Development Program in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Want to get involved with helping entire communities? This program is for you! Volunteers aged 18 and over with a desire to support communities facing poverty, land conflicts,...

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Architecture, Engineering and Urban Planning Internships

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Are you an Engineer, Architect, or Urban Planner? Here is an opportunity just for you! Volunteers/Interns on programs that deal with Cambodian land rights, engineering,...

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Working with Children in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Want to help improve the lives of Cambodia's orphaned children? This program is for you! With 30% of Cambodians subsisting on less than USD 1.50 a day and HIV presenting...

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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with children? For young Cambodians, English language and basic computer skills are essential prerequisites for entry into...

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Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Nicole Schollum - Volunteer Coordinator

    Nicole Schollum - Volunteer Coordinator

    Nicole has plenty of experience abroad, as she has spent time working, traveling, volunteering, and, most recently, raising her three children abroad. After returning to her native New Zealand and feeling ready for a change, she was fortunate to find a new direction in her career through a job with the Love Volunteers team. Making this big change from her previous career in market research in the finance industry has been something she continues to relish in daily.

    How did you get connected with Love Volunteers?

    Having returned home to New Zealand and my three daughters all now in school, I was looking for a new challenge. Fortunately, Love Volunteers was looking for a new team member at this time, and I met with Kelly and Mike and immediately gelled with both of them and the ethos of the organisation.

    







Woman hiking with her child on her back

    Backpacking with children

    Before joining the Love Volunteers team, you worked in market research. What inspired you to make a career change?

    I was disenchanted by the banking industry and wanted to deal with real people doing meaningful things. Love Volunteers was a breath of fresh air.

    Why do you think international volunteer experience is valuable in the world today?

    Time and again I have the pleasure of reading testimonials from our volunteers saying, “This has been a life changing experience!”. Volunteering abroad gives us the benefits of travel (new experiences and a broader perspective), but takes this to a new dimension by allowing us to see so much more than we would as a tourist. Add to this the opportunity to make a real difference and volunteers can’t help but be changed for the better. I’ve noticed that, as contributing where the need is greatest, our volunteers also bring their experience home and enrich their family and friends. On a practical level employers love seeing “whole people” prepared to take challenges, eager to learn and grow, and willing to help others.

    You’ve traveled, lived, and worked abroad for 18 years! How do you use this experience to help volunteers prepare for their volunteer programs all over the world?

    It is great to have had so many of the same experiences as our volunteers. I can empathise with how they will feel when travelling for the first time alone, how rewarding it is to overcome the little challenges that unfamiliar environments present, and how amazed they will be by the sights, sounds, and smells of different destinations. I can also relate to what a buzz they will get from actually helping out rather than just observing communities in need.

    







Floating raft house in Thailand

    Floating raft accommodation in Thailand

    What does a typical day of work look like for you?

    My role is all about helping volunteers through the planning stage. I’m lucky enough to be the first point of contact for many of our volunteers and I absolutely love sharing their excitement for the adventure that lies ahead and helping them to choose a program that best fits them and answering all those burning questions they have.

    I also enjoy responding to testimonials from our volunteers sharing their amazing experiences and letting others know the impact they can have on the programs or writing articles helping volunteers prepare for their trip.

    In your communications with volunteers, what is their biggest fear in volunteering abroad? How do you help ensure volunteers feel supported throughout the entire volunteer abroad process with Love Volunteers?

    The biggest fear volunteers have is in regards to their safety while on placement. It’s awesome to be able to let them know that they’ll be met at the airport and taken care of from the moment they arrive to the time they wave goodbye. In my opinion, volunteering is one of the safest ways to travel as we have done the work of finding trusted and experienced partners in each country and we know that volunteers will be supported throughout their stay. The local teams are also our experts on the ground, assessing the local situation and providing accurate and up to date information when required.

    







Bamboo raft transportation in Thailand

    Bamboo raft transport in Thailand

    What is the most important thing volunteers should know before arrival?

    That things will be different from home! For many this is their first overseas experience, and it’s important that they read the guidebook we send out and prepare for the location they have chosen.

    Flexibility and an open-mind are the best attributes a volunteer can have.

    If you could participate in one of Love Volunteers’ programs, which one would you choose and why?

    This is a really hard question!  I’m attracted to so many of our programs, but my first choice would probably be Africa, as the small amount of time I’ve spent in this continent has me enthralled with the land and the people. Places like Zambia and Tanzania desperately need more volunteers and I’d love to take my daughters on a program there when they are 12 or so.

    What do you love most about your job?

    The fact that I’m actually doing something real. In my banking career I was frustrated by the meaningless “rich get richer” nature of my work, and it’s such a relief to be proud of what I do and to interact with the actual people that are going out there and making the world a better place.

    







Volunteering at a dog rescue center in Asia

    Volunteering for a dog rescue centre in Asia

    How do you hope to improve Love Volunteers’ programs in 2016?

    It’s my passion to respond to each volunteer as an individual and cater the experience to them specifically. We are launching an updated website this year, which will allow us to provide volunteers with more accurate and specific information and ensure they are paired with the most rewarding program.