Volunteer Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

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Volunteering Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia


133 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Eastern Europe & Russia

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Due to a lack of governmental support and a social stigma, there are many families in Romania who are unable to properly care for family members (young children and adults) with mental and physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Down syndrome. Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project motivate and enrich the lives of these children and adults living with disabilities. Volun...

Make a REAL difference with Love Volunteers – From US$175!

Thousands of volunteers from all over the world have trusted Love Volunteers to provide meaningful volunteering abroad placements in communities where their help is really needed. Join us on one of our safe, responsible and affordable programs in Eastern Europe and Russia for a truly memorable experience! Check out our exciting programs and become a Love Volunteer!

Volunteering Programs with Projects Abroad

Volunteer in an Eastern European community with Projects Abroad. Travel either to Romania or Moldova and enjoy the outstanding scenery, diversity, and the wonderful culture while helping develop a community. This program is open to participants from around the globe.


This year marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and work camps of WWII. The city of Krakow has formed a foundation to reclaim the site of the former work/concentration camp, Plaszow, which was brought back to public attention by the movie 'Schindler's List.' Completely abandoned for many years, the city plans to turn the area into a memorial park ' not a touris...


Travel to Europe and teach a family how to speak and understand English in volunteer programs with GeoVisions. The programs place volunteers with a family in Poland, Turkey, or Russia, and teaches them English up to 15 hours a week. In exchange, the host family provides a private room and three meals a day. All programs include orientation, emergency evacuation services, and medical insurance.

Volunteers For Peace - Discover the world by volunteering!

Volunteers For Peace is a Vermont non-profit with over 30 years of experience coordinating meaningful international voluntary service opportunities. We offer projects in more than 90 countries for volunteers ages 15 – 99! Find a project and use the coupon “gab14” for a $25 discount on your registration fee today!

AIP Angloville

Stay at beautiful countryside resorts with all expenses paid while helping someone improve their English? Hi, welcome to Angloville! Angloville invites you to participate in a language immersion / cultural exchange program where you will meet successful professionals from Central - Eastern Europe, try local cuisine and enjoy your stay in the beautiful countryside of Poland.. free of charge. ...

Volunteer Social Work in Romania

YFU cultural exchange volunteer programs provide the ultimate reality check to a worldview based on stereotypes. YFU helps young adults make a difference and make the world their home. Through YFU cultural exchange we help them to appreciate differences and embrace similarities. YFU is excited to announce this volunteer opportunity in Romania! You will volunteer in either social work or as ...

Childrens Activity Leader & Teaching Assistant in Romania

There is an ongoing need for volunteers to support the teaching of children in Romania. Participate in a unique and very inspirational volunteering programme and make a difference in the children's lives. Our partner organisation in Romania assists multiple care facilities that take in abandoned, orphaned or abused children. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to help those homes wit...

English Conversation Volunteers Abroad (ECVA) in Russia!

Work as an English Conversation Volunteer (ECV) with Cultural Homestay International in Russia! Live with a host family and teach them English for a maximum of 15 hours per week and get free room and board. CHI works with overseas partner agencies to find and screen the host families. The English lessons are normally with children (or sometimes with adults) three hours a day, five days a we...

Summer in Siberia, Yakutsk, Russia

This offer an enjoyable experience for volunteers who wants to experience living in Siberia, Russia and help children to learn English, for those who never get tired of exploring new places, and discover unfamiliar culture. Teach English Volunteer programm will be held in Yakutsk, the capital of the national Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - the biggest region of the Russian Federation which...

Bottlenose Dolphins research in Croatia (EU), Mediterranean

Help us in the conservation work of the close to endangered local Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the heart of the Mediterranean, the blue Adriatic Sea. Get richer for a wonderful lifetime experience and enjoy the most stunning creatures on Earth together with VIVAMAR! If you love dolphins & admire the sea you will absolutely love it. 11 days journey of amazing experience and on a...

United Planet

Partake in a remarkable volunteer programs in the Eastern European region with United Planet. Participants have the chance to pick from a wide array of volunteer placements options including Health, Social Work, and Education. Individuals will also engage in cross-cultural excursions and live with a local host family. Placements are offered in Russia, Moldova, or Romania. The program in Moldova...

Volunteer Placements in Poland

As Teaching English as a Foreign Language placements, volunteers will be English language teaching assistants in primary, lower and higher secondary schools. These schools placements include public institutes, some Convent Schools run by nuns, and one Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted. Volunteers will be expected to help improve the comprehension, pronunciation and conversational...

Volunteers for International Partnership

Learn valuable life skills and teach English, or assist in community service projects, in Eastern Europe with Volunteers for International Partnership. Placements are offered in Albania and Turkey. Program dates are available throughout the year.

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Volunteering Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

Russia alone is incredibly vast, bordering Mongolia and Kazakhstan to the south and extending north to the Arctic, east to Alaska and west toward the Eastern European nations of Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Hungary, and many more. Volunteer programs can be found all over Eastern Europe and Russia, focused on anything from education and childcare to medicine, conservation, and renovation projects. The need for extra hands is high so volunteers looking to an unfamiliar culture will find plenty of opportunities to volunteer in Eastern Europe and Russia. However, with so much cultural and linguistic diversity, volunteers may find it challenging to choose just one location.


While volunteer work in Eastern Europe and Russia covers a massive area, most placements will be found in Russia, Romania, Poland, and Croatia specifically.

Russia. This enormous country has over 160 ethnic groups and 142 million people, with most of them living in urban centers, like Moscow and St. Petersburg. Demand for volunteers in Russia is high in the cities, in orphanages and the fields of education, medicine, and community outreach. There are also opportunities to volunteer in Russia which allow volunteers to experience the wilder side of Russia, through working in conservation, animal rehabilitation, and archaeology.

Romania. Romania has long enticed foreigners with its incredible and romantic landscape, language, and rich cultural history. The capital city of Bucharest offers many volunteer opportunities, but so do the less populated cities of Brasov, Sibiu, and the infamous Transylvanian region. Those looking to volunteer in Romania in orphanages or engage in service projects and community outreach will find plenty of programs options.

Poland. Six countries border this nation, including Germany, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine, not to mention Denmark and Sweden just across the Baltic Sea. Those looking to combine volunteering in Europe with traveling will appreciate the central location. Volunteer programs in Poland tend to be most prevalent in Krakow or Warsaw.

Croatia. Located on the Northeast side of Italy across the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is the land of 1,000 islands. It’s a great place to get involved with conservation efforts and wildlife rehabilitation, including working with brown bears, elephants, monkeys, or even bottlenose dolphins. There is also a high demand for improving infrastructure through construction and renovation projects.

Projects & Placements

Education. Teaching English is one of the most widely available placements for volunteering in Eastern Europe and Russia. There are several types of volunteer teaching programs to choose from, some allow participants to live with host families and receive home cooked meals and cultural immersion in return for language training. Even though English is a global language, this region is still in need of native speakers, especially in rural areas. Individuals can also become an education volunteer in Eastern Europe or Russia and work with small children teaching arts, computers, and sports too.

Orphanages. The quality of life throughout this region can vary greatly from town to town. Therefore, many orphans, children with physical or mental disabilities, troubled teens, and even many elderly reside in group homes and orphanages, where they are provided with much needed attention and resources otherwise not available to them. Volunteering in orphanages can be emotionally challenging but also one of the most rewarding ways to volunteer in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Medicine. Many places throughout Russia and Eastern Europe offer medical volunteering programs. Whether in busy urban centers or rural less-developed areas, medical volunteer placements are abundant. Volunteers can even choose from a variety of medical specialties, including nursing, dentistry, and veterinary studies.

Community Outreach. There are lots of volunteer programs in Eastern Europe and Russia that focus on community development and service projects, including youth rehabilitation, social work, public health awareness, trail development, and recycling initiatives.

Conservation & Animal Rehabilitation. From bear sanctuaries and archeology sites in Romania to environmental conservation efforts in Poland and Russia, individuals looking for volunteer work based in a more natural setting will find opportunities across the region. 

Costs & Affordability

Most individuals who volunteer in Eastern Europe and Russia will have to pay a program fee, the cost of which depends highly on the type of project, location, and inclusions. Volunteer program fees generally include housing and meals, as well as visa assistance and other amenities.

Russia is one of the most expensive places to live in the region, followed by Poland and Croatia. However, Romania is relatively affordable compared to other Eastern European nations. Be sure to research locations that fit your budget accordingly.

Accommodation & Visas

Accommodation will vary depending on the program you choose. Those who volunteer in Eastern Europe and Russia usually live in shared housing, in the form of apartments, houses, or dormitories. Other volunteers will have the chance to live in a homestay, which tends to include home cooked meals. If you live in or near to major cities, you will likely have more modern and Western style amenities, but in more rural areas the latter may not be true. Be sure to prepare yourself for for the climate, local way of life, and living conditions.

Cost of visas will vary, as will visa requirements for volunteer work in Eastern Europe and Russia. For instance, Russia requires volunteers to have a work permit. Sometimes visa requirements will depend on the length of your program, and programs that last less than three months often don’t require anything more than a tourist visa. Be sure to check the government regulations of your chosen country well before departure.

Benefits & Challenges
  • Language Training. Since the languages of Eastern Europe and Russia are so diverse, many volunteer programs offer language training in conjunction with volunteering, so you have the opportunity to learn a bit of Russian, Romanian, or what have you.
  • Adventure. Russia and Eastern Europe are full of incredible sights to see. Volunteers may find the terrain and environment highly unfamiliar, and should take advantage of the opportunity to explore mountain ranges, national parks, historical ruins, and shores of the Baltic or the Black Seas.
  • Cultural Difference. Living in non-Western environments may take some getting used to, especially when it comes to language, customs, food, and transportation. Volunteers should research the culture, primary religion, and historical context to better prepare for living and volunteering in Eastern Europe and Russia.
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