Volunteer in Counseling Abroad

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Volunteering Abroad in Counseling


512 Counseling Volunteer Abroad Programs


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Love Volunteers has provided thousands of volunteers with the chance to travel abroad and volunteer where help is really needed. Love Volunteers provides safe, responsible, affordable Counselling volunteer programs for volunteers who want a truly memorable experience abroad. Check out our exciting program options!


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Project Abroad’s Human Rights project in Argentina is based in Córdoba and offers interns the unique opportunity to get involved at a grass roots level, raising awareness of human rights in a variety of marginalized communities or at risk groups Daily tasks may involve interviewing victims of human rights abuses, academic research and reporting, out-of-office field work, presenting to local co...


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The rural communities of Kwazulu Natal fall massively short when it comes to healthcare facilities and availability of basic treatments. Many aspects in rural areas prohibit people from receiving the required medical assistance and exacerbating the problem is the incredibly high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the area. A shortage in skilled staff and resources makes it impossible for the structure t...


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When you volunteer in Guatemala, you'll be welcomed by the hospitality of the Guatemalan people who are usually mestizo, a mix of Spanish and Maya ancestry, or they are direct descendants of the Maya. Following a military coup in 1954, Guatemala plunged into a brutal 36-year-long civil war between government military forces and left-wing guerilla groups. Though the conflict is now long over,...


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Join our Child Development Volunteering in India wherein you help provide care to disadvantaged kids while participating in fundamental cultural activities. Many local communities struggle with providing basic needs to the growing number of children. Hence, thousands are at risk of illiteracy, malnutrition, and a gloomy future. Our project is aimed at supporting kids living in poverty and vulne...


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Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Dublin. There are a range of different areas to choose from where you can apply your specific set of skills to projects that are important to you. Areas of opportunity include education, conservation, health care, microfinance and community development and many more. Tell us your main ...


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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.


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Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields and causes (listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Volunteers can work for up to 12 months and programs are offered year round. Programs are customizable; you'll be paired with organizations in need of specific skills while allowing you to reach your academic and career goals. Oaxaca is one of the most biodiverse ar...


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International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Kenya requires volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in teaching, orphanage work, sports education, HIV/Aids work, music education, women's education and medical placements in both urban and rural Kenya. * Teaching Volunteers are placed in community schools, public schools or orphanage schools. Many...


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Work with an international community development volunteer project in Uganda. Participants work with a grassroots community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and ...


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We have a great volunteer place for you! Provide a genuine service while learning about this captivating South Pacific culture. Our NGO host partner on the main island of Rarotonga directs our work to help bolster literacy, elder care and social services in several settings. Your "helping hands" help deliver essential services to the island's youth and adults! Global Volunteers has over 29...


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There’s a lot to be said about the beautiful country of Sri Lanka, but most who have travelled here will agree that it’s a place full of soul and wisdom. And anyone who enters will learn so much from its communities and be touched by the warm hearts of its people. Sri Lanka is a destination of outstanding natural beauty and it boasts everything from paradisiacal beaches and wild jungles to remo...


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ISA Service-Learning provides students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn first-hand about social issues that communities around the world face. By partnering with community-based organizations and following a structured, reflection-based curriculum, you will learn how local professionals and experts are addressing these issues with the available resources while developing intercultu...


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VFP offers over 3000 affordable, short-term voluntary service projects in 100+ countries, including 30 in Serbia each summer. These international voluntary service projects are an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment. Volunteer projects vary greatly since they arise wherever there is a need in a given community. ...


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About this project: Volunteers work three to five hours a day in a local orphanage in or around Cusco. The children range from 6 to 16 years old. Volunteers help with homework and partake in activities like cooking, dancing, making art and sports. Depending on the need, volunteers may also have the opportunity to lead workshops on topics interesting for the children, for example about music, sp...

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Volunteering Abroad in Counseling

Though arguably some of the most important work, counseling centers and social work institutions tend to be extremely understaffed, especially in underprivileged communities around the world. If you’re working toward a degree in counseling or social work and looking for hands-on experience, there is no shortage of opportunities for you to share your skills through counseling volunteer abroad programs. Whether you’re looking into counseling for schools, families, or in a special interest, such as rehabilitation, becoming a counseling volunteer abroad can help you practice your trade with people in need anywhere in the world.

Why Volunteer Abroad

Counseling as a profession is often acclaimed as a “calling,” since it takes a charitable heart and an open mind to seek an occupation as a counselor. Becoming a counseling volunteer abroad takes that much needed philanthropic attitude to the next level. Those who volunteer in counseling abroad will find themselves highly satisfied in their placements, during which they will be able to get involved with individuals, families, and communities and make an impact on an international scale.

Volunteering abroad in counseling exposes volunteers to new methods of therapy and can introduce new counselors to diverse client populations. Counseling volunteers are deeply appreciated by permanent staff of counseling centers and clinics, where extra work is plenty and staffing is limited, and their volunteer work will directly lift the some of the burden off the shoulders of local staff. Additionally, individual clients and whole communities will value the work each volunteer does during their placement.

When it all boils down, there is simply no better way to learn a country’s social, familial, and economic culture than actively exploring these issues with citizens in a safe and communicative environment through counseling volunteering abroad.


Opportunities for counseling volunteering abroad exist everywhere, in developing countries and established nations alike. If you wish to volunteer in an established counseling center under supervised attention, most countries in Europe are a viable option; however, if you’re looking to work one-on-one with youth in less formal settings, countries in Asia, South America, and Africa may be a better choice.

European nations, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, need counseling volunteers in low-income neighborhoods and to work with at-risk youth most often. Language requirements vary from country to country, but if you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of a second language many volunteer programs in Europe will provide language lessons for interested volunteers; counseling volunteering is also an excellent opportunity to practice and expand your language skills.

African countries, like Ghana, Benin, and Cameroon, are in the greatest need of counseling volunteers. In these nations, there is a high rate of terminal illness, like HIV/AIDS, so many counseling opportunities exist around dealing with disease outbreaks or terminal illness, counseling families who have experienced loss and discussing health issues with community members. Individuals can also volunteer in counseling at local orphanages in Africa, to help youth cope with the loss of loved ones, or in refugee camps, where families are dealing with displacement due to political conflict. 

Though some Asian nations, like China and Japan, have well-established counseling facilities, many developing nations in Asia, such as Cambodia, Laos, and Burma, face problems associated with high poverty and high disease rates. Asian countries are also particularly good locations for international disaster counseling volunteer work, as the region is especially susceptible to natural disasters.

South American countries, like Chile and Argentina, provide the opportunity to become a counseling volunteer abroad in a variety of roles, but many placements revolve around youth education. If Spanish is in your wheelhouse, you could be placed in a school where your counseling sessions could help young South Americans make important decisions about their education and future.

Counseling Volunteering Abroad

Working as a counseling volunteer abroad can look very different depending on the location and placement you choose, since counseling can be quite a diverse field.

Youth Centers: Many individuals who become counseling volunteers abroad are placed in a youth counseling program, working directly with local children and teenagers. Some youth centers are live-in, while others are after-school programs, but both placements give volunteers hands on counseling experience with young people.

Orphanages: Many counseling volunteer programs abroad are affiliated with orphanages or group homes, where volunteers can expect to aid in the daily tasks that keep the facilities running, such as helping to prepare meals, as well as participate in therapeutic conversations and discussions about relevant treatment of psychological issues among the children.

Rehab Centers: Rehabilitation centers typically require residents to undergo individual, group, and often family counseling sessions. Counselors with limited experience are often used to lead group therapy sessions and observe various activities at rehab centers.

Disaster & Trauma Counseling: Counseling volunteers are in high demand in locations where sudden, life-changing trauma occurs, whether that be a disastrous weather event or a political event resulting in refugees fleeing their homes and being forced to adjust to new situations and environments. Centers that specialize in trauma counseling utilize volunteers both to help aid with the influx of a large number of people in a short amount of time and to help victims of trauma process the events and learn how to move on with their lives.

Age Groups: Youth center and orphanage volunteers can expect to work with younger children, from infants and toddlers to school-aged children. Rehabilitation centers see a large range of age groups, because they typically work with both adults and their family members. Disaster response centers also deal with families, and a large number of young children who often suffer most greatly from traumatic events. 

Typical Requirements: Different countries have different regulations when it comes to counseling volunteer work. Some nations allow students to lead one-on-one counseling session, while other countries are more strict and may require counselor volunteers to have specific certifications or licenses to participate in volunteer programs.

Duration: If you are placed in an orphanage or other institution catered to children, you may be required to volunteer for a longer period, in order to allow children to acclimate to your presence and feel comfortable with you. However, other placements working with adults or large groups of people, like refugee camps, often permit shorter periods.


For individuals with compassionate hearts, volunteering in counseling abroad will be a life-changing experience. Many people, all over the world, are unable to receive proper counseling due to various reasons and environmental and financial constraints, so counseling volunteers can provide these individuals with vital services to overcome the challenges they face. Thousands of youths and families all over the world are in need of individuals with counseling expertise who have the desire to share their skills and time to better the lives of others.

Counseling students will be able to apply strategies learned in the classroom during first-hand conversations with those in need. Moreover, if you are seeking employment as a counselor, in the more and more uncertain global economy, hands on experience can be invaluable in proving your counseling capabilities and your commitment to the field. If you’re considering a professional career as a counselor in a foreign country specifically, working as a counseling volunteer abroad is the perfect stepping stone to a more permanent career abroad.

Whether a strategic career move or a simple way to give back to those in need, counseling volunteering abroad combines unique travel experiences with the opportunity to change not only your own life but the lives of individuals around the world.

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