If you are interested in doing volunteer work, there are some very good options available. Browse through the links below to find a position or organization that is right for you.
Quick Tip: A lot of volunteer work is at nonprofit organizations, but there are also paid positions at nonprofits, too.
- Earthwatch Institute - This institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
- i-to-i - provides quality TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training and worthwhile volunteer projects around the world. Volunteers of all ages are urgently needed to help grassroots conservation projects in 16 countries.
- Global Volunteer Network - a nonprofit organization placing volunteers in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. A few of the activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.
The Huge Programs - Change On A Large Scale
These programs are some of the largest of their kind. They serve both the US as well as abroad.
- Peace Corps - The Peace Corps has plenty of volunteer positions and can take you around the world.
- AmeriCorps*VISTA - AmeriCorps places individuals with community-based agencies to help find long-term solutions to the problems caused by urban and rural poverty. Lots of volunteer opportunities available.
- Teach for America - Large program to help educate children. Site also has an online application.
- Catholic Volunteer Network - The largest and most comprehensive guide to Catholic and Christian volunteer programs available. The RESPONSE Directory allows you to search all volunteer opportunities offered by 200 member programs. You can search by type of placement; region, state, or country; length of service; financial arrangements; living arrangements; size of program; and participation in the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program (AEAP).
Suggested Career Center Library Resources
- "How to Live Your Dreams of Volunteering Overseas" by Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher.
- "Green Volunteers: The World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation" by Fabio Ausenda.
- "Archaeo-Volunteers: The World Guide to Archaelogical and Heritage Volunteering" by Erin McCloskey.