Volunteer Abroad Opportunities: 15 Organisations That Welcome ExpatsThe expatriate life can be busy. There’s the move itself, then finding a house and settling the family in, and then getting acclimated to a new language and culture. So, why do so many expats make the time to go volunteer? Reasons range from pure altruism to simply being social. Volunteering helps you meet new people, get to know the city you’re in and learn new skills you may not have considered back home. We’ve come up with a list of 15 international volunteer organisations you can join as an expat below. Some have chapters across the globe, and others are specific to one city, but all do good work to make life better for everyone.
International Voluntary Services From Around the World
A Broader ViewBased in the US, A Broader View is a nonprofit volunteer charity organisation that has outreach programs in 25 countries. If you’re an expat already living in Costa Rica, for example, you can volunteer in some San Jose-based projects that range from orphanage support to healthcare work and teaching. There are sea turtle preservation programs, as well, along both coasts.
SCI InternationalPromoting peace through global volunteerism, Service Civil International offers short- and long-term projects across the globe. You can almost always find a program in your current country of residence looking for volunteers. Open opportunities in Thailand, for instance, currently include teaching English, and helping with the preservation of traditional lifestyles and organic farming methods.
Global VolunteersMore than 32,000 volunteers have taken part in Global Volunteers’ 33-year history. Their work has included teaching, childcare, medical projects, community development and construction and renovation jobs around the world. The organisation has partnerships with host communities in dozens of countries, including Greece, Italy and Portugal. Programs are short, between one and three weeks in duration, and volunteers work alongside local project leaders.
Cross-Cultural Solutions, GreeceOne of the nine countries CCS offers volunteer opportunities in is Greece, with its Syrian refugee program. Volunteers can choose from several projects:
- working with refugee children;
- supporting vulnerable women;
- advocacy work;
- food and supplies distribution;
- and construction.