Volunteering

Aupair World is where those looking to volunteer as an Aupair and host families meet. Aupairs typically help with child care and housework in return for housing, food, and a small allowance.  Aupairing provides great travel and international living opportunities.  Aupair World has free profile set up to get started searching for the right host family for you.

Catchafire “matches professionals who want to volunteer their skills with nonprofits who need their help.” Enter your skills and interests and Catchafire will match you with nonprofits looking for assistance.  After an application and an interview you could be volunteering with a nonprofit that needs your specific skills.

Foundation for Sustainable Development helps communities to achieve goals through international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  FSD offers international internships, gap year programs, shorter global service trips, and ProCorps volunteering.

GeoEco was established in 2005 and was based on the idea of volunteer tourism.  Since their beginning they have helped place over 5,000 volunteers globally for projects anywhere from 1 week to 6 months. GeoEco partners with organizations around the world to provide a diverse portfolio of volunteer options.  Projects are divided into the categories Wildlife, Family, Humanitarian, Education, Internships, Senior, Teenage, and Medical.

peacecorepicPeace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, more than 170,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 136 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation. Tom served in the Philippines from 1981 – 1983 and was part of a tradition that continues to this day of the University of Wisconsin-Madison providing more volunteers than any other university in the country.

Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, stepping into new countries like East Timor, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of President Bush’s HIV/AIDS Act of 2003. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

If you are interested, you will need to apply early during your last year in college. The application process generally takes about 9 months, so get started early. A significant number of former participants in the class have gone on to serve in the Peace Corps. You too might enjoy this 2 year experience.

Senior Corps is for anyone ages 55+.  Senior Corps is part of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and provides training and connects those 55+ with nonprofits and other community organizations needing their help.

Veterinarians without Borders believe that healthy animals support healthy communities and that the smallest improvements greatly contribute to overall ecohealth.  VWB has programs in Africa, the Americas, and Asia and offers both volunteer and fundraising opportunities.

wwoofpicWWOOF is a network of national organizations connecting farmers looking for volunteer help to people looking to live and learn about organic lifestyles.  WWOOF hosts provide food, accommodation, and training while the volunteer provides hands on help. WWOOF sites available in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

VolunteerMatch Want to do volunteer work for a worthwhile cause but don’t know where to begin? VolunteerMatch brings good people & good causes together, connecting millions of people to great volunteering opportunities and helping tens of thousands of organizations better leverage volunteers to create a real impact. 

Pro Bono and Public Service Looking for a pro bono and public service opportunity? This resource has both general and international pro bono opportunities to meet your needs.

Global Health Volunteer Program FIMRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.

Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion, they welcome volunteers and supporters from all walks of life.

Other Volunteering Resources:

How to Choose the Best Volunteering Option: There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, each offering unique rewards and possibilities. This article will help you in choosing the best and most suitable organization for your needs.

The Community Advocate’s Guide to Feeding the Hungry: Poverty affects millions of people worldwide, and this article offers tips and ideas on how to facilitate a successful food drive. From food drive event planning to thinking outside of the box, this resource promotes volunteering at its best.

How To Run a Successful Food Drive: Thinking of organizing a clothing drive? This resource offers a step by step guide in facilitating and running a successful clothing drive be it at home, at school or at the work place.

Steps for Running a Successful Clothing Drive: Thinking of organizing a clothing drive? This resource offers a step by step guide in facilitating and running a successful clothing drive be it at home, at school or at the work place.