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Community Projects from around the world - Workaway

With Workaway you can find 1739 hosts and organisations for community work around the world.
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Volunteer work with community projects worldwide

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There are 12098 reviews for 1227 Workaway hosts for Community help from Workaway members.
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I had a good time volunteering at the eco house. It was interesting and I liked helping and learning about the project!
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I had a great experience at the Buddhist Center. I met lots of people from everywhere and the had a blast volunteering there. All the workers of the t...


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Community Projects Worldwide

Do you want to be part of something bigger? Where your actions can make a real difference in the lives of others? Volunteering with community projects is your passport to a world of meaningful connections and positive impact! In exchange for your skills improving their community, you can expect an authentic cultural exchange like no other. Here’s how you can be the change you wish to see in the world…

What are community projects?

Community projects are initiatives designed to address specific needs or issues within a community. These projects are usually organised by individuals, nonprofit organisations, or sometimes even local government funded entities that aim to improve the well-being and quality of life for community members.

Sometimes these projects are called social Impact projects or community development. They usually focus on a specific group for example children and youth NGOs, women’s empowerment or even animals.

Volunteering with a community means you are welcomed by an entire group of people. You won’t be volunteering with just one host or family, but instead maybe an entire school, organisation or even village. The cultural exchange benefits both parties as your skills help to improve their community, and their hospitality allows you to travel more authentically.

Why volunteer on Community projects with Workaway?

Here at Workaway we are determined to build a community of global travellers who genuinely want to see the world, whilst making a difference to the communities they visit. We enable these travellers to connect to welcoming locals who need their help and currently offer over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries!

Alongside this, there are several reasons as to why you should volunteer with Workaway:

  • Safety - Safety is imperative to us, as we know staying with strangers can sound crazy! However, we are also aware of how truly life-changing community projects can be, that’s why we champion this style of travel and offer the platform to make it happen. We offer 24-hour support via email or live chat, emergency help support and child protection guidelines. We also encourage our community to leave detailed reviews for both hosts and Workawayers with each profile being manually screened by our team before publishing. These steps ensure only those with genuine intention use Workaway, for a cultural exchange that’s safe, inclusive, and fun.
  • A project for every personality - with over 1700+ community projects currently live on the site our hosts need all kinds of support from music classes to marketing, sanctuaries to surfing. Whether you’re an introvert or a social butterfly, keen to work with kids or prefer furry friends, your dream community is just a few clicks away!
  • One fee, a world of possibilities – Unlike other volunteering platforms that charge expensive agency fees per project, we charge a nominal annual worldwide membership that covers as many projects as you wish. This fee means only those who are genuinely committed to our mission join the site. It also allows us to fund our team (of actual humans) who are ready to help make your travel dreams a reality.
  • Best way to learn a language – Volunteering is one of the best ways to learn a new language as it encourages total immersion. From sunrise until sunset you can be conversing with native speakers and learning new dialects, grammar and vocabulary. More importantly, you will be practising with locals who have the patience and time to help you learn.
  • Join solo, as a couple, or as a family – While community projects are one of the best ways to meet people while travelling, you don’t need to be a solo traveller to join Workaway. We offer a variety of membership options including couples, families and friends.

What type of community projects can I support?

Community projects can cover a massive range of areas. This means there are crossovers with other host categories including environmental projects and education. The examples below represent just a fraction of the many, many community project opportunities available for volunteers through Workaway.

Depending on your interests, skills, and your travel goals there are so many ways you can make a positive impact and contribute to the well-being of communities around the world.

Here are some examples of the most popular projects on our platform:

Youth Mentoring and Education:

This usually involves tutoring or mentoring young people in academic subjects or life skills. It can also involve supporting after-school programs or educational workshops. As well as supporting children with mentorship, there is a demand for volunteers to support indigenous communities with language, conservation and cultural exchange. For some inspiration, check out these hosts:

Environmental Projects:

Environmental projects are incredibly diverse but also in need of volunteers. There are entire communities passionate about our planet that need your help with conservation, sustainable education, waste reduction programs and more. If you’re interested in community projects with an environmental focus, check out:

Community Gardens and Farming:

While you can experience a farmstay with a family, you can also help cultivate community gardens or farms and support groups with permaculture, off grid living, food distribution and more. Urban farms in particular are an interesting community project to be part of. They allow residents to participate in planting, tending, and harvesting crops, bringing a sense of ownership and empowerment within the community. This engagement builds social connections and a shared sense of responsibility for the farm's success. All while teaching people about sustainable agriculture and the importance of local, nutritious food. Sound like your kind of gig? Check out:

Health and Wellness Initiatives:

Health and Wellness projects within communities involve various programs and activities that promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of locals. They may include physical activity programs such as yoga retreats or football clubs, nutritional education, spirituality groups and mental health support. There is also a demand for volunteers to help with social support networks where groups are set up to encourage social interaction to combat isolation. Check out these community project for inspiration:

Animal Welfare Projects:

Animals need help with health and wellbeing too - not just humans! There is a huge demand for volunteers to support animal rescue, protection and conservation. These volunteer projects play a vital role in improving the lives of animals in communities, raising awareness about their needs, and encouraging a compassionate and responsible attitude towards animal welfare. For example:

Arts and Culture Programs:

Whether you’re the arty type, or simply enjoy learning about culture through creativity, there are hundreds of arts and culture programs waiting for you! This community projects include helping with art workshops or performances for community members as well as supporting local museums, theatres, or cultural centres. A handful of examples include:

Renovation and Repair Initiatives:

Are you a fan of DIY or decorating? We need your handy ways! Renovation and repair skills are some of the best skills you can learn before your next Workaway as there is always a demand for volunteers within these areas. These types of projects might involve building schools, community centres, camping grounds or community gardens. From fence painting to furniture upcycling, plumbing to plastering - there are so many ways you can get involved. For example:

Community Engagement and Advocacy:

Getting involved in local advocacy groups to address specific community issues is incredibly rewarding personally as well as professionally. Volunteering with these types of projects are a great way to boost your CV as well as showcase your skills in marketing, childcare, teamwork and more. These types of community projects usually involve empowering people in situations of vulnerability, enhancing their abilities and skills for a better quality of life, for example:

How long does a community project last?

Community projects (like all Workaway experiences) can differ in length. On the one hand, the longer you stay in one area the more you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the culture and truly feel like a local. On the other hand, you don’t want to become too comfortable as this is when boredom sets in (and goodbyes become even harder)!

Some community projects will have an exact end date or goal - for example building a school or providing support for a Summer camp. Others will be continual so require ongoing help throughout the year. Each host profile will have a calendar that shows their availability of when they can accept Workawayers. Check this first to make sure your plans align before contacting to discuss exact dates.

Alternatively, you can also filter your search using the dates you are travelling as well as your minimum stay criteria. Simply add these to the “availability” filter before you hit search. You can also tick the option of “last minute host” if you’re searching for a community project at short notice.

Are community projects open to all ages?

At Workaway we welcome both hosts and volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. We truly believe it is never too late for a gap year and that communities all over the world would be lucky to have you! It's important to note that community projects often require a diverse range of skills and perspectives, so people from all walks of life can find meaningful ways to contribute.

In fact, we have volunteers who swapped retirement for a lifetime of adventures, another who completed their first Workaway aged 55 and empty nesters whose gap year turned into 8 years of adventures!

Benefits of volunteering with a community?

Volunteering with a community offers unique benefits that go beyond the impact of volunteering with a single individual or a host family. While volunteering with individuals or host families can be rewarding in their own right, community-based volunteering provides additional advantages. These include:

  • Amplified Impact: Volunteering with a community allows you to address bigger issues and create lasting change that benefits multiple individuals and families, rather than focusing solely on one person or family.
  • Sense of Belonging: When you volunteer with a community you become part of a larger network. This brings a sense of belonging as you work alongside like-minded individuals towards the same goal or shared vision. Not to mention, more people = more friendships!
  • Diverse Learning Opportunities: Engaging with a community will expose you to a wider range of experiences, cultures, and perspectives. It also involves more opportunities for your problem solving, team working and organisational skills to grow. This can prove hugely beneficial both for personal and professional development.

What type of people are suited to volunteering with community projects?

As mentioned we believe there is a Workaway project for all personalities. You can even take our quiz to find the type of volunteering for you here! The beauty of community projects in particular however, is that they can accommodate people with various skills, interests, and backgrounds. Here are some types of people who are in general particularly well-suited to community projects:

  • Compassionate and Empathetic Individuals: People who genuinely care about the well-being of others and are empathetic towards those facing challenges in their communities.
  • Team Players: Those who enjoy working collaboratively with others and are willing to share their skills and knowledge for the greater good.
  • Good Communicators: Community projects need volunteers who can effectively communicate and interact with bigger groups of people, organisations, and other volunteers.
  • Problem Solvers: If you are resourceful, creative, and enjoy finding solutions to community issues and challenges.
  • Patient and Understanding Individuals: If you can be patient and understanding when working with diverse groups of people (including those with different backgrounds and abilities), then community projects are for you!

How to find the perfect Community Project

Now you know more about the roles and reasons behind community projects, you’re maybe wondering how to get started? Thanks to Workaway it could not be easier:

  1. Join - Start by signing up for a membership. Remember you can join as a solo traveller, as a couple or even as a family. Each sign up will also add a tree to the Workaway forest. Don’t forget to use our top tips to make your profile stand out.
  2. Search – Use our detailed search options to connect with a community project that aligns with your dates, skills and goals. Here are the best ways to narrow your search and find your perfect match:
    • Search by destination - If you have a dream destination in mind, you can simply enter it then search through the entire host list. You can even support community projects at home first. There are so many reasons to travel in your own country and why it’s a great place to start your volunteering journey!
    • Filter by Host type – If you have a specific idea in mind, use the Top Host Type filter and select “Community Projects.” This will avoid you having to read profiles of hosts such as hostels or housesitting which don’t align with your current plans.
    • Keywords – Then to narrow your search use keywords. Enter the keywords that align with your own values or are areas you’d love to learn more about into the search box. For example; sustainability, permaculture, community centre, theatre, female empowerment, art, etc.
  3. Connect - Once you have found a few hosts, you can add them to your favourites list. We highly recommend you to personalise your introduction message, don’t be lazy with copy and paste! Share why you’d fit in with their community, not forgetting why you want to visit and what tasks you can help with. It’s also a good idea to ask your host these questions before you arrive to triple check you’re both on the same page and can make the most of the experience.
  4. Pack your bags – Once you and your host have agreed dates, projects and expectations it’s time to pack the essentials, book travel insurance and begin your community project - woohoo! If you’re a little apprehensive, we’ve also put together our top tips for your first Workaway to put your mind at ease.

Volunteering on community projects are not just about lending a helping hand but about becoming a vital piece in a larger puzzle. Your efforts, no matter how small they may seem, can have a profound impact on the big picture! Are you ready to embrace the joy of making a difference? What are you waiting for!