Here at Workaway you will find 879 hosts and organisations for NGO volunteer work.
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There are 6490 reviews for 603 Hosts and organizations.
603 Hosts for NGO were rated at least 4.8/5!
I want to warmly thank Goodie and Hillary, as well as the guys of the shop, for their kindness and their open-
mindedness. I spent 3 great weeks in Mo...
by Alexis , 26/10/2020
I had an incredible experience here. I loved helping at the school, and everyone is so welcoming and friendly. Being one of the first workawayers, and...
by Liam , 25/10/2020
My first Workaway I spend at this station and I couldn't choose better. Jam is really hospitable a kind person. (of course there are rules which shoul...
by Adéla , 24/10/2020
I stayed at the Farm for a month and had a wonderful experience!
The work was mainly planting/weeding/picking in the garden and poly-tunnels as well a...
by Jemma , 23/10/2020
It was my first Workaway experience and I have fond memories of it.
I was very well received, Jovin and his family did everything to ...
by Marie-Yasmine , 23/10/2020
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Would you like to travel and give something back to the communities you visit at the same time? Do you want to make the world a better place? Have you got skills you’d like to share? Do you want to learn new skills while helping others? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘YES’, then volunteering with an NGO could be the perfect choice for you.
NGO stands for non-governmental organization. These are non-profit charities or groups set up by ordinary citizens that operate independently of governments. There are more than 10 million NGOs worldwide, and they can be local, national or international. All of them work with volunteers in some capacity.
Some NGOs are extremely well known, such as Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, the World Wildlife Fund and Save the Children. Others are tiny in comparison, and work very locally, on the ground with a specific community. But all NGOs have a mission and work to provide support to people, animals, and the environment in some way. Some NGOs work to improve policy; others offer direct help with issues related to poverty or mental health, for example; some do a mixture of these, and they all rely upon donations and volunteering from ordinary citizens to achieve their goals.
Do you want to know more about how you can become involved with the mission of an NGO, working for positive and sustainable change in the world? Keep reading and learn about some of our Workaway hosts’ initiatives in amazing locations.
The NGOs on Workaway are usually quite small organizations. They are looking for volunteers who are highly motivated, and who either want to share a skill or would like to gain work experience abroad. NGOs almost always need more staff than they have and so they rely on volunteers to help them with office work, fundraising, public relations, and even manual labour. They often welcome creative and talented people who can help to keep their causes relevant and in the public’s eye.
This means that volunteering for an NGO lets you do invaluable work as you support the local community. Volunteers with experience in different areas, such as business development, tech skills or financial knowledge, will find countless opportunities to apply their skills and help the organization. And if you have trained in these areas, but don’t have much hands-on experience yet, you can gain practical international work experience for your CV while travelling abroad and helping these organizations and the lives of those less fortunate.
NGOs always need help from volunteers, and there are many possibilities for volunteering with NGOs. What you do will depend on how long you plan to stay and what your skills are. For example, volunteers opting for a short stay might help out with teaching, looking after animals, writing proposals for fundraising, sharing IT skills or doing research on future opportunities.
The longer you stay, the more responsibilities you will be trusted with, and the more fun the volunteering becomes. But one thing is sure – you’ll learn a lot and you’ll end up doing whatever it is you do best! Business development (good fundraising ideas), marketing (photos and videos), IT (website, database, mailings), general admin, answering emails, filing… It’s not always necessary to have relevant experience when applying to volunteer with an nonprofit organization, the most important thing is that you are eager to help and enthusiastic about supporting the cause. If that sounds like you, then why are you waiting? Check out the different NGOs with host profiles on Workaway!
Workaway has more than 38,000 hosts all over the world, among them nearly a 1000 NGOs, all looking for volunteers. Browse our host lists to find incredible opportunities all over the world to help meaningful community projects.
Volunteering is always associated with doing good and it’s obvious that giving your time and effort to supporting an NGO will help the organization and the local community. But what’s in it for you?
Workaway is the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange. Lone travellers will find plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with the locals, but Workaway also offers many opportunities for couples, friends and families. Workaway has more than 38,000 hosts all looking for volunteers, and among them are nearly 1000 NGOs. Volunteering with an NGO is the perfect way to make travelling affordable anywhere in the world, or to allow you to travel for longer. Whether you want to visit coastal paradises, inland cities or farms, or get right off the beaten track and immerse yourself in wild nature and local life, the perfect NGO is waiting to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring during your summer holidays, or seeking a gap year adventure, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities which will guarantee you have the time of your life.
Like other volunteering opportunities, Workaway NGO volunteers save money on accommodation, while travelling on vacation, or when living nomadically. NGO volunteers can experience living like locals in different countries and cultures around the world, for anything from a few weeks to several months. There are plenty of NGO volunteering opportunities available all over the world on the Workaway site. When using the Workaway search tool, just tick the “NGO” box on the host search page and start choosing from the almost 1000 NGO hosts currently looking for volunteers all over the world.
So you’ve decided you want to volunteer for an NGO and support those less fortunate. Check out a few projects that spark your interest, to begin with, and then follow these three easy steps.
Check out some of the volunteer opportunities with NGOs abroad that will let you create a positive impact. It’s sure to be a life-changing experience that will give you the chance to get closer to the local community, whether you travel to Africa, Asia, Europe or South America to help local people. Find out more about incredible projects that help you give back while you travel on the Workaway blog!
If you are planning to visit any country as a volunteer and not as a tourist, you must have the correct visa. To find out about the latest requirements, you need to contact the Embassy in your home country before travelling. And please don’t forget to take out appropriate insurance to make sure you qualify for healthcare!
Volunteering for an NGO can be a fantastic way to travel, learn new skills and to get to know a new place at a low cost. For NGOs, it’s a brilliant way to get the help they need. If you’re ready for an adventure that involves making the world a better place, meeting new people, exploring new places, and getting that fuzzy warm feeling that comes from being useful, then why wait any longer? Join Workaway and get planning your trip! And once you’re there, getting stuck into the work, remember to get out and visit the area as much as possible – you’re still a traveller after all!