International Focus

Projects and organizations that involve volunteers in service beyond their own national boundaries.

Characteristics of regions, Katherine Gaskin and Justin Davis Smith, A New Civic Europe? A Study of the Extent and Role of Volunteering, The Volunteer Centre UK, 1995
Cultural Awareness, Ruth Wilson, p. 37, The National Centre for Volunteering (England), 2003
Global Connections - International Volunteerism, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
Let's Commit to International Exchange, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1998
Moving on from 2001, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2002
Watching, Helping and Learning from China, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
Why a New Association Should Serve the USA, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006
A study of recruitment by international relief and development organisations in the UK, by International Health Exchange and People in Aid , 1997, pp. 8

Guide for prospective volunteers from Build Aboard, written by Becca Peets.

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The Ethical Volunteer

A video travel guide for volunteering abroad that ensures each placement is of benefit both to volunteers and their host communities.

European Commission Youth Programme

Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries.

Guardian Newpaper

This newspaper web site devotes a full section to the topic of volunteering, with many provocative articles challenging the value and role of British volunteers.


"iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide."  There is a particularly good area of the site explaining telementoring and linking to more resources.

International Volunteer Program Association

Portal and search site providing information for volunteering overseas through a variety of organizations. See for an excellent list of other Web sites dealing with volunteering abroad.

International Volunteerism Resource Center from

A free, comprehensive source for information, tools, and strategies for making informed decisions about engaging in meaningful international service.

Online Volunteering (OV)

A free service provided by the United Nations Volunteers programme that connects development organizations with online volunteers. The site contains many tips about online volunteering, both for volunteers and host organizations.


Comprehensive volunteer management site with a special focus on the Australasian region. President and trainer Andy Fryar writes a monthly blog, too.

Reality Check: Volunteering Abroad / Internationally

Jayne Cravens offers a cogent look at the various ways people can volunteer outside of their home countries, comparing the different types of programs (especially those in which the volunteer pays to serve and those that do not charge; short-term and extended stays) and linking to many resources.

UN Volunteers

The United Nations Information Technology Service, promotes volunteer involvement as fundamental to efforts focused on information and communications technologies for development ( ICT4D ). United Nations Volunteers service coordinates this UN ICT initiative.

Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA)

VOSESA was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by an Irish initiative to research and publish on the latest developments in service policy and programs, and on the impact of service on democratic values, citizenship and socio-economic development.   Service Enquiry was a series of publications published from 2008 to 2013, when funding ended for the project. Free downloads of past issues remain in English and Spanish on the Web site.

Volunteering Solutions Blog

Blog for anyone considering volunteering internationally, with advice for how to choose the right program and other issues. "A handy resource for gap year students, schoolies and travelers who are thinking to volunteer abroad."

Volunteerism and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Library

Extensive collection of original papers written for the for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Conference on Volunteering and ICTs, December 2003.

World Volunteer Web - UN Volunteers

As a follow up to the International Year of Volunteers 2001, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has created a comprehensive Web site offering continuing news of worldwide volunteer efforts, including government actions and the formation of new volunteer centers in other countries. Also see their extensive -- and intriguing -- list of research studies on volunteerism in dozens of countries around the developed and developing world.

World Volunteer Web - UN Volunteers

As a follow up to the International Year of Volunteers 2001, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has created a comprehensive Web site offering continuing news of worldwide volunteer efforts, including government actions, research reports, and links to international volunteer resources.

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