All 2010 International Volunteering Projects are now LIVE on our websites, see below for more details >>>>
Would you like to go on a short term international volunteer project and not pay a fortune?
If yes then please visit our websites to check out all our new 2009 short term volunteer projects. Projects start from £150 which includes all your food and accommodation, you just need to get your travel and insurance. Come on and get involved>>>>>>
What makes us different?
- We are all non-profit organisations
- Volunteers pay a contribution of around £180 towards the costs of participating, and their own travel costs. There are no hidden extras.
- We all host volunteers on projects in the UK; we are exchange organisations
- We are all working towards peace and intercultural awareness
- All our projects are organised by the community, for the community, wherever they take place
- We provide various training and preparation for volunteers, offering opportunities to meet our staff and returned volunteers
- We offer volunteering programmes from a weekend to a year
- There are many ways to volunteer and get involved when you return home
- Between us we have more than 200 years (yes, 200!) experience of organising international volunteer exchanges!
- We have more than 2,000 volunteering opportunities in other countries on offer every year.
What kinds of volunteering programmes are offered?
- Weekend projects (mostly through UNA Exchange, in Wales and Concordia, in England), usually from a Friday to a Monday. Hands on practical work, usually involving environmental improvements together with other volunteers, many of whom are international students in the UK.
- Two/three week International Volunteer Projects worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia and 70 other countries in between.
- Individual placements of between 2 and 12 months.
- European Voluntary Service projects, individual placements of up to 12 months funded by the European Union.
- Youth exchanges for small groups, eg. of 4-5 volunteers, on specific themes.
- Seminars and study visits on specific themes in other countries.
- Training programmes as preparation for volunteering abroad, and to become a trainer.
What is an International Volunteer Project?
- A group of volunteers from different countries working together for two-three weeks.
- A programme of meaningful work, organised by the local community.
- Projects include environmental, construction, archaeological work and activities with children, people with disabilities and elderly people. Also festivals and community arts activities.
- Volunteers usually live together as a group, working and spending their freetime together.
- Projects are offered in places, urban or rural, that you are unlikely to spend time in as a tourist or traveller.
- Volunteers pay a contribution up to £180 to the UK sending organisation for projects in Europe, North America and Japan/Korea, travel/insurance costs plus personal expenses. Food and accommodation are provided by the host community.
- For projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the VINE members do not share the same system of fees. Volunteers pay a contribution of between £150-£200 and a similar amount to the partner organisation on arrival, travel/insurance costs plus personal expenses. Food and accommodation are provided by the host community.
For more information on VINE-UK members and their programmes please visit their sites:
Volunteer Action for Peace
International Voluntary Service
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