Original Volunteers

Volunteer Overseas For Less

Original Volunteers is a leading affordable overseas volunteer placement provider. Our main focus is affordability of our programs for all and flexibility to match our volunteers to the right placement for the individual and the community they will serve.

Volunteer in Morocco, Bulgaria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon,South Africa, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina.

About Original Volunteers

There are two things which have been making Original Volunteers stand out from the crowd since forming in 2006; affordability and flexibility.

We try as hard as we can to keep the costs for our volunteers as low as possible so that they can afford to stay longer helping their projects. We also work flexibly creating new opportunities for people with skills even where we may have no advertised opportunities.

We also welcome applications from people regardless of background or skill-set believing everyone has something to offer a project somewhere, even if they do not know it yet! Student midwives we sent to Ghana discovered a new talent for building in the last week of their visit, whilst every month builders and sports enthusiasts on our projects try out teaching for the first time.

Opportunities are varied across teaching, healthcare, building and conservation in 17 countries worldwide and all levels of experience are welcome. We welcome pre-college students to experienced professionals, novice traveller to the well-heeled and everyone in between from bartender to administrator.

Our volunteers are not on their own when they reach their destination. Experienced local support teams are on hand from arrival at the airport to the drop off at the end ensuring the experience from start to finish is a worthwhile and positive one. 

Room and Board

All projects provide basic accommodation. Most offer dormitory style bunk rooms although some destinations provide private twin rooms ideal for friends and couples.

Getting Here and Getting Around

99% of projects provide a door to door airport pick up and transfer service from airport to your volunteer accommodation. Further information can be found on individual project description pages of the website.

Our Jobs

Our most popular destinations listed here offer: (i) a structured programme ideal for first time volunteers (ii) team experience (iii) accommodation altogether with other volunteers (iv) great local support from start to finish:

If you have travelled or volunteered before and want a bigger challenge and to make a difference where the need is greatest, Africa is a good option where poverty and local need can be extreme but where you make an incredible individual difference to people's lives.

We also offer placements suitable for specific skills and experience. 

Got a skill or interest not listed anywhere? Contact us to find out where we think we have an opportunity as there is often the need but not enough space on the website to include a mention.

How to Apply

Contact us here for further information, telling us the project you are interested in and when you are planning to travel and we will be in touch (within 24 hours).

If you are not sure which project we will be happy to advise: Tell us either (i) a little about yourself, or (ii) what type of experience you would like to gain or (iii) skills you have already and we will be happy to make suggestions.

We can also help make suggestions based on your budget if you can tell us your overall total spend for your trip to include flights, programme fees, personal spending money etc.