Short Term Volunteering

1-3 week volunteering options

Only have a few weeks? We have a range of ethical 1 - 3 week volunteer projects and working holidays that can fit into travel and holiday plans - an amazing way to travel the world and volunteer at the same time!

Amazon Conservation

Amazon Conservation

Peru

Help scientists collect data on local flora and fauna with the aim to monitor, preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the rainforest. Join a team helping to conserve the endangered rainforest through research and community schemes.

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Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue

India

Volunteers are needed to support an Animal Rescue Centre in Northern India to feed, clean and care for abused, neglected, ill or injured street animals. The centre runs a home and sanctuary for local dogs, cows, donkeys and pigs that cannot be returned after their treatment.

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Bear Rescue

Bear Rescue

Cambodia

Help out with the centre’s amazing work, caring and providing enrichment for mistreated bears. The centre is a safe haven and is at the forefront of ending the dancing bear trade and illegal pet trade in Asia.

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Building

Building

Madagascar

Join a team of charity staff, builders and volunteers to assist in building schools and toilets. These building projects are urgently needed to help improve the standard of living and providing access to safe water, clean toilets and local education.

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Building

Building

Ghana

Join a team of local builders to assist in building schools, toilets and community buildings. These building projects help improve the standard of living including access to safe water and clean toilets.

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Caribbean Children’s Home

Caribbean Children’s Home

Belize

Support the Home’s caregivers who provide long term care, rehabilitation and education for previously abused and abandoned children. Help increase the children’s confidence and improve their communication skills.

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Caribbean Conservation

Caribbean Conservation

Belize

Join an award-winning conservation team and assist their work monitoring native mammal, amphibian and bird species and protecting and managing environments whilst supporting the local community.

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Caribbean Reef Conservation

Caribbean Reef Conservation

Belize

Learn to dive or improve your current skills on an idyllic Caribbean island contributing to reef conservation research in Central America. This research contributes towards awareness and marine policies put in place by Belizean Fisheries.

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Caribbean Wildlife

Caribbean Wildlife

Belize

Assist zookeepers to look after over 125 rescued native animals and provide wildlife education to the local community. Volunteers help the centre to make a major contribution to animal welfare in Belize.

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Child Care

Child Care

India

Volunteers are needed to help support child care centres and children’s homes in colourful Northern India. Volunteers develop creative sessions and games for the children to help develop their communication skills and confidence.

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Child Care

Child Care

Ghana

Help local nursery staff create fun games and have the opportunity to assist community health care staff with early development through a baby weighing programme.

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Child Care

Child Care

Nepal

Volunteers are needed to help the children develop their confidence and creativity through play and structured activities. Volunteers also help them to learn English through educational games.

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Children’s Day Care

Children’s Day Care

South Africa

Volunteer at crèches and day care centres in a beautiful region of Cape Town providing care, education and community support. Support children who have experienced poverty and neglect and improve their English skills.

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Children’s Day Care

Children’s Day Care

Peru

Help to care for young children at an outstanding kindergarten providing child care, educational support and daily meals to children from low income families in Arequipa.

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Children’s Home

Children’s Home

Thailand

Volunteer at a project supporting children in rural Thailand. Care for the children whilst assisting them in their aim of sustainability including growing fruit and vegetables and running a bakery and cafe.

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Community Education

Community Education

India

Teach fun English and maths lessons to children in schools which are underfunded and understaffed. You will work create a fun and playful teaching environment with games and art activities at children’s home and community outreach projects.

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Conservation

Conservation

Madagascar

Join a team helping to conserve the endangered habit through research and community environmental schemes. Work with the research team to collect biodiversity data to help protect the endangered habitat which is home to many unique species, including lemurs.

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Desert Elephant Conservation

Desert Elephant Conservation

Namibia

Join an elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants. Build walls to protect farmers' water points from the elephants and monitor the wild elephants.

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Dog and Cat Rescue

Dog and Cat Rescue

Thailand

Help by feeding, cleaning and caring for the dogs and cats at the rescue centre. The centre provides care for abused animals, promotes animal welfare education and controls the population of the dogs and cats on the tropical island.

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Elephant Care

Elephant Care

Thailand

Work with elephants rescued from abuse in the tourist trade and logging industry. The centre gives refuge to the elephants in an environment as close to nature as possible, providing them with a comfortable refuge.

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Elephant Care and Research - Volunteer with Elephants

Elephant Care and Research - Volunteer with Elephants

South Africa

Work hands on with elephants whilst joining an active research team. This research enables the project to provide expert advice for the optimal care and management of captive elephants around the world.

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Elephant Conservation

Elephant Conservation

Cambodia

Help at an elephant sanctuary which provides a safe haven for rescued Asian elephants. Observe elephants in natural surroundings and support local indigenous community initiatives.

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English Activity Camps on an Island

English Activity Camps on an Island

Thailand

Join a team of volunteers running English activity camps to help to increase the confidence and communication skills of pupils in rural Thailand.

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Film and Photography

Film and Photography

Ghana

Help to develop the charity's photograph and film portfolio and help to create films to help educate local communities on health and social issues as well as create media for fundraising appeals.

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Horse Rehabilitation

Horse Rehabilitation

South Africa

Care for previously abused or neglected horses on the South African coast. This enables to project to rescue more horses providing them with a better quality of life and continue their sustainable model of rescue and rehabilitation.

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Kruger Conservation

Kruger Conservation

South Africa

Join an active research team and contribute to important wildlife conservation research in Kruger National Park. Focusing on leopard population monitoring, this is essential for the protection of the species.

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation

South Africa

Learn to dive in a world famous dive site Sodwana Bay and contribute whale shark, turtle and manta ray research. The data collected is used to monitor species distribution in the iSamangaliso Wetland Park.

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation

Thailand

Join a research, restoration and protection team in Koh Tao learning about coral reefs, monitoring their inhabitants and supporting community environmental initiatives.

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Monkey Rescue

Monkey Rescue

South Africa

Work hands on with a variety of primate species providing care and enrichment. This allows the monkeys to experience a better quality of life and enables to project to rescue more monkeys in need.

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Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Ghana

Share your love of sport with children in a rural African village through sports lessons. Teaching sport has a wide range of benefits including health, confidence and team work.

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Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Nepal

Teach sports lessons at local schools and help improve health, fitness and wellbeing of the children.

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Teaching

Teaching

Nepal

Assist students to learn English by helping them to improve their confidence and communication skills. Develop their listening and speaking skills which are valuable skills for future employment.

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Teaching and Community Work

Teaching and Community Work

Ghana

Help improve English language skills locally and students’ confidence. Volunteers can help develop community education workshops to educate local communities on health and social issues.

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Teaching English

Teaching English

Madagascar

Teach in schools and run sessions with the community to help improve their English skills. The project builds confidence in English communication which helps to increase job opportunities within the growing eco-tourism sector.

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Turtle Conservation

Turtle Conservation

Costa Rica

Join an active conservation team and assist their work monitoring turtle hatchlings and carrying out beach patrols to monitor adult turtles and reduce the risk of poaching whilst supporting the local community.

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Under 18 Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue

Under 18 Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue

Thailand

Join a group of under-18s volunteering to care for elephants, monkeys, gibbons, bears and other wild animals at a tropical rescue centre in Thailand. Live on site at the centre, experiencing Thai culture off the beaten track.

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Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience

Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience

India

Join a group of under-18s to organise fun and interactive educational activities in schools and children’s homes and explore stunning sites, including the Taj Mahal.

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Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Rescue

Thailand

Volunteer at a tropical Wildlife Rescue sanctuary caring for over 400 animals. Support the centre’s aims to rehabilitate and release wild animals, education on conservation issues and campaign for better animal welfare in Thailand.

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Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Rescue

Costa Rica

Join a wildlife rescue team and help to care for the animals in the sanctuary. Care for animals such as monkeys, sloths and anteaters that have been injured, orphaned or mistreated. Observe and monitor animals which are being rehabilitated for release.

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Why volunteer on a short term volunteer project?

  • Volunteering is an incredible opportunity to see new things, meet new people and make a difference during your visit. Our placements are designed to help you quickly settle into life at the project and get stuck into the volunteering role

  • Whilst your placement may be short, the difference you make will be great! All volunteers are part of the bigger picture of the charitable projects achieving their longer term goals

  • Many travellers face time constraints when planning their trip and want to fit in as much as possible into their itinerary. The countries we work in offer much to both volunteers and tourists alike

  • A shorter placement is the best of both worlds, volunteers see a side to a country that tourists miss out on including the cultural experience which living and working in a community offers. You will still have time to explore and visit the must-see sights in your free time!

Short term volunteering community building painting

Short term volunteering community building painting

Short term volunteering teaching in Africa

Short term volunteering teaching in Africa

Short term volunteering child in Nepal

Short term volunteering child in Nepal

Short term volunteering clownfish

Short term volunteering clownfish

Short term volunteering bear rescue

Short term volunteering bear rescue

Short term volunteering community well digging

Short term volunteering community well digging

Short term volunteering education in India

Short term volunteering education in India

Short term volunteering child with mural

Short term volunteering child with mural

Short term volunteering dog rescue

Short term volunteering dog rescue

Short term volunteering elephant care

Short term volunteering elephant care

Short term volunteering monkey rescue

Short term volunteering monkey rescue

Short term volunteering frog in Amazon

Short term volunteering frog in Amazon

Short term volunteering primate rescue

Short term volunteering primate rescue

We are driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal