Who Volunteers


Pod Volunteer matches a wide range of volunteers with projects in need

What nationalities are Pod volunteers?

Pod is a UK based organisation which accepts volunteers from all over the world. We have many volunteers who join Pod projects from outside of the UK, in particular from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

How old are Pod volunteers?

We have volunteers of a wide range of ages joining our projects, generally from 18 to 80. This mix of ages works well with each volunteer bringing their own individual skills, experience and resource. We find that age usually becomes irrelevant when you are on a project as everyone is there for the same reason to make a difference.

There is usually no maximum age limit as long as you are in reasonable health for the project. We highly value mature volunteers and the experience they bring.

If you want to volunteer before you turn 18, we have some special under 18 volunteer trips that run each summer - see our under 18 volunteering page for more details.

What volunteering jobs does Pod offer?

Pod offers a wide range of volunteering jobs all round the world. We offer the opportunity to volunteer on different types of volunteer placements in a range of locations. To find out about all of the volunteer jobs available please click here.

Volunteer jobs can vary from assisting with animal care and rescue, helping at children’s homes; teaching English, building, filming and photography, supporting community development or joining an active research team to assist with conservation work. These volunteer job opportunities are in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

The volunteer job and role will depend on which volunteer project you choose to join and this can vary depending on the needs of the project at the time, however here is an outline of the types of volunteer jobs that you could be involved in:

  • Animal care and rescue volunteer jobs – feeding and providing fresh water to the animals, cleaning enclosures, building and repairing enclosures, giving educational talks, providing enrichment for the animals and helping to care for young, injured or orphaned animals
  • Conservation volunteer jobs – carrying out surveys, collecting data, analysing results, ID and monitoring species in both marine and terrestrial environments
  • Building and Community Development volunteer jobs – assisting with the development of sustainable farming projects, building schools, health care facilities, child care centres and community education buildings and taking photos and filming videos which charities can use for marketing purposes
  • Child Care volunteer jobs – caring for and socialising with children, playing games, creative arts and crafts activities, reading, helping with homework, organising fun activities such as a sports day, cooking and cleaning
  • Education volunteer jobs – teaching English, music, dance, sports, maths, vocational skills, nutrition, health and hygiene in schools and child care centres

Can volunteering help me to get a job?

In a word, yes! Volunteering overseas offers a whole host of skills that you may not expect. It can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field which is invaluable when considering a new career.

Regardless of whether you are looking to change careers or to stay in your current career, volunteering offers the opportunity to develop important skills which are transferable to the workplace such as time and task management, organisation, planning, problem solving, flexibility, adaptability, teamwork and communication skills.

If you’re looking to move into a new career then getting a volunteer job within your chosen field allows you to experience this field in a supported way and to build skills and confidence before applying for a job.

Having volunteering experience also greatly enhances your CV and your employability as volunteering is highly valued in the job market. In the Timebank Survey carried out by the Associate of Graduate Recruiters, they found that 73% of employers said that they would rather employ someone with volunteering experience than someone without it, and over half said that volunteer work experience can be more valuable than paid employment.

Are there jobs at Pod Volunteer?

Occasionally we have vacancies for jobs either within the Pod UK office or for roles at our projects overseas. Whenever we do have vacancies we will list these on our jobs page.


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