“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
- Barack Obama
If we google 'Why to volunteer', we will find thousands of answers. Starting with travel possibilities, making connections and finishing with making a difference and giving back to a cause we believe in. It is a win-win situation for you and the organisation that requires your help. But the next question is 'How to find these volunteering opportunities?'
Every year more than 1 billion people volunteer globally with 85% volunteering in their own countries. Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens.
How to start volunteering?
- Decide what you want to do
- Search for an opportunity
- Select top three volunteering opportunities
- Contact the organisations directly or via a dedicated website to apply
- Start and make a difference
Here are our favourite sites to help find the right volunteering programme for you
With almost 115,000 participating organisations and 12 million volunteers matched to date, this website offers more than 100,000 volunteering opportunities all over the world. Just type in what you care the most about (i.e. animals, healthcare, education) and find the perfect fit for you. This website also offers a section where volunteers share their experiences.
With its vision of 'promoting peace through international volunteer service', the Global Volunteers offers opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas to create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the worlds children. Most of their international programmes are led by country managers who were born and raised in the host country.
The United Nations Volunteers offers you opportunities abroad, in your own country or online. Approximately 2,000 assignments are available each year. If you can dedicate only a limited amount of time to volunteering, then you can make a difference online by editing and/or translating text or doing design work.