Volunteering Organisations

Volunteering Organisations

Below is a list of organisations who provide volunteering opportunities. The Scottish Global Health Co-ordination Unit is not specifically recommending these organisations but rather providing you with a starting point to begin to explore the different opportunities that might be of interest to you.

 

OrganisationHost CountryDescriptionCountriesSectorsEligibilityFurther information
The Wood Foundation ScotlandSupports young people from Scotland to make a difference by supporting communities while developing their own skillsets.Scotland, AfricaYouth global citizenshipGroups and individuals local to the North-east of Scotlandhttps://www.thewoodfoundation.org.uk/developing-young-people-in-scotland/volunteering-overseas/
SmileawiScotlandTo provide basic and safe dentistry in Northern Malawi.MalawiHealthQualified dentists and dental nurses. Volunteers trained in basic dental nursing skills http://smileawi.com/
Mercy ShipsGlobalFaith based organisation which deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world.GlobalHealthDoctors, nurses, cooks, teachers, receptionists, mechanics, IT specialists, engineers and cleaners.https://www.mercyships.org.uk/serve-onboard/volunteer/
The Vine TrustGlobalEnables volunteers to provide medical care and homes for communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru. Tanzania, PeruHealthMedical or dental skills on our remarkable floating healthcare projects http://www.vinetrust.org
Crickett without boundariesUKA UK charity that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages. Our two-week long trips to Africa is made up of 8-10 volunteers. Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, UgandaHealthGeneral sports enthusiasts, qualified or unqualified, for projects in Spring and Autumn. http://www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com/
ConcernNIConcern works in over 50 countries, responding to major emergencies as well as implementing long term development programmes.GlobalPovertyIf you are passionate about tackling global hunger and enjoy motivating people to act locally in small and big ways, we want to hear from you.https://www.concern.org.uk/become-concern-ambassador
EUAVIThe EUAVI provides opportunities for EU citizens and long-term residents living in the EU to volunteer in humanitarian projects worldwideGlobalPovertyhttps://comhlamh.org/euvacancies/
Habitat for HumanityUKWe believe that by connecting communities from around the world, we move closer to a world where everyone, everywhere has a decent place to call home. GlobalHousingHabitat for Humanity works with schools, universities, corporations and groups to deliver volunteer programshttps://www.habitat.org/emea/volunteer
UK-MedUKUK Med recruits a wide range of medical professionals from all specialties to form a register of qualified NHS staff able to deploy in an emergencyGlobalHealthNHS professionals from all specialties to form a register to deploy in an emergency.https://www.uk-med.org/?page_id=20
Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF)GlobalMédecins Sans Frontières provides medical assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict.GlobalHealthProven professional experience after registration (ST2+ level equivalent), 3 months volunteering or travel experience https://www.msf.org.uk/
Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) GlobalEmbeds UK health workers in partner organisations, providing comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. GlobalPoverty, health, educationThere is no specific list of qualifications. Many of the royal colleges have specific links and opportunities with VSO, so it is worth looking at the college website of your chosen specialty.https://www.vsointernational.org/
Raleigh InternationalGlobalTwo volunteering programmes: Expedition and ICS (International Citizen Service). Whether at school, taking a gap year, finished university or taking a break from work.Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Nepal, Tanzania, MalayisaWater and sanitation, youth, natural resource management Raleigh runs two impactful volunteering programmes: Expedition and ICS (International Citizen Service). https://raleighinternational.org/volunteer/ways-to-volunteer/
Africa Health PlacementsGlobalThe mission is to support and enhance healthcare systems in Africa, by finding, placing and retaining healthcare workers in rural and underserved areas. South AfricaHealthDoctors, all specialities.https://ahp.org.za/
International Medical CorpsGlobalTo relieve the suffering of those suffering as a result of war, natural disaster and diseaseBurundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad,DRC, Ethiopia, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Afghanistan, Japan, PakistanHealth, emergencies and post emergenciesHealthcare professionals.https://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org.uk/
Medicine du MondeGlobalMdM strives to help all men, women and children who have no access to healthcare because they cannot afford it or are denied their right to it.GlobalHealth5 years of postgraduate experience.https://www.medecinsdumonde.org/en
Christian Medical FoundationGlobalWe connect with national Christian medical movements across the world.GlobalNurses and doctorshttps://www.cmf.org.uk/international/
The HOPE FoundationUKThe Hope Foundation (HOPE) is a registered charity working with street-connected children in Kolkata, IndiaIndiaChild welfareHOPE welcomes a large number of volunteers and visitors to our projects every year. https://www.thehopefoundation.org.uk
Lamha SuasIrelandSupports girls in Uganda access educationUgandaEducationAllhttp://lamhasuas.ie/
Nuture AfricaIrelandTo nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth and well being of Ugandan HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children, and their HIV+ parents/guardians.UgandaHealthcare (Primary healthcare and specialist HIVhttps://www.nurtureafrica.ie/our-projects
TearfundGlobalTo help communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters – we believe that the same people who face these issues, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them.GlobalAllAll, costs £1000- £3000, two weeks to three monthshttps://www.tearfund.org/en-SC/about_you/go_overseas/
Umbrella FoundationIreland, Holland, Hong Kong, UK, USA, AustraliaThe Umbrella Foundation works to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on children and their families in Nepal.NepalChild welfareVolunteer with the team in our NGO office in Kathmandu, Nepal. http://umbrellanepal.org/volunteer/
Viatores ChristiIrelandWe specialise in the recruitment, training and placement of skilled volunteersAfrica, Asia, South AmericaAllhttp://vcvolunteers.ie/
Voluntary Service International IrelandIrish branch of a worldwide peace movement to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding. GlobalAllAllhttps://www.vsi.ie/
Directory of Irish volunteering organisationsGlobalDirectory of Irish agencies and NGOS which offer volunteering opportunities GlobalAllAllhttps://comhlamh.org/volops-directory/pg/2/
Accounting for International DevelopmentGlobalAfID offers every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally.GlobalVoluntary organisation in all sectors. Accountantshttps://www.afid.org.uk/
Friends of African NursingUKTraining, oriented to nursing staff, one week long and are delivered in a central venue, usually the capital city, recommended by the Ministry of Health.Malawi, Seychelles, Lesotho, GhanaHealthNursing http://www.foan.org.uk/
H.E.L.P. USAH.E.L.P.’s mission is to develop the pathway for children living in rural regions of Africa to become integral members and leaders in society through quality education. H.E.L.P. is committed to cultivating the academic potential of each child through a comprehensive range of opportunities in primary school to prepare students for the next level of education and to support those efforts through secondary and tertiary school scholarships.Rural regions in Africa EducationAllwww.helpchildren.org