Choosing a Volunteer Placement Organization

Choosing a Volunteer Placement Organization

The ultimate success of your volunteer experience will be directly related to the amount of thought and self-reflection you do prior to choosing a volunteer placement organization and then beginning your adventure. Initially you need to determine your motivation and interests. 

Organizations differ in the programs they offer. Having an idea of what you want to do and where you want to do it will enable you to narrow down your choices of organizations. You can then zero in on those organizations which have programs that suit your interests. Some organizations offer very diversified programs and others are highly specialized. 


The List of Volunteer Placement Organizations is divided into several categories to facilitate your search. The groups are:

Following are some questions a prospective volunteer should consider before studying the various organizations:

A prospective volunteer must also consider what questions should be asked of an organization. The support and services of international volunteer organizations can differ in many ways. You must give some forethought to examining what you expect the organization to provide to you both prior to, and during, your overseas service. 

Following are some questions that you should ask organizations that you’re investigating.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all details and rates directly with the organizations in question before planning your international volunteer opportunity.

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