Volunteer in 4 easy steps
- Search for an Organization. Our search lets you filter Organizations based on location, causes, accommodation, cost and reviews.
- Create a Volunteer Alliance profile. If you find an Organization you like, you need to create a Volunteer profile so you can contact them - your profile is what the Organization will see - like a CV or Resume.
- Contact the Organization with any questions you have and to request to volunteer! Once you contact the Organization, they will send you a 'Volunteering Request'.
- Pay for your Volunteering Request. Pay the Volunteer Deposit to secure your booking, and the remaining balance 3 weeks before the arrival date of your Volunteering Request.
How to Find the Right Organization
Only you know what you want from your volunteer experience. The first thing you should do is decide exactly what you want to get from your volunteer experience, where you would like to volunteer, what causes you want to support, how long you want to volunteer etc.
Once you know what you want, Volunteer Alliance Search makes it easy to find the right Organization. Use our Search filters (left) to explore volunteer opportunities based on location, causes, accommodation, cost, and reviews.
Volunteer Alliance search promotes skilled volunteering. Skilled volunteering refers to Volunteers working in an area of skill or expertise. This guarantees maximum impact for both the Volunteer and Organization, and a more rewarding volunteering experience for everyone.
Note that skilled volunteering is not limited to people with qualifications or professional experience. Use our search to find the right organization for you!
Review the Organizations
Learning how to read a profile will help you understand more about the Organizations you have found.
Organization profiles contain include everything that you need to know to volunteer, including location, causes, skills required, accommodation and cost.
Contacting Organizations, Volunteers and Ambassadors
If, after reading the Organization profile, you still have questions, you can contact the Organization directly from their profile.
Profiles also include reviews by past Volunteers, to give you confidence in the Organization, and so you know exactly what to expect. And again, if you have more questions, you can view the Volunteers profile and contact past Volunteers directly.
You can also contact a Volunteer Alliance Ambassador. Volunteer Alliance Ambassadors are super volunteers who represent Volunteer Alliance for various regions around the world. Contact Ambassadors through Volunteer Alliance to learn about volunteering in their region or for help using Volunteer Alliance. They're here to help!
When you contact an Organization, Volunteer or Ambassador:
When you respond:
Write a message. Take the opportunity to show the Organization, Volunteer or Ambassador that you have read their profile, also that you are genuinely interested in speaking with them. You do not need to send your resume, but it is a good idea to let the Organization, Volunteer or Ambassador know about any relevant past experience.
Be personal. We do recommend you send requests to more than one Organization, but that doesn’t mean they should all say the same things! Copy/paste requests don’t tell an Organization what you like about them and who you really are. There are a lot of ways to personalize a request, but the first one is to read the Organization profile thoroughly.
Be polite. Even if an Organization isn’t able to host you, you should still send a thank you note - you're mother will be proud. Plus, you never know what opportunities might come from it.
Request to Volunteer
Once you have found the ‘right’ Organization, you should contact them and request to Volunteer!
After you contact an Organization, the Organization is able to send you a Volunteering Request. This Volunteering Request includes the arrival and departure dates, the cost and what the cost includes.
You will make two payments.
The first payment is the Volunteer Deposit, which is 10% of the total cost and is due within 7 days or the Volunteering Request will be deleted. The Volunteer Deposit is to secure the booking.
The second payment is the Volunteering Request Subtotal, which is the remaining 90% of the total cost and is due 3 weeks before the arrival date or the Volunteering Request will be deleted.
Both payments are made to Volunteer Alliance, and Volunteer Alliance does not transfer the money to your Organization until 7 days after the Volunteer arrives at your Organization, so you know your money is safe.
Once your Volunteering Request is finalized, its time to start organising your Flights, Insurance, and Vaccinations! Don't be afraid to contact the Organization, Volunteers and Ambassadors if you have questions. Please see Contacting Organizations, Volunteers and Ambassadors above for more information.
Using Volunteer Alliance you can Volunteer directly with Community Based Organizations. Above all have an amazing experience cause you're a cool person and you deserve it!