Volunteer Service Opportunities

Volunteer Search Engines:

These tools can help you locate volunteer opportunities across the U.S. and internationally.

Association of Voluntary Service Organizations  - Click on "links" for access to both short- and long-term volunteer programs.

Idealist: Action Without Borders - Search for organizations, internships, and volunteer opportunities by selecting the country, language, and mission (i.e. health, women's issues, advocacy, etc.) you are seeking.

InterAction  - Scroll down the page and click on "volunteer" in the left corner. You will be directed to several resources listing paid and unpaid opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Volunteer Match  - Type in your ZIP code and topic of interest (i.e. education, health, hunger, etc.) to view the opportunities available in your area. You may also scroll down the page for a list of opportunities by metropolitan area.

Sample of Specific Organizations 


AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It's a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Atlas Corps


Overview: A multinational, two-way, year-long volunteer program that sends US volunteers overseas and brings nonprofit leaders from around the world to volunteer in the United States. Volunteers are placed in full-time, 50 week positions at a non-profit organization. The goal of the Atlas Corps is to build a "global partnership in development."

City Year

City Year unites young people (ages 17-24)  of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world. "Corps Members" put their idealism to work for children and communities through school-based service, youth leadership programs, and community transformation throughout the U.S. and in South Africa and London.

Cross Cultural Solutions

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a not-for-profit international volunteer organization that operates volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand. Our programs offer a unique opportunity for participants to work side-by-side with local people, on locally designed and driven projects. Our volunteer programs are designed to facilitate hands-on service and cultural exchange in the aim of fostering cultural understanding. As an international volunteer, you will participate in meaningful community development and gain a whole new perspective of the world.

Learn and Serve America

Supports service-learning programs in schools, colleges, and community organizations that engage nearly one million youth in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs.


An ambitious, intensive, one-on-one tutoring program designed to fully close the Achievement Gap between minority and non-minority students, and between economically disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers. Each MATCH Corps member is assigned four urban high school students with whom they build an in-depth relationship throughout the year, as they work together towards clear goals in academic classes and on key exams like the MCAS, SAT, and AP.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

A year-long service program in the United States in both urban and rural regions. All Mercy volunteers work with those who are economically poor or marginalized in a spirit of solidarity and mutuality, live simply in community, and commit to personal and communal spiritual growth. Volunteers are placed in service fields compatible with their gifts/skills and the needs of the site.

National Association of Service and Conservation Corps

Serves as an advocate and central reference point, and provider of training and technical assistance, for youth service and conservation corps programs across the country.

Peace Corps

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.

Public Allies

A program for young adults, aged 18 to 30, who commit to ten months of intensive leadership training and a professional apprenticeship. Allies receive a living allowance, health and child care benefits, and an educational award.


Student Conservation Association


Overview: SCA provides college and high school aged members with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable. The SCA has a Conservation Corps for 3-10 months of service devoted to critical environmental issues such as wildfire management, trail restoration, and invasive species eradication.

Teach for America

The national corps of recent college graduates, of all academic majors, who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools with the overall aim of eliminating educational inequity.

United Planet (UP)

Is an international nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring global citizenship and cross-cultural understanding through a range of diverse initiatives, such as one- to twelve-week, six-month, and one-year volunteer service programs in over 50 countries

Vincentian Service Corps

The Vincentian Service Corps is for men and women who want to give one year of their lives to serve the poor, live in community with other Corps members, and experience a simple lifestyle.

Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) Canada

This program looks for experienced applicants and is open to U.S. citizens. They are active in more than 30 developing countries and offer both short- and long-term assignments (both with financial assistance).

FINCA Peru Exports is a not for profit microfinance institution based in Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru. This new initiative will function as a fair trade export business and will serve to help FINCA Peru's artisan clients to find overseas markets for their products. Former interns have laid the foundations of the artisan export business: they have created a catalogue of offerings, established communication with distributors and built our current website. Currently they are seeking experienced English/Spanish speaking individuals to volunteer their time.
Further information can be found via Tufts Career Connect or FICA Peru Export's website linked above.

Global Outreach Nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping people of developing countries to help themselves.

Academy for Educational Development Provides undergraduate and graduate students internship opportunities that offer an insight into the types of programming within an organization focused on global education and communication technology.

Center for International Service Learning Be a hands-on part of the solution instead of just "studying the problem" - through our network of affiliated mission stations, orphanages, schools, and refugee camps - both urban and "outback."

Central European Teaching Program Benefits young people in the formerly socialist countries of Central Europe by providing public schools in the region with native-speaking English teachers. Contracts are approximately 10 months in duration, usually September through mid-June. Teachers are paid a salary in local currency according to the same pay scale as native teachers. Salaries are usually sufficient for covering everyday living expenses and in-country travel, especially since accommodations are paid for.

ESL Job Center Teaching English as second language job listings from around the world. Also post your resume and join discussion forums about ESL with people from around the world.

Explorations in Travel, Inc. Provides volunteer work placement for students and adults looking to spend an extended amount of time in an area, working on a foreign language, or developing or using skills that will help in future employment.

International Education Internship Program perfect for recent college graduates who intend to go into education and have a strong interest in international issues. For more information and application please visit website. Applications will be due in the spring.

Projects Abroad sends volunteers around the world for a variety of placements including teaching English, working with orphans, and more internship-like opportunities in areas such as medicine and journalism. This organization has been operating since 1992 and send 3000 people abroad each year.

Search Associates We place over 750 teachers, administrators and interns in international schools throughout the world.

USC Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program aims to reduce the disparity in health care access and quality that results when health care providers are unable to effectively communicate with Latino patients due to language and cultural barriers. The Student Immersion Program (SIP) seeks to address the inadequacies of the current efforts to address these problems by increasing the number of bilingual, culturally competent health care professionals. Students live in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala for 6 months. Through intensive Spanish courses, lecture series, socially and culturally relevant volunteer projects, and weekly activities, the students gain the language capability and cultural competency desperately needed to serve marginalized, Spanish-speaking Latino populations.

Teaching & Projects Abroad is the leading global organizer of overseas voluntary work placements. Their incredibly wide range of projects, including teaching, care, conservation, medical and journalism, are designed specially for the many communities where the program exists and also to give the best experience to everyone volunteering abroad.

Tutoring Plus is a non-profit tutoring agency that has been around for 42 years. The organization serves underprivileged, at-risk, middle and high school students of Cambridge, MA. Tutoring Plus aims to support and encourage the academic, personal and social growth of children and youth of Cambridge through the use of volunteers and existing community resources. Many of our volunteers are college students and working professionals.

YMCA Programs Volunteer opportunities in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and others. International YMCA will offer free room and board and often a stipend and scholarship to recent graduates interested in gaining international experience working with young people, non-profit organizations, counseling, teaching, and more.

AFS Community Service Program Participants volunteer with local organizations from all over the world that address community needs.

Americorps A network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Americorps Vista/ Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) Members build, support, and develop the capacity for MACC member institutions to establish and maintain strong partnerships and service programs.  Requires one year commitment.

Amigos de las Americas Non-profit organization that creates opportunities for young people to excel in leadership roles promoting public health, education and community development.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service A directory of volunteer opportunities connecting full time volunteers with Christian member programs.

Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program  The Christian Appalachian Project's mission is to "help people help themselves" through education, economic opportunity, employment, and a sense of Christian community.  We are a human family sharing the Good News through action with the people of Appalachia.

Coral Cay Conservation Expedition Volunteers join major expeditions to help survey and protect coral reefs and tropical forests in the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Philippines, Indonesia, and Red Sea.

Cross Cultural Solutions Flexible international volunteer programs offer the opportunity to come face to face with global issues and become part of productive solutions.

Cultural Survival A non-profit organization that sends volunteers abroad to provide humanitarian assistance with our volunteer programs abroad.

Frontier Nursing Service Courier Volunteer Program Experience working in a rural healthcare environment at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Located in the Appalachian Mountains.

Global Citizens Network Provides individuals with cross cultural volunteer expeditions to rural communities around the world.

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Seeking qualified candidates with a distinguished record of academic achievement and campus leadership to join the Undergraduate Anti-Terrorism Fellowship program.  Students selected in early August with a two week course of study in Tel Aviv, Israel and lasts for the duration of the following academic year.  FDD Fellows will have an opportunity to hear from academics, politicians, Intelligence and military officials, and diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey, and the United States.

Global Service Corps. Distinct programs to work on community service projects and live with local residents while you learn about the host country: Short-Term (2-4 week) Programs, Long-Term Programs.

Global Volunteer Network Places volunteers in community projects through partner organizations in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Romania. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community aid programs, such as teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, and cultural home stays.

Global Volunteers A non-profit organization uniquely positioned to represent local leaders in a national and international arena, and to engage short-term volunteers in local development efforts with long-lasting results.

Habitat for Humanity International Brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent, affordable housing for low-income households.

International Medical Volunteers Association Nonprofit organizations that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity through education and information exchange.  Interested in primarily developing countries. Does not send or sponsor volunteers, but rather facilitates volunteering by providing educational materials about health problems in various parts of the world.

Involvement Volunteers Association, Inc. A unique, cost-effective way to gain life experience while traveling and helping others as a real volunteer.

Jesuit International Volunteers One of the largest Catholic volunteer programs in the US. Our volunteers provide essential services to low-income people in US and developing countries.

MACC VISTA Program Volunteers will be placed at host campuses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve as community service and service learning specialists in order to help colleges and universities respond to the pressing issues facing communities. One-year commitment required.

Maryland Medbank Program Plan and implement community outreach campaigns, conduct fundraising activities, manage projects, and make contacts and build relationships with hospitals, and community and state organizations. One-year service, and required relocation to Maryland.

Mission Service Recruitment Offers a variety of diverse missionary opportunities both abroad and in the US.

Peace Corps Experience a culture in a completely different way! Make a difference in the lives of people around the world by taking advantage of the numerous volunteer opportunities available in various countries and fields.

Peaceworks A New Jersey tax-exempt organization which works to aid the people of the Americas and seeks progressive change in our nation.

SCI International Voluntary Service Network for international voluntary service promoting global tolerance and understanding through grassroots community service in various countries.

Tikun Olam in Tel Aviv offers Jewish college graduates the opportunity to spend five to ten months in Israel volunteering in various community service settings in Tel Aviv as well as learning Hebrew and about Israel.

United Planet: A Community Beyond Borders, "the world's largest cultural exchange", is a leading international, educational, humanitarian, and peace building, non-profit organization with members and volunteers in over 150 countries devoted to fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship, supporting communities in need, and promoting social & economic prosperity among cultures in order to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

Vermont VFP/ Volunteers for Peace is a Vermont non-profit (501 (c) (3) membership corporation which has been coordinating International Voluntary Service since 1982. Our services include providing consultation and a placement service for project hosts and volunteers, linking people with projects. Our projects foster international education, voluntary service and friendship. In the last 25 years we have exchanged over 25,000 volunteers in international projects world-wide. In the 1980's, we focused heavily on exchanges across the "Iron Curtain", playing a significant role in that era of citizen diplomacy.

Volunteer Match Search for volunteer opportunities by zip code and/or area of interest.

Volunteer Solutions A service of United Way. Look up volunteer activities by date, zip code, or area of interest.  

American Refugee Committee The ARC works for the survival, health, and well-being of refugees, displaced persons, and those at risk.

International Rescue Committee Helps people fleeing racial, religious and ethnic persecution, as well as those uprooted by war and violence.

Poverty / Hunger

American Jewish World Service An independent organization established to help alleviate famine, disease, and poverty.

AmeriCorps Share our Strength Operation Frontline A nutrition education program that mobilizes volunteer chefs, nutritionists and financial planning professionals to teach hands on nutrition, cooking, food safety and personal finance classes to community members at risk of hunger.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is a one-year Jewish social change program located in New York City and Washington D.C. AVODAH combines front line anti-poverty work with community building and Jewish study. Applications for the program are due by March.

Cape Cares A group of volunteers that work to help elevate the lives of the poor and needy of Central America specifically Honduras.

Food for the Hungry An international organization that exists to help people overcome both physical and spiritual hungers.

Project Concern International An international health organization that saves the lives of children by preventing disease and by providing access to clean water and nutritious food.

US Agency for International Development An independent government agency that conducts foreign assistance and humanitarian aid to advance the political and economic interests of the United States.

Vincentian Service Corps A one year program dedicated to people who wish to serve the poor and live a simple life.

Visions in Action A nonreligious, nonpolitical organization committed to providing hands-on educational experience while assisting the poor in developing countries.

Volunteers in Technical Assistance Empowers the poor in developing countries by providing access to information and knowledge, strengthening local institutions and introducing improved technologies.

World Concern A Christian organization dedicated to alleviating the physical and spiritual suffering of the poor through relief and development programs.