Social Work Volunteering

Give something back to societies abroad

Volunteering as a social worker abroad gives you the opportunity to provide essential support to children, young people, and adults alike who are vulnerable and in need. Social work development programs encourage volunteers to actively take part in training, practice, and evaluating results over time. Placements are available all over the world, from India to Ghana to Thailand, and in all kinds of different communities.

Volunteer social work abroad is a great way to help people in need, and also to gain invaluable experience if you are interested in a career in social care. Your duties can often be difficult, as you will work with people who have suffered neglect, abuse, and exploitation. Routine tasks may include running workshops on key social subjects, organising and managing support services, maintaining accurate records, and more.

If becoming a social work volunteer abroad is something you’d be interested in, take a look at the options on this page.

Top social work volunteering projects


Volunteer in Medical in Peru

from £270

7 - 168 days

Volunteer on the Medical volunteer project in Peru. Located in Cusco.

Teaching and Community Work in Ghana

from £2500

60 - 360 days

Although Ghana is one of Africa's most stable countries, there are still many children and adults that live in poverty...

Live and Work in a Tanzanian Village

from £410

14 - 112 days

Our gap year program in Tanzania is based in a carefully selected village. After the longer, 12-week program you can...

Education and Community Work in Bali

from £680

14 - 63 days

Volunteer in beautiful Bali to partake in one of several education or community projects in the town of Ubud.

Gap Year China

from £1120

28 - 180 days

Learn Mandarin, gain work experience and travel.

Sport and Education in Ghana

from £2500

90 - 360 days

Lattitude's sport programme in Ghana works in partnership with Football For Hope (FFH) which uses sport to help re-engage young...

Conservation and Adventure in Guatemala

from £2305

42 - 70 days

Venture to Guatemala to get stuck into a mix of turtle conservation and community development whilst exploring National Parks and...

Volunteer in Childcare in South Africa

from £176

7 - 168 days

Volunteer on the Childcare volunteer project in South Africa. Located in Cape Town.

Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

from £2200

28 - 70 days

Live on a stunning Caribbean island - Work for The Bahamas National Trust to help set up Marine Parks -...

Volunteer with Children in Nepal

from £945

14 days

Travel to the Nepali city of Pokhara and volunteer alongside an international team in a care centre or children's home,...


India’s Golden Triangle: Yoga & Bollywood Edition

from £930


Follow the famed Golden Triangle on this adventure to India’s premier cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Peel back the...

Rock to Reef

from £636


Pack your sturdiest hiking boots and don’t forget the snorkel – itineraries like this are a very rare thing indeed....

Trail to London

from £1485

15 - 15 days

A castle and an old town in Ljubljana. Snails & champagne in Paris. A concentration camp in Krakow. & pizza...

Java & Bali Explorer

from £1687


Combining Java’s collection of earthly volcanoes and pre-historic jungles with Bali’s stunning beaches, Java and Bali Explorer is a great...

Central American Journey

from £969


Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From beautiful...

Caesar’s Footsteps

from £889

The Roman Empire was truly one of the world's greatest civilisations, spreading out from its home in the city of...

Croatia Sailing Adventure – Dubrovnik to Split

from £780


Experience the old-world charm of Croatia on a sailing odyssey from Dubrovnik to Split. Spend days cruising around impressive coastlines,...


from £865

7 - 7 days

Learning about leprechauns and drinking gallons of Guinness is one thing, but exploring the Jameson's Distillery, eating Irish stew and...

Southern Cross

Topdeck's Southern Cross trip between Melbourne and Adelaide includes a drive on the world-famous Great Ocean Road, home to the...

Southern Discovery

Argentina, Chile

From the wineries of the Maipo Valley to the pristine beauty of northern Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos...

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