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


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 -...

Ho Chi Minh Community Involvement

from £620

7 - 56 days


Volunteer in Ho Chi Minh in an array of different volunteering projects to support this community in need.

Education and Community Work in Bali

from £860

14 - 63 days


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

Social Work Internship in Cape Town

from £660

14 - 168 days

South Africa

Cape Town is a fantastic destination for an international internship - a vibrant and bustling city with business, medical and...

Community Education in Northern India

from £675

14 days


Support local primary schools by creating a fun teaching environment and promote education within the communities of Udaipur.

Women’s Empowerment Programme

from £1265

26 - 182 days


On the banks of the River Mekong, this programme makes a genuine difference to local women in the area. Live...

Volunteer with Foster Families

from £1055

28 - 84 days


Volunteer with a community of Russian foster families taking orphans into their homes and giving them a family and education...

Volunteer in Tanzania

from £2050

28 days

Spend 4, 7 or 10 weeks making a difference in Tanzania.

Nutrition Project in the Philippines

from £658

14 days


Help us in addressing critical local public health issue by working closely with our staff and local community members to...

Volunteer and Explore Peru

from £2525

42 - 70 days


Program includes contributing to the lives of several different indigenous communities, white water rafting, trekking to Machu Picchu and exploring...

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