Our Members are our Greatest Strength
Founded in 1931 by leading peace activists who successfully lobbied the British Government to allow international voluntary service in place of military service, IVS is the UK’s oldest international volunteering organisation. Over the years IVS has exchanged over 30,000 volunteers internationally, returned volunteers who stay on as members allow IVS to continue deliver our mission.
A common statement from members is that their volunteering placements were life changing experiences that gave them a social purpose which stayed with them throughout their lives.
Our focus on low-cost, inclusive volunteering makes IVS a unique institution in a sector that has become heavily commercialised by ‘voluntourism’ organisations who typically charge their volunteers on average £100 per day in fees.
By choosing to become a member of IVS, you are supporting the development of the next generation of global citizens.
Support Inclusive Volunteering
Your contribution helps us keep the cost of volunteering to a minimum, which allows people from all walks of life to volunteer.
Have Your Say
As a member you will shape the future of IVS by contributing your ideas and views.
Be the first to know about volunteering placements, including fully funded opportunities across the EU.