Long-term Volunteering 

If you are inspired by impact that is hands-on,
grassroots-driven, and lasting, you’ve come to the right place.
Over 1000 Projects

Last year IVS supported over 1200 projects around the world. We have grassroots partners in 80 countries.


IVS projects are developed by our local partners after establishing an identified need.


Volunteering shouldn’t cost a fortune. IVS projects costs start from as little as £145.

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What our Volunteers Say

  • I went to a Red Cross centre for asylum seekers for 2 weeks. It was a really great experience. It was amazing to meet so many people from so many different countries and cultures and there was a strong feeling of international solidarity.
    — Eleanor Clements

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 Further Information 

  • How Do I Apply?

    Email outgoing@ivsgb.org to request an application form.

    Fill in and return the application form – remember to include up to 6 ‘second choices’!

    Pay your membership and project registration fee

    Once both the project and you have confirmed your attendance, you can start packing!

  • How Much Do Long Term Projects Cost?

    IVS membership: £15
    Project fee: Ranges from £145 – £430

  • Where Does My Money Go?

    The membership fee supports the International Voluntary Service by contributing to the running costs of the organisation.

    The project fee covers; Your health insurance for the duration of your volunteering, your accommodation and food on site and supports an international network of volunteering organisations.

  • What Else do I Have to Pay?

    Volunteers must cover travel to/from the project, visa costs and vaccinations. Also, if required by the host organisation, volunteers must pay the extra fee. IVS can support your project costs through fundraising initiatives. Contact fundraising@ivsgb.org for more.

    All volunteers must sign our Self Declaration Form and provide us with evidence of a recent criminal background check. If this is not available, you will be asked to obtain a basic disclosure certificate from Disclosure Scotland in advance of your project. The current cost is £25 made payable to Disclosure Scotland.

  • I Have More Questions!

    Our Frequently asked Questions page has a list of the most common questions and answers. Read Our FAQs

    Every now and then someone needs to cancel their project booking, for further info on this. View our Cancellation policy

    If you need to speak to a member of the team, visit our contact page. Contact Us

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