Over 1000 Projects in 80 Countries

Choose from a range of projects

We offer volunteering opportunities in healthcare, teaching, environmental protection, social injustice, or working with children, young people, the elderly, refugees, minority groups or individuals who are socially disadvantaged. Plus lots more!

Our short-term projects range from 2-4 weeks in length and our long-term projects run from one month up to a year.

The benefits of volunteering

Volunteering has many benefits, both for volunteers and the local communities where they work. It’s truly win-win!

As a volunteer, you’ll build life skills in confidence, communication, social interaction, teamwork, conflict resolution, employability and independence.

Volunteering also provides benefits to communities, including economic benefits, employability, thriving communities, improved health, reduced crime, enhanced wellbeing and active citizenship.

Volunteering for peace

When you volunteer, you provide practical help in a context that’s also about learning about other cultures, heritages, abilities, ways and walks of life.

You’ll live and work with a group of international volunteers, and you’ll get the opportunity to share your culture and beliefs, helping increase tolerance of diversity. Our volunteers develop lasting, international friendships and stay friends over many decades.

 Practical peace education is a key part of our work and we deliver a session on every project that we run. Our trained volunteer peace messengers deliver peace education sessions to promote peace and intercultural understanding, and empower people to implement pacifist values in their lives.

Low cost volunteering

We’re a charitable organisation and we keep the costs of volunteering low to enable people from all backgrounds to take part. You can volunteer in the UK from only £60 or if you want to go abroad, prices start from just £150.

Interested? Read on to find out the types of projects we have on offer and find out how you can do something amazing!


European Voluntary Service

Funded by the EU.

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By Volunteering you are supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • I've been on over 10 camps with IVS and have no interest in stopping any time soon.
    — Pat Barker

IVS was founded in 1931 by a group of leading Pacifists.