Who can Volunteer?
This website is for travellers who are independent, well-prepared, confident, with positive mindset and who don't need the support that paid NGOs can offer in exchange for your money (training, guidance, insurance, etc). There are many reasons why volunteering is a rewarding and fulfilling role. As well as gaining experience and new skills doing all type of jobs, you will also meet new people and it will make any trip more interesting.
What's the difference between VB and similar websites?
Hosts listing their projects in VB will support volunteers by offering them this service for free (unlike other sites where volunteers have to pay to contact hosts). We need you! VB has no fees and makes no profit, this will be always a free service for everyone. We need the support of new and existing hosts for this project to grow.
Volunteers won’t pay anything to participate and to apply for projects. That means that if they can’t find a project that fits their interests or that the project they have applied for can’t take them in the dates they are able to offer help, they won’t end up with a useless premium $ membership.
Both parties will be participating in a moneyless volunteering network.
How do I find a project?
Start browsing the listings and use the Contact button to get in touch with your potential Host. To prevent Spam you have to be registered to contact projects.
How to write a message when contacting a Project?
A well written message gives you more chances to be accepted!
To get positive answers, you should write a nice and friendly message, including information about yourself and telling your potential Host why do you want to join his/her project. Show that you care and that you are not applying to any project by sending copy/paste messages.
Complete you VB profile!!! Hosts will get a link to it with your message and will be interested in taking a look (read "recommendation written by a host" in the section bellow)
Introduce yourself: Who are you? Why are you interested in volunteering?
Experience: Do you have any experience from previous jobs that could be useful for this project?
Availavility: When can you join the project and for long can you stay? Many hosts make plans according to you, keep that in mind if you promise to come. Please be considerate.
References: If you have been a volunteer before and your previous Hosts can give a good word about you consider offering those references. Is not a bad idea to share any of your profiles in sites like BeWelcome or CouchSurfing where potential hosts can see references and comments that people wrote about you.
Questions and Doubts: If after reading the description of a project you have any doubts it will be wise to share them with your potential host before making any commitments.
Photos/Profiles: Whatever you consider proper. Maybe your Facebook profile link?
Contact details: Your email will be automaticaly included in the message, you can add tel, skype, etc.
Further communication with your potential Host
We encourage Hosts and Volunteers to communicate extensively and to clear up all doubts before making any agreement. As a potential Volunteer you should inform yourself as much as possible about the project you are applying to. You can use the Internet to find extra information, ask your potential Host for feedbacks from previous Volunteers or any other reference. When you meet each other personally, reproducing any form of identification is recommended.
Recommendation written by a host: "As a host I like to read a profile that someone has clearly put some time and effort into. Stand out from the generic "I'm on my gap year" . Be clear about what you want to learn, your limitations, what skills/interests do you bring to a host. Be honest if you smoke or are a picky eater. Read projects description carefully, ask questions. Be courteous with your correspondence (punctual, answer all questions asked, etc). If you book a host consider it a commitment and make sure you show up as planned. If things aren't what you expected talk to your host - don't quietly complain to yourself. Work hard and recognize that this is an exchange - someone hopefully has put in time and energy to host you (shopped, cooked, cleaned, provided a nice room and spent some free time with you). Appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes that allow you to enjoy your experience."
Voluntourism, Scams and Projects that should be reported
If you contact any host who asks you for money to participate in any project please use the "report" button located at the top right corner of every project.
Projects listed in this website should NOT charge volunteers. This excludes reasonable contributions for food in some countries. Please notice that in developing countries, reasonable contributions for food are tolerated, keep in mind that a part-time job doesn't cover food and accomodotion everywhere in world, therefore expect to contribute for food or to work longer hours. We ask Hosts to specify any money related detail in the description of their Projects.