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Volunteer in Social Work

Volunteer in Social Work

Social work is a blanket term often used to describe a number of different volunteering efforts to improve a community’s overall well-being. Social work offers a diverse range of volunteer projects for people with varied skill sets. From engaging youths by organizing community theaters in the Philippines to setting up vaccination camps in Uganda, travellers who wish to volunteer abroad in social work have plenty to choose from. Nonprofit organizations seek the help of individuals who are passionate about creating a positive change in vulnerable communities affected by social injustice, conflicts, disease, poor medical infrastructure and other societal problems.

Popular destinations for volunteer opportunities in social work include India, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, Peru and more.

Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits

My Little Travelling Library

August: Book Lovers, Come Volunteer and Spread the Love of Reading to Local Children!

Mwanza, Tanzania.
August 1 - September 20, 2018
My Little Traveling Library is a non-profit organization that works with public primary schools running various literacy programs. These include: providing learning materials using specially designed mobile handcarts, running various interactive reading classes with children, organizing reading events, picnics and reading competitions. We aim at motivating independent reading to children and help them master English. We also run a solar bag production firm. This firm produces solar bags for children from disadvantaged families in rural areas to use as a source of light to read during the night. We are currently working in 16 schools, reaching over 6400 children.

Social Work - Featured Volunteering Non-Profits

One Heart Christian Foundation

We support rural schools through volunteer assistance, while also providing counselling to youth and women, and running youth programs over weekends to promote positive interaction. Although we are a Christian faith-based foundation, we warmly welcome volunteers from all faiths and walks-of-life!

3 Reviews


Pyunli was registered in Nov. 2015 (Reg. No-21/2015-2016. We work in the small town of Uttarakhand named Gauchar, about 5 hrs drive from Rishikesh. We believe in the process of social change through child education and women empowerment, and promoting volunteerism to build an international network.

12 Reviews

Wide Rescue Initiative Organization (WIRIO)

We have initiated several project within the Maasai, Kisii and Luo communities. These projects includes agroforestry, tree planting and women empowerment projects. Community empowerment is the key in this respect. WIRIO has also initiated educational center for the needy children. The organization has also arranged safari trips since it's based not far from the famous 8th wonder of the world -- the Maasai Mara Game Reserve!

9 Reviews

How to Volunteer in Social Work

Why Volunteer in the Social Work field?

One of the primary benefits of volunteering in social work is personal growth. Volunteers who work abroad almost always return home a changed person. They are introduced to complex social issues and are required to come up with custom-made solutions. They also witness first-hand the daily struggles of people living in some of the most vulnerable communities. Stepping out of their personal bubbles, volunteers get to interact with locals and get exposed to different cultures. All of these factors contribute to improve the volunteers' problem-solving skills and change their attitude towards life.

How to choose the right volunteer organization?

Research is of paramount importance when picking a volunteer program to apply for. The first obvious step is to read the nonprofit’s GivingWay profile. It usually gives a good idea of the organization’s long-term and short-term goals. The info page also lists down the type of volunteer jobs and their general description. Volunteers also need to look at things like daily fees and accommodation arrangements. Another important recommendation when choosing a nonprofit is to read reviews, which help interested volunteers form an opinion about the organization's work.

What is it like to volunteer in the Social Work field?

As mentioned earlier, activities in social work to tackle local issues are varied and dynamic. Volunteer work often includes providing educational support to people suffering from substance abuse and living in impoverished conditions. There is also a need for healthcare professionals and non-medical staff members to provide quality healthcare services to individuals who cannot afford them. 

Essential information about volunteering in the Social Work field

Volunteers interested in joining ethical volunteer projects abroad need to check the list of jobs available. While specific tasks need specific skill sets, being good at communication is an absolute must. Volunteers also need to be aware of the customs and culture of the country they are visiting. Taking a beginner’s language course to learn the local language is a plus because volunteers often need to interact with the communities, explain socio-economic issues and present practical solutions. Volunteers are also urged to research about the best time to visit to avoid weather-related challenges.