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Volunteer Opportunities in Europe

Volunteer Opportunities in Europe

There’s a really good reason that Europe is such a popular destination for people who want to volunteer abroad.  For people already living in Europe, travelling to other countries is very easy, and there are thousands (if not millions) of volunteer projects that will suit the needs and skills of potential volunteers .

And of course there’s the sheer beauty of Europe, from the grassy greens of the Scottish highlands to the white-sand beauty of Mediterranean beaches.

GivingWay offers many opportunities for volunteering in Europe, including dolphin research, sports, working with children in hospitals, helping disabled children, farming, conservation and more.

You can find volunteering opportunities in almost any country in Europe, including Italy, Greece, France, Romania, Portugal, Spain, and more.


Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits


Volunteer in Animal Care

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Formed in 1997, the CRRU is a small non-profit research organization in northeast Scotland dedicated to the welfare, conservation, and protection of whales, dolphins, and porpoises through scientific investigation, education, and the provision of a 24-hour rescue service for stranded animals.

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Lubicka Sport Club

We are a family farm raising animals, growing fruits and vegetables. We also organize baby swimming classes and other sporting activities.

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Volunteer in Childcare

ALEH

ALEH believes that every child, regardless of the severity of their physical or cognitive disability, has the right to benefit from the best available care in order to reach their fullest potential.

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International Napoli Network

The International Napoli Network fosters and promotes the development of social initiatives that strive to have a positive social and cultural impact on the region of Naples. The formula "international volunteers + local talents and creativity" endeavours to create a breeding ground for innovation for and within the territory combining in a single space the positive energy of international volunteers and the passion of local communities. 

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Volunteer in Conservation Work

KATELIOS GROUP FOR THE RESEARCH AND PROTECTION OF THE MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL LIFE

The Katelios Group is a local non-profit environmental group that has been established in Kefalonia island (GREECE) since 1993. The philosophy of the Katelios Group is the search for solutions co-existence between humans and the Nature through sustainable development.


Vivamar, Bottlenose Dolphin Research

Vivamar, established in 2002, is a non-profit research organisation taking care of the conservation of the last resident Bottle-nose Dolphins in the NE Adriatic. Join us and help dolphins!

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Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Bhubesi Pride Foundation

Bhubesi Pride Foundation assembles teams of committed volunteers to carry out annual rugby coaching expeditions, using the sport as a tool for education and development in Africa.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOUNDATION

We are a charity organisation located in Bacau (N-E Romania), dedicated to helping those in need through medical, social and educational services.

How to Volunteer in Europe

How to find volunteer opportunities in Europe

It’s important to find a volunteering project that really suits your needs and your skill set, so that both you and the local communities that you work with get the most out of your time with them.

One of the advantages of volunteering abroad in Europe is the long list of volunteer work available. Once you’ve found, via GivingWay a few potential non-profit organizations that are a good fit for you, we suggest contacting them directly on the website, and asking for any additional information that will help you ensure your volunteer trip is a huge success.

Best time to volunteer in Europe

Being a large continent, Europe has different climate zones. This means that when it’s sunny and warm in Greece it could very well be snowing in Norway. We recommend that potential volunteers look up local weather reports and travel recommendations for the countries they plan to travel to.

As a general guide, southern Europe (which includes countries like

Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy) remains sunny and warm most of the year. These Mediterranean nations experience moderate rain during winters.

Northern European countries are close to the North Pole, and experience cold weather from December to March.

Overall, August marks the peak of the high season and streets are often crowded when travelling to popular European destinations.

Essential information about Europe

Volunteers to European countries need to ensure they meet all the necessary entry requirements, such as visas, vaccines, or more.

Before starting their volunteer jobs in Europe, participants may also be required to take country-specific language and introduction courses.

The cost of living in Europe varies from country to country. Nations such as Switzerland, France, Israel and Italy are considered to have a high cost of living. However, Eastern European nations like Romania, Ukraine, and Macedonia are generally inexpensive.