Best Organizations For Volunteers

I've always thought of volunteering in a far and exotic place, doing my share of helping the world. However, I never had the opportunity. If given the chance, I would have applied as a UN Volunteer(UNV). If interested, here's the minimum requirements:

  • 25 years old and older.

  • University degree or higher technical diploma.

  • At least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background.

  • Good working knowledge of at least one of these languages: English, French or Spanish.

  • Commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

  • Willingness to work with people and local organizations to draw upon the synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge.

  • Ability to adjust in difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations.

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.


Processing of application is fast and you can be deployed in just 4-6 weeks. Most assignments last from 6 to 12 months and the contract is renewable, but the maximum length of service is four years only.

While on duty, UNV supports you through a monthly volunteer living allowance, annual leave and medical insurance. The allowance depends on the place of assignment. Know more about UNV.

If interested, apply here.

Another service is VSO International.

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