Volunteer Opportunities

The American Hiking Society offers Volunteer Vacations American Hiking Societyfor individuals and Alternative Breaks for groups to engage in trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests. These opportunities foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it!Break A Difference

Break A Difference (B•A•D) coordinates alternative break programs and immersive weeks of service for young adults and students to serve with communities by volunteering during school breaks in various cities across the United States. B•A•D connects individuals and groups into alternative break teams that engage in service projects through partnerships with United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and other local nonprofits.

Bike & Build is a nonprofit organization that facilitates cross-country and regional cycling trips for young adults (ages 18-30) to benefit affordable housing. Each summer there are 6 routes with 36 teammates/trip. The teams spend the months leading up to the summer learning about affordable housing in the US through an affordable housing curriculum, hands on volunteer work with local organizations, and fundraising for the cause.  Come summer, the teams will ride their bikes, stopping every 3-5 days to build affordable housing with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, YouthBuild, among many more. Riders and leaders leave the summer with a better understanding of the affordable housing crisis across the country, advocates for housing and cycling, and a new sense of empowerment.

Camp Hope NOLA strives to create a community between volunteers, service organizations, and the people of Greater New Orleans. They work to bring Hope to neighbors through partnerships with dozens of non-profits to put volunteers in positions where they actually help our community instead of continuing cycles of poverty. They can help coordinate alternative breaks of all shapes and sizes as well as offer housing for groups working with other organizations in the area.  Their main areas of service, however, involve feeding the hungry or restoring Louisiana's coastline.

Camp Restore works in New Orleans to restore faith, home, and Community in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  They provide housing, meals and service project coordination to thousands of volunteers from across the country and beyond as they serve with Camp Restore projects and partner nonprofits in the New Orleans area.  For alternative break groups, they offer support with housing & food and/or project coordination.

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The Fuller Center for Housing offers 1-2 week-long group volunteer opportunities to provide U.S. and International communities with a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. They also work to coordinate special projects for individuals interested in immersive alternative break experiences. 

Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization that works to empower women to better support themselves and their families. They use funds generated through responsible tourism to provide interest-free loans and educational programs to entrepreneurial women in 6 communities in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.  For individuals, they offer volunteer placements for one, two, and three months as well as six-month internships.  Group alternative break opportunities provide students the opportunity to get an up-close view of En Via's work with a local microfinance organization, perform direct service alongside local community members, and explore the cultural landscape of Oaxaca.

Grow Ohio Valley is an urban agriculture non-profit increasing food security while establishing a sustainable local food economy in the Ohio Valley of Appalachia.  Through urban farming and school garden , mobile farmers markets, community education programs, and the alternative break Food Justice Immersion Program, Grow OV is working to help more people to get access to healthy meals in the area.

Founded in 1999, Hand in Hand Ministries works with individuals, groups, and communities to transform lives by responding to expressed needs through cultural immersion, education, housing and health care. Working side-by-side with the people of Belize, their neighbors in Appalachia, and in their local community of Louisville, immersion trip volunteers work with local families to build new homes, repair existing homes, and engage in community clean-up projects.

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The HavServe Volunteer Service Network was established in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and is dedicated to partnering with targeted communities to rebuild and provide sustainable basic services mainly in the areas of education and youth development. Individual and group volunteers provide needed support to local staff that move forward ongoing projects and volunteer fees help spark the community's economy and create future employment opportunities for Haitians.  2018 trip opportunities for individuals are available in April working to build a Community Center and in June working with the Summer Camp and Educational Enrichment Program.

International Children’s Outreach, also known as ICO nonprofit founded in 2007 by a former alternative breakvolunteer who is dedicated to creating active citizens.  ICO coordinates affordable alternative breaks trips in Jamaica, Guyana, St. Lucia, South Africa, Thailand and Dominica. They focus on social issues such as poverty, youth development, underprivileged children, orphans, special needs, women’s issues, homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, refugees, education, health, food and nutrition, community development and environmental sustainability. Alternative break leaders have the option of choosing one social issue or combining those that interest your group.

Founded in 2005, Kamalbe Spanish School was created for students who wish to study Spanish at a non-profit school dedicated to education and social justice. Kamalbe is always accepting volunteers, and you don’t have to be enrolled in the school to participate.  Kamalbe works with individual volunteers and interns as well as university alternative break groups.  Depending on the needs at the time, the Kamalbe staff work directly with you to make a plan  make a plan to best utilize volunteers' skills and time.  For individuals and groups outside of Guatemala who are interested in getting involved with the school, Kamalbe offers assistance with coordinating Homestays and transportation arrangements for a small donation, but doesn't charge set fees for volunteers. 

For the last decade alternative break and service learning university groups and individuals, while working with LWH staff, have repurposed 450 tons of inorganic trash into a fully functioning and one of the most beautiful primary, middle, and high school campuses on earth.  Campus infrastructure includes: 14 classrooms; 2 dry-compost latrines; a 4,000-gallon and 42,500-gallon cistern; terraced gardens; on-site waste management; an outdoor theatre; hundreds of square feet of retaining walls; a library; a cafeteria; administration building; volunteer housing and more. And we are just getting warmed up. With the campus nearing completion groups can now join LWH staff and students in the field in the sustainable development of homes, classrooms, stoves, cisterns, and solar systems for the most vulnerable members of the San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala community.lowernine.org

lowernine.org is dedicated to the long-term recovery of New Orleans' historic Lower Ninth Ward in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005. They work with volunteers under skilled supervision to rebuild and restore damaged homes to help rebuild and revitalize the historic neighborhood. They train and work with individual and group volunteers for short-term and long-term placements.

Medici Project Tee DesignMedici Project coordinates Urban Mission and alternative break group opportunities in Atlanta and New York in order to help students to cultivate a heart of service, find their purpose, and pick up the necessary tools to engage in culture, all the while, shaping vocations and lifestyles. They offer service tracks focused on homelessness, human trafficking, refugees, education, health, community development, and food & nutrition.

Niños de Guatemala (NDG) runs two primary schools and a secondary school, which house over 500 Guatemalan children who would otherwise lack sufficient resources to attend Guatemala´s public schools. NDG hosts individual volunteers as well as groups who engage with educational projects for children and youth. They offer a scaled and tangible opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through offering time to work with the children of Guatemala. Volunteering with NDG offers an experience full of cross-cultural and hands-on learning experiences while also having a lot of fun!

OutGrowth is an organizaiton who links student leaders with socially-conscious farms and eco-friendly companies for immersive internship experiences.  Students work to complete targeted business-related projects (such as social media strategy, marketing plans, data analysis) in exchange for room and board.  Outgrowth is currently accepting applications for 2018 placements on two farms in Virginia.

Outreach360 has been working in Latin America since 1994. They match needs in the countries where they work with the unique resources volunteers have to share. Since 1994, over 22,000 volunteers have joined us in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.  The Outreach360 service program is primarily focused on teaching English. In Nicaragua, they also have construction and sustainable agriculture opportunities available to groups of 10 or more volunteers.  They over internship opportunities for individuals and for alternative breakers, they offer team experiences and the ability for individuals to join pre-existing short-term trips.

Panorama PanoramaService Expeditions (PSE) is focused on sustainable social and economic development projects in Nicaragua. PSE designs social justice based direct service projects for groups and individuals that work towards sustainable development in six communities across three regions in Nicaragua. 

Projects AbroadProjects Abroad offers a huge variety of international volunteer programs and internships for students in 30 different countries across the world. Of particular interest to individuals looking for alternative break opportunities are 1-week trips scheduled to coincide with major university spring breaks.

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REACH connects and engages individuals in positive service experiences where they discover local assets and begin to use them to transform their own communities. They work with group volunteers all over the country and partner with local non profits, community groups, churches, businesses, associations, city officials & individuals to work toward creating a thriving community.

SafeHouse Outreach (SHO) is a nonprofit organization that, by providing practical, emotional, and physical assistance and support for the in-need and at-risk, aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. SHO's Urban Nation program works with individual and group volunteers to provide meals, host drives, and conduct outreach and special events to the homeless community in Atlanta, Georgia.

SERCAP’s Volunteers For Change (VFC) Alternative Break program provides year-round opportunities for service-learning experiences. The program gives students the opportunity to provide valuable services to communities in need of assistance during traditional school breaks. They initiate experiences that foster a cultural exchange as well as a deeper understanding of social issues through service-learning. Through these experiences, VFC aims to motivate students to become active, engaged citizens in their communities. 

Soles4Souls works to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Their primary drivers are to serve those in need, create opportunities and protect the environment, as well as disrupt the cycle of poverty.  Soles4Souls' Travel Program exists to create sustainable entrepreneurism by providing travel opportunities for individual and group volunteers to distribute shoes, build relationships, and learn about other cultures.

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Volunteering With India is an NGO registered in Rajasthan that works directly with local schools, community members, and orphanages to run successful and effective volunteering programs. VWI coordinates volunteer opportunities for people of all ages who are interested in giving their time to conserve and protect the environment, uplift and build positive communities, teach children, and promote health, education, and ecological awareness in India.

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Wine to Water provides clean water and sanitation to people in need around the world.  The volunteer program engages individual and group volunteers in projects connected to long-term efforts to address the global water crisis. They havecurrent offerings in the Amazon, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Nepal.