Outreach International offers a personal service to committed volunteers wanting to make a difference in ethical, sustainable volunteer projects. They support gap year, career break and retiree volunteers, wanting to work in community and conservation projects across Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.
The Outreach Experience
Outreach International is a small social enterprise offering a personal service to volunteers. They want to get to know you, your talents, experience and ambitions for volunteering. They work with you to match you to the right project; one that suits you, but importantly one that you will make a real difference in.
Outreach International helps prepare you for your trip so you feel confident about your travels and volunteer placement. When you arrive you are met by an in-country coordinator, one of their most important assets! The coordinators know the projects intimately and arrange your accommodation. They will help you feel comfortable in your new experience and support you throughout.
For more information about planning your volunteer placement and the support you can expect view Outreach International's Step-by-Step Guide
Outreach International's Projects
They support smaller, community-led projects. These are often humble projects helping the most vulnerable or disadvantaged in society. They visit these projects regularly from the UK as well as taking local references through in-country coordinators. Outreach International check that they understand the objectives of each project, the potential for volunteers and how a volunteer may support the project’s goals.
Where can I go - What can I do?
Healthcare: Medical students, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists. Volunteers can be experienced or newly/part qualified, working in appropriate roles in hospitals, clinics and the community. See projects in Healthcare
Working with Children: Volunteer to work with children with special needs, the disabled and those most disadvantaged, through working in care homes, orphanages, street projects and schools. See projects Working with Children
Teaching: teach English and other subjects, including sports coaching at both primary and secondary school level. See all Teaching projects.
Conservation: helping in the conservation of the rainforest, organic farming in the cloud forest, wild animal rescue, preserving turtle eggs on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. See all projects working with Wildlife and Conservation
Outreach International focuses on supporting the outcomes of ethical, sustainable projects through the supply of committed volunteers who can make a real contribution.
They believe it making it a cultural experience for volunteers, who live and work in the community, not a holiday.
They don’t believe in volunteers acting in large groups (with the exception of some conservation projects), they don’t create their own projects, they don’t get involved in construction projects, and they always prefer volunteers to live with host families where possible.
All volunteers sign up to a Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy while volunteering.
What is Included?
Your placement fee includes all of the matchmaking and pre-trip support required to make you feel confident in your volunteer role.
It includes the cost of an in-country coordinator providing unlimited support throughout.
It includes your food and accommodation throughout, airport transfers and local transport costs to projects. It also includes comprehensive insurance for the traveller, and language lessons in many cases.
It does not include your international flight, visas or vaccinations.
Is Outreach International a charity?
While they work to charitable aims, for simplicity they operate as a social enterprise, which means Outreach International work in support of social goals, not profit.
Outreach International's social goals are:
1) To enhance the outcomes of those projects they support
2) To provide volunteers with a rich cultural experience
3) To provide staff with a secure and fair wage
See About Outreach to understand more about how the organisation started and their social enterprise.
*Special Offer for August/September 2016* - Summer Discount of £150 for all volunteers. Read more at; http://www.outreachinternational.co.uk/news/summers-discount/
Thank you for helping to make this experience possible for me. I'm sad to leave, but am also bursting open with the wealth of new stories – Willow, u18, Ecuador
I didn’t expect that I would fall completely in love with the place, the simple life in a cabaña or the animals – Sophie, student, Ecuador
I was impressed by the organisation of the briefing and the quantity of material provided both Liz and James had extraordinary knowledge of each and every project – Bethany, student, Kenya
This is not a holiday! It’s an adventure, a learning experience and for me a once in a lifetime opportunity. If given the chance I would go back and do it all again – Bethany, student, Kenya
Be prepared for anything, no-one can explain the shock of seeing the project/poverty for the first time and no-one knows what each day will bring, so throw yourself into it and embrace everything – Bethany, student, Kenya
I just wanted to let you know that I finished my last day of volunteering here in Costa Rica today. It's been a fantastic experience and I cannot fault anything! – Elena, student, Costa Rica
What I’m beginning to accept and even enjoy, which is a huge step for a neurotic like me, is to go with the flow and not worry. Mañana. – Jennifer, career break, Ecuador
I learned more than I thought possible in such a short space of time – Tina, u18 Ecuador
The journey was absolutely fantastic. Winding roads 7000ft up with waterfalls and green mountains, cloud covered valleys bellow, palm trees and more. Then suddenly I got my first sight of Cotopaxi! – Matthew, student, Ecuador
I got a real insight into South American culture, both the indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Not only did I get to work on two very interesting and completely different projects, but I also managed to learn Spanish to a reasonable level and travel this beautiful country! – Matthew, student, Ecuador
I think Outreach International is a great company for people travelling and doing volunteering work for the first time – Sam, student, Kenya
I needed a little break in my job, and probably going away and doing something very different was one of the best things I could have done – Julia, career break, Tanzania
I’m hoping you remember me …. I was just looking at your website and remembering what a fantastic time I had there. One that will stay in my memory forever – Kelly, student, Mexico
Everything is really fantastic here. My project is absolutely amazing, the people are wonderful and it's been very rewarding already – Raegan, student, Cambodia
Just thought I'd let you know that Ceri is having a fantastic time...learnt some salsa and tango...made a lot of friends...can speak Spanish...all is good – Sarah, parent
Laura has been an amazing volunteer; she interacted so well with our team, which can be difficult in a cross-cultural placement – Project Director, Cambodia
This project may not be for everyone, but it certainly was for me. If you are open to new experiences and love living in and experiencing a different cultural lifestyle, this project is right for you – Brooke, career break, Mexico
It is definitely worth the money and I would recommend that everyone should have experiences like this. It is fun, emotional, hard yet fulfilling. It has opened my eyes in many situations to my own life and to that I will forever be grateful – Emily, student, Kenya
The three months I spent at the orphanage have been the most demanding but rewarding months of my life – Abbie, student, Mexico
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