Looking for some volunteer opportunities? We are, too -- always -- and we're putting together a master list of volunteer opportunities especially suited to students. The list is evolving -- keep checking back for additions (or subtractions).
Partnership Volunteer Organizations
Organizations exist which can hook you up with the one right kind of volunteer project out of a zillion -- one that uses your specific special skills, or is the right thing in the right place.
Volunteer Match – You may want to start here: Volunteer Match is an exceptional resource if you know you want to volunteer but need to find something in a speciic location (like near enough to work on weekends) or that precisely matches the skills you’ve got to give. Learn more:
- Volunteer Match
- Global Volunteer Network – GSV will help you find a host of volunteer opportunities in 21 countries. Learn more:
IVPA -- International Volunteer Programs Association is "...an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges," according to the website. Great reviews for this international volunteering clearinghouse. Learn more:
Specific Charitable / Action Organizations
You're not interested in simply writing a check... but there just really aren't tons of opportunities for you to actually flex some muscle and make a difference.
Two that truly do give you that chance and have programs especially intended for students are Habitat for Humanity and United Way:
Habitat for Humanity – This dynamite organization offers folks worldwide a chance to own their own homes, built from the ground up with your help. Learn more:
United Way has really put together some awesome opportunities lately, particularly in the storm-torn Gulf Coast of the US. Learn more:
Voluntourism is just what it sounds like: a chance to combine tourism with a volunteering vacation. I-to-I is a great example of an voluntourism organization, as it’s meant just for college students: programs will feature destinations you’ll like, and your fellow volunteers will be folks with whom you’ve got something in common (your age, to start with – follow that with your ideals and mission, and you’re guaranteed to make some friends for life on a voluntourism trip). Learn more:
...And More Volunteer Opportunities
We'll keep adding to this master list of volunteer opportunities especially for students... stay tuned, and enjoy the do-gooding in the meantime!
- All About Volunteering With United Way
- College Student Vountourism Vacations With i-to-i
- Voluntourism Resources from About.com's Adventure Guide
- Spring Break Volunteer Opportunities
- Wilderness Volunteering