Can I volunteer with my friends on the same project?
Yes, on certain projects we welcome groups of friends; please see our
Group Projects page for more details or
search for a project suitable for groups. You may also be eligible for a group discount.
What will my accommodation be like?
Depending on the project and country you will either be living in a welcoming host family or a
volunteer house with up to four other similarly aged people. All accommodation is very comfortable.
How old are the volunteers?
Some projects and groups are just for
school leavers, some for university
graduates and others for people taking a
career break. We also have several projects suitable for sixth formers. . You will be placed with people of a similar age to yourself.
Do I need a visa?
Yes. Visas depend on length of stay and country. Outreach International provides all the
information and help to obtain suitable visas.
Can I speak to a past volunteer?
Yes, we can always put you in touch with returned volunteers. We can almost certainly put you in touch with a returned volunteer who lives close to you or who has spent some time on your selected project.
Anyone from the Manchester, Leeds or York area can talk to Sergio and Elena from Scunthorpe. If you’re from London, you’re welcome to talk to xxxx etc etc For details, please contact us
What is the application process?
Go to the apply page and fill in the online application form. We
will then contact you to arrange a meeting with our director to discuss the project/s you have
Can I travel after and during my project?
Weekends are mostly free and travel is cheap and easy in all countries in which we work. Therefore
it is easy to organise exciting weekend trips to exotic locations while on your project. Our
in-country coordinators are delighted to help you plan this. Dedication to the project is however
important and volunteers are usually expected to work Monday – Friday. Many volunteers travel after
their volunteer placement. However Outreach International cannot accept responsibility for volunteers
travelling independently and you must make sure your insurance is correctly extended. It is easy to
book your flight back at a different time, or from another location.
I am not from the UK; can I volunteer with Outreach International?
Yes you can. Most volunteers are British, but we have also had volunteers from the USA, Canada, Norway, Australia, Spain, Portugal... You can have a telephone interview and briefing to
avoid you having to come to the UK.
Do you need to speak a foreign language?
No. If you choose to go to one of our Spanish speaking countries you will have a comprehensive
Spanish course once you arrive. We can also lend volunteers a Spanish CD course to work through
prior to departure. If you already speak Spanish you will be expected to use it throughout your
stay. Don't however, worry if you're not great with languages – enthusiasm will generally get you through!
With our Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka projects, English is generally spoken. However we do provide language tuition and encourage you to learn what you can. Just a few phrases of the local language are much appreciated and go a long way.
When will I be expected to pay?
If you arrange a meeting with us, we do ask for a small deposit to cover costs. This is fully refundable when we meet and there is no obligation to sign up for a project. Once you have agreed to do a project we require a £400 deposit to secure your place. There is an interim payment and the balance of any money is due one month before departure.