ABOUT VOLUNTEERING ABROAD
A World Endeavors international volunteer program matches participants with certain skills or interests to specific service projects in need of hands-on help. World Endeavors volunteer programs are immersive, meaning that volunteers live in the communities they serve, meet the local people, learn the language, and experience local customs and traditions. Embarking on an international volunteer program is a life-changing experience that emboldens participants and inspires them to notice, care, and engage more fully in their world.
World Endeavors volunteer programs have a flexible duration, and can be tailored to last between 2 weeks and 3 months. Week-long programs are available in Costa Rica. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks to allow you to connect more deeply with the local culture and with your host organization. But, if you only have a couple of weeks, short term projects are available and still provide a rewarding and meaningful experience!
As a World Endeavors volunteer, you will live within a neighborhood of local community members. In this setting, volunteers quickly become a part of a community, and, at most of our sites, a host family. Living in such close proximity allows for an intimate window into the needs and interests of the community as well as specific aspects of the culture, including food, music, and family dynamics.
WHO GOES ABROAD
A successful international volunteer doesn’t impose personal perceptions and beliefs, but instead stays open to the needs of a community and responds in an appropriate and respectful way. World Endeavors volunteers should be willing to experience a certain amount of culture shock as a part of the process of widening their comfort zone, recognizing and letting go of cultural stereotypes and expectations. In this sense, volunteers should expect to be challenged as well as transformed. Our volunteer programs are meant to be powerful, formative experiences that appeal to someone looking to contribute time, effort, skills, and compassion to serving a local community on their terms.
Applicants to most of our programs must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for some of our sites. There is no age limit for participating in a World Endeavors program. World Endeavors volunteers are students, graduates, professionals, families, couples, and retirees. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are hardworking and dedicated to contributing to a community abroad.
World Endeavors volunteers support communities in several destinations in Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, economically developed and developing, and English-speaking and non-English speaking. Each site offers a range of projects focusing on the social and environmental issues that are important to the local community.
World Endeavors currently offers the following volunteer programs:
World Endeavors volunteers contribute a range of social and environmental projects around the world. Volunteers with an interest in a specific issue or type of project can learn more about it by clicking on the links below and can also see which destinations offer the project they are most interested in.
World Endeavors currently offers the following volunteer projects:
Making the choice to go abroad is bound to bring up a lot of questions—and the World Endeavors team is here to help! Let us guide you to the answers you need to embark on your own global travels. Select the “Request a Call” button, and one of our team members will get in contact with you.
At World Endeavors, we understand that cost is a major concern when contemplating an international program. Receiving a scholarship or outside funding may be the key to making your experiences abroad possible. Luckily, there are thousands of scholarships for students, recent graduates, and even mid-career professionals. In order to make this information more accessible, we've created this helpful guide. Included in its pages are a variety of scholarships and funding sources relevant to World Endeavors programs. We hope that it provides useful information in order to make your dreams of interning, studying, or volunteering abroad a reality. Fill out the information below, and a copy of our Scholarship and Funding Guide will be made accessible to you.