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Volunteer Opportunities



Resources specific to the Washington, DC, area


Action Against Hunger -

Adopt-A-Minefield -

Amizade - Archaeological Institute of America -
• Offers a directory of archaeological fieldwork volunteer opportunities all over the world

Believe In Tomorrow - National Children's Foundation -

Big Brothers & Big Sisters - and (International)

Biosphere Expeditions -

Brother's Brother Foundation -

Care & Health -

Change Net -

Christian Appalachian Project -

Christian Children's Fund -

City Harvest -

Coalition for the Homeless -

Concern Worldwide (U.S.) Inc. -

Corporation for National & Community Service -
- Provides opportunities for all ages in all states to serve their communities and country through AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, and Learn & Serve America.

AmeriCorps -

SeniorCorps -
- Network of programs including Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions,
and RSVP

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) -
- National program of the Corporation for National and Community Service which matches the personal interests and skills of persons 55 years and older with opportunities to solve community problems.

Council on International Educational Exchange -

Cross-Cultural Solutions -

Direct Relief International -

Doctors without Borders -

Donate Life -

Earthwatch Institute -
- "engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment" and offers fascinating volunteer work in gorgeous locations for good causes

Eco Volunteer -

Experience Corps -

Feed the Children -

Food for the Hungry -

Global Crossroad -

Global Service Corps -

Global Volunteers -
- Nonprofit international development organization that sends small teams to work projects as teaching conversational English and other basic subjects, assisting with health care, building schools and community facilities, etc.
- About 67 percent of volunteers are older adults, drawn primarily from the U.S. and Canada.

Globe Aware Vacations In Service -

Go Abroad -

Green Volunteers -

Guidestar -
- Covers entire nation and hosts advertisements for special opportunities and offers a searchable database of 850,000+ nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Habitat for Humanity International -
- Nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization which builds simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter in every state of the U.S. and 100 countries
- Offers volunteer opportunities in formal groups and in one-time short projects

HHS/The Children's Bureau - AdoptUsKids -

Help Exchange -

Idealist -
• Also known as "Action Without Borders"
• Covers world.
• Search by interest, project, location and other factors.

International Medical Corps

Interplast -

i-to-i -

InterAction: American Council for Voluntary International Action --
• An alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian NGOs.
• Publishes biweekly newsletter, "Monday Developments" with some very good job and volunteer vacancy announcements.
• Subscription to the hard copy is fairly costly. Subscription to the weekly e-mail job announcements is more reasonable.

International Executive Service Corps (IESC) -
• Business advisors

International Mission on Diplomacy -
• Recruits faculty advisors to help lead groups of university students through overseas educational programs which introduce them to career options in the field of international affairs

Internet Volunteer Initiative -
• Free skills registry for people wanting to volunteer.
• Also offers a database of opportunities.

Keep America Beautiful -

The Land Conservancy -
• A non-profit, charitable Land Trust working throughout British Columbia to protect important habitats and properties
• Offers working holidays for volunteers

Locks of Love -

Make a Wish Foundation -

Map International -

Matching Donors -

Mentor -

Mercy Corps -

Mercy-USA for Aid & Development -

Microcredit Summit Campaign -

My Wonderful World, A National Geographic-led Campaign -

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -

National Coalition for the Homeless -

National Council for International Visitors -
• National network of community organizations working with State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges

National Mentoring Partnership -
• Connects America's young people with caring adult mentors and with mentoring opportunities with local organizations by zip code.
• Offers training online.

National Trust -
• Acquisition and protection of threatened coastline, countryside and buildings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
• Offers working holidays every year throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Network For Good -
• Covers entire nation.
• Search by zip code, distance, interest, or organization.

Oceanic Society -
• A nonprofit conservation organization to protect marine wildlife worldwide
• Offers research expeditions on which volunteers perform various tasks related to a research project

One -

Operation Smile -

Our Military - -
• Provides direct connections to local volunteer opportunities that match interests and skills.

Orangutan Foundation International -
• Supports the conservation and understanding of the orangutan and its rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive individuals as they make their way back to the forest.
• Offers several types of field work for volunteers in Sumatra and Borneo

Orphanage Outreach -
• A nonprofit organization that works with orphaned and abandoned children in the Dominican Republic
• Volunteers can travel there to teach English and math

Pratham USA -

Rainforest-Alliance -

Relief Riders International -

ReServe -

Right to Play - or

Safe Kids Worldwide -

St Jude's Children Research Hospital -

Save the Children -

Second Harvest -

SERVEnet -
• Enter your zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations needing help.
• Also offers job openings and a calendar of events.

Sierra Club -

Stop Hunger Now -

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) -

Volunteer for the Visayans -

Volunteer Match - www.volunteermatch.Org/results
• Covers entire nation.
• Search by zip code, distance, and interest.

Volunteer Travel -

Volunteers for Peace -

World Volunteer Web -
• Provides information, resources, and a forum for organizations linked to volunteerism. Was created by the UN Volunteers program (UNV).
• Lists volunteer opportunities worldwide

The above links are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.

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