The 5 Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Adam J. Cheshier
5 min readJul 29, 2020

You’ve taken the time to consider your motivation for volunteering abroad and considered possible alternatives: Now, it’s time to learn more about the different types of volunteer opportunities out there.

Volunteering, like everything in life, takes all forms and capacities. It is difficult to imagine the individual qualities of each organization, and especially the style that suits you best. In general, we have found that there are five different types of volunteer programs and that can have many varieties.

Depending on the reasons for volunteering abroad, the information for each of these categories can help limit the choice of program. Each type of volunteer program has its advantages and disadvantages. So before you start your research, think about making a list for yourself.

With that in mind, let’s get started. This guide, designed to help you find the right volunteer, should give you all the information you are looking for. You will also learn the questions you need to ask to improve your search and find the right volunteer program for you and your goals.

5 Volunteer Opportunites for You!

1. Short-term volunteer programs

Through a short-term volunteer program, volunteers offer short-term work in the local community and/or focus on cultural training. These programs can be both lucrative and not-for-profit. Short-term/intercultural tasks now make up the vast majority of overseas volunteer programs.

Here’s our brief description of short term volunteer programs :

  • Short-terms (from one week to three months)
  • As a rule, no special training or professional qualification is required from volunteers.
  • The most common type of volunteer opportunity

The great advantage of short-term volunteerism is the opportunity to get to know the country and work with its residents in a short time. However, the main disadvantage is that as a volunteer you can actually bring negative impact if you don’t have a…



Adam J. Cheshier

Documenting obscure pockets of the world across long-distance overland expeditions. Recently celebrated 7 years of nomadism.