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Volunteer in Europe

Volunteer in Europe

Dreaming of volunteering in Europe in 2023 or 2024? International Volunteer HQ has 16 years experience in providing the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer opportunities in Europe.

Every year, thousands of people from across the globe choose to volunteer in Europe with IVHQ, as it enables them to give back to local community initiatives while soaking up the art, history, cuisine and buzzing atmosphere in some of the world’s greatest cultural hubs.

Wondering what volunteer work in Europe is like? IVHQ offers a huge range of meaningful volunteer programs in Europe with options in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania and Croatia. Whether you want to learn a new language, teach English abroad, join marine conservation volunteer work, care for abandoned animals or volunteer with refugees, IVHQ has a Europe volunteer opportunity for you.

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Why volunteer abroad in Europe with IVHQ?

Whether you’re seeking humanitarian trips to Europe or simply want an easy and affordable way to organize your Europe gap year or volunteer vacation, IVHQ’s programs offer volunteer work in Europe with accommodation included. Volunteer programs are available year-round and you can volunteer for 1 - 24 weeks. With flexible booking and unlimited free changes, options for under 18s, program orientation, 24/7 support, safe accommodation, meaningful volunteer work and everything in-country organized for you, IVHQ is the most trusted volunteer organization in Europe.

Best Europe volunteer programs in 2023 & 2024

Discover the top places to volunteer in Europe right now and explore our full range of volunteer opportunities in Europe below.

Common questions about volunteering in Europe

What volunteer work in Europe does IVHQ offer?

Volunteering in Europe in 2023 or 2024 is an opportunity to make a significant impact during a time of need.

IVHQ offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities in Europe. Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, conservation, providing support to refugees and the homeless, or volunteering with animals, IVHQ has volunteer programs in Europe that are suitable for volunteers with a range of skills and experience.

How much does it cost to volunteer in Europe?

IVHQ makes it super easy and affordable to book volunteer trips to Europe. Our fully hosted volunteer programs start from only $360 for 1 week and include accommodation, meals, airport pickup, orientation and comprehensive support services that you won’t find elsewhere.

How to volunteer in Europe

Applying to volunteer in Europe is simple! Once you’ve decided which country you want to travel to and which volunteer project in Europe you would like to join, you can apply online. It’s free, only takes a few minutes and there is no commitment needed at this stage. Our team of Volunteer Travel Specialists will then guide you through the next steps to secure your spot and start preparing for your trip.

You can learn more about how to get started here.

What are the best Europe service trips for 2023 & 2024?

IVHQ offers a diverse range of mission trips to Europe. Choose from 7 of the most sought after destinations for your conservation or humanitarian work in Europe:

Find out how recent IVHQ volunteers got on in Europe: Watch Emily’s video from Portugal or read Marc’s story from Romania.

Is it safe to volunteer in Europe?

Thousands of IVHQ volunteers travel to Europe every year without encountering any issues. We have a comprehensive approach to managing safety and reducing risks across all of our programs, which gives volunteers the knowledge and confidence they need to stay safe, secure and healthy. This includes:

  • All local teams are trained in volunteer management, are required to undertake first aid training and ensure that programs adhere to IVHQ’s Risk Management Policy.
  • All IVHQ volunteers receive pre-departure and 24/7 in-country support, are required to have travel insurance and are strongly encouraged to take our online pre-departure training which can be accessed for free.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!