Workcamps have been a valued form of service for Friends for several generations. The lists below include some workcamp opportunities that are sponsored by Quaker organizations, as well as many more sponsored by a variety of other organizations.
The Quaker Information Center cannot investigate and endorse these opportunities. Nor do we have the staffing to update these pages as often as we would like. So we urge you to double check any information you find here. We welcome updates and corrections at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*International Workcamp Directory provides over 3000 opportunities of service in 100 different countries. You can contacth them by telephone at (802) 259-2759, email them at email@example.com or visit their website at www.vfp.org.
AidCamps International (www.aidcamps.org) offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in 3 weeks work in a third world development aid projects, to experience local culture, and to integrate with local people.
483 Green Lanes
London, N13 4BS
UK Telephone: 0845 625 5412
International: +44 845 652 5412
The next public Group AidCamps will be in 2009, and enrolment will start later in 2008. To be alerted, subscribe to their mailing list at the contacts page.
Current individual volunteer opportunities at:
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka SERVE, the local partner in Sri Lanka, provides social workers to schools in impoverished areas to address the needs and problems of the students, holds evening classes to enhance children's education, and has an empowerment programme for deaf and blind children. SERVE also has a programme to build children's resource centres to provide for the needs of children living in the shantytown areas on the coastal strip south of Colombo, the capital. Volunteers are regularly needed for:
- Childrens' Resource Centers
- Teaching conversational English
- Interacting with and Teaching Deaf and Blind Children
Kathmandu and Chitwan Valley, Nepal Rural Community Development Program (RCDP) aims to improve the circumstances of villagers by constructing and renovating schools, distributing free seedlings for nature conservation, and supporting training in formal and informal education methods. It also supports orphans and handicapped children and runs two orphanages. Volunteers are needed regularly for:
- Conservation work
- Orphanage assistants
Bamenda, Northwest Province, Cameroon Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS) aims to improve the situation of the locals by, amongst other things, helping to create income generating activities, facilitating women's credit union cooperatives, the provision of local infrastructure improvements such as running water and farm-to-market bridges, and providing ongoing support for local schools and health care. The following is needed regularly
- Conservation work
- Field work
- Medical Staff
- Office work
- Teaching of primary, secondary, and vocational schools.
Village Water Project
Tamil Nadu, India Social Change and Development (SCAD), works for the benefit of the poorest of the poor amongst the low caste dalits ("untouchables"), such as gypsies, snake catchers, and saltpan workers in southern Tamil Nadu. Volunteers are needed regularly for:
- Teaching and Assisting the physically and mentally handicapped
- Teaching Conversational English
- Nurse Assistant Trainers
African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) of the Friends Peace Teams strengthens, supports, and promotes peace activities at the grassroots level in the Greak Lakes region of Africa. See www.aglifpt.org/index.htm. Their workcamps are described at: www.aglifpt.org/Program/workcamps.htm. (3/22/10)
Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations. The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations is an international, non-governmental, youth organisation that represents national organisations which promote intercultural education, understanding and peace through voluntary service. Founded in 1982, the Alliance is composed of full and associate member organizations from the following nations: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. International volunteer projects are organized by Alliance members either on a national or regional basis but always in partnership with local communities. The projects -- including environmental, construction, renovation, social, cultural, and archaeological work -- generally last 2-3 weeks and consist of about 10-20 volunteers drawn from a number of countries.
International volunteer projects are organized in each country by a national Alliance member, which also recruits volunteers within that country. All Alliance members place only individuals residing in their own country on projects. Therefore, interested volunteers should only contact their national Alliance member. In the USA, the two Alliance member organizations are:
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), International Volunteer Projects, 7 Custom House Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101. Phone: (207) 553-7600 or (800) 40-STUDY; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Include your mailing address.); web address: http://www.ciee.org/ and
- Volunteers For Peace (VFP), 1034 Tiffany Road, Belmont, VT 05730. Phone: (802) 259-2759; fax: (802) 259-2922; e-mail: email@example.com (Please leave your mailing address.); web address: http://www.vfp.org.
Baladna is an Arab youth organization founded to give Arab youth in Israel a non-partisan, comfortable forum for youth activities and informal education, centering on a discussion of identity. A registered non-profit organization, Baladna aims to strengthen Arab youth's understanding of democracy and gender equality, to foster pluralism and tolerance, and to enable a discussion and debate about Arab Palestinian history, grievances and culture. Periodically Baladna offers workcamps to see up to date information check out: http://www.momken.org/baladna/en/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (1/08/07)
Biosphere Expeditions Sprat's Water offers hands-on, non-profit conservation expeditions for everyone. Expeditions are open to all and there are no special skills or fitness required to join. There are also no age limits whatsoever. Places are available for one to two weeks. Projects work with local scientists and people from the host country, teams are small and support will be provided by an expedition leader from Biosphere Expeditions.
- Azores - This conservation work expedition will take you to the Azores Archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to study whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Two sessions from 4 - 13 April & 18 - 27 April, 2009 (9 nights). Limited Availability. Click here for more information.
- Oman & UAE - Here you will study the diverse coral reefs fringing the areas where the mountains plunge into the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This is a pioneering study to map this currently unprotected underwater environment. The reefs boast a rich mixture of beautiful corals and a multitude of fish and other animals. Data on the current biological status of the reefs and of population levels of key indicator species are therefore crucial for educational purposes and to be able to put forward ideas for future marine protection areas. Two sessions from 18 - 24 October & 25 - 31 October, 2009 (6 nights). Click here for more information.
- Altai - These conservation working holidays will take you to the high mountains of Central Asia to survey snow leopards and their prey animals such as the argali mountain sheep and the Altai ibex, as well as other animals including marmots and birds. Three sessions from 29 June - 11 July & 13 - 25 July & 27 July - 8 August, 2009 (12 nights). Limited Availability. Click here for more information.
- Brazil - This conservation volunteer expedition will take you to the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil to study jaguars and pumas. You will share this jungle expedition experience with a small international team, alongside the scientist and expedition leader. One Session from 9 - 21 May, 2010 (12 nights). Click here for more information.
- Caprivi Delta - On these wildlife volunteering vacations you will start at Victoria Falls in Zambia and then travel to the Caprivi delta of Namibia and Botswana to study lions, cheetahs and leopards and their interactions with the local human population. Four sessions from 16 - 28 Aug & 30 Aug - 11 Sept & 20 Sept - 2 Oct & 4 - 16 Oct, 2009 (12 nights). Limited Availability. Click here for more information.
- Honduras - These SCUBA diving conservation volunteer holidays will take you to the Bay Island archipelago in the Caribbean to survey part of the world's second largest coral reef system. Two sessions from 1 - 13 March & 5 - 27 March, 2009. (12 Nights) Limited Availability. Click here for more information.
- Peru - This wildlife volunteer expedition will take you to a remote biodiversity hotspot of the Peru Amazon rainforest. As part of a small international team, you will experience living and working in the jungle together with local biologists on an important wildlife survey concentrating on four icons of the Amazon: jaguars, pumas, parrots and peccaries. Two sessions from 8 - 20 November & 22 November - 4 December, 2009. Click here for more information.
Head Office UK
The Henderson Centre
Tel.: 0870-4460801 or +44 870 446 0801
North American Office
Biosphere Expeditions North America
PO Box 11297
Marina del Rey, CA 90295
Tel.: 800-407-5761 (toll free)
Fax: 800-407-5766 (toll free)
Bolivia Community service Trip. June 13-27, 2009. Work with rural villagers on Quaker funded projects. Meet Bolivian democratic reform leaders. Hike Inca ruins, Lake Titicaca. Optional extension Peru, Machu Picchu. Reserve early February. www.TreasuresoftheAndes.com, 707.823.6034.
Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker peace and hospitality center in Mexico City, seeks volunteers to serve 3-12 months. Foster community, build peace, live simply. Accommodations provided, Spanish proficiency required. www.casadelosamigos.org, email@example.com
Church of the Brethren offers summer workcamps for young adults and youth, as well as intergenerational workcamps and a new workcamp for intellectually disabled participants. Custom workcamps are possible for extended families and individual congregations. Workcamp Ministry 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120; 847-742-5100 x286 www.brethren.org/site/PageServer?pagename=grow_youth_ministry_workcamps. (9/21/09)
Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) is an international, non-governmental organization created in 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO, which plays a coordinating role in the sphere of voluntary service, providing a link between voluntary organizations which run workcamps and medium- and long-term activities. The program is generally open for young EU residents between 18 - 26 years of age.
Note:CCIVS as a coordinating body does not recruit volunteers. Those who are interested in volunteering must directly contact CCIVS membedr organizations in their own country which propose activities within the country and abroad. To receive a list of CCIVS members in your country, please address your request, accompanied by two International Reply Coupons (which can be obtained from the post office), to: CCIVS, UNESCO House, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, FRANCE. Phone: 011 33 1 45-68-49-36; fax: (33-1) 42 73 05 21; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web address: http://www.unesco.org/ccivs (11/05)
Costa Rica Study Tours: Visit the Quaker community in Monteverde. For information and a brochure contact Starah Stuckey: +011 506.645.5436; write Apdo. 46-5655, Monteverde, Costa Rica; e-mail: email@example.com; www.crstudytours.com; or call in the USA 937.728.9887
Cross-Cultural Solutions offers three international volunteer programs - Volunteer Abroad, Intern Abroad, and Insight Abroad – lengths of stay of 1-12 weeks, and 10 countries. For more information contact
Cross-Cultural Solutions Headquarters
2 Clinton Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801
Tel: 1-800-380-4777 | 1-914-632-0022
Web address: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/default.asp (11/05)
Friends United Meeting (www.fum.org) is an international association of Friends (Quaker) organized for effective Christian ministry. Founded in 1902, FUM includes 20 yearly meetings (regional associations of Friends), and affiliated organizations, and sponsors ministries in Kenya, Belize, Cuba, Jamaica, Palestine, Russian, ministries and Chicago. Periodic work teams visit mission sites for projects usually lasting one to two weeks. Transportation and basic expenses are paid by the volunteers. For a listing, see: www.fum.org/worldmissions/workteams/2006workteams.htm.
Global Children's Organization recruits volunteers to serve in its two-week summer camps in the Balkans and Ireland designed to promote awareness and respect. GCO nurtures children traumatized by intolerance, terrorism, or war by providing summer camps and on-going programs which prepare both children and volunteers to be active participants in building a peaceful world. Sessions in 2008 are now over. Sessions for 2009 have yet to be posted.
For more information contact:
Global Children's Organization
3580 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1800
Los Angeles Ca 90010
Phone: (310) 581-2234
Fax: (213) 389-1237
Web address: http://www.globalchild.org
Green Volunteer is an Online Information Network with 500 conservation and wildlife projects worldwide, many with low or little cost, where no previous experience is required. Visit http://greenvolunteers.com/ for more information.
Greenway International Workcamps started its activities in 1998 with the help from NICE in Japan and SIW in the Netherlands. The basecamp and office of Greenway is in a small village nearby the city Had Yai in Songkhla province in the South of Thailand. The basecamp has English teaching camps (short term), which take place every month. Greenway offers cultural exchange and international living through short-, medium- and long-term volunteering.
For more information contact
PO Box 21 Had Yai Airport
Hat Yai, Songkhla
Tel: +66 (0) 7447 3506
Fax: +66 (0) 7447 3508
Web address: http://www.pitayasuwan.org/ (11/06)
Group Workcamps Foundation offers Christian youth workcamps for 400 or more young people to perform hands-on home repair projects for needy families during the summer. Group Workcamps Foundation, a nonprofit organization has helped over 185,000 students and adult leaders stretched their faith, completing more than 31,000 service projects around the United States and abroad. For more information contact at
Group Workcamps Foundation
P.O. Box 599
Loveland, CO 80539
Web address: http://www.groupworkcamps.com/ (11/06)
International Youth Workcamps (Cadip). Participating in an international short term volunteer project can be an exciting prospect. It is an interesting and meaningful way to travel with purpose and spend 2-3 weeks in a foreign environment. Working and living together with other young people from around the world provides an excellent opportunity to make many new friends, learn about unknown places and culture, gain new skills and experience. One to two-week opportunities are regularly available year round in over 30 countries while longer-term projects are available in over a dozen countries.
907-950 Drake Street
Vancouver, British Columbia,
V6Z 2B9, Canada
Phone: 1-604-628-7400 (long-distance callers, click here)
Email at this separate page.
Jackson Area Ministries. JAM operates summer workcamp programs of various lengths from June to August in Appalachian Ohio. If you are interested in JAM work-camping, contact the office, or write to:
PO Box 603
Jackson, OH 45640
Phone/fax: (740) 286-1320 (call in advance before sending a fax)
Web address: http://www.frognet.net/~jorobin (11/05)
SCI International Voluntary Service was founded after World War I by French Quaker, Pierre Ceresole, in his hope to create an alternative to military service in the form of workcamps, is now one of the major clearing-houses for (mostly) summer workcamps. The purpose of the workcamps is to promote international understanding and peace through three broad categories of service: physical work, social work, and work/study in the USA and abroad. A list of current workcamps can be found at their current workcamps page. Their FAQ page answers many possible questions. For more information contact
SCI-IVS Main office
5505 Walnut Level Rd.
Crozet, VA 22932
Tel/Fax: (206) 350 6585
Web address: http://www.sci-ivs.org/ (11/05)
Smile Society is a Volunteer Organization who welcomes all International volunteers and students to participate in welfare activities for the under privilege kids in India. Current project opportunities.
Web address: http://www.smilengo.org/ (1/06)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) offers interested volunteers a multitude of ways to work for social justice and human rights. JustWorks camps are short-term projects that help volunteers examine and understand the causes and damaging effects of injustice. Participants work directly with people in the communities they serve, experiencing social justice struggles firsthand. Participants must be age 16 or older. The JustWorks camp sessions are generally a one-week commitment. Anyone interested in these exciting learning experiences is encouraged to submit an application at least 6 weeks in advance of the JustWorks camp. The website to view all available workcamps is: http://www.uusc.org/opportunities/522.
To register for a workcamp, or to learn more about our projects, please contact: Nguyen Weeks, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 130 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Tel: 617.868.6600; Fax: 617.868.7102; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web address: http://www.uusc.org/justworks (11/06)
Volunteer Action for Peace, UK recruits unskilled volunteers for over 1000 international volunteer projects in 45 countries worldwide. These projects are usually 2-3 weeks workcamps and the volunteers must be maximum age of 18. The volunteers will be working in archaeology, arts and cultural projects, ecology, environment, children and social projects, construction, renovation and study projects. For more information email email@example.com Web address: http://www.vap.org.uk/ (11/05).
Volunteers For Peace offers over 3000 programs in over 95 countries and 90% of workcamps occur June through September. There are about 300 programs between October and May. Work projects can be of any type because they arise from the needs of the local host community: Construction & restoration of low income housing or community buildings; environmental projects such as trail building, park maintenance, organic farming; social services working with children, the elderly, physically or mentally handicapped, refugees, minority groups, drug/alcohol recovery, AIDS education and arts projects; historic preservation and archaeology. VFP programs are open to anyone age 18 and up in most countries. Although workcampers average ages are 21-25, we welcome volunteers of all ages. For more information, contact:
Volunteers for Peace
1034 Tiffany Road
Belmont, VT 05730
Phone: (802) 259-2759
Fax: (802) 259-2922
Web address: http://www.vfp.org/ (11/05)
Washington Quaker Workcamps, Inc. offers opportunities for community service which seek to address social concerns in concrete ways. All weekend workcamps strive to bring together people who might not otherwise find ways of bridging differences of race, religion, or economic circumstance. All workcamps are open to individuals and groups, 9th grade and above. Workcamps are generally limited to a maximum of 15 participants. For more information see
or write to
515 East Capitol St.
SE Washington, DC 20003.
World Horizons International Since 1987 World Horizons established the benchmark for teenage cross-cultural volunteer community service experiences. World Horizons organizes community service trips lasting 2-5 weeks long in locations ranging from North and South America, the South Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, where teens discover new views of their world, and of themselves.
Service projects from late June to August, which range from 2 to 5 weeks, are available to teens from age 14 to 18. All-inclusive costs range from $3950 to $5250 (application fee of $200 not included) for the following locations: