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The best and most affordable IFRE one-week volunteering projects

Have you always imagined embarking on a volunteer experience abroad, but feel you don’t have the time for a long term volunteer placement?

Do you dream of dedicating time to a project overseas, but have limited vacation time, and/or money to spend on over-seas travel?

You might have imagined this adventure being longer-term, but for many, this simply isn’t feasible. The good news is that with IFRE Volunteers, you can find a meaningful, life-changing and inexpensive one-week volunteer project that can greatly benefit the local community in which you choose to work, and that fits into your schedule.

While not all projects are conducive to one-week volunteer abroad experiences , many organizations enthusiastically welcome short-term volunteers. If you have 2 weeks, check out our short term projects, as well.

But, if you have always wanted to offer your expertise and skill-set to a volunteer program abroad but are limited in the time you can offer, a one-week volunteer abroad program might be just perfect.

IFRE Volunteers specializes in affordable, one-week volunteer abroad programs in many different locations such as Nepal, India, Srilanka, Kenya, Thailand, Costa Rica, Peru, and more.

Even in just one week of volunteering abroad, you can build lasting relationships, gain a cultural insight that differs greatly from simply taking a vacation, and makes a real impact within a community in need.

IFRE Volunteers One-Week Volunteer Abroad Programs:

Teach English to Buddhist Monks in Nepal:

teaching monksAmidst a stunningly beautiful landscape, Nepal is a centerpiece of Buddhist tradition and learning. This one week volunteer abroad placement offers the unique opportunity to teach English to Buddhist monks, while fully immersing yourself in Nepalese and Buddhist culture.

India Orphanage Project:

IFRE’s life-changing one-week volunteer abroad opportunity in India gives volunteers the in-credible chance to significantly impact the lives of young children in great need. Assist with or-ganization of games and educational activities, along with helping ensure the orphanage is run-ning smoothly.

Sri Lanka Elephant Volunteer Project:

Sri Lanka Elephant Volunteer Project Are you are an animal-lover who wants to spend your one-week volunteer project helping and feeding animals? If so, IFRE’s elephant conservation project is perfect for you. Sri Lanka is home to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is a breeding sanctuary for injured and abused elephants. Spend your week amongst the awe and beauty of these magnificent animals, and make a true difference in their lives.

Kenya Community Women’s Project:

The Massai region of Kenya greatly needs your help in building basic infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, and community centers. If you choose Kenya as your one-week volunteer vacation with IFRE, you will have the unique opportunity to assist a community in need, and explore the wonders of this African country.

Thailand Elephant Project:

Whether you decide to devote your one-week volunteer project to elephants in Sri Lanka or Thailand, you will have a life-changing experience working with these magnificent animals. The Surin province of Thailand is known as the Elephant Province, as it houses over 400. Many have been captured and used as farming “machinery,” and are in need of rehabilitation and quality care.

Costa Rica Turtle Conservation Project:

Costa Rica is a country filled with natural beauty and wonders. In your week spent here, you will have the chance to soak up the sun on white sand beaches, hike in world famous national parks, and contribute to the important work being done in turtle conservation. During your one-week volunteer project in Costa Rica, you will help to patrol beaches and turtle nesting sites, in order to protect their eggs from poaching.

Peru Orphanage Project:

Peru is a breathtakingly beautiful country, and is home to a friendly and warm people. Sadly, it is also a country that has faced much poverty, and you can help by spending one week volun-teering with Peruvian orphans. IFRE’s orphan project in Peru aims to provide hope, love, and quality education to children, and you can assist in many different areas of the orphanage.

Alexandra Miller

These last six weeks of volunteering have been a truly amazing and life-changing & very wonderful experience for me.

Alexandra Miller


Leslie Slade

I had an excellent time, better than I ever could have imagined. Other volunteers were so nice and willing to help.

Leslie Slade

- Vermont, USA

Don Maddocks

I had a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to teach children of all different ages.I am sad to leave!

Don Maddocks


Manko Blakely

My volunteer experience with IFRE has been unforgettable. It has opened my mind & heart. Staffs were very helpful.

Manko Blakely

- Germany

Benefits of one-week volunteer abroad projects:

First and foremost, committing to a one-week volunteer abroad program with IFRE is something you can do. As much as you might love to take a month or more to work with your dream project, this can be difficult. Beginning with just one week of volunteering abroad can open your eyes to the great need that exists for volunteers abroad, whether it be one year, one month, or one week.

Additionally, one week volunteer abroad programs with IFRE offer all of the same benefits of a longer project. Typically, your one week volunteer project fee will include travel insurance, accommodations, local and international coordinators to answer all of your questions and arrange for your stay, along with fundraising and travel assistance.