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Short Term International Volunteer Opportunities

Do you ever dream to volunteer while exploring international exotic destinations? Would you like to travel abroad for a short period and experience diverse cultural practices while positively changing lives of impoverished communities?

Short term volunteer programs transform disadvantaged people and animals to give them a better positive life. While volunteering on short term international volunteer work you will not only get to improve your life with new skills and techniques, but also understand and practice new cultures and traditions. Your volunteering experience abroad will also be recognized in your resume to boost your career.

IFRE’s offers you an amazing opportunity to participate in affordable and meaningful short term opportunities. Since being founded in 2006, IFRE has hosted more than 22,000 volunteers in over 200 projects, in 20 countries around the world. Their transparency creates a great level of confidence amongst potential and past volunteers.  As a volunteer with IFRE you will feel fulfilled and satisfied knowing that your support is positively changing lives of people, environment and animals.

Become a volunteer today together with your group and work for a rewarding and fulfilling international experience. If you dream to inspire and change lives, contact us now and learn more about short term programs that will not only change lives of poor communities but also boost your career. This is a great chance for your and your friends to do something different on a short vacation.

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Benefits of Short Term International Volunteer 0pportunities  

Short term projects make a huge difference to disadvantaged people around the globe, but there are also plenty of benefits for those who choose to volunteer.

It expands your horizons

You may have already travelled to other continents, or had a lot of different life experiences, but whatever your age and background, taking the time to volunteer a little time to support a cause you feel passionate about opens even more new doors. People of all ages find that volunteering abroad changes their life and their mindset in a hugely positive way.

Volunteering is good for your mental health

IFRE alumni report positive boosts to their self-confidence and self-esteem after completing a short volunteer trip. Being exposed to a new environment or language, and unfamiliar cultural expectations, and thriving in it, is a great way to recognize just what you are capable of.

You could learn something new

Perhaps you are at least partly attracted to short term opportunities because you can gain valuable practical experience for the future, or maybe you want to try out something new, just for fun. Whatever your motivations volunteering abroad is a great way to show others, and yourself of course, just what you are capable of.

It’s a great way to travel responsibly

Responsible tourism is a buzzword that helps people think about the effect their travels could have on the places visited. Short term budget volunteer opportunities are a 100% certain way to enjoy exploring a new country while also giving something positive back to its people.

You make lifelong friendships

The most enduring and meaningful connections are formed when you share an experience, and it’s no different when it comes to taking a week out of your life to serve a community in need. The friendships you make with other volunteers, staff, locals and the people you are helping will remain with you wherever you are.

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Here at IFRE we understand every volunteer is an individual, with different interests, skill sets, ambitions and schedules. That’s why several of our well respected volunteer programs have been designed to make stays form one week to several months equally rewarding, useful and memorable.

The program fees are equally impressive, and you can be assured there are no hidden extras to pay once you’ve signed up. So take a closer


HIV /AIDS Project in Uganda

hiv aids project in uganda

Unlike in many western countries, the threat of HIV/AIDS in Uganda is very real. These are two very serious, generally life threatening diseases, and without enough chances to get proper medical care poorer patients are at a much greater risk.

Volunteers like you are urgently needed to help educate people about how to lower the odds of developing HIV, and to offer practical and emotional support to those living with these conditions. This is one of those short term international volunteer opportunities which is extremely rewarding, so don’t hesitate to ask for more details.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda

Other than this volunteer HIV/AIDS program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Uganda. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Are you passionate about helping endangered animals? This IFRE Costa Rica is an ideal short volunteer trip destination for those who want to give something back to the world but don’t have a lot of time to spare.

It’s also very well priced, with some of IFRE’s short term volunteer projects abroad starting at $140 for one week. This physical, hands-on role is perfect for keen outdoor fans who are fit, can swim, and understand at least basic Spanish.

Sea turtles are at risk of extinction as their habitat is being destroyed, or their eggs are stolen. The environment and poachers are two major threats to their survival and volunteers here make a huge difference in keeping them safe.

All international volunteers work alongside experienced staff, helping to monitor, feed and care for turtles, as well as doing some environmental work like cleaning up beaches.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Costa Rica

Besides this volunteer turtle conservation program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Costa Rica. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Women’s Project in Guatemala

women project in guatemala

Join IFRE’s well respected, budget Guatemala project if you want the chance to help empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Even if you only have a week to spare there’s plenty you can do to forge change, as some projects run in short cycles.

To join this worthwhile and life changing program you must be female, and have intermediate or higher Spanish skills.

The tasks involved in short term international volunteer opportunities are interesting and varied, ranging from teaching practical skills like cooking, sewing or art, to helping local staff run workshops with an educational focus.  This is a unique opportunity to help others change their lives and create a brighter future.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala

A part from this volunteer women program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Guatemala. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

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South Africa

Orphanage Project in South Africa

Do you love children? Want to explore the world, but also to leave a lasting legacy for positive change? You can do that on a South Africa budget short term volunteering abroad program offered by IFRE.

With homestay accommodation, most meals and the full support of local staff included in the very reasonable fee, there’s nothing to stop you getting on the plane and spending time with young people who really appreciate your kindness.

Staff care for them well, but are short of time to give them the amount of love, affection and attention they need. You can help them with homework, personal care and language lessons, plus organize fun activities.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in South Africa

A side from this volunteer orphanage program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in South Africa. We have variety of programs including wildlife conservation, teach English, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

Sri Lanka

Teaching Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka

teaching monks in srilanka

Does spending time in an intriguing foreign country sharing your language skills with trainee monks sound like a dream beyond your grasp? It could be your reality if you join IFRE’s Sri Lanka volunteering abroad short term teaching project.

You help shape the future of both religious and regular students through language lessons and conversation practice. There’s plenty of free time to explore the tea plantations and other sights there too.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Sri Lanka

Besides this volunteer teaching Monks program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Sri Lanka. We have variety of programs including elephant conservation, orphanage, medical care, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Street Children Project in Peru

Do you like helping children learn and improve their lives? In Peru many youngsters are forced to live on the streets, so they get little quality education, and have little hope of a life outside crime or the sex trade.

You can make a huge difference to their future prospects by joining IFRE’s Peru short term international volunteer opportunities with street children.

Just one week spent teaching the vulnerable children some English, basic computing skills, or everyday life lessons like how to cook and sew will have a fantastic, positive impact on their lives.

Fees for this project are very affordable, and volunteers are guaranteed safe, comfortable accommodation, full support and regular meals.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Peru

Other than this volunteer with street children program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Peru. We have variety of programs including teaching English, orphanage, medical care, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

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Elephant Project in Thailand

elephant conservation in thailand

Thailand short term international volunteer opportunities often feature elephants, as these amazing animals are both central to Thai life, but also at risk of being abused, over worked ,and uncared for.

Traditionally used for logging, once that stopped many elephants were sold very cheaply to people who use them as a begging aid. IFRE support a worthwhile Thailand volunteer program which provides a loving home to around 30 rescued elephants.

Based in a village in Surin, the mahouts (elephant care takers) get help with things like food, so long as they don’t abandon or hire out their animal.

You have lots of chances to pet, feed, wash and ride these elephant during your stay, which start from just one week and won’t break the bank, as even with food, accommodation and everything else volunteers get for their money the fees are low.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand

Besides this volunteer elephant conservation program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Thailand. We have variety of programs including teaching English, orphanage, medical care, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

Skill and Qualifications

NO specific qualifications or skills are needed to join short term volunteer international trips. However, be advised that you must be willing to help the needy and be compassionate about their situations. It is also important for you to be loving, caring and kind to the people and animals you will be working for. Similarly, to join medical program you will be required to have a medical certification or experience.

The Start Date(s) 

IFRE’s short term international volunteer opportunities start every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

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The Fee

IFRE offers cheap short term volunteer international experience starting from $100 for a week stay including a one-time registration fee required in some countries.  The fee includes airport pick up, accommodation and food, project donation and support by local IFRE country coordinators. For transparency and accountability IFRE’s program fees are paid directly in the country either to the host family or project coordinator.

To learn more about the fee for each country please follow this link.

Housing and Food

When you travel to participate in best short term international volunteer work a local family will host you. The family is properly vetted by IFRE and they are highly respected in the community with years of experience hosting international volunteers like you. You will also be provided with three local healthy, home cooked (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meals per day.

To learn more about what kind of accommodation or food available in each location, please feel free to contact us or see the individual link of the project given above.

How can you apply?

To apply for IFRE’s best programs is straightforward and easy. Simply click the APPLY NOW button and fill out the requested information in the application form and submit.

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Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

Established in 2006 as a non-profit, IFRE provides the best safe and cheap volunteer abroad programs in the industry. It is highly regarded for safe projects, attention to detail, affordability, professional field volunteer support and diverse opportunities for cultural immersion. With over 200 programs in 20 countries throughout the world over 22,000 happy volunteers have attended and highly reviewed IFRE’s programs.

How can you go as a group?

IFRE offers unique and highly impactful programs for young travellers looking to work together to change the world. It is the best opportunity to learn and practice your skills as a team, while engaging in a new culture and expanding your social circle. To join the program with your group contact us today to learn more about this affordable and high-value group volunteer experience.

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