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Volunteer Overseas Short Term

Do you desire to travel overseas and volunteer with disadvantaged communities so they can lead a better life?  Are you looking to travel on a budget to great places of interest while helping people in need? Then, this is the perfect opportunity. By joining IFRE’s volunteer programs you will be able to achieve all that and much more.

IFRE’s volunteering overseas allows you to connect directly with the community while working to create a positive impact in the society. It is also a great way to attain good mental and physical health and boost your social and relationship skills. In addition, volunteering on short term, you will be able to learn and practice the community customs and traditions and get acquainted with their food, language and places of great interest.

 IFRE offers you an awesome opportunity to experience affordable and highly impact programs. The programs are currently in 20 countries within Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America. Since 2006 more than 22,000 volunteers have participated in IFRE’s safe and life changing programs. When you join volunteer overseas short term program you’ll have a chance to try out a new line of duty for a short period without making a long-term commitment.

When you and your group join volunteer programs, you will help change the communities positively forever. You will support poor people and animals for an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. This is an incredible opportunity for you and your peers. Contact us today to make an impactful short term volunteer trip overseas.

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Benefits of joining IFRE’s Volunteer Overseas Short Term

Volunteer work has a huge number of benefits for the community you work with, the country you work in and the people you interact with. You as a volunteer will also receive a wide variety of benefits and improvements. See below for just a few of the many benefits that can change your life

The Impact on the Community and You

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering overseas in a short term program allows you to connect with the community and make it a better place to live.

Helping with even the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Dedicating your time as a volunteer also helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

These qualities will leave an impact on both you and the life of those in the community.

Volunteering increases self-confidence.

Doing well for others provides a natural sense of altruism. Your journey through the volunteer project will leave you with a sense of pride and identity. You will feel better about yourself and therefore, will have increased self-confidence.

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose.

Volunteering allows you to find new meaning and direction in your life by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, short term volunteering opportunities overseas can help take your mind off your worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more energy and purpose to your life.

Volunteering helps you to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Volunteering is the best means to stay physically healthy and mentally fit, as those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not.  Volunteer opportunities also reduce the symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Gaining valuable career experience

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. You can gain valuable experience by selecting an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested.

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IFRE has always strived to provide meaningful, diverse and distinct volunteer programs for interested individuals all around the world.

IFRE offers programs based on time, interest and passion. Make the most of it and get a life changing experience while being with us on this volunteering trip.


Work in Orphanage in Ghana

work in orphanage in ghana

Are you looking for a meaningful opportunity and a way to travel abroad while doing something for disadvantaged children? IFRE offers the best and most affordable opportunities in Ghana.

Ghana has a serious problem with orphaned children, which is still prevalent in the country. The children are forced to live on the streets due to poverty, disease and family violence.

Also, the orphanages in Ghana are always overcrowded, and the staff struggles to fulfill the basic needs of the orphaned children. Adding to their woes is the inadequate financial support. IFRE’s volunteering overseas short term project teams up with local orphanages in order to alleviate the problems of orphaned children.

As a short term volunteer travel overseas participant in Ghana, you’ll be giving your time attention and love to these children. You will be mentoring, teaching, creating awareness, and reaching out to the maximum number of children, and providing much needed support.

In doing so, you will be making a positive impact to the lives of these orphans, while exploring the diverse and multi-faceted culture and awe-inspiring beauty of the country’s natural landscapes.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Ghana

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


Teach Buddhist Monks in Nepal

Did you ever have a strong fascination for Buddhism and Buddhist culture? Would you like to go on an exciting journey and learn about Nepali culture?

IFRE’s volunteer overseas offers you the best chance to teach the English language in a monastery. While you teach you can learn about age old Buddhist traditions and rituals.

The Buddhist monks that reside in the monasteries are mostly Tibetan refugees who were forced to leave their homeland due to china’s dominance.

The monasteries are home to large number of Buddhist monks, where they live, study, meditate, preach and practice the teachings of Buddha in their native language.

The monks have realized the value of the English language and need to learn it in order to spread the teachings of Buddha and the message of peace to the world.

For this reason IFRE’s volunteer overseas short term project intends to improve the situation for the monks by helping with English language skills.

When you join this volunteering overseas short term program, you will be working as an English instructor; either in a local monastery or in the schools in the local village.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Nepal

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


Women’s Project in Guatemala

women project in guatemala

Do you have a soft spot for underprivileged women in your heart? Do you want to help empower women in Guatemala? Look no further! IFRE offers a fantastic volunteer opportunity with a women’s project in Guatemala.

Guatemalan women are often forced to face the hardships of life alone. This is due mostly to poverty and recurring abuse. They are unable to support themselves or their children, and there is very little or no help from anywhere to improve their situation.

There is support for the poor rural women from the government, but it is not enough to provide them with the basic fundamentals of education or resources.

For this reason IFRE’s volunteer overseas short term strives to help women get back on their feet by giving them much needed confidence and support and teaching them life-skills based on practical hands on experience.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala

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

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Medical Projects in India

Do you have experience in the field of medicine? Are you looking to lend a helping hand to the needy in India? Look out for IFRE’s volunteer overseas medical health care programs based in India.

Over the years India has revolutionized its healthcare system, making it accessible to the majority of its population. Sadly though, it fails to reach out to the underprivileged, meaning many die from treatable diseases.

There are number of hospitals available in India, but they are not maintained well, and treatment is expensive, making them out of the reach of poor people.  For this reason there is a need for health care volunteers to change the current desperate situation.

Your role as a short term medical volunteer overseas is to help doctors, or work as their assistants. You will be either working in a big hospital or a small rural health center.

Here you will be taking patients vital statistics, such as blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, treating minor injuries or wounds and documenting patients’ records. Overall, this is a fascinating and valued project for medical professionals looking to make a positive impact on the lives of people.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in India

A side from this volunteer medical program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in India We have variety of programs including orphanage, street children program, teaching English, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Galapagos conservation in Ecuador

galapagos conservation project in ecuador

Did you ever carry the dream of exploring the enchanting chain of Galapagos Islands? Are you passionate about nature? You can fulfill your quest for traveling and immerse yourself in a short term volunteer overseas program for conservation, by being an IFRE volunteer.

Galapagos Islands are untouched and unexplored islands. This marine wildlife island was never under the influence of indigenous human settlements, which helped the plants and the marine life adapt perfectly to the natural environment for centuries.

However, this has changed dramatically over the years, due to the influx of human settlements and the opening of an airport and port to connect it to the outside world. New wildlife species from other parts of the world are now introduced to the islands making the situation worse.

Therefore, there is a need of volunteers who can contribute to reinstating the past natural harmony to the islands of Galapagos.

When you join the short term volunteer program overseas , you will provide support in eradicating the alien species and helping to protect indigenous species. During this time you will get to witness the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Ecuador

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

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Teaching English In Brazil

Brazil is one of the most iconic countries in the world. Perhaps best known for the annual Carnaval, Brazil is also famous for its laid-back attitude, gorgeous beaches and for the simply stunning landscape featuring the world-famous ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue. Sadly it is also known for it favelas that is home for millions of poor people. During volunteer overseas short term you will work in partnership with local NGOs and schools.

As an teaching English volunteer in Brazil, you will be providing lessons or tutoring on a one-on-one environment. You will have the opportunity to teach people of all ages, both children and adults. You will allow them an opportunity to get formal career in the competitive job market.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil

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

Sri Lanka

Medical Volunteer

medical assistants in srilanka

Situated on the tip of India, Sri Lanka is a small island and is ranked as one of the best volunteer abroad destinations. This is in large part due to the warm and welcoming people who will always appreciate the volunteer work you will do. Sadly, Sri Lanka paid a heavy price in the Tsunami of 2004, which devastated life and property. The country suffered even more during the civil war, which concluded recently after 33 years.

As a short term medical volunteer in Sri Lanka will be remarkable for your career and provide you with a great deal of international work-experience in different medical fields. Additionally, your support will go along way to ensure that Sri Lankans have easy and affordable access to proper medical care and improve the general health in the country as a whole.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Sri Lanka

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

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Skill and Qualifications

You do not require any specific qualifications and skills to join volunteer overseas short term. You are however expected to be good role models, flexible, patient, caring, creative, responsible and open-minded. You must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects. Please note that a medical certification is needed to join any healthcare or medical program.

The Start Date(s) 

IFRE programs start every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

The Fee

As a non-profit, IFRE aims on offering affordable and safe overseas programs that fit right into your budget. Program fee start at $ 100 and is paid directly to the host family. The fee covers for your accommodation, food and in-country support. In some countries you will be required to pay a one-time registration fee that supports all your pre-departure costs.

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

Housing and Food

IFRE will provide you with a comfortable and safe accommodation with a host family to live with throughout your stay for volunteering overseas for short term.  You will also be provided with three delicious local healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a day. You are guaranteed to enjoy your new home and learn new culture and language.  Some programs however offer alternative accommodation in a volunteer house or a hostel.

Learn more about what kind of accommodation or food is available in each location. Please feel free to contact us or see the individual link of the project given above.

How can you apply?

Short term programs application process is simple and fast. Simply click the APPLY NOW button and complete the application form.

To apply, please follow the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE features over 200 programs in 20 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, offering exceptionally affordable programs fees to volunteers who are left with an impactful personal satisfaction of living their adventures. The organization, which is a non-profit based in Texas US and was founded in 2006 with the goal to provide safe volunteer abroad programs with attention to detail and professional field volunteer support offering diverse opportunities for cultural immersion.

How can you go as a group?

IFRE offers adventurous travellers with unique experiences to work and learn together as a group. As a group volunteer overseas short term, you will work, alongside the community while getting to immerse in new culture, language and living like a local. If you and your group want to take a life changing short break experience, contact us NOW, your efforts will support people and animals that are suffering!

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You can also check out our amazing volunteer opportunities in Bali, Zimbabwe and Morocco.

Check out ‘A Complete Volunteer Abroad Guide: Everything You Need To Know’ to learn more about what is volunteering abroad. If you want to know how to volunteer abroad for free, go through our Volunteer Abroad for Free article. If you are a college student and searching for meaningful summer volunteering programs, check out our popular articles Community Service Trips For College Students and Summer Volunteer Programs For College Students.

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