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Details of the best and cheapest summertime volunteer programs designed for people like you

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  • A great opportunity to gain experience in a new field or to build on your current skills.
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Summer Volunteer Abroad Free or Cheap Programs with IFRE Volunteers

Do you like the idea of joining a summer volunteer abroad free program? Do the potential high fees of many opportunities put you off, or raise concerns?  Would a free summer volunteer work abroad opportunity be better for your budget?

Ideally it would be easy to find lots of free summer volunteer programs abroad, but in reality there are not very many available.

Mostly this is because the agencies which provide volunteer programs are not funded by the government, a charity or any other kind of organization, so they have no choice but to charge a fee to cover costs like airport transfers, volunteer food and accommodation and the salary for local support staff.

Apart from famous free programs such as the Peace Corps, which are competitive and quite long term, there are a few other free volunteer abroad summer opportunities you can find by simply emailing interesting organizations and asking if you can help.

If you are successful there would be no fee, but the costs of airfare, insurance,  visa fees and accommodation etc would still need to be found by you.

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

Ways to Find Free Volunteer Abroad Summer Programs

Searching for ‘free volunteer abroad’ on a search engine my produce some leads, while directories like idealist.org feature many overseas organizations which may offer free volunteering places.

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are also possible sources of useful leads, and of you are already travelling you could try asking around at hostels or churches to see if they know of anything.

Things to Check Before Volunteering for Free

Before agreeing to any kind of free volunteer summer abroad program it is important to be sure it is legitimate, meaningful and safe. For example, an independent search online should lead you to details of the programs on offer and the experiences other volunteers have written about.

Find out why they offer these free programs. Volunteers should be helping trained staff, not replacing them.

You need to know how they organize things like volunteer accommodation and food – do they help? Are there set fees or forced donations which you are expected to pay, even if they are ridiculously high?

Look closely at their website and social media page. Are they professional and up to date? Do program reviews from previous volunteers look genuine?

(Signs they are not include: the tone sounding the same across them all, or those seemingly written by native English speakers containing lots of repeated grammar and other language errors.)

Top 10 Cheap Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs as a Good Alternative

As it is not easy to get free volunteer program. Why do not consider cheap volunteer abroad program?

Cheap summer volunteer abroad programs offered by IFRE Volunteers are a safe, legitimate and well organized alternative to potentially risky ‘free’ options.

A range of affordable programs in twenty countries make it easy for IFRE to offer something for everyone. Here’s some more information on the top 10 affordable summer volunteer projects IFRE provide.

Work with Disadvantaged Children-Ayuthaya, Thailand

Buddhist monks and the government have set up centers to provide childcare for young children of very poor families so their parents can work and improve their lives.

Volunteers are always needed to play with and teach these children for 4 hours each weekday morning. Fees for this cheap volunteer abroad summer Thailand project start from just $200.

Teaching English (Palampur, Dharamsala)-India

Combine the chance to travel and explore the Himalayas with caring for and teaching young children in need on this volunteer abroad cheap summer India project from IFRE Volunteers. Fees start at only $258 with host family accommodation and meals provided.

Healthcare/Medical Project (Phnom Phen, Pursat)-Cambodia

Medics (qualified or in training) with 8 weeks to spare are welcome to join this invaluable low cost volunteer abroad summer Cambodia program where their skills and knowledge will change people’s lives. Tasks are assigned according to the experience and qualifications of each volunteer.

HIV/AIDS Project in Kenya (Nairobi)-Kenya

IFRE Volunteers’ cheap summer volunteer abroad programs Kenya cost from just $100 to join and require  specific qualifications or experience.

Compassionate people are needed to help local professionals educate, counsel, and support those affected by or living with HIV or AIDS, as all as help deliver awareness programs to help stop the spread of both conditions.

Elephant Conservation Project in Sri Lanka (Kegalle)-Sri Lanka

With fees starting at only $180 it’s possible to join this exciting volunteer abroad summer cheap Sri Lanka elephant protection and care project.

With three meals a day and hostel or host family accommodation taken care of volunteers can enjoy helping with all aspects of elephant care, as well as work on the farm which grows fruit and vegetables, and teach in a local school.

Sea turtle conservation project (Caribbean Coast)-Costa Rica

If you are passionate about combating pollution and would like to help the sea turtle population survive and flourish this cheap volunteer abroad summer Costa Rica will deliver all this and more.

Volunteers work both days and nights in order to combat poachers and rescue turtles, and they must have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Help Rehabilitate Street Children/ Children at Risk- Xela, Guatemala

It’s a heartbreaking fact that in some countries poverty means children end up living on the streets, but you can make a difference and help change this situation.

Fees for IFRE Volunteers’ cheap volunteer abroad summer Guatemala project start at a very affordable $110, and volunteer duties include teaching basic English, organizing craft and creative activities, and helping with some domestic tasks.

Community Development Project (Cordoba)-Argentina

Cheap summer volunteer abroad programs Argentina offered by IFRE Volunteers are both affordable and very meaningful to the communities you work with.

Whether you help with fundraising, admin, education or with domestic tasks there will be plenty of free time to enjoy exploring both the bohemian city of Cordoba and the natural beauty of the Andes.

Special Needs Children Project-China

This well organized low cost summer volunteer work abroad China program offers a unique immersion opportunity. Volunteers experience authentic Chinese life as part of a caring host family; and a project where their caring natures make a positive impact on children with special needs.

Galapagos Conservation Program (San Cristobal Island, Galapagos)-Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands could be your destination if you choose this affordable  summer volunteer work abroad Ecuador program offered by IFRE Volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to help with conservation, replenishing forests, maintenance work and much more.

No special experience is needed, but to take part you must be fit, strong enough to carry heavy things and able to cope with the humid weather conditions