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Welcome to Ethical Volunteering.

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This site offers advice & information for people who are interested in international volunteering and want to make sure that what they do is of value to themselves and the people they work with. There are now loads of ways to get involved in international volunteering. You might be taking a gap year after school, or a career brake from your job, you might have been given the chance to have a sabbatical or you might have retired and be looking for new adventures. Whether you have a few weeks or a few years there are now loads of organisations that will help you find a volunteer programme.

But some of these programmes are much better than others. While volunteers intentions are nearly always good, this does not mean that all volunteer prorgammes or indeed volunteers, are good. Indeed there are some programmes, and some volunteers out there that can be said to do more harm than good. This site offers some ideas to help you work out how you can be a valuable international volunteer and how to choose a valuable volunteering placement.