Volunteering organisations 

Students may be interested in joining one of these volunteering organisations* in order to increase employablity after graduation, as a way to see the world, or as a chance to do exciting and important work in your country of research and expertise. 

African Conservative Experience

The African Conservation Experience establishes, maintains and supports conservation projects in Southern Africa.
Projects are selected on the basis of real conservation value, the genuine wildlife experience that they are able to provide to enthusiastic volunteers, and their contribution to the local environment and community. 

African Impact

African Impact is the largest on the ground facilitator of responsible volunteer projects in Africa. Based in southern Africa we pride ourselves on being ambassadors of responsible and meaningful travel in partnership with our charity The Happy Africa Foundation. Volunteering wiht us could mean anyhting from working with lions in Zimbabwe, to teaching children in Cape Town or AIDS work in Mozambique.


Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods for marginalised communities in the world's poorest countries.
Originally focused largely on scientific and conservation research, Frontier's mandate soon evolved into one that combined community development, capacity building, ecosystem protection, economic growth, and the development of civil society.
Our misssion is to conserve the world's most endangered wildlife and threatened habitats and to build sustainable livelihoods for marginalised and under resourced communities in the world's poorest countries and to create solutions that are apolitical, forward-thinking, community-driven, and innovative and which take into consideration the long-term needs of low income communities.

International Volunteer HQ

IVHQ assists developing countries by providing volunteers to work in a variety of jobs such as teaching, medical work, HIV/Aids awareness, women empowerment, sports education, construction work, conservation work, panda conservation, surf and swim school, agricultural work and orphanage assistance. International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) aims to provide volunteer travellers with quality, flexible, safe and highly affordable volunteering placements in developing countries.
In addition to providing aid and assistance to these countries, IVHQ endeavors to increase education and heighten awareness through not only the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities and institutions, but also through the experiences and lessons volunteers will in turn take back to their own countries and cultures.

Original Volunteers

Voluntary work can change your life, its a great way to travel as well as do some of the most crucial charity work you will ever do. Volunteering abroad will help you gain new skills, self-confidence, make friends for life and improve your CV. Original Volunteers offer affordable volunteering abroad, unlimited choices, fantastic volunteer work opportunities, and a flexible approach, just some of the many reasons why so many people have chosen to volunteer overseas with us.


RIPPLE Africa is a UK registered charity working to improve local education, healthcare, and the environment in Malawi, Africa. RIPPLE Africa operates at a grassroots level, involving the community in all aspects of its activity. The charity’s projects include running and assisting eight pre-schools, five primary schools, a secondary school and a secondary school bursary scheme, a community library, two community health clinics, RIPPLE Rocket fuel-efficient cookstoves, tree-planting and fruit tree projects, woodland conservation, and more.

Volunteer Africa

Volunteer Africa is unlike other volunteering organisations. We are run by a team of committed returned volunteers with the dual aims of enabling people to make a difference to the lives of rural Africans and to raise funds for our partner NGOs.Volunteer Africa works with a partner NGO HAPA in Sindiga, Tanzania.

*Please note, University of Birmingham does not officially recommend or endorse any of the organisations listed above.