Volunteer Abroad

Why volunteer?

In an era of decreasing foreign aid and rising donor scepticism, the amount now being channelled through NGOs is actually rising. With over 300,000 operating across Africa and more than 1 million in India, the most important question in International Development today is how to improve the impact and accountability of these organisations whilst ensuring the long-term sustainability of their activities. Never has the demand for sound financial management support across the sector been greater. 

At the same time many accountants are looking for a more rewarding career and volunteering is a great way to develop vital practical sector-based skills, while at the same time giving charities access a vast pool of otherwise unobtainable talent. 

Why volunteer with AfID? 

Each volunteer will receive a very personal tailored service; our experienced team will carefully create assignment options from over 500 partner organisations in over 50 countries. These will take into account your preferred travel dates and assignment length, ideal locations, your budget and any interests you may have in the work of our inspiring non-profit partners. Assignment focus areas will be aligned with your skills and experience, be it day-to-day accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, audit or more strategic planning or management. 

All our partner organisations are evaluated with both their donors and past volunteers providing detailed references. In majority of cases you will follow another AfID volunteer that has completed a detailed scoping exercise and will be available to assist with your preparations. 

Will I enjoy this experience?

on’t think that just because you’ll be working on serious issues that it won’t be fun. Many of our volunteers are surprised at how much they genuinely have in common with those they came to help and how much laughter they share together. 

We are confident you’ll encounter a variety of new challenges, share new experiences with a diverse range of people and learn new skills that will give you confidence to face challenges in other areas of your life. You’ll be inspired and get back so much more than you give!

Don’t take our word, please read our Past Volunteers blogs, interviews and case studies.