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Concordia - Contact information:

Tel: 01273 422218
Email: info@concordiavolunteers.org.uk
Website: www.concordiavolunteers.org.uk

About Concordia

Concordia is an ethical charity committed to support intercultural understanding and international peace through volunteering. We provide affordable programmes that make a real difference to local communities and the people joining in our projects. We believe volunteering is an experience in which no one is left unchanged, developing active citizenship where everyone is included and participate to their own capacity.

Concordia’s mission is to enable cross-cultural understanding and friendship by providing people with quality opportunities for international volunteering, work experience, education and training.

We offer short-term and middle term projects as well our bespoke group volunteering programmes and family volunteering. Concordia has been mentioned in the Lonely Planet publications on“A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World”in 2017 reflecting our commitment in providing meaningful and ethical volunteering.


Entry criteria

  • Must be British resident regardless the nationality
  • 18 years old and over (some projects are open to teenagers from 16 years old)
  • Motivated
  • Open minded
  • Flexible

Types of projects

We offer short-term (2 to 4 weeks) and medium term (1 to 6 months) projects in 60 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas.Volunteers pay an administration fee of £300 and fund their own travel and insurance. Board and accommodation is free of charge for most projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Iceland, Mongolia, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 per week that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the host country.Some of our most popular programmes are:

  • Set up a music festival in Germany
  • Restore a castle in France
  • Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
  • Sustainable living in Iceland
  • Construct earthquake resistant infrastructure in Nepal
  • Help with arts activities in Mangolia
  • Promote organic farming in Japan
  • Organise activities for children in Tanzania
  • Teach English in Vietnam
  • Turtle Conservation  in Costa Rica

Why volunteer with us?

With so many organisations offering international volunteering, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure who to choose from. Be reassured Concordia is a charity with strong ethical values placing your volunteering experience in focus. The whole team at Concordia are passionate and passionate and committed to the international volunteering service programme, with background of being volunteers themselves.  As this might be the first time you go abroad on your own, be assured we are here to support you all along the way. We offer to all our volunteers:

1. Support throughout all the stages: from helping you to identify a project, preparing for your departure, while you’re volunteering to when you come back- you won’t be pushed into an off the shelf package

2. Pre-departure help with travel & insurance

3. Training for volunteers joining our projects in developing countries and/or volunteering for long term

4. Strong polices to support our volunteers and the communities we visit

5. We take your security abroad very seriously. We only send volunteers to places that are safe and politically stable. If they are not, we don't go

Co-ordinate an International Volunteer Project in the UK

Concordia also recruits volunteers (20+) to act as Group Co-ordinators on UK based projects, for which training is provided and all expenses are paid. Generally the work doesn’t require specific skills or experience, though real motivation and commitment to the project are a must.

European Voluntary Service – EVS

Another programme that Concordia runs is European Voluntary Service (EVS) which offers young people aged 18-30 the opportunity to volunteer in Europe for a period of 6 to 12 months. The type of placement varies enormously and could include, conservation, renovation, agriculture, work with adults or children, arts and culturally based projects. These projects offer volunteers the opportunity to support the work of a host organisation or communities and develop their skills in an area of work that interests them. EVS placements are fully funded and therefore an accessible volunteering opportunity for a diverse range of young people.

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