This post lists great resources for volunteering around the world without having to pay large administration fees to companies that help facilitate volunteering placements. All of the websites listed offer free or extremely low cost volunteer projects covering all sectors. This article is a stub from the volunteer abroad page which details more information about volunteering worldwide and what happens to administration fees. None of the sites listed on this page are affiliate links; they are included on merit alone. If the sites deteriorate, I will remove them. If I am made aware of better sites, I will add them.
World Wide Helpers. A wonderful, up-to-date and large directory that claims to be the world first volunteer social network. It lists low cost and free to participate volunteering opportunities around the world. To apply for a project you must register on the site for free.
Volunteering for Free. This website lists hostels around the world that work closely with charities to provide you with free or greatly reduced accommodation while participating in one of their supported volunteering schemes.
Volunteer South America. A directory of free to participate and low cost opportunities across South and Central America.
Orphanage. A huge directory of orphanages around the world that are constantly in need of volunteers.
Workaway. For €22 for two years, you receive unlimited access to a huge directory of volunteering opportunities across the world. The majority of opportunities are with non-charitable organisations but over 350 placements list themselves under the charity category.
HelpX. For €20 for two years, you receive unlimited access to a huge directory of volunteering opportunities across the world. The majority of opportunities are with non-charitable organisations.
Free Volunteering. A small but well linked directory of free to participate and low cost volunteer schemes across the world.
WWOOF. Registration costs vary by area, but this directory was established in 1971 and gives you access to farm based volunteering placements around the world.
If you are interested in volunteering overseas, you should read more about volunteering abroad.