Volunteering Abroad During COVID: What You Need to Know

Volunteering Abroad During COVID: What You Need to Know

Even with the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, one thing has never been clearer. Helping others is key to a brighter future for all – and volunteering is a big part of that. Take it from us, it’s one of the best things you will ever do, and we’re here to tell you how it’s possible during COVID-19.

Volunteers have never been needed more

(That’s right, we’re talking about you!)

The veterinary profession has played a vital role in responding to the impact of the pandemic. With more animals being abandoned, struggling without access to food, water, shelter, or veterinary care, and a heightened risk of disease outbreaks, veterinary teams have stepped up to provide emergency support around the world. In 2020, our teams almost doubled the number of animals they treated in 2019, set up feeding programmes to support starving animals on the empty streets, and so much more.

With international volunteers unable to lend a hand, our local teams and volunteers carried on this life-saving work valiantly and have taken every challenge in their stride. Even with the ever-changing restrictions and constant flow of animals in need of treatment and care, they’ve ensured every animal receives the care it deserves.

Now, we need you to help so many more animals.

As the world is beginning to open to travel, it’s becoming possible for international volunteers to join us again with COVID-safety measures in place. Depending on your origin and destination, it may still be a challenging time to travel, but don’t worry, there is plenty you can start doing to prepare for your next volunteering adventure - whenever or wherever it may be! And we’re here to help.

Tell us you’re interested in volunteering

When you volunteer, you become part of a community. So, don’t navigate the journey alone, tell us you’re interested. Let us know what kind of experience you’re looking for, where you’re wanting to go, and your ideal dates. We can advise on what volunteer programme might be right for you. To speak with someone from our team, simply email volunteers@mail.volunteer.wvs.org.uk, or call on +44 (0)1725 557225 to discuss your options. 

Applying is only the first step

(And you can do that now!)

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably itching to plan your next adventure. Don’t delay the first step - apply now! After applying through the Volunteer Portal, our team can guide you through the volunteering process, offering help with everything from flight arrangements to programme changes, to make your volunteer journey as seamless as possible.  

Need more information? Check out our FAQs.  

How does our Volunteer Portal work, you ask? The portal serves as a ‘one-stop shop’ to connect you with the volunteering experience of your dreams. It’s a hassle-free way to submit your applications and track their progress. In the portal, we’ll guide you through what documentation needs to be uploaded, when payment is due, and anything else you may need to do before take-off. You can sign up to the portal by simply clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the programme you wish to apply for, and entering your details. If you have any questions or comments about the Volunteer Portal, please don’t hesitate to email us at volunteers@mail.volunteer.wvs.org.uk.

When we know, you’ll know

With your applications in the system, we’ll know exactly when and where you’d like to go, and be able to update you with important information from our local teams directly.

Need more information? Check out our FAQs.  

Do your research and stay informed  

Volunteering abroad is beginning to be a possibility again, but like with all international travel, you must be prepared. Do your research, reach out to experts, and chat with our head office for support. We always ask that you refer to government websites for travel requirements, as well as consult your doctor or travel clinic to ensure you’re able to travel safely.

Got questions about volunteering abroad? How do I apply? It is for me? Is it even possible with COVID-19 becoming a part of our daily lives? We have got the answers to your most frequently asked questions

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