Community Development Volunteering Abroad: Most affordable Programs with IKPVA

Choose from some of the best community development volunteer programs overseas, they are both rewarding and highly affordable! With your volunteer work you will create a positive change, since you can combine local talents of the community with your experience and new ideas as an international volunteer. The goal is to empower community members with marketable skills in order to enable them generate sustainable income. Therefore, the community development projects open up an alternative path for growth. Since the local people start to develop their skills, they will free themselves from being victims of the vicious circle of the ubiquitous drug trade, juvenile prostitution and under employment.

How to be a Community Development Volunteer Overseas?

Have a look at our volunteer projects above, and find all the information you need, to proceed with your application. With your budget in mind, we have developed some of the best community development projects in several countries. Check it out, our fees are among the cheapest!

Amazing Experience – Community Development Volunteering in Argentina

Nathan volunteering with community development in Argentina
Community development in Argentina: Nathan from USA

Amazing experience with some of the greatest people. The local coordinators and the local organization were perfect. We will carry these people and memories with us for the rest of our lives. Everything went smoothly and it was much cheaper than other organizations. I would highly recommend this program! My fiance and I will probably come back because the program and the people changed our lives so much. The local volunteer neighborhood invited us to the pool and to play soccer in their community. Once in a lifetime experience! – Nathan, Washington DC

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Save an Amazon Community in Ecuador

Amazon Community: Las Tolas in Ecuador
Save an Amazon Community in Ecuador

So my girlfriend and I spent a week and a few days in a little village called Las Tolas. The people there were beyond amazing! They were happy, supportive and generally loved life. They were such a good and connected community. Everyone knew everyone!
The days off from work were awesome, as we got to go to little waterfalls with the village’s personal guide, Solomon. He was very insightful and knowledgeable about basically everything in the area. From the local humming birds to the different rocks on the side of the rivers. He knew every town, and seemingly every person that inhabited it.
Our family were overly happy to have us and we were overly happy to spent time with them. We worked hard during most days, out in different farms, but I wouldn’t have traded the views for anything. Jaw-dropping stuff. It was an insane trip and I would do it again in a heart beat! Thanks for every one at Iko Poran and Las Tolas organisations for making this happen. – Sam, 22 years, Melbourne

Learn more about the project at Las Tolas Village in Ecuador!


Community development volunteers have the opportunity to work with many different activities.
They should be open to work together with locals in community centers providing assistance with day-to-day tasks to help these local organizations carry out programs that increase the quality of life and broaden the development within their communities.
One can also help in filling or general organizing of the project and any expertise is appreciated and will go a long way to help the partner project gets better.


Opportunities for Community Development VolunteersVolunteer paints a mural in a community development project

The community development project involves as much and as little as one wants to do. It is not as structured as a normal work environment/ sports program. You are free to add as much help as you like or the bare minimum.
The range of volunteer work can include, but not limited to: promoting health and sanitation awareness, teaching English (if during school term more intense than holiday), playing sports, management and administrative tasks, marketing & fundraising, painting & renovation, community garden & environmental campaigns, arts programs, help to spread the word about local initiatives, recreational and extracurricular workshops, organizing events and assist in any other activity developed by the local community.


Skills needed for Community Development Volunteering

Children with the hands dirty after diging the garden

Creative, capable, committed, flexible and motivated community development volunteers are welcomed at this project and can offer great value to help them become stronger, developing the sustainability and increasing the impact of the community’s initiatives.

Your interest in NGOs work and understand the reality of the projects and what can be done to improve them will be greatly appreciated. You will live the reality of these community development projects from inside being able to give a lot and learn a lot more than you can imagine.