Concordia International Volunteers
97% Rating
(7 Reviews)

Concordia International Volunteers

Concordia is a small not-for-profit charity promoting greater understanding, international peace & volunteer opportunities.
Through our East/West programme, you can volunteer overseas in many destinations in Europe, North America, Japan, and Korea. Our North/South programme offers volunteer placements in South East Asia, India, Africa, Central and South America.

Concordia's aim is to encourage international volunteering as a means of promoting personal development, greater cultural awareness and international understanding. International Volunteer Projects bring together individuals from around the world to participate in two to four week projects. Volunteers work as part of an international team to support community-based initiatives that would not be possible without their help.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Joana
Female
20 years old
Montpellier, France

Concordia Volunteers in Rome

8/10

The program offered by Concordia Volunteers are amazing, I got the chance to discover an anarchic independent community in the periphery of Rome (an amazing city adding to that). The camp was based in the participation of all in the community activities, including cleaning and cooking. In addition we helped to organise a screen-printing and comics festival (which was the main goal of the camp at the beginning). I got to meet amazing and open-minded people, that welcomed our team in their fort for 2 weeks and learned very interesting story about the place and the people.The artists of the festival were amazing as well.
The fact that Concordia provides such opportunities is incredible, it pushes young people to open themselves to the world. This program taught me to be more independent, autonomous and understanding.

I would recommend this organisation to anyone willing to have an unique experience abroad.

How can this program be improved?

The only issue I had during those 2 weeks were the other volunteers on the team, most were amazing obviously and we had a lot of fun, including with the local people of the fort and the artists. However, some were just not motivated enough about the goal of the camp which was to discover an amazing community and help them set their festival up. I think Concordia should be more selective in the future.

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Emma
Female
27 years old
Brighton

A fantastic organisation!

10/10

There are so many different international opportunities to get involved with and the team are excellent and very supportive!

I have been able to enjoy many enriching overseas experiences through Concordia such as volunteering on various different social and environmental projects in Europe, exchanging my time and enthusiasm to help community projects in return for accommodation and food.

I have also had the opportunity to lead one of Concordia's UK summer projects here in the UK, where I coordinated and organised the daily social activity programme for the volunteers who were working at a youth centre in Kent to deliver outreach sports and creative activities to youth in the local community.

I have also been fortunate enough to take part in "European Voluntary Service" through Concordia. My project was in the French Alps, working for an organisation which promotes intercultural appreciation and tolerance through international summer youth activity camps, festivals, local community projects etc.

These are just a few examples of the many diverse opportunities that are made possible through Concordia! I would highly recommend the organisation to anyone wanting to take part in "ethical" overseas voluntary projects which benefit local communities and to those wanting to feel enriched and inspired!

Emma
Female
United Kingdom

A fantastic organisation!

10/10

There are so many different international opportunities to get involved with and the team are excellent and very supportive!

I have been able to enjoy many enriching overseas experiences through Concordia such as volunteering on various different social and environmental projects in Europe, exchanging my time and enthusiasm to help community projects in return for accommodation and food.

Last year I was fortunate enough to take part in "European Voluntary Service" through Concordia. My project was in the French Alps, working for an organisation which promotes intercultural appreciation and tolerance through international summer youth activity camps, festivals, local community projects etc.

This is just one example of the many diverse opportunities that are possible through Concordia! I would highly recommend the organisation to anyone wanting to take part in "ethical" overseas voluntary projects which benefit local communities and to those wanting to feel enriched and inspired!

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Anastasija
Female
21 years old
Chester

Volunteer Projects in Japan with Concordia

10/10

Concordia is a great organisation, which provides a variety of different projects all around the world for affordable price. I really wanted to volunteer in Japan and this organisation gave me what I wanted. The programme I chose was environmental project in Japan for two months. Before I got there, I received a lot of information from Concordia and had a meeting to discuss different issues and concerns that may arise while I am on the project. This was very helpful as it gave me confidence and overview of what can happen and how to deal with different situations.
When I arrived in Japan to the meeting point there was someone to meet us and guide us to the accommodation. Our team leader was very funny and friendly, we could talk to her about everything. The programme itself included work in forest and near the lake, and during the period of two months we have done many different things. The work wasn’t the same each day and we experienced different camps and activities as well. During summer there are a lot of festivals in Japan and we as volunteers could participate and help them organise everything. The other activities included international camps where we met a lot of new people and learned new skills.
During the stay we could get support from our team leader and the person in charge of this project, which was very helpful. They could answer all our questions and they made sure that we are safe and have enough food all the time. Our long term team included six people and we could become like a family with each other. We had a lot of fun and we enjoyed every day we spent there.
In the end I would say this project was very valuable to meet new people and get to know the country and culture from within, as well as, the local people, who were very generous to us. I would like to return to Concordia again for a different project in the future.

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Lorivic
Female
42 years old
London
City University London

Mongolian Volunteer Project

10/10

For my first volunteering project overseas I decided to go with Concordia as they seemed like a good organisation. I was not disappointed in choosing them; from the very beginning, before I even started the project they were on hand to answer any of my questions, which were many. They fully supported me before, during and even after I finished the volunteer project.
For the volunteer project itself, I went to Mongolia to help out at the farm at a local orphanage and I have to say it was one of the highlights of my 10 month travel. I made many friends which I still keep in contact with and I felt like I actually did make a difference to the project. The highlight was planning and carrying out an activities day with the kids.
I will definitely volunteer again in the future and when I do I will not hesitate to contact Concordia again.

How can this program be improved?

In Mongolia sometimes the weather would be bad which would prevent us from working on the farm, it would be great if contingency plans were created so that volunteers could be productive whatever the weather.

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