Professional Volunteering Overseas
93% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Professional Volunteering Overseas

Cuso International works collaboratively with overseas partner organizations on locally and nationally managed projects. Our volunteers bring their professional skills and work on long-term solutions that will have an impact on local communities, and the volunteer, for generations to come.

Our volunteers share new ideas, experiences and perspectives, building relationships that last beyond their placements.

Volunteers offer professional skills that are not readily available for development work in the country where they are placed. Volunteers work with local partners to support training and development of people who directly provide services that would otherwise be denied to disadvantaged communities, passing on those skills to colleagues so that services are sustainable.

Cuso International volunteers are selected for their personal qualities including intercultural sensitivity, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work well with others.

Africa » Tanzania
North America » St. Lucia
Asia » Philippines
South America » Peru
Africa » Nigeria
North America » Nicaragua
Asia » Myanmar
Asia » Laos
North America » Jamaica
North America » Honduras
South America » Guyana
North America » Grenada
Africa » Ethiopia
North America » El Salvador
North America » Dominica
South America » Colombia
Africa » Cameroon
South America » Bolivia
Africa » Benin
North America » Belize
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Host Family
Starting Price
Price Details
Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad. This includes:

• Attendance at a Cuso International assessment day (candidates must cover the first $150 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs)
• Travel and accommodation costs associated with pre-departure training
• Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family emergency)
• Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and comprehensive health insurance
• Accommodation while overseas
• A modest living allowance, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
• Quarterly payments to support you in your placement
• Modest support for accompanying partners
• For placements requiring Spanish language, substantive in-country language training is provided for those who already have intermediate knowledge
• Volunteers are expected to fundraise before their departure with a target of $2000 to support future volunteers and raise awareness about International Development and the work of Cuso International

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Impact
  • Support
  • Fun
  • Value
  • Safety

Program Reviews (3)

30 years old

Professional Volunteering Overseas


ln the easthern state of Nigeria,there was this group of guys that turns to Mafians and decide to be disturbing/distroying lifes and properties of anybody been it government or an idividuals. Oneday they cought one pregrenant woman that was going to buy things from the market as they where robbing people along the area,they all had their turn of sexual satisfaction on the pregnant woman which in the process,the woman died as she cannot endure 12-14 men on her.They left her body besides a gutter but people where not happy and couldn't do anything as the Ma'fians had weapons on them. The shoe makers whose the woman was their customer Volunteered all with cutlass and charms and went after those Ma'fians on daily bases and when the Government saw how fearless the volunteered candidates where,they issued them gun with license and monthly salaries and to be working with POLICE and SOLDIERS till date and all those Ma'fian where destroyed and consumed. We then joined the volunteer group and sometimes,we are used as escort to any reasonable company or institutions that may need us especially Government Officials.

How can this program be improved?

The program could be improved by Government providing all the necessary hard weapon since it involved life or it very risk JOB regardless of it benefits like Respect that you will have. The Government since they accept the group and had signed it into Law,should also appoint those leaders that will pay the big guys that are using their Life and futures to secure the city the appropriate salaries they where given and make sure their will be a consolidation to those that lost their life in the process.

Default avatar
57 years old
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Mount Saint Vincent University

Volunteers and local partners both benefit from knowledge exchanged during the volunteer's placement and afterwards.


My experience in Nigeria in 2013 was deeply fulfilling, as well as challenging and fascinating. I would recommend a Cuso International volunteer placement for the adventurous, humanitarian type of professional. Cuso provides extensive pre-departure training, guidance and travel support. The partner I worked with - Lady Mechanic Initiative - was a super person and leader. This volunteer experience was the best thing I ever did!

How can this program be improved?

Provide more in-country liaison with head office.

Default avatar
32 years old
Ottawa, Ontario
St. Thomas University

An incredible opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way


Working to improve job seeking and creation services in the south of Lima, gave me the unique opportunity to understand the challenges youth face daily and to organize resources to make sure youth are well equipped to define and reach their goals.

How can this program be improved?

To make sure that the volunteers understand the important commitment required for this kind of work to be successful and for the partner organization to better recognize the contribution of volunteers.

About The Provider


Cuso International is an international development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of skilled volunteers. Each year, we place volunteers from North and South America in developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Volunteers collaborate with local