Volunteer in London, England

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London has always been one of the world’s most exciting cities due to its numerous attractions and rich history. One of the most visited cities the world over, London has tremendous culture and a certain charm that is unmatched in England. It also has many opportunities for people interested in volunteering in the city.

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Homeless Shelter

Even though the England is a relatively rich nation, it, like most nations, has a homeless population in need of help. London specifically has over half of England’s homeless population. As a volunteer, you will work in a shelter, helping with administration, running the shelter, and serving food.

Community Health

Health care has always been a priority in England and it is in fact provided free to all citizens. London has a variety of health centers and there’s a need for volunteers. Volunteers will help in administrative work and also help treat patients.

Nonprofit Work

London has a variety of nonprofit organizations that work in the city. These nonprofits work in a variety of diverse areas. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to work in nonprofits that work in Poverty Relief, Human Rights, and Foster children.

Volunteering Tips

Know Before You Go: Many volunteers who come from the US or other Western nations will probably be tempted to not prepare for the trip. However, you should know that the UK is in fact quite different and has its own distinct culture from other Western nations. Make sure you do some research so you know what to expect!

How to Save Money While Volunteering: London is a big city and is known for being quite expensive. The British Pound is also stronger than the US Dollar which leads to the expense. Try to not eat out very often, and if you must, visit low to middle range restaurants to stick to your budget.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in London

For travel to London, no specific vaccinations are required. However, if you’re visiting from November to April, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Influenza. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.

London is a relatively safe city for visitors. It is important though to not walk alone at night, and if you must, stick to well lit areas. Remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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EF Gap Year
EF Gap Year is a 26-week program that enables students to explore several countries, learn a language, volunteer for a good c...
EF Gap Year
EF Gap Semester is 12-week program that allows students the flexibility of starting in either September or January. The semes...
Lattitude Global Volunteering
PROGRAM OVERVIEWS SCHOOL Almost all school placements are in private schools. Volunteers may help to support in the classroom...
The Simon Community
The Simon Community accepts full-time and part-time volunteers in London to help people who are living on the streets. The Si...
Volunteers For Peace (VFP)
Volunteers for Peace offers placements throughout Great Britain for as little as $500 per year. Choose to volunteer anywhere...
Czech Republic
Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner and enjoy free stays in beautiful hotels, along with an...
Study Abroad UK
Camp UK - Summer Placement / Gap Year Summer Camp UK Helping children to become involved in activities. You will meet like-mi...
United States of America
Winant Clayton Volunteers
Winant Clayton Volunteers is a charity which facilitates an annual exchange programme for British and American volunteers to...