Despite our good intentions, it can be very difficult to know exactly how to go about finding placements. I have listed a few UK and international opportunities which will hopefully make things easier for you.
Relief International seeks enthusiastic, dedicated people to volunteer worldwide. They offer full-time and contract employment both domestically and internationally as well as internships and volunteer opportunities.
RI is currently accepting applications for several domestic, international, internship, and volunteer positions. Check their position postings which are regularly updated online.
Mercy Ships is a ship crewed by doctors, nurses, water engineers and agriculturalists visiting some of the world’s poorest countries. They provide free surgery and medical care, and partners with local communities to improve health care, offering training and advice, materials and hands-on assistance.
Check their website for the list of open volunteer placements.
Overseas Development Institute
ODI is Britain’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian policy.It has made major contributions to research, dissemination and policy change, on all aspects of development and humanitarian policy.
If you are interested in joining ODI for a rewarding career, with the opportunity to learn new skills and work within a highly motivated team you can view the current opportunities on their website.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The International Federation Volunteers section of the Red Cross currently has around 97 million members and volunteers throughout the world, including 20 million active volunteers. Explore their volunteer section to find out how you can become part of the world's largest humanitarian Movement.
And finally, here's a useful site which lists opportunites all over the world: www.idealist.org. You can even narrow your searches by area, type of work you're looking for, languages yuo can speak etc.
Please let us know if you find any others!