Applications will be accepted from 12/12 to 5/01 for specific projects (see below).

Applicants who submit their applications during this time period will be notified in January regarding shortlisting.

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Current GOC Volunteering Projects

Czech Republic

  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Eco Centre and the Region of Living Waters, Czech Republic
  • Dates: 18/07/2015 – 16/08/2015
  • This project is for 5 volunteers and will cost £560 + flights (A few spaces still available!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Volunteers will get the chance to take part in two projects in Czech Republic over four weeks. With the GOC bursary, this works out to 4 weeks of food and accomodation for only £60 plus flights!

Both projects are environmental renovation projects and work consists of active, outdoor activities such as gardening, landscaping and repairing cultural heritage sites.

The first project will take place in a small village in the beautiful Krkonose mountains in Eastern Bohemia. The second will take place in a town famous for its natural hot springs in the Carlsbad region of Western Bohemia. This area is home to lots of beautiful cultural and natural sights. In between the two projects there will be time allocated for sightseeing and tourist activities including hiking, having campfires, swimming, cycling, horse riding and visiting some local cultural events

In addition to the natural beauty of the area, another attractive point about this project is its close proximity to the UK. This means that travel costs will be reasonable.


  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Alternative Life Association, Antalya, Turkey
  • Dates: 4 weeks, July 2015
  • This project is for 10 volunteers and will cost £550 + flights (A few spaces still avalable!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Alternative Life Association works for the social integration of people with disabilities. The organisation has recently built a multi purpose venue in a village near Kas, Antalya in the south-west of Turkey.  Kas is one of the most popular coasts in southern Turkey and our facility is 11 km away from the Kas town centre.

In this venue people with disabilities who are excluded from mainstream education will have access to education in various fields. İf you are interested in working in education, working with people with disabilities or in social integration, this is the project for you.

What can you do?

There are a variety of things to be done at the centre and volunteers can choose what part of the centre they would like to get involved with. There are opportunities to help run workshops, organise events or help with the general upkeep and maintenance of the centre including administration, cooking and manual work.


Although a guest house and dormitories are avaliable, volunteers might be asked to stay in tents when necessary. Sleeping bags, mats and tents will be supplied but those volunteers who prefer to bring their own are welcome. Breakfast, dinner and lunch will be prepared and served at the facility.

Turkish classes can be arranged for volunteers, upon request.


  • Partner Organisation: The Safe Foundation
  • Local Organisation: Weaker Community Development Trust (WCDT)
  • Dates: 4 weeks, July 2015
  • This project is for 6 volunteers and will cost £625 + flights (A few spaces still available!)
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Get involved with a sustainable development project in Tamil Nadu, in the south of India. Work with the local gypsy Dalit community to educate about issues including HIV/AIDS awareness, gender equality and livelihood skills. Additional work includes the construction of an education centre. There will be opportunites for weekend excursions to a number of cultural and religious sites. Project details can be found here.