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Personal Overseas Development (PoD)

PoD Formal House 60 St George's Place Cheltenham United Kingdom GL50 3PN


Volunteer with non-profit organisation PoD on a range of animal care, building, child care and orphanages, conservation, teaching and community development projects around the world.

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PoD offer great value 1 week – 1 year placements at volunteer projects in Belize, Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.

PoD is a leading non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world.

Established in 2001, PoD's aim is to support ongoing projects with their partners in Belize, Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam by providing passionate and committed volunteers.  PoD work with long term projects that they know personally and where there is genuine benefit to local communities.

A placement with PoD will not only develop volunteers’ skills and confidence, get them out of their comfort zone and explore incredible parts of the world but also provide the ability to make a genuine difference whilst having an experience which looks great on their CV.

PoD offer gap year, career break, working holiday, volunteer projects and school expeditions from 1 week to 1 year with year round departures.  PoD offer a personal and professional service drawing on years of experience from staff in the UK and overseas.

Volunteers are needed to join animal care, building, child care and orphanages, conservation, teaching and community development projects around the world. So whether you want to learn to dive and contribute to reef conservation on a private island in the Caribbean, work hands on with cheetahs or elephants in South Africa, help at an orphanage in Cambodia or teach on a tropical island in Thailand then PoD have the project for you!

PoD believes in providing challenging, safe and fun experiences for individuals and groups to enjoy.  PoD are passionate about giving volunteers of all ages the opportunity to use their energy, enthusiasm and personality where it counts.

PoD also supports its projects through the Personal Overseas Development Charity (UK charity number 1139629).

170x130_fitbox-pod_lady_on_horse.jpegWhy volunteer with PoD?

With many different organisations offering volunteering projects, how do you choose between them and find a safe, ethical, meaningful, and exciting volunteering experience with proper support?

PoD is a specialist non-profit volunteering organisation with over 10 years of experience arranging volunteer placements overseas. Don't just take their word for it though, 98% of PoD volunteers rate their experience as good or very good!

PoD are trusted by over 500 people each year who choose to volunteer with PoD for the reasons below:

Benefits for PoD's volunteers


Run on a non-profit basis they keep prices as low as possible without compromising their level of support
Volunteer fee levels are set to match costs

It's personal!

Small friendly UK team
You are a name not a number!
Communicate with the same person - a dedicated volunteer manager for each project

170x130_fitbox-pod_laughing_children.jpegHigh level of support

PoD UK team are all ex-PoD volunteers
In depth knowledge of the countries and projects we send volunteers to
Experienced local staff on the ground who are there to support you during your time at the project
Independently and carefully selected projects

PoD only choose genuine projects where there is mutual benefit to the project and volunteers
PoD are independent so able to select the best volunteering projects
Projects are fully vetted and assessed by PoD
Projects are visited by a member of the PoD UK team on a regular basis to ensure they maintain in-depth knowledge of their projects

Book with confidence

UK organisation - you know where to find them!
Governed by and comply with UK/EU regulations
Financial protection insurance for monies paid to PoD by volunteers
£2m Public Liability insurance

Professional standards

Full member of the Year Out Group - meeting their comprehensive Code of Practice
Member of Responsible Travel
Partner of the UK government FCO Know Before You Go campaign

Carefully considered safety and emergency support

Detailed risk assessments for each project
Full incident management plans
Specialist crisis management insurance
PoD senior staff on call to fly out for emergencies

Join the PoD community

2000 like-minded volunteers
Be part of a social movement promoting volunteering
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Benefits for PoD projects
Quality volunteers and reduced admin

Receiving volunteers to help with their work – who have been vetted and prepared
Reduced admin compared to having to directly recruit volunteers - so they can focus on their core charitable aims

Financial support

PoD projects receive finance to cover costs of receiving volunteers and help fund their work
They also receive donations through the UK registered PoD Charity - over £15,000 was raised for our projects in 2011
PoD encourage all volunteers to fundraise and provides fundraising support

170x130_fitbox-pod_diver.jpegWider support from PoD

PoD relationships are long term partnerships
PoD contributes expertise in volunteer management
PoD promotes project needs and news through its online community
Fundraising from the PoD Charity

Benefits to the countries PoD work in

PoD projects employ many local staff
Volunteers contribute to the local economy by supporting local businesses
PoD promotes responsible travel to their volunteers
Volunteers act as ambassadors for volunteering and ethical travel
Increased global awareness of returning volunteers