JOA Volunteer Programme

Since 1972 Jersey has facilitated parties of volunteers to work with communities in developing countries for up to four weeks.

As well as bringing lasting benefits to poor and vulnerable people, our Volunteer Programme serves to raise awareness in Jersey of global development issues. Overseas volunteering also plays an important part in Islanders’ own personal development. Many trips have led to lasting links with communities all over the world, and several local charities were born from the experience of volunteering abroad. More than 1,000 islanders have been involved in the delivery of over 100 projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Jersey Overseas Aid offer volunteering bursaries to contribute towards your living costs while you give up your time for others. To find out more about JOA's bursary programme and how to apply please visit our bursaries page.

Visit our YouTube channel for interviews and stories from past volunteers.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2023 volunteering projects - the application window has now closed.

Frequently asked questions about JOA's Volunteer Programme

What does JOA's Volunteer Programme involve?

JOA works with its partner organisations, charities or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to send islanders to volunteer overseas to support initiatives that improve opportunity and wellbeing in some of the world’s poorest communities. Each project is usually formed of about twelve volunteers and is led by an experienced team leader. Volunteers are asked to make a contribution towards their travel expenses and JOA funds the additional costs of the trip. JOA also funds materials and supplies necessary in order to complete each project. Volunteers are expected to participate in training and team-building exercises in the months before departure.

Who can apply to volunteer with JOA?

Anyone living in Jersey who is aged 18 or over is welcome to apply to take part in JOA's Volunteer Programme. Applications from potential volunteers with a minimum of five years’ residency are given preference. 

How many projects have JOA volunteers supported and in what countries?

By 2020 more than 1,000 volunteers had been involved in the delivery of over 100 projects. These include constructing sand dams in Kenya, providing one-to-one care to underprivileged persons with disabilities in Lebanon, improving access to safe and sustainable sanitation facilities in Tanzania, and constructing a day care centre in Mongolia, to provide a secure and caring space for children.

What is the cost of volunteering with JOA?

JOA funds the majority of the cost of its Volunteer Programme, asking participants for a small donation towards travel costs. The Rotary Club of Jersey-de La Manche offers a bursary that can be used to fund the cost of an individual’s trip. In addition, participants can also apply for a JOA bursary to cover their travel contribution.

How do I apply?

Applications for JOA's volunteer programme are open annually, following the launch of opportunities available for that period. Please follow our step-by-step guide on how to apply through our online application portal, SmartSimple.