Medium / Long Term Placements

How long: 1-12 months
When: Throughout the year, but principally between June and October
Destinations: 50+ countries worldwide
Activities: Social, Environmental, Youth Work, Arts/Cultural, Language, Sport
Who can apply: Anyone 18+
Cost: £200 (1-3 months), £250 (3-6 months), £300 (6-12 months)

If you want to volunteer for more than a month and really make a difference to the work of a local community organisation, why not join a longer-term project? Volunteering for a longer period of time is a great opportunity to really get to know another country and immerse yourself in a new culture, whilst developing new skills and learning a foreign language.

Longer-term projects last between 1 to 12 months. You may decide on an individual placement, or to work as part of a small team of international volunteers. Projects run throughout the year and there is usually no upper age limit.

As with the Short-Term Group Projects, all the longer-term activities are organised by our partner organisations based in the host country.

There are also some Medium / Long Term projects available through our project search page - make sure you tick 'projects over 1 month'. The projects below aren't in our searchable database bacuase they don't have start or end dates, which generally means it's up to the volunteer how long they want to go for or when they want to start the project.

More information on what you can expect, preparation / training requirements and the costs involved is available by contacting the UNA Exchange office.

Application Forms
I want to apply for... Partner organisation name
The North South Programme
See Below MLTV N/S Application Form
The Main Programme
See Below MLTV Main Application Form

Please note you may have to write a motivation letter to go with your application form.

Read through the downloadable project listing documents below to see whether you have to or not.

At the moment we are at the end of the volunteering season. We expect to get many more MTV projects by March 2010.

North South Programme 
Africa Organisation Name
Download (Year)
Zambia YAZ Download 0910
Kenya KVDA
Download 10
Uganda UPA Download 10



Download 10


Download 10  
Thailand    DaLaa  
Download 10 (Jan to July)
Download 1011   
Central America

Argentina Subir Al Sur Download 10
Ecuador Chiriboga Download 10
Central Asia    
Kyrgyzstan Leaders

Download 10

This project has been removed due to the troubles in Kyrgyzstan at the moment. Once the FCO changes it's travel advice we will put the link back up.

Main Programme
Asia  Organisation Name
Download Here
North America



Download 10



Download 10 - Please use standard MTV application for these projects - can be found above.

Lower Nine Project 10

France Concordia France
Download 10



Download 10 app form

Download 10 description



a) Download 10 description

a) Download 10 app form

b) Download 10 description

b) Download 10 app form

Three months volunteering in Korea

Having my arms scratched up by metal buckets full of concrete whilst singing away building classroom walls was the initial step to getting me hooked. After international projects in West Africa, weekends digging trails in country parks, setting up student societies, being seduced by training programmes and ending up painted green, dancing away on a farm in the middle of Wales, I can definitely say I hand delivered my soul to the cause a long time ago. I’ve co-led and led my very own team of international agents of change. Amidst the puppets, paint and parties I made some great friends and developed invaluable personal skills along the way.

Most recently I was Medium Term Volunteer (MTV) in South Korea for three months teaching English, drama and games to 7-14 year olds in two alternative schools in the northern district Paju-si. I worked alongside another volunteer from Finland and as a team we embarked upon our project.

Living and working in a different culture and country gives you an insight into a society, which you wouldn’t have as a tourist. I was taken in by a host home and immersed in a haze of newness – Buddhist temples, basketball, farming, traditional drumming and Hangeul (Korean language). After running on a few hours sleep, jet lag, plus a very healthy dollop of that affliction we’re all tarnished with - good ol’ British politeness - I finally settled into a less hectic schedule and enjoyed the land of neon signs where history and modernity stand side by side.

We joined the secondary school on a week-long peace pilgrimage led by two ordained monks. We walked amongst rice fields, lakesides, roads and over mountains. We passed elderly men farming, women picking chillies, and old men drinking soju in the shade. All the way we were learning about the struggle for tolerance, peace and the kindness of human nature. The experience opened my eyes to Korea, gave us a chance to bond with the students and I was truly humbled by people’s kindness, for all our food was donated.

Back at school, our classes were full of blindfolds, role-plays, icebreakers, drawing and team building games. Each day was different, for you have to be flexible to adapt to the different abilities within the class. The students were the best teachers, they taught me to simplify, be patient and enjoy the moment. Following that we were able to have a great Sports Day resulting in all the dads falling over the finish line in the relay, bake apple pie, harvest chestnuts and laugh at ourselves.

The project culminated with the students putting everything they’d learnt into a play in English – Snow White. They painted the scenery, made their costumes and memorised their lines.

With an MTV project you get to see the day-by-day progress over time. I saw shy children get up in front of their peers and family and perform their hearts out.

With the students help I was able to read and converse in basic Hangeul, enough to travel around for a month after the project. Volunteering enables you to take an active role in giving back to the community, and a true understanding of citizenship. It enables you to continually learn and challenge yourself and others.

Lindsey Gowlett