Volunteer projects in Wales

Winter Volunteering Projects in Wales 2016

UNA Exchange is all about peace and intercultural understanding by providing international volunteering opportunities. Much of our work involves sending young people from Wales to other countries, this year we are looking at celebrating and diversity within Wales and getting people volunteering with an all new winter program.


  • Get Volunteering

We are running three residential weekends based at Little Bryn Gwyn, a Valleys Kids residential centre on Gower. The weekend willl involve a range of work on improving a residential centre for young people with fewer opportunities from the South Wales Valleys. Closest station: Swansea

Click here for project info sheets  

Dates: 20/11-22/11 2015,   19/2-21/2 2016,   15/4-17/4 2016  

  • Train the Trainers weekend

This is a training weekend for those interested in helping to delivery our leaders training and pre departure training courses during the summer. A mix of training and volunteering. Closest station Barry

Dates 22-24 January 2016

  • Celebrating diversity weekend

Explore issues relating to cross cultural understanding, dealing with discrimination and prejudice along with some great volunteering opportunities. Closest station Barry

Dates: TBC

  • Leaders Training weekend

Preparation weekend for volunteers interested in leading projects in Wales and overseas during the summer a hands-on program including a mix of training and volunteering. Closest station Barry

Dates 25-28 March 2016


More information about arrangements for the weekends click here  


To apply for a project complete and submit the online form here  

International volunteer projects in Wales

Volunteers from the UK are welcome to join one of our international projects in Wales. Every year, we organise:

  • weekend projects
  • two-week projects
  • European Voluntary Service (long-term projects)

We work with local community organisations to create projects that really make a difference.

Most projects require leaders, so if you want more of a challenge, we can train you to be a project leader


Weekend projects

Why not spend a weekend with a group of volunteers from across the UK and beyond? Some examples of projects....

  • Helping convert the people of Cardiff to Fairtrade products
  • Protecting some moorland at Afan Forest
  • Building dry-stone walls at Felin Uchaf in north Wales

Weekend projects are a great way of trying out international volunteering for the first time. They might help you to prepare for a more challenging experience overseas.


Two-week projects

We arrange around 15 two-week international volunteer projects in Wales every year. Volunteers come from across the world to give their time to Welsh communities. We reserve places on these projects for volunteers from the UK.  Some examples of projects....

  • Organising play activities with an international twist for young people in the Rhondda Valley
  • Helping Carmarthenshire County Council and Flintshire Coastal Rangers to build parts of the All-Wales Coastal Path

European Voluntary Service

UNA Exchange is coordinating more than 10 long-term EVS projects in Wales. Currently we do have NO EVS vacancies available. Any future EVS opportuntities will be published here, so watch this space. To find out more please contact us on [email protected]

List of EVS projects coordinated by UNA Exchange:

Hosting organisation PIC Status
Action in Caereau and Ely (ACE) 2013 - GB-109 Cancelled
ASH Wales 947499008 Full
Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Wales 939207836 Full
Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) 933762062 Full
Clubs for Young People Wales 2013-GB-53 Cancelled
Community Music Wales 2013- GB-43 Cancelled
Frieds of Pedal Power Project - Pedal Power 2013- GB-67 Cancelled
Info - Nation  2013- GB-107 Cancelled
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council 934743702 Full
ProMo Cymru Ltd 934669788 Full
Tanyard Youth Project Ltd 929036416 Full
UNA Exchange 948180724 Full
Welsh Association of Youth Clubs, Youth Cymru 926046488 Full




To find out more

If you live in the UK, you can find out more about these projects by emailing UNA Exchange.

If you live outside the UK - you can apply to volunteer for two weeks in Wales by contacting our partner organisation in your country.