There’s something to be said about volunteering with people who have your same standards, especially if you are thinking about going abroad. If you are looking for opportunities to meet other LDS volunteer and serve, there are lots of options out there for you.
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Whether you want to serve close to home or experience a completely different culture, it would be nice to know the people you are serving with have similar standards and the organization you are with is there to keep you safe.
That’s why we’ve done a little research and found some programs out there where you can serve with other LDS volunteers (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and volunteers who have similar standards to yours.
Latter-Day Saint Charities
This organization is directly affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ and looks for qualified volunteers to help at home and/or abroad for 7-10 days (or longer) in areas like Maternal and Newborn care, Vision Projects, Disaster Relief, and Wheelchair Projects in various countries. Just so you know, this program isn't regularly look for volunteers for brief periods of time, choosing instead of focus on self-reliance and sustainability, and really encourage volunteers to look for needs to fill closer to home. They do suggest checking out justserve.org for opportunities in your neighborhood.
Most of these positions need a copy of your college diploma (so you need to be a graduate) and also require you to have some serious experience in certain areas, but others need volunteers to help out near home.
Check out their map of where they help and list of projects to see where and what you can help with.
This organization (in partner with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) tries to help other faith based programs find volunteers who want to give back to their community. You can submit an organization to volunteer with yourself, or you can serve by zip code to find one close to you — or use their app to make it super easy.
Check out justserve.org here.
I mean, call us biased but International Language Programs (ILP) gives college age volunteers a pretty unique opportunity. Though we aren’t affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a lot of our volunteers are members of the church meaning you have the chance to live abroad for a semester (an entire semester!) with people who share your beliefs and all agreed to follow our Code of Conduct. We have a Code of Conduct similar to the one found at BYU (Brigham Young University).
You're also not volunteering alone. You're set up with a group of volunteers who share your standards, and are all living, teaching, volunteering, and traveling together. Volunteers with ILP are teaching English or helping in an orphanage for around 20 hours a week, then have free time, weekends off, and vacation days to do some serious traveling. We also have programs that fit during your school semester: many of our volunteers are attending schools like BYU and BYU-Idaho, but you don't have to be a student to volunteer with us! It's a really unique experience to watch LDS conference in a foreign country with people you've spent a whole semester volunteering with.
Choose from countries all over the world, go temple hopping on your vacations or attend institute in your host country (when you aren’t teaching English to cute kids, helping in an orphanage or vacationing to other countries!).
This is a Church-based service trip that sends groups of volunteers (ages 16-19 so it's best for high school students) to developing countries to help build homes, orphanages and schools. It’s basically like EFY (Especially For Youth) but in a foreign country. You'll be able to attend church and hang out with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Costs vary between countries, with varying trip lengths (most are a couple weeks). It's not a program with a lot of built-in free time, more of a structured EFY program.
All For Good
You don’t need to go abroad to serve! All For Good is a Utah based company and is looking for people who want to help out in their community — no experience necessary. Search by keyword or by zip code online so you can find ways to help close to where you are living or going to school. Some organizations only need help for a week or two and other are always looking for volunteers.
Grab your friends and sign up to greet guests and answer questions at a pet adoption center or serve as a reading tutor in a local elementary. These opportunities change often, so check in here to see new lists.
Thinking about spending a semester abroad teaching English or helping in an orphanage or hospital abroad?
ILP sends volunteers abroad for a semester to do just that — And as always, your program fee includes your flight, visa, housing and culture classes! Come learn more about where you can volunteer with ILP here: