United Kingdom



New Zealand

Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer Case Study

The initial two months were dedicated to extensive training, covering activities from water rescue techniques to zip-wire rescues and orienteering. Nicole emerged from the training as a competent leader, able to guide groups of children through various activities. Her enthusiasm shines through as she expresses “lots of fun” in the process.

“The first two months were all training. I was assessed on all activities and can now lead groups of children. It’s lots of fun! I love working with children; there’s a new group each week. My team are great people. Although I came alone, I now have many friends and am part of a community.”

The Journey of a Lifetime!

New Ventures Worldwide has a global network of non-profit outdoor camps who need volunteers. Discover an exciting new culture while gaining invaluable life experience and making a positive impact.

Positive Impact

You’ll be a valued team member with a non-profit outdoor camp and make a real difference to children’s lives.

Trusted Placements

Our outdoor camp placements are risk assessed and have been tried and tested by previous volunteers.

Brilliant Destinations

Our destinations are chosen for their rich culture and fantastic opportunities!

Full Support

We’re here to guide you every step of the way to ensure you have a fulfilling and safe experience.


You’ll gain a deep understanding of a new culture and become part of the community.

Live Abroad

You can say you lived in another country with placements of up to a year.

Message from an Outdoor Camp

We asked Ned, manager of Blackwell Adventure Outdoor Camp in the UK since 2007, to describe the camp and volunteer’s experience.

Here’s what Ned said:

“Blackwell Adventure placements are designed and delivered to support all participants in developing their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills and learning how to provide outdoor activities to young people. However, the experiences they have are often the most valuable – volunteers face their fears, support and empathise with each other, and make connections and friends that can last a lifetime.

Young people tell us how special it is to meet others who are like them from across the World; these shared experiences create a bond and a sense of belonging that come with meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone. The skills, knowledge and behaviour that the young volunteers develop at a residential centre like ours are all transferable, lifelong skills that will prepare them for future challenges that life throws up.

This, in turn, helps develop their skills even further and provides them with experiences that they can share during their journey. It’s an exceptional experience getting to watch the journey of a Volunteer, from the first meeting to seeing them along their placement and bringing all their ideas and hard work to life.

We have always had a good relationship with NVW, and our shared values are why we have always gotten on so well.”


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What is the enrolment process?

After completing the application form, our team will check if you are eligible for your chosen program before inviting you to a Welcome Video Call. The interview is where you get to know the New Ventures Worldwide team, ask questions and get matched to your perfect program. Various background checks are then conducted before you are officially enrolled in the program.

What are the benefits?

  • See the world while experiencing a new culture
  • Experience personal growth, becoming more confident and independent
  • Make an impact working with international non-profit organisations
  • It looks great on your CV
  • Learn new skills for life
  • Gain perspective and understand what life is all about

Do I need flights and travel insurance?

Yes, you will need to arrange your own flights and travel insurance. You’ll need to send us your travel insurance policy details before starting a program.

Can a friend and I enrol on the same placement?

Being on a volunteering placement means you’ll always have a network of people around you, including locals and other volunteers. Providing a readymade community with local knowledge to explore, share, and create incredible memories. However, if you want to travel with a friend from home, let us know, and we can usually arrange for you to be on the same placement.

What happens if there is a problem during the placement?

New Ventures Worldwide has a Ladder of Support so you can see who to contact if you need help. Your placement will assist you in almost all situations. However, we also offer background support, mainly if a more serious issue arises.

Are You Ready?