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Volunteering worldwide

If you are interested in volunteering to support hospice and palliative care services worldwide, we can help you find appropriate volunteering opportunities. 136 countries now offer or are developing palliative care services, and the need for support is greatest in resource-limited countries.

Many experienced palliative care workers and other health professionals have built lasting links with hospice and palliative care services throughout the world by sharing their skills and experience.


Volunteer placements are usually for a minimum of six weeks or three months and would normally involve assisting with teaching or developing services.



International volunteering in palliative care: tips to get you started


This publication is an essential resource if you are considering volunteering in palliative care overseas. It aims to give palliative care professionals the information and tools they need to plan their volunteering placement in another country. It provides information about what volunteering involves, where you may be needed and what skills a good volunteer should have. It also covers specific details about who to contact, grants that may be available to you, practical issues and cultural awareness. Published in May 2010.

To download a copy visit our publications catalogue. 

Further information

Read the stories of volunteers who have travelled to countries around the world to offer their skills and experience.


For more information about volunteering worldwide, please contact us.