Short Term Volunteering

VMM International, Volunteer Mission Movement, are an international development and volunteering organisation for both short term volunteering and long term volunteering placements, with the onus on a true exchange of values and skills. Our vision is to help create ‘a world where we live in the shelter of one another’. Our mission is ‘to share who we are and not just what we have’, and we love doing what we do! With a long history stretching back to 1969, we have placed thousands of volunteers, which has led to astonishing results for communities and for the volunteers themselves. We help volunteers of all ages; students, professionals on a career break and retirees, to step into communities and get stuck into projects of real value to local people and our partnerships with strong and well-established, organisations, playing our part to deliver the aspirations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Sally and Keith in Uganda

VMM Volunteers, Sally and Keith, in Uganda

We currently work in nine African countries, helping our grass roots partners  take care of the needs that, importantly, local people tell us are most important to them. Projects tend to cover education, health, human rights and advocacy to agricultural and environmental, capacity building, construction and community development initiatives and we have partnerships with civic, community and church organisations. VMM are inspired by faith and we maintain an all-inclusive organisation and welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or politics.

The short term programme allows volunteers of all ages to work directly alongside VMM long-term projects. Opportunities exist from 4 weeks to 6 months, in teams or individual placements and internships. Involvement will contribute to development in the overseas host community, as well as broaden the horizons and motivate those involved for continued concern and commitment to support global justice and development issues.

VMM has more than 30 partners in Africa who can assist with the development of short term projects. All project partners have proven good practice in development work with strategic plans, child safeguarding and financial policies in place.

So whether you are a school-leaver, college student, working or retired, looking for a career break, or just want to be part of something special, get in touch with a member of our team to start your memorable journey.

What to know more? Explore our short term opportunities!

Check our short term volunteer FAQ section,  learn more about volunteering or Apply Now!

For further information on our short term volunteering programme, email the programme manager:

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