Volunteering is at the heart of Cuso International’s global efforts. We know that people helping people is the best way to address the development needs of our time. Be part of the movement making a real difference. Volunteer for Cuso International.

Is Volunteering right for you?

Watch a video that outlines the qualifications we’re looking for and what you can expect as a volunteer.


As a Cuso International volunteer, you will

  • Live and work abroad in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean.
  • Work side-by-side with local people and organizations.
  • Share your skills, creativity and learning to achieve common goals.
  • Contribute in advancing sustainable development.
  • Gain unique insights into the reality of life in other countries and communities.
  • Attain valuable professional experience and develop the cross-cultural understanding essential for success in a globalized world.

Types of projects include

  • Mentoring and advising local entrepreneurs and working with Youth Employment Centres to help build sustainable livelihoods.
  • Providing business expertise in industries such as agriculture, food processing, professional services and eco-tourism to strengthen economic growth.
  • Providing natural resource management expertise for initiatives such as the Model Forests Project.
  • Building the capacity of community health organizations to improve accessibility.
  • Providing expertise to strengthen civil society organizations, support judicial reform and improve access to justice.

"I believe that empowering marginalized populations through information and skill-building promotes greater participation in community decision-making and recognition of equal rights and opportunities,” says Ivelina. “My mission is to have a positive impact in the lives of those around me by helping them understand their rights and responsibilities and realize their own potential. I have seen people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs come together to problem-solve issues of gender inequality and gender-based violence."

Ivelina Ivanova
Cuso International volunteer placed in Lima, Peru as gender Advisor, Women’s Rights through the BC Public Service