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Volunteer Overseas

Volunteering overseas is a wonderful way to travel abroad, to expand your horizons, while at the same time making a contribution to a worthy cause.

Volunteering with Ecologia

For many people, to travel just for travel’s sake is not enough. When you volunteer overseas you get to know the people, their culture, their language, and their country in a way you can’t do as a backpacker or tourist.

By volunteering with Ecologia, you can make a real difference to the lives of the children and young people we support, as well as to the communities in which they live. And, with over 20 years experience of successfully placing volunteers abroad, you can rest assured that you will receive all the support you need – from the moment you apply right through until you return home.

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What our volunteers say

Hear about what some of our volunteers have to say about their experiences volunteering in Russia or Kenya.

Volunteer in Kenya (2017-18)

Volunteering in Meru is a great opportunity for me to get down in the dirt, do things with my hands while at the same time discovering more about myself and who I want to become. I love the combination of helping the local community, fostering environmental care and being a centre for amazing conferences and events. Dr Karambu’s work is as inspiring as her positive mentality is contagious.

Kilian Bartsch

Volunteer in Russia (2015)

The parents and at the same time teachers of Orion are doing amazing work. I’m proud to call these people my friends and I am also really thankful for the warmth I’ve received in Orion. It would be wrong to say that it was always easy. I had a lot of difficulties at the beginning as Russian culture differs a lot from Swiss culture. But now looking back, I think that going to Orion was one of my best decisions. Orion has taught me how to be honest and openhearted and it has showed me the beauty of Russian friendship.

Nina Bischel

Volunteer Application Form

About You

Please upload a clear photo of yourself, which tells us something about you. One without sunglasses, big hats, fake beards, please, we’d like to see your face! If it is a group photo, tell us which one is you. The photo should be in jpeg format and less than 5MB in size.
As a volunteer, you will work to not only develop your own skills, but to develop the sustainability of IPI. To assist our projects, we ask that each volunteer raise £100 to support IPI's projects (not included in volunteer costs). A fundraising pack and additional support will be available to you to help you smash your target!

Volunteering Details


Please supply contact details for two referees who are not family members, close friends, or your peers. At least one should be a teacher or employer (former or current). Supervisors, tutors, youth/sports club leaders, or university lecturers would also be ideal.

Your Background

Please answer all the following questions. Your answers will not prejudice your successful application as a volunteer.
This includes epilepsy, diabetes or other physical disability.

Introduce yourself

The following questions are a guideline to help you to introduce yourself to the people who live and work at International Peace Initiatives (IPI). They want to get a feeling for you as a person, so write as freely and informally as you can. Before Ecologia Youth Trust can approve your application to volunteer, IPI needs to see your introduction and give us their approval. It is both a courtesy to IPI and a reassurance for our volunteers so that you know IPI welcomes you before you commit yourself.


The 20 questions below are as much for you to assess your own adaptability, as they are relevant to us. Be honest with yourself!

On a scale of 1-5 (1-not at all, 5-very much), to what extent would you say you are:
These 20 Questions are as much for you to assess your own adaptability, as they are relevant to us. Be honest with yourself, and if you answered 1 more than 3 times, we seriously suggest you re-consider whether volunteering is the right choice for you.

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.