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Volunteer resources

This page contains various resources for our volunteers. It includes links to online training courses, recommended reading, career development advice, funding resources and more.

All resources are provided by third parties and links will take you to other websites.

Resources for Volunteering Abroad Funding

We recommend you first look for funding through your own university as they sometimes provide one-off grants for this purpose. However, you may also be able to get funding through one of these resources:

  • Go Overseas – Yearly one-off $500 grant available to volunteer with a partner organisation
  • OmprakashQuartely one-off grants available to volunteer with a partner organisation
  • Jack Petchey Foundation – Funding to those looking to help disadvantaged young people, including through volunteering abroad. (£300 limit per person)
  • Volunteer Forever Allows users to ‘crowdsource’ from other users, friends & family
  • Volunteer Forever Potential Funding List Comprehensive list of potential sources of funding

Online Training and Career Resources

Introduction to Children’s Rights

A series of introductory resources on Children’s Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, from CRIN, the Child’s Rights International Network.

Explore the resources available here:

Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction – Free Online Course

A free online course from the University of Geneva, providing an overview of the most important features of children’s human rights.  You will need to register for a free account with Coursera.

Find out more and enrol here:

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Child Rights and Why They Matter – Free Online Course

A free online course from UNICEF, providing an understanding of child rights and a child rights approach and introducing you to UNICEF’s mandate as it relates to child rights.  You will need to register for a free account with the Agora e-learning platform.

Find out more here:

Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice – Free Online Course

A free 14 week online course from Harvard, where you can learn how to protect children from violence, exploitation, and neglect through law, policy, and practice in a human rights framework.

Read more here:


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Find out more about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty, signed by almost every country in the world, which sets out the human rights of children.

Read about the CRC on UNICEF’s website, here:


United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Find out more about the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by countries around the world.

Read more here:

Sustainable Development Goals

Explore the United Nations knowledge platform for the sustainable development goals, here:

Street Children Resources

A free-to-use online library containing the largest collection of street children related research, reports and articles, brought to you by the Consortium for Street Children.

Browse the resources here:

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Introduction to Child Protection

This short course describes the work of UNICEF in the field of Child Protection. In this course, you will explore the goals, programmes, challenges and achievements of child protection work.  You will need to register for free on the Agora e-learning platform.

Find out more here:

Child safeguarding tools and guidance

This resource library contains documents and publications collated by Keeping Children Safe on issues of child safeguarding. All resources are free to download or read online.

Browse the resources here:

Knowhow Nonprofit

Knowhow Nonprofit, from the NCVO, offers advice and support for voluntary organisations, including a range of resources and training opportunities.

Explore the resources here:

How Charities Work

This website from the NCVO provides a simple introduction to how UK registered charities are run and how you can help them make a difference to the causes you care about.

Find out more here:

Civicus Toolkits

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.  They have a variety of online resources and toolkits, covering a wide range of topics.

Explore the resources here:

Nonprofit Ready

Nonprofit Ready provides free online training to help nonprofit and social sector professionals deliver on their missions.

Explore the resources here:


ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters, provided by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It is also a excellent platform for searching international jobs and training opportunities in the development and humanitarian sector.

Browse the site here:


Impactpool is a career platform devoted to provide the best possible support to people who want to pursue a career within mission-driven organisations. It provides job listings for the development and humanitarian sectors, as well as a range of career development resources.

Find out more here:

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Idealist ( is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.  It features job and volunteer vacancy listings and a careers advice section at

With more than 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to the English, and Spanish ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.


Explore UNICEF’s work in Peru.

Browse the site here:


Explore the UN Development Agency’s work in Peru.

Browse the site here:

International Women’s Health and Human Rights

A free online course from Stanford University focussing on women’s health and human rights issues from infancy through old age, including information about positive interventions relating to those issues.

Find out more and enrol here:

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