Short Term Volunteer Roles

Ethical Short Term Volunteering Roles with VMM

Ethical volunteering is essential to the VMM International Short Term Volunteer Programme and supports the identified needs of the host organisation and community. VMM international are uniquely placed to arrange placements for people looking to volunteer from one month up to six months, meeting specific requirements, expertise or interests which will positively contribute to local communities in Africa.

Short Term Volunteering for Students, Career Break Professionals and Retirees

Whether you are a student, professional, retiree or just want to help, we will work with you to find a placement with one of our partners who will be more than happy to have you to help them. Additionally, these placements are ideal for individuals looking to improve skills and gain specific experience in volunteering and development work. VMM International projects meet the Comprehensive Compliance status with the Cómhlamh Code of Good Practice. Please contact the programme Manager, for more information.


Volunteers are needed to help develop and implement various programmes in Kenya, both in the prison and the community. Programmes include conflict resolution, restorative justice, re-integration, impact studies, support for families, developing training programmes for prison staff and prisoners, youth diversion projects and more. Given the specialisation of this programme, it is only suitable for professionals, academics and PhD students (depending on the level of experience).


Academics can avail of research placements with our UN affiliated partner in Uganda. This programme is suitable for professionals, PhD, masters and second year students upwards. Research areas include child protection, human rights, innovative health technologies, communicable and non-communicable diseases, HIV and AIDS, youth protection gender empowerment and much more. Volunteers will engage with community organisations actively engaging in specific research areas. Research proposals are also invited from individuals, universities and special interest NGOs.


VMM International partners with several organisations who work in and campaign for the human rights and dignity of others. Projects include anti-trafficking, girl empowerment, gender equality, women’s hygiene projects and children’s rights.


Opportunities for professionals, final year students, masters or PhD students in various disciplines such as nurses, speech therapists, special needs teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapy, podiatry, nutritionists, dieticians, midwives, HIV/AIDS care and education programmes, mental health and so much more. Experienced trainers are also much needed for practice and policy development. There are also research opportunities in communicable and non-communicable diseases.


VMM International partners with several community organisations in countries such as Uganda, Malawi and Kenya, who are working on vital projects involving food security and sustainability, seed cultivation, rain-water harvesting, drought relief and crop rotation.


VMM International have multiple opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools, university and vocational training in Uganda and Kenya. Qualified teachers are in high demand and provide much needed guidance in addition to teaching. Teachers can assist the school in areas such as lesson planning, or teacher training, one-to-one help for the students. Teaching assistants help in the preparation of lessons and a range of after-school learning activities such as homework clubs, sports, arts and crafts and drama classes.


Trainers in Sage and finance placements are available in Malawi in addition to IT training for youth and community projects. Our partners also require policy development, proposal applications and strategies to funders are also in high demand.

If you are interested in a specific area, profession or a general placement and you don’t see it listed here, please get in touch. VMM International partner with over 30 organisations who may have a need of your assistance.


 VMM INTERNSHIPS  IN AFRICA – Three Month Placements

Competency area Learning Focus Web
Web Development and Computer Maintenance Maintenance and updating of websites
Creation of institutional social platforms eg Twitter, Facebook etc
Networking, IT training
Proposal Development Resource mobilization for different programs and projects
Development strategies and priorities for new partner organisations
Development of unique fundraising materials
Organic Farming Learning on best environmentally healthy farming practices
Learning how to work with motivated, poor farmers
Integration of dairy, horticulture, pre and post-harvest management
Value addition
Administration Learn how to administer and manage integrated programs
Integration of donor interest into programing of different projects all over the world Duties and responsibilities of personnel
Learn how to review and develop policy documents
Understanding of NGO’s operation, environment, strengths and realities
Social Work Dynamics in culture Community and social group work
Social care case work
Medical Personnel
e.g. nurses, clinical officers, pharmacists, lab technologists
Learning about tropical illnesses and diseases
The use of alternative medical practises e.g. use of herbal medicines
Traditional Birth AttendantsMalnutrition Active Case finding in the community
Interaction and understanding of the various HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatments Management of a pharmacy with limited resources and application of laboratory procedures, protocols and systems
Human Rights Learning about anti-trafficking legislation – national and international Identification of gaps in law, case law research, care mechanisms for victims of trafficking
Human Rights and Gender based research
Youth affairs Learn about the youth situation in rural communities
Observing opportunities, challenges and realities versus perception
Impact of HIV/AIDS on youth and families
Research Quantitative and qualitative research in various disciplines (ideal for masters or PhD students) Innovative Health Technology Supporting evidence for international and national funding proposals and grant

For further information on any of the opportunities above email the programme manager:

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