We’re Voluntary Projects Overseas and we’re on a mission to change the world by connecting volunteers with projects in need of support. We believe in ethical volunteering and making a real difference in local communities. We’re Not-For-Profit and want the people who need it most to get every penny of our support. Explore our site and find out how you can experience the trip of a lifetime, whilst improving the lives of local communities around the world.

Why We Started




We’re Nick and Mads, we started Voluntary Projects Overseas (Que Rico) 10 years ago, after volunteering in Bolivia where we worked with children with burn injuries.

We were sad and frustrated to find out that most of the money we’d paid wasn’t actually going to help the children we were caring for; in fact it was going into the pockets of others. We felt that was wrong

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The work was so important that we knew it had to continue, so we started VPO and so far we’ve managed to donate over $500,000 to community projects worldwide. And during this time we’ve helped build a school, funded a burns rehabilitation centre, supported street children programs, Built over 100 homes and helped educate 1000’s of children all thanks to volunteers

This is while also working and bringing up a young family. Yes we both work and run VPO for free and in our own time – so we take nothing from doing this work

We don’t run our own projects any more and today our work focuses on supporting locally run projects find people like you to support and fund their vital life changing work.

By volunteering via VPO you are supporting locally run project who employ local people –  ethical not for profit volunteer placement that will make a real difference

Get in touch and we’ll tell you all you need to know about planning a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll love, whilst making a real, meaningful difference.

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