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Volunteer jobs in engineering and technical


Share your technical skill to make a real difference to people's lives.

Our engineering and technical volunteers tend to work in either our secure livelihoods programmes to help people make a decent living or our health programmes to support healthcare services.

Volunteers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and work to share their technical skills, both in the workplace and in education institutes and colleges.

Perhaps you're an electrical engineer who'll be training technicians to maintain life-saving hospital equipment. Or maybe you're a vocational trainer running workshops for master craftspeople, supporting marginalised communities with practical technical skills. Either way, you'll be making a real difference in people's lives.

Engineering, technical and vocational roles include:

  • Electronic and electrical engineers
  • Vocational trainers
  • Town and country and urban planners

"The experiences I have had have been a great learning. Doing many things for the first time in my life, going beyond my own area of expertise have helped me gain a deeper understanding of development.

Engineer James Croston - VSO EU AID volunteer, India

Arnoud Keizer is supporting production of reliable and up-to-date 3D images of the Philippines major river basins. ©VSO/Peter Caton

Arnoud Keizer is supporting production of reliable, up-to-date 3D images of The Philippines major river basins.

Making maps that save lives - volunteer Arnoud Keizer spent nine months with the Filipino government and communities affected by disasters. He is supporting national efforts to use science and technology to prepare for and prevent future devastation. Read his story

How  we support you

Throughout your journey with VSO, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. Our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement and our offices in each of the countries we work in and our local partners will provide ongoing support while you are overseas. 

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Current engineering, technical and vocational volunteer jobs abroad

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