Concordia is an international charity based in Brighton, UK. We believe that volunteering changes lives and nurtures global citizens who care about each other, and the world.

Concordia was founded in 1943 to recruit volunteer labour to help with the war effort and to encourage peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Since its founding, Concordia has been committed to national and international volunteering and work placements to promote intercultural understanding and peace. Concordia has supported nearly three-quarters of a million people to undertake intercultural exchanges all over the world.

Our Impact

 As part of two of the biggest international volunteer networks, the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and the Committee for International Voluntary Service Organisations (CCIVS), we share with them quality standards for our projects as well as the ethos that drives our work. 

How we work

Each year in March, we release over 1500 volunteer projects that take place all over the world. Our projects take place mostly during the summer and tend to be short term, so you can fit your experience around work and study commitments. We do have also longer projects for those who want to spend more time volunteering abroad.

Your experience with Concordia doesn’t end with your project. If you want to develop your leadership and organisational skills, you could continue volunteering for us in various roles such as a co-ordinator on one of our international projects in the UK. You could be a group leader on one of our group volunteering projects abroad. You will receive full training and we will also cover your travel, food and accommodation. You just need to give us your time and pay a small fee to cover the training. 

We can also offer you places on training events and seminars organised by our partner organisations on topics such as leadership, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, gender equality and more. These positions are usually funded by the EU or other international institutions.