You can make a difference and help people in crisis – come and work or volunteer for the DEC or any of our partners and member charities.


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If you are interested in volunteering at the DEC's London offices, please send a CV and short cover letter outlining your relevant skills to The DEC also looks for extra support in the first few weeks of an appeal, so please get in touch if you're interested in helping in this way.


Please note: The DEC does not work overseas and is unable to send volunteers to disaster areas. Overseas work is carried out by our Member Charities. The DEC is not able at the current time to offer work experience for under 18s, or internships.


The DEC does not have permanent staff overseas and does not send volunteers to the field, but there are several UK-based organisations specialising in training or sending skilled volunteers to work on long-term assignments in developing countries.

RedR runs quality training courses which can help anyone interested in volunteering overseas improve their skills and knowledge of the humanitarian sector. RedR also provides advice to potential new relief workers.

VSO is an international development charity that works using volunteers. Experienced professionals share their skills with local colleagues in some of the world's poorest communities.

ReliefWeb is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Information and advice about working or volunteering overseas.

The Thompson Reuters Foundation provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. 

If you want to find out how to donate commercial goods or services, please contact Global Hand.


Volunteer testimonials 

The DEC greatly values the remarkable people that have given up their free time to volunteer with us. Their contribution helps us run our emergency appeals, and carry out the important work that ensures success. 

We want to highlight some of the amazing people we’ve worked with over the past year.