Jobs and volunteering

Jobs and volunteering

The DEC secretariat is a small, efficient team that launches appeals at very short notice to raise money for people affected by disasters overseas.

UK volunteering opportunities

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.

Volunteering overseas

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.