19 Jul 2024
Volunteer in Sweden
Volunteering Work & Money

Volunteer in Sweden

Finding meaningful work and creating a network can be challenging when you first arrive in Sweden, yet it is one of the most vital things you can do to set up your new life abroad. One of the best ways to get involved in the community, to meet new people, understand a new culture and make a difference in the world, could be to volunteer with one of the many non-profit organizations in Sweden. Through giving your time to local and international projects, with one of the fantastic organizations listed below, you could gain many benefits to help your professional development in Sweden. Finding a volunteer placement is not always easy in Sweden, as many organizations do not accept non-Swedish speaking volunteers. We have contacted a wide range of these organizations so we can provide you with a list of those that are more than happy to receive help from English speaking volunteers.

Akvo Foundation www.akvo.org/

Akvo creates open source web and mobile software and builds networks of skilled partners that can change the way development aid is allocated and reported. This is important, because it improves the way projects are implemented in some of the poorest parts of the world, making them more effective, efficient, sustainable and visible.Volunteer needs: If you are technically minded and are able to install Linux servers, configure software and build programmes in Python or PHP, then this may be for you! Akvo.org’s technical team are looking for volunteers to help improve the way development aid is communicated to a larger audience. The tasks you could help us with include: building our metrics board; installing and configuring data visualisation tools; configuring our web traffic analysis tools; and participating in testing the Akvo RSR system, which is an online service that we are building.

Volunteer Contact Person: Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson [email protected] 08 626 7609

American Club of Sweden (you must be a member of the club, to be able to volunteer)

Building cultural ties between the United States and Sweden. They are constantly in search of people who can volunteer to help manage events and other aspects of the Club. www.amclubsweden.org

Volunteer Contact Person Julie Lindahl [email protected] 070 661 0015


Crossroads, Stockholms Stadsmission An organization to counteract social and economic exclusion among foreign EU citizens and non-European citizens with a permanent residence permit from another EU country that live in homelessness and/or unemployment in Stockholm. www.stockholmcrossroads.se/

Volunteer Contact Person Katarzyna Zebrowska [email protected] 08-787 86 56

Volunteer Needs: Crossroads are interested in English-speaking volunteers to help provide information and support for foreign EU migrants. They are primarily looking for voluntary co-workers that speak one or several of the following languages in addition to English or Swedish: Romanian, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Italian or French. They are also always looking for voluntary co-workers that speak other European languages such as: Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovak or Slovenian.


Forum Syd Collaborate for global change www.forumsyd.org

Volunteer Contact Person Annica Timmerman [email protected] +46 (0) 8 506 371 29


Green Peace www.greenpeace.org/

Volunteer Contact Person Ivan Oljelund [email protected]


PLAN Sverige http://plansverige.org/volontar

Volunteer Coordinator: [email protected]

Plan is an international child rights organization working with and for children to promote their rights. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan International was founded 1937 and is today working in 66 countries. Plan Sweden is an independent branch of Plan International and was founded in 1997. Plan Sweden has a secretariat with around 50 employees and 70 active volunteers.


Red Cross www.redcross.se

Volunteer Contact Person: Mikael Theander mailto:[email protected] +46 708 359144


Sandshoe Sandshoe is a NGO that works for less fortunate children in developing countries to have an education by supporting local NGOs efforts and projects. Sandshoe finds ways that are inspired by the positive spirit of sports for donors to contribute and make a difference. www.sandshoe.org/

Volunteer Contact Person Erik Lau [email protected] 08-55113180


SILC – Swedish International Liberal Centre Supporting democracy and human rights activism. Mainly in Eastern Europe but also Cuba, Singapore and Zimbabwe. www.silc.se/

Volunteer Contact Person Martin Ängeby, Secretary-General [email protected]


Stockholm City Mission Social work, education and Second hand. NOTE: Education for volunteeers is in Swedish. www.stadsmissionen.se

Volunteer Contact Information: Lars Ståhl, [email protected] Stefan Lindeborg, [email protected]


Stories for Society Developing methods for learning and communication through story-telling at schools. www.storiesforsociety.com

Volunteer Contact Person Julie Lindahl [email protected] 070 661 0015

Sveriges Makalösa Föräldrar (Single Parents’ Org) To strengthen and visualize single parents and their conditions while living in Sweden www.makalosa.org

Volunteer Contact Person Sophia Lövgren [email protected] 0702-023010


Swedish Sea Rescue Society / Sjöräddningssällskapet Saving life at sea www.sjöräddning.se

Volunteer Contact Person: Helge Skärlen [email protected] 031-761 4218


Volontarbyran Volontärbyrån makes it easy for volunteers and nonprofit organizations to find each other. We provide volunteer assignments throughout Sweden and train NGOs in volunteer coordination. Our web page makes it easy to search, monitor and record volunteer assignments and is free for both volunteers and organizations. www.volontarbyran.org/

Volunteer Contact Person: Lilian Granlund 0771 – 24 14 00


  • Karen welsh 29 Mar 2011

    I can’t thank you enough for this list. I wanted to ask though, do you think volunteer work will help me develop my Swedish? Or will I use English language with these organisations? K

    • Morgan 30 Mar 2011

      From the information we have gathered, we have learned that the larger your network in Sweden, the easier it is to find a job. With that in mind, Swedes also like knowing that the skills people have honed in their home country is transferable to Sweden, and this can be proven through volunteering.

      I hope this helps! From the Your Living City Team.

  • Jim Kelly 1 Jul 2011

    Check out CARA Stockholm on Facebook.



  • alexander markantonis 14 Aug 2012

    i am looking forward to move to sweden and improve my swedish

    i found your website very useful to me

    thank you very much 🙂

  • yordanos 18 Aug 2012

    jag vill joba volontary i olika arbetet . det spela inget roll för mig men det bätrre för prata svenska språk.

  • maria greek 23 Dec 2012


    Im living in Skane area (Perstorp) and I would like to ask you if you can help me to find an action to be a volunteer here. I speak greek and english and next month im gonna start learn swedish too.

    I really want to offer as much as I can to society but I can’t find nothing except Stocholm..


  • Abubaker 7 Jan 2013


    I would like to obtain a voluntary job here in Skelleftea, my aim to get a job is to learn Swedish and keep my self busy, I speak both English and Arabic.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Joyce Kanu 12 Feb 2013


    i would like to volunteer in Sweden and love to learn your language while assisting with other volunteer projects. i speak English and love to work with children or agricultural project

  • Nyabange Japhet Chirimi 9 Mar 2013

    I am looking for Volunteers from Sweden who can help to teach non formal education to marginalized children and those one who are homeless and live in the street.We will form mobile classes and teach them at time which is convenient to them.

    The organization I am working with is Espero Foundation with a backing from Reach for change.

    Hoping to hear from you

    Chirimi N.J.-Executive secretary

    • virgilio 19 Dec 2013

      hi ,

      i am Virgilio and has interest in working as volunteer. I am flexible and easy to trained and had background in teaching people from Children to adult because by profession i am a teacher.


    • ishola omowumi 29 Jan 2017

      i will love to volunteer myself for the project..i speak english. contact me [email protected]


    • Syeda Rida zahra 5 Apr 2018

      Hey! Im from pakistan and im gender specilist did my project on out going school student and marginilise communites to teach them. I would like to work witj you 😉

  • Haji rasheed 17 Mar 2013

    I will be very proud if get this chance to work in swiden has a voluntary and am a working i will be in touch thank you.

  • salman 15 Jun 2013

    hi. i am from pakistan and i wanna work as a volenteer in any country, can any body help me how to get work as volebteer?


  • I am founder secretary of a non profit and am interested in sharing my skill and volunteer in a children non profit in Sweden.

  • Manali Mittal 25 Mar 2014


    I am living in Stockholm for a good time now and can speak English, Hindi and pretty good Swedish now. I want to volunteer, please guide me how to start with it.

  • kambale Fauza 7 Aug 2014


    I am living in filipstad SWEDEN and can speak English, and swahili. I want to volunteer, i am a NURSE please guide me how to start with it.

  • Bengt Malmsten 17 Mar 2015

    Jag vill jobba som volontär i Stockholm och önskar få förslag på organisationer.
    Arbetsuppgifterna får gärna variera mellan att ge information, hjälpa äldre med praktiska sysslor, servera mat eller visa folk till rätta vid besök på sjukhus eller “bara” finnas där som medmänniska och personlig assistent.

    Ge mig förslag på lämpliga företag/organisationer som jag kan kontakta.
    Tack på förhand.

  • vahid 20 Feb 2016


    i’m vahid

    I am 16 years old and i am refugee from iran

    I came to sweden 4 month ago

    I want to work like a volunteer in any section that you need

    I can speak english persian and turkish

  • paul mbugua 10 Apr 2016

    Am looking for volunteer opportunity in sweden with elderly homes.please help me. Currently am residing in kenya.

  • ishola omowumi 29 Jan 2017


    i would like to volunteer in Sweden and love to learn your language while assisting with other volunteer projects. i speak English and love to work with children and people that need help…




  • Ahmad Nached 4 May 2017

    My name is Ahmad and I am half Syrian half Turkish, and currently, I live in Turkey, but I really want to be a volunteer in Swedeen to help the Syrians, I have been working with united nation with the world food programme more than 2 years, and I have very good experiences with the crisis, and I am looking forward to work with you to get more experiences in my career life.
    I can speak English, Turkish and my mother language (Arabic).
    All the best,

  • Yuuka URABE 8 Feb 2018


    I am looking for a volunteer work or working experience program in Gothenburg or Stocholm while I study in the university of Gothenburg. I speak Japanese(native language), English, Spanish, and Swedish a little. My aim is to get an experience in the field for the protection of children’s rights, stopping the child labor, or fairtrade production companies. If you can help me to get those experiences, please let me know.


  • christian ndare 17 Sep 2019

    I’m christian ndare i would like to volunteer in Sweden and love to learn your language while assisting with other volunteer projects. i speak English and love to work with children or help people in hospital anyway in Sweden I can work volunteer

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