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Xchange Scotland

Xchange Scotland is a Scottish youth-led charity developed by returned Scottish volunteers with the support of others committed to making positive change in society. We provide inspiring opportunities around the world and around the corner.

Volunteer Abroad

We send volunteers from Scotland on affordable and engaging international projects around the world, set up by local partner organisations – short term (2-4 weeks) and long-term (2-12 months).

Projects in Scotland

We work with non-profit organisations across Scotland to enable them to benefit from volunteers from overseas coming in to help with their work. Volunteers are recruited from our overseas partners and Xchange Scotland helps manage the volunteers on your project.

Global Education

We work with a wide range of groups to deliver engaging and dynamic sessions based on the principles of non-formal education. Our sessions can cover a wide range of topics and be tailored to your particular needs.


On 5 December 2014, people in more than 80 countries will celebrate International Volunteer Day…

In 2014 we have been celebrating friendship and intercultural exchanges among the Commonwealth Counties and…


Volunteer Experiences

  • xchange-scotlandVolunteer in Germany (Nicola - Aberdeen)
    “My Xchange Scotland project was being part of a team working at a summercamp for German young people. The centre of the camp was a big circus tent which hosted different activities. The work was varied and interesting and I felt that it made a worthy impact on the young people on the project.”
  • testimonial-volunteer-india-xchange-scotlandVolunteer in India (Harriet - Ullapool)
    “I can honestly say that my Xchange Scotland project was one of the best things I have ever done. I learnt so much about travel, culture, language, other people but most of all myself. I have come out of it with an open mind and a confidence to try all new things. It also made me aware of the difference your help can make. It taught me how there are some people out there that need just a hand up, but volunteering is not one sided – they equally have something to give to you such as stories, experience and life skills.”
  • testimonial-volunteer-austria-xchange-scotlandVolunteer in Austria (Victoria - Stirling)
    “My international volunteer project was working at a centre for young people with fewer opportunities in Austria. I got alot of support from the other volunteers – even though my project was only 2 weeks, the people that I was with by the end felt like family. I was quite scared before going away as it was the first time that I had been away on my own – so I got alot out of it. I also developed my language skills alot when I was away. I would really recommend going on a project.”
  • testimonial-volunteer-kenya-xchange-scotlandVolunteer in Kenya (Melanie - Stirling)
    "The three weeks I spent in Kenya were fantastic, I was based in Nairobi at the KVDA centre. Accomodation suited me as I was in inside and managed to get a bed! Food was actually ok, we took turns at cooking and I learned from the local volunteers how to cook some traditiional Kenyan dishes. Kenyans themselves are the most friendliest and helpful people I have ever come across. They really want to look after you and always lend a helping hand."