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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Switzerland

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Switzerland



Grassroots Volunteering in Switzerland

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Bergwald Projekt

The Mountain Forest Project sets a signal against the destruction of the mountain forest, contributes actively to its preservation and arranges for volunteers to be able to experience first hand this fascinating ecosystem. Possible tasks include the construction of trails, bulkheads, protections and fences against wildlife browsing, tending of the forest, planting, or clearing. German and French are the languages spoken on these projects.

Where: Wooded and mountainous locations around the country.
Accommodation & Costs: Meals and simple lodging in alpine or forest cabins, or perhaps tents, is available. Free to participate.

Volunteering in Switzerland



ICVolunteers works with organisers to help plan, host, interpret and report on non profit conferences. Jobs for volunteers can include welcoming delegates, badge distribution, answering general inquiries, preparing conference rooms and assisting the delegates with their presentations. Translation, journalism, and admin interns may also be required.

Where: Most conferences in Switzerland are held in Geneva.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers pay for their own expenses, including accommodation.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Switzerland

Our last information for the Volunteer Group of Italian Switzerland is a little out of date but it is possible they are still organising affordable one week long community service workcamps between June and September.

The Ironman sporting event takes place across the world, and when in Switzerland volunteers are recruited here.


Help Exchange Networks in Switzerland

Workaway -
HelpX -


More Volunteering in Switzerland Resources

Hello Switzerland - A page of volunteer opportunities for English speakers, though some of the sites we checked out were only in German, French and Italian. Several film festivals are included on this list.


Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Switzerland

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Image copyright Bergwald Project