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Coordinator | Nicole
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Experience the beachside bliss that is San Diego!
Assist dedicated local NGOs with worthwhile projects
Work with like-minded people on common goals
Provide communities with the opportunity to thrive
Gain a greater sense of perspective and experience
Settle in beachside in San Diego and help local organizations tackle the problems of income inequality and homelessness while enjoying this great location. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Working with an amazing local partner, Love Volunteers offers participants the opportunity to work with less fortunate communities in the enviable location of San Diego. 

The USA is often seen as a land of opportunity and wealth, however, the reality is that the majority of US residents suffer from income inequality, housing insecurity and a lack of basic resources. This project aims to address these issues and support local organizations endeavouring to help low-income families and un-housed populations. Volunteers can support these initiatives on a variety of projects, focused where the need is greatest.

Perfect for hard-working individuals who are keen to help vulnerable communities and are passionate about the ultimate goals of achieving thriving, vibrant and safe communities with equal opportunities and resources for all residents.  

How you can help
More than ever volunteers are needed to assist local organizations in their work with vulnerable communities. In this ever changing world the challenges are multiple and often unpredictable. Volunteers on this essential program will gain an insight into the issues faced by these communities and will play a part in combating these challenges and empowering individuals to be active in their community.  

Volunteers will be matched with local initiatives based on skill-sets, preferences and the needs existing at the time of placement. The program partners with various organizations running a diverse range of projects and the work undertaken by each volunteer is meaningful and beneficial to the communities served. Placements may be with food banks, homeless shelters, donation warehouses, schools and community centres.  

Volunteer work will vary depending on the projects being undertaken and may include:

  • Assisting in food distribution, for example serving meals and packing grocery boxes
  • Sorting donations of food, clothing or household goods 
  • Assisting local homeless shelters
  • Working with local groups to clean and beautify communal spaces

Typical day

Volunteers on this program can expect to work for around 3 - 5 hours per day, 4 or 5 days a week, typically Monday through Friday. When not volunteering participants are free to enjoy this incredible city! 

Volunteer schedules depend on the needs of the organization at the time of the placement but a typical day is likely to look something like this: 

  • 7:00am Breakfast at the Hostel
  • 8:15am Travel to the project site
  • 8:45am Pre-start meeting with the program coordinator
  • Lunch is taken at midday at an eatery near to the project site
  • Exact finishing times will depend on the specific project.
  • 2:15pm De-brief with the project coordinator

Afternoons and evenings are free to enjoy the many recreational activities San Diego has to offer.

Free-time activities

San Diego is beachside bliss!  

It's hard to argue with San Diego's self-claimed title of "America's Finest City' when the weather is so perfect and the people so welcoming. Whether you spend time relaxing on a Pacific Ocean beach (of which there are many!), hike in the stunning regional parks framing the city, experience the inner-city attractions and parks or explore the delights of Downtown you cannot fail to be charmed.

What an incredible place in which to spend time on a worthwhile volunteer program! 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, Emergency Contact and Police Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over (17 with parental consent) who wish to help create a brighter future for people living in marginalized communities of the USA. While this program best suits those with an interest in social equality it is open to anyone with a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at San Diego International Airport

Volunteers are met on arrival into San Diego by our local representative and taken to the hostel to settle in. A welcome dinner for new and current volunteers is a great opportunity to get to know each other!  

    Monday is Orientation Day, designed to help volunteers feel supported and comfortable in their new environment. The orientation will cover negotiating the public transport system and will include a visit to the project site and brief introduction by the community partner. 

    • Arrival Day: SUNDAY 8AM - 8PM
    • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
    • Arrival Airport: San Diego International Airport (code: SAN)


    Volunteers in San Diego are hosted at a popular hostel in Downtown, just a skip from Gaslamp District with its popular bars and restaurants and a short bus ride from those fabulous San Diego beaches! 

    Rooms are dormitory style, sleeping up to 4, with shared bathrooms and the hostel offers all amenities required for a comfortable stay including free WiFi, storage lockers, laundry and kitchen facilities and communal areas for relaxing and meeting other guests.  Linen and towels are provided so volunteers need take only personal items.

    Youth Hostel
    Food & Beverages
    Volunteers are provided with breakfast daily at the hostel (included in the program fee). Lunch and dinner can be prepared in the communal kitchen - or we recommend you gather up your new-found friends and hit the vibrant bar and restaurant scene.
    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
    Flight Tickets
    The nearest airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
    Travel Insurance
    Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States provides security and is a plus to have.
    If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

    Dates & Fees


    Details on arrival

    This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

    Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    1 - 12 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    1 week (min. stay)
    2 weeks
    3 weeks
    4 weeks
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $697 /week

    Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Deposit (15%)
    The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

    Why book with Volunteer World

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    Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
    Quality Assurance
    High ethical standards & transparent social impact
    Flex Option
    Change your reservation at no extra costs
    Refund Guarantee
    We refund your fees if Love Volunteers cancels your trip
    Support & Mediation
    We cover your back no matter what happens
    Our services are free of charge!
    All program fees are charged directly by Love Volunteers.

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    Settle in beachside in San Diego and help local organizations tackle the problems of income inequality and homelessness while enjoying this great location.


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