Volunteer

WaterAid volunteers cheering on riders at Ride London WaterAid/Brendan Foster

Get involved

Do you want to be part of something incredible? At WaterAid, we’re proud to work with a community of amazing volunteers – and we’d love you to join us.

From helping out in one of our offices to joining a local group, becoming a speaker or cheering on our brilliant marathon runners, we have a whole host of opportunities available for you.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be joining a global network committed to one thing: reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, within a generation.

Current opportunities

Festival volunteering
WaterAid volunteers at Glastonbury festival, June 2017.WaterAid/Emily Graham

Can you inspire others to support WaterAid, whilst delivering vital services onsite? Are you a happy camper come rain or shine? If so, then make sure you apply to join our festivals team! We’re looking for passionate, enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to represent us at five UK festivals this summer.

Applications are open until 9am Friday 11 May 2018.

Find out more and apply >

Join our Local Groups movement
WaterAid/Scouts volunteers collect signatures for the 2016 WaterAid 'Toilets Save Lives' Campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the 2.3bn people worldwide who don't have access to a clean toilet. Festivalgoers at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival were encouraged to sign a petition urging the UN to ensure that this situation will be resolved by 2030.WaterAid/Ben Roberts

Get active in your local community, meet like-minded people and transform lives around the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Just email [email protected], or visit our local groups section to learn more >

Join our Speaker Network

We're recruiting for inspiring public speakers with a passion for WaterAid to join our speaker network.

Find out more >

Volunteer at a WaterAid event
A WaterAid volunteer cheers at RideLondon-Surrey 100 2016.WaterAid/Brendan Foster

From cheering on our amazing supporters to collecting donations and putting up signs and banners, we always need extra hands to make sure our events go smoothly. We’re currently looking for:

  • London Landmarks Half Marathon cheerpoint: Embankment, London – Sunday 25 March 2018
  • London Marathon cheerpoints: Bermondsey (11 miles) and Embankment (25 miles), London – Sunday 22 April 2018
  • Ride London cheerpoint: Wimbledon, London – Sunday 29 July 2018

To apply, or to find out about other opportunities, please email our Events team at [email protected].

University and RAG volunteering
The WaterAid Society at Southampton UniversityWaterAid/Southampton University WaterAid Society

University is a great place to get involved in a cause you care about. From joining a WaterAid society to organising your own event on campus, there are so many ways you can show your support.

Visit our students section to find what suits you best >

Can I visit or volunteer to work on one of your overseas projects?

WaterAid does not send volunteers to projects. We believe it is vital that each community take responsibility for constructing, maintaining and managing their project themselves – receiving specialist support and training from our local partner agencies in the region.

Because the communities we work with are often in very remote areas, any visit would also require detailed planning and use valuable staff time and resources. Out of respect for the communities, we do not encourage self-funded trips to our projects either.

If you would like to see examples of our work, we do have many real life stories showing how clean water and sanitation have changed the lives of people around the world. For further information on volunteering overseas, you may like to try Raleigh International or VSO.