I wasn't initially looking for volunteering opportunities at all to tell the truth, I was just looking to get far away from London and everything that comes with London.
But I can''t afford to just go and spend a year out if that means paying for food and accomodation along the way. I chose to research opportunities where I could volunteer or contribute in some manner to a community in return for food and board, preferably for a longer term stay.
I was willing to spend some money on food and acommodation myself. I've come to understand that if you're going to volunteer somewhere then having to pay rent, at least for the first few months, is not the most outrageous expectation. Whilst you are being trained at an organisation you are probably more of a hinderance than a help to the organisation so you will come at an expense to them.
I found 3 really great websites that allow you to directly contact organisations running projects and arrange a way to volunteer with them. These websites are making volunteering an affordable opportunity:
You can browse helpx.net and volunteerlatinamerica.com for free, they do ask for a small one off fee of about £20 to access the contact details of the organisations. Once I''d found GEMS on helpx.net I was more than happy to pay the fee to contact GEMS, I'm grateful that it"s going towards keeping that website up and running.