Welcome to the IFRC’s volunteers section. Volunteers have been the backbone of our Movement since its birth in 1863. Today, as ever they are central to all activities of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, contributing to the success of our National Societies and assisting millions of vulnerable people in times of greatest need.

The Movement currently has around 12 million active volunteers.

Explore this volunteer section and find out how you can become part of the world’s largest humanitarian network. Discover how you can contribute toward making this world a better place by providing support to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

All Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers play an essential role in supporting their communities throughout the world. This volunteer section gives you the basic information about volunteering with Red Cross and Red Crescent and how your contribution will make a difference. On these pages you will find information about how you can volunteer, joining us in our mission to the most vulnerable improve their lives.

Contact your local Red Cross or Red Crescent

The next step is simple, contact the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in your country. Find out how you can become a volunteer!


Interested in volunteering overseas?

The IFRC does not recruit volunteers to work overseas. Nor do we coordinate exchange programmes between National Societies. A small number of National Societies do send some volunteers overseas and there are numbers of National Societies who receive international volunteers. If you are interested in these opportunities you should contact the National Society directly. For vacant staff positions in the IFRC, please visit the recruitment pages.

Learn more about volunteerism

What is a volunteer?

Volunteer work is different from paid work. Volunteering has its own unique qualities.

Volunteering development

The management of volunteers is an essential issue for National Societies and it is increasingly being included in strategic plans

Volunteer profiles

Volunteers are at the heart of everything the Red Cross and Red Crescent does. Meet some of our volunteers!

Global Review on Volunteering

The IFRC is completing the largest study on volunteering ever undertaken in the Red Cross Red Crescent.  We have interviewed staff, volunteers and experts from more than 150 countries.

Volunteering development in the IFRC

Volunteers need support and good management to be able to make a difference in their country. The IFRC’s volunteering development programme provides Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with tools and resources to provide a favourable internal and external environment that encourages and facilitates the work of volunteers, as well as promotes volunteerism across all sectors of civil society.