Our Story


Volunteer Invest is the Arms Around the Child volunteer abroad programme. Founded in the winter of 2015 with a dream of linking professional volunteers to projects in Ghana, India and South Africa.


We’re a social enterprise working with groundbreaking charity partners achieving incredible results in the areas of human rights, child development, child therapy and HIV/AIDS treatment.


Connecting value-driven, socially-conscious change makers with the opportunity to contribute to, learn from and experience frontline social work in action.


In this way, we believe our volunteer programme has the potential to achieve social impact on an exponential scale as the exchange of skills, knowledge and ideas continues to spread from community to community.


What Makes Us Different


We’re a small team united by a shared interest in social impact. So we put in place a 80:20 promise. 80% of our fees go direct to our partners, with only 20% retained to cover our running costs. This is highly unusual for an industry where 50:50 is the norm!


Our Team


Ellie Milner

Executive Director



Previous working experiences took Ellie on a journey through music promotions and management working with luminaries including Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack. Ellie worked on the Red Hot and Blue and Red Hot and Dance projects which produced albums and Documentaries to raise funds for HIV/AIDS raising over $10 million. Ellie went on to develop and expand a currently thriving music department offering musical performance and music technology courses in an FE college in the South of England. This fitted perfectly with adding 2 boys Moses and Nelson read more…




Sarah Anne Harris

VIP Director


Sarah has worked around the world with charities, NGOs and social enterprises for many years. She lived in Hong Kong for 3 years, managing large conferences around Asia-Pacific, consulting start-up social enterprises and developing communication campaigns. She has travelled extensively to engage with communities that require exposure and awareness and has dedicated her life to helping vulnerable people read more…


Pedro Jacob


After four years working in London’s vibrant tech scene, Pedro decided to pursue his lifelong passion of writing. He has a natural curiosity for a vast range of topics such as poverty relief, charities environment, international affairs, among others, which he has applied in his position as a writer & editor for Volunteer Invest.

You can reach him here: https://medium.com/@pjacob

And Tweet him here: https://twitter.com/pedcssjac

Romy Grace Volunteer Invest Marketing

Romy Grace

Social Marketing Manager

Romy is a marketing professional, working with businesses to develop an effective online strategy. Specializing in social media, Romy has worked with brands across various industries from Financial Services to FMCG and e-commerce.

Before freelancing Romy worked in banking as a Marketing Manager overseeing high profile social accounts, national competitions and media relations.

Romy is passionate about healthy living, entrepreneurship and making a positive difference. She has represented the UK as a One Young World Ambassador, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.

When she is not working, Romy enjoys travelling, yoga and blogging on romygrace.com.


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