Our Story


Founded in the winter of 2015 with a dream of linking professional volunteers to projects in Ghana, India and South Africa. Volunteer Invest is the Arms Around the Child volunteer abroad programme and talks to hundreds of volunteers every month about their ambitions and skills. 


Our mission is to help the projects we support to build a reliable and sustainable income through the support of international volunteers. We work with top universities around the world to find top quality volunteers to serve the communities we support. We are called Volunteer INVEST because we want to shout about how important our volunteers investment into the organisations they serve really is. It’s so important its in our name. 


We’re a social enterprise working with groundbreaking charity partners achieving incredible results in;


  • Human rights
  • Child development
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Art Therapy
  • Photography
  • Child therapy and
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention


We connect value-driven, socially-conscious change makers, students and professionals 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 operate under the global charity, Arms Around the Child and therefore we are a not-for-profit and this means we donate the largest percentage of our volunteer fees directly to the communities and projects we support. We are first and foremost a fundraising organisation that puts people above profits. We believe that volunteers are the catalyst to creating a sustainable and reliable income for the communities they serve.  


We value innovation and our close connecting with top universities enables us to find the best volunteers for our programmes. Whether you are studying Anthropology, Psychology, Art and Design or Childcare, we have a volunteer abroad opportunity for you. We provide career development and life-changing volunteering that will enhance your work expereince and give you a social cause that you will invest in. 


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



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…


Sian Rees 

Volunteer Manager


Sian found her passion for travel when she went to America at the age of 18 and never stopped. She has worked as a Sailing Instructor, Au Pair, Life Guard, Play Worker, Hostel manager, vegetable farm labourer and international English Teacher. Sian has volunteered in Cambodia, India and Thailand. Sian now wants to focus on helping less fortunate people in vulnerable situations, and those closer to home find and achieve their aspirations.

Maria | Volunteer Invest University Partner Manager

Maria Haro

University Partnership Manager

Maria worked at advertising agencies in Madrid, London and Sydney on strategic planning, branding and digital marketing. For the last 3 years she’s been working for a variety of charities and social businesses. Maria loves traveling and reading a good book.


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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