the mad cow project is developing a new way to volunteer

We create unforgettable volunteering experiences

The Mad Cow Project is a registered not-for-profit organisation that supports volunteers to develop their passion for giving to others through travel. Each volunteer is given the freedom to explore what volunteering means to them, supported in a small group that is provided with training and resources. This is delivered by a team of experienced volunteers overseen by a board of committed directors.

It’s choose your own adventure volunteering where the volunteer and the communities they help matter equally.

About Us

Designed for busy adventurous volunteers

Volunteering is personal and unique to everyone. At the Mad Cow Project we encourage you to follow your passions and make a difference your way in your time. We know exploring first works because we’ve done it ourselves and travel is fun!

In answering our own questions we discovered a new way to volunteer. And that’s worth sharing.


We start with relationships

You matter and so do the communities we volunteer with. 

We work with you and your small group to understand your circumstances and interests. We also partner with emerging communities and the social enterprises, non-government originations, profit-for-purpose and not-for-profits that show long-term commitment to them.

Relationships create the experiences required to volunteer effectively and meaningfully.

This allows you to apply your skills and experiences having been welcomed as a guest and gained an understanding of local customs and an appreciation of community challenges.

Our communities