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Volunteering Abroad During a Career Break

Career Break Volunteer assisting student with classwork on a Teaching project in South Africa

Increasing numbers of people are volunteering with Projects Abroad following a period, or even many years, spent in full-time employment. They may have chosen to take time out voluntarily or had to leave work for other reasons, such as redundancy, but the levels of skill and experience they bring with them means that Career Break volunteers are always greatly valued by the organizations we work with. There are great opportunities for Career Break volunteers to use their skills as well as gain work experience in new and exciting areas of work. 

Volunteer Abroad while on a Sabbatical or a Holiday

Perhaps you are perfectly happy in your chosen career, but just want some time away to explore a particular area of interest, or even just to help others? Our minimum project length of just 4 weeks for most projects - and some are available for even shorter durations - means that you can volunteer on one of our projects during a vacation. Many teachers even choose to volunteer with us for the whole of their summer break!

More and more employers are starting to see the value of offering their staff longer periods of unpaid absence, during which the volunteer can satisfy their wanderlust, safe in the knowledge that they still have a secure job at the end of it. Employers may even be willing to finance some of the costs of a voluntary project, providing there is some tangible benefit in doing so. We can help you to provide any relevant information once you have applied.

We also offer meaningful short-term group trips for professionals over the age of 50. These Grown-up Specials are designed for career breakers looking to make an impact on communities in developing countries, but who only have a short break in which to do so. Each group trip has set dates, lasts for two weeks, and follows a set schedule.

Meet a Projects Abroad Career Break Volunteer

Career break volunteer, Pamela Jenner, shares her experience working on a Care project in India“I decided to become a volunteer because I wanted a break from my job after seventeen years. I wanted a challenge but I felt nervous about ‘going it alone’ and felt I needed the support of an organization. My Care project proved to be immensely varied and rewarding. I worked on a special complex in Tamil Nadu for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. I took part in village outreach projects, held workshops with young women to help them build up self-esteem, taught English and learned some physical therapy techniques as well as met a whole host of fascinating people, including the grandson of a former Independence Fighter and a Gandhi Peace Prize winner.”

Pamela Jenner
Care in India

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