A career breaker volunteering with Projects Abroad in Belize helps a child improve her literacy with fun activities.

Professional Volunteering Abroad and Career Breaks

Use your experience and skills to support communities in need or seize the opportunity to do something different

Use your experience and skills to actively make a difference as a professional volunteer with Projects Abroad. As a professional, you’ll work toward the long-term, sustainable goals we’ve set at all of our projects. You won’t just be part of a quick fix.


If you're interested in professional volunteering abroad, we can help you use the skills you've honed throughout your career to make a difference. It's a great way to break away from your 9-5 routine and adapt to a new environment and challenges. Or, you can do something completely different during a career break. We'll be able to help you realize your potential and discover what you're capable of regardless of the project you choose.


We have various options for you. You can work more independently on a Flexi Trip, or you can work with a group to tackle a challenge together in a fixed period of time on a Team Trip. No matter which trip you choose, our in-country staff will be there 24/7 to support you when you need it.

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Projects Abroad volunteers scaling a canopy walkway during their Conservation volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.
Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru

From $3220 USD

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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help with vital conservation work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.
Medical Internship in Nepal

From $1770 USD

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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.
Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji

From $4215 USD

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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Female Projects Abroad Medicine intern learns how to tie a sature at a hopsital as part of her medical work experience in Argentina.
Medicine Internship in Argentina

From $2865 USD

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Get medical work experience by learning directly from doctors in different hospital departments

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.
Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

From $3220 USD

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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.
Medical Internships in Ghana

From $2470 USD

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Gain work experience while learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

From $2970 USD

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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child in Ghana
Volunteer with Children in Ghana

From $2270 USD

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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica
Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica

From $2565 USD

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Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Tanzanian medical professionals spend time with a nurse volunteering abroad for her career break.

Career Break Ideas

Volunteering abroad is an exciting way to take a break from your career. If you’re in need of some time off, or would like to gain experience working in a new field, volunteering gives you that option.


A volunteer program lets you see the world while using your experience in the workplace to contribute to a specific area of need. This is the perfect opportunity to try something different and acquire new skills. For example, if you’ve always had a love for nature, you can help at a Conservation Project. Or, if you want to learn basic medical skills, you can work with local medical professionals on a Public Health Project.


Our projects are a good fit for those on sabbatical or if you want to change careers. You can use your time abroad to re-energize before the next chapter of your life or career. We also welcome retirees. If you’re a senior interested in volunteering abroad, we strongly recommend our Grown-up Special group trips


Let us know what you want to get out of your career break and we’ll help you choose the right project.

How can I contribute as a professional volunteer?

Put your professional skills and years of experience to good use on a volunteer program. Your expertise will go a long way in benefiting the project you join. We set long-term, sustainable goals for each project, and you can provide valuable input in helping us work towards these goals.


Not only will you use your skills to help those in need, you can also play a key role in training others to continue with work efforts once you leave.


We recommend joining a Flexi Trip as a professional volunteer. You can decide how long you want to volunteer for, and will have more freedom to focus your work to your particular skill set.


If you’re a medical or healthcare professional, you can volunteer in a rural clinic or community hospital. We also have a number of Childcare and Teaching placements that would benefit from having professional social workers, teachers, and psychologists. You can also choose to work in law and human rights or as a business consultant on one of our Microfinance Projects.


To find out which of our projects are suited for professional volunteering abroad, you just need to look at the project page, like Medicine in Ghana. We’ll say on the page if the project is available for professionals.