A Maasai herder cares for cattle at a village where volunteers participate in cultural immersion programmes in Tanzania.

Cultural Immersion Programs

Immerse yourself in some of the most incredible cultures in the world

Travel somewhere incredible and have an unforgettable experience. Live in and be part of another community, totally different from your own.


Projects Abroad’s Cultural Immersion Projects will let you step inside a culture. Some of these cultures face threats from the modern world. By working with us, you can learn about them and help protect them for years to come.


We’ve created a range of unique travel experiences where you can switch off from modern life.  You’ll work alongside locals to pitch in with their day-to-day lives and the challenges they face. You could spend time in a community centre or school, take a trip to a historical site, or even help farmers with their livestock. It all depends where your personality and skills fit best.


Our previous participants on cultural exchange programs have gone on to a wide range of careers and experiences, having gained versatile social skills and resilience during their time with us.

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A group of Community volunteers are outside being taught about Maasai Culture during their Community volunteer work in Tanzania.
Volunteer with the Maasai in Tanzania
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  • Price: $2,520 USD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $380 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
Local women in Fiji perform a ceremony for the opening of a Community Centre at a placement lead by Projects Abroad Staff.
Community Volunteer Work in Fiji
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  • Price: $2,470 USD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $330 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
An older volunteer participates in a pottery class as part of her Khmer cultural experience in Cambodia.
Khmer Cultural Immersion Project in Cambodia
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  • Price: $2,270 USD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $330 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is a Cultural Immersion program right for me?

Our Cultural Immersion Projects are right for you if you’d like to experience life in another culture. You’ll be able learn more about other ways of life and the challenges communities can face.

You’ll take on an important role, helping to protect and nurture another culture while gaining valuable skills. You’ll improve your problem solving and communication skills. You’ll be totally immersed in a new place, experiencing new communities, food, lifestyles and challenges.

Throughout your time with us, you’ll be supported Projects Abroad staff and supervisors.

If you’re interested in our Cultural Immersion Projects, but feel it’s not quite right for you, you may be interested in our Building Projects or Social Work internships. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

A volunteer dressed in traditional Moroccan dress during one of Projects Abroad's cultural immersion programmes.

What will I gain from a Cultural Immersion program?

Joining a cultural exchange program like this gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career, as well as broadening your life experience.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous participants talk about:


  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Practical work experience in a unique environment.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.


All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

How are Projects Abroad’s Cultural Immersion Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work with. You can be assured that your Project is ethical and well supported. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programs.


Be fully supported by staff


On these projects, you’ll work alongside cultural experts and Project Abroad staff. They’ll help you integrate and learn from your new community. You’ll also be joining a wider network of volunteers and interns from around the world. We have dedicated staff whose job it is to support our participants throughout their project.


Projects that have an impact


All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. You’ll be able to see the difference your time can have on individuals and a community.

A nomad host family with the Projects Abroad volunteer living with them on her cultural immersion programme abroad.

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