An international volunteer helps Cambodian children with their English homework

International Volunteer Programs

Do volunteer work overseas that helps you actively make a difference in the world

Do something exciting and different and become an international volunteer. With Projects Abroad, you’ll play a direct role in supporting communities or protecting endangered animals through our global volunteer programs.  

This is what you can expect from our volunteer opportunities abroad: 

  • Add new skills to your resume
  • Meet and work with groups of diverse people around the world
  • Learn from experienced local and international professionals
  • Be part of ongoing efforts to implement real change 
  • Hone global competencies like communication and planning
  • Learn about the challenges affecting people in developing countries 

Our volunteer programs are entirely flexible, safe, and hassle-free. We offer short- and long-term volunteer opportunities, so you can join us at any time during the year. When you start and end a project is entirely up to you! Our staff are also available to you 24/7 during your project, no matter what type of volunteer work you do.

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Projects Abroad Intern giving nutritional advice whilst on nutritional internship in Fiji.

From $2,865 USD

Nutrition Internships in Fiji
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Work with professionals and raise awareness in local communities about the importance of healthy living

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $1,770 USD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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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 Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $3,220 USD

Diving & Coral Reef Protection in Thailand
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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
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From $2,565 USD

Himalayan Conservation Expedition in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From $4,215 USD

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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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
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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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
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2,065 USD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $2,970 USD

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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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
Legal clinic in session in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

From $3,365 USD

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Where can I find international volunteering opportunities?

We offer a range of overseas volunteer opportunities for you to choose from. Our Project Experts can help you find the type of volunteer work abroad that best matches your goals and interests. You can explore your passions and do things like:

See a full list of our opportunities to volunteer abroad

Looking for real-world, professional work experience? Our internships abroad may be a better fit for you. We have programs where you can:

  • Gain clinical experience by shadowing doctors in busy hospitals
  • Observe vets as they conduct surgical procedures at animal clinics
  • Tackle law and human rights issues and raise awareness
  • Work with budding entrepreneurs to launch businesses with the help of interest-free loans

See a full list of our international internships

A group of students on an international volunteering program, identify a butterfly species

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

When you volunteer in another country with Projects Abroad, you can choose from different types of trips. If you want to work more independently, we strongly recommend our Flexi Trips. For those wanting to travel with a group over fixed dates, we offer Team Trips. We also have organized group trips for: 

Whichever volunteer opportunity you choose, you can be guaranteed that you’re working toward goals that form part of a bigger picture. Worried about how much of a difference you can really make if you’re only taking a short trip? Read our popular blog where we explain how our short-term volunteering opportunities in other countries make an impact.

Summer International Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is the perfect time to do volunteer work in other countries, especially if you want to join a group like a Team Trip or High School Special. We always have dates set during June, July, and August for these trips. If you want to join a Flexi Trip, you choose your own dates during the summer.  

Our volunteer service opportunities tend to fill up quickly just before summer, so we recommend getting your application in as early as possible to secure a place. However, if you decide to do overseas volunteer work at the last minute, this is something we can organize. Read our page about last minute volunteering opportunities abroad to learn what we can do for you at short notice.

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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 ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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