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.

I had an incredible experience volunteering with Projects Abroad in Belize and would recommend it in an instant. Don’t hesitate, say yes to every opportunity that comes your way and go with an open mind! - Maddy C, Teaching in Belize

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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.
Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,220 USD
A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,970 USD
A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.
Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,220 USD
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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

I went into this experience with an open mind, expecting to learn more about the medical field and gain experience in a hospital setting. Little did I know that I would leave Tanzania not only gaining invaluable medical experience, but also learning about myself and the human experience as a whole. - Mario M, Medicine in Tanzania

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.

I don’t believe words can truly describe the unforgettable experience I had. From the people, cultures and trips, the memories I gained will forever remain with me. Not once did I feel unwelcome and Projects Abroad worked very hard to make sure everyone felt safe and happy. If you have any problems, you’re only a phone call or email away from having someone on hand to advise you. - Jenny G, Childcare & Community High School Special in South Africa

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.

Next Steps

Can't find what you're looking for?

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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