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Peace Corps Alternatives: Projects Abroad vs. Peace Corps

Learn more about the differences between volunteering with Projects Abroad or the Peace Corps

Thinking about joining the Peace Corps but not sure about a two-year commitment? Projects Abroad is the perfect alternative with similar programs without the long-term obligation. By volunteering overseas with Projects Abroad, you can reap all the benefits of the Peace Corp without tedious pre-requisite training and a long-term sacrifice of time.


This is what sets Projects Abroad apart from Peace Corps:


Time Commitment – Many of our projects have flexible dates. You can volunteer from one week to a full year. So, Projects Abroad is a great short term Peace Corps alternative.


Variety – We offers hundreds of programs in many developing countries around the world.


Choice – You can choose exactly where you would like to go and what you would like to do.


Requirements – Each of our projects is unique and requirements vary depending on the project and the location. Please contact one our Project Experts for specific destination requirements.


Age – Our placements are open to volunteers from different age groups. Our volunteer trips for teens are specialized Peace Corps alternatives for high school graduates. We even offer programs for Middle School students and volunteers older than 50.


Volunteer Community – During your volunteer experience, you’ll spend your time abroad with a group of like-minded volunteers from all over the world.


Host Families – On many of our projects, volunteers enjoy an authentic local experience by living with a host family. Where this isn't possible, volunteers stay in shared accommodation with other volunteers.


Overseas Support – You’ll have 24-hour support from trained in-country staff.


Get in touch today and we’ll help you choose the right Peace Corps alternative for you.

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Local woman paddles through the water in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai struck the country in March

From $2,270 USD

Disaster Relief Volunteer Work in Mozambique
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Volunteer in Mozambique and help rebuild schools and other educational facilities destroyed by Cyclone Idai

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Last Minute Trip
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From $2,770 USD

Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa
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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $3,220 USD

Marine Conservation Volunteering 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

Volunteer Conservation Work in the Himalayas 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
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $2,570 USD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • 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 blows bubbles with a child 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

Conservation Volunteering 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
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