A volunteer helps a young boy with his classwork on a program similar to Peace Corps

Alternatives to the Peace Corps

We explain the difference between volunteering overseas with Projects Abroad and the Peace Corps

Are you interested in Peace Corps volunteer opportunities, but not sure about a two-year commitment? Projects Abroad is an organization like the Peace Corps, but with short-term options and fewer requirements. 

Here are the main differences between Projects Abroad and Peace Corps opportunities:  

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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
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 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
A Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.

From $2,270 USD

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From $2,720 USD

Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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Do volunteer work with children in South Africa and focus on supporting early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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How to Join Peace Corps

If you want to volunteer with the Peace Corps, but cannot meet the requirements, Projects Abroad is the perfect alternative. 

We can help you get the experience you need to pursue a degree in your chosen field or further your career. Our programs could also be a stepping stone you need to meet your goal of working with an organization like the Peace Corps in the future!

How old do you have to be to join the Peace Corps?

For Peace Corps programs, you need to be at least 18 years old. Projects Abroad accepts volunteers of all ages and skill levels. We also have programs for young students, designed specifically for:

These programs focus on experiential education, and give young people a safe and guided introduction to volunteering abroad. 

Like Projects Abroad, the Peace Corps has no upper age limit for seniors and retirees. However, if you need more flexibility in where and when you travel, Projects Abroad is the program for you. You choose what you want to do, where to go, and your travel dates. Our Project Experts can help you choose which project best matches your skills and experience.

Joining the Peace Corps after College

The Peace Corps is a great way to give back and gain experience abroad after you graduate. However, your service time will be just over two years, which not everyone is able to do. 

With flexible programs running year-round, Projects Abroad is the ideal short-term Peace Corps alternative. You’ll support communities in need and get an insight into global issues, all within a time period of your choosing.

Concerned about making a real difference with short-term volunteering? Read our popular blog about how we ensure that your work makes a tangible impact.  

Family Peace Corps

We offer programs similar to Peace Corps for families. You don’t need to worry about Peace Corps volunteer requirements or training, as we can customize programs specifically for your family. 

For more information, read our page about family volunteer trips. Here, we explain how we cater for families with children of different ages, and show you a selection of family-friendly projects around the world.

Next Steps

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Let us create a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves and can answer all of your questions, big or small. 

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