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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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A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa
Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers

From $3570

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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Archaeology volunteering for teenagers in Peru also includes weekend trips to places like Machu Picchu.
Archaeology Volunteering in Peru for Teenagers

From $3070

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Learn from archaeologists and work with a group to uncover ancient civilisations and history in Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project analyse their findings.
Archaeology Volunteering in Romania for Teenagers

From $3570

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Join a group of teenagers your age and help archaeologists uncover ancient civilisations in Eastern Europe

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From $3070

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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

From $2270

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

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A team from Projects Abroad take part in construction volunteering in Jamaica to build playhouse for local school
Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica

From $3065

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Use your hands to make a difference and build important infrastructure in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.
Building Volunteer Work in Nepal

From $2070

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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From $2865

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Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers take part in building volunteer work in the Phillippines to help construct water sanitation building
Building Volunteer Work in the Philippines

From $2520

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Get your hands dirty helping to improve sanitation facilities for families in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
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