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Short-Term Volunteering Abroad

Do a short-term service trip with Projects Abroad and travel with purpose even if you have a tight schedule. With our programs, you choose when to start and finish. This makes it incredibly easy to fit a volunteering trip into busy calendars.  

Many of our volunteer abroad and international internship programs are available from as little as one week or two weeks. Even if you only travel with us for a week, your work is part of ongoing long-term, sustainable goals. Our staff make sure that all shorter durations are suitable for the local community.

To see where short-term service trips are available, check our Prices page. If there is a price listed under the one-week or two-week column, you can do the program for that amount of time.

Short-Term Overseas Volunteer Opportunities

Students plant seedlings at a nursery in Ecuador during their short-term volunteer abroad trip

On a short-term volunteer program, you have the same benefits as those who join us for longer periods, like 24/7 support from our resident staff. We advise that you arrive over a weekend. This way we can make sure you start quickly and maximize the amount of work you do.

A week or two may seem too short a time to experience the culture and traditions. In many cases, we place you with a local host family. This is a great way to get first-hand experience of the culture and an insight into daily life. You can also socialize with other volunteers.

Short-Term Service Trips for Teenagers 

Our High School Specials are ideal for any teenager wanting to make the most of summer or winter break. We designed these group trips specifically for students between the ages of 15 and 18. They have a high level of supervision, and our local staff plan every detail in the schedule. Teenagers work and live together throughout their project.  

High School Specials run from anywhere between two and four weeks across fixed dates.

Short-Term Volunteering Abroad for College Students

A college student measures blood pressure during a short-term volunteer abroad trip to MexicoWe have numerous short-term overseas volunteer opportunities for college students. In the spring, join us on an Alternative Spring Break Trip. These trips are one-week long and we selected dates that coincide with the most popular university spring break dates.

If you want to join us at any other time of the year for a short trip, we recommend our 19+ Specials. They run over a period of two weeks and are group trips designed for people between the ages of 18 and 25.

Short-Term Service Trips for Older People

Projects Abroad also offers short-term service trips for older people. Our Grown-up Specials are group trips for those ages 50 and above. These trips are a great way to work with people your own age, and travel with extra support and guidance from our staff. Grown-up Specials run over fixed dates in spring and fall.

If you have questions about short-term volunteering abroad, get in touch with our friendly Program Advisors. We can help you pick the best program for you, and assist with organizing all the details, including booking flights for you. 


Explore how volunteering abroad and interning abroad works with Projects Abroad.

Experience: Over 20 years of organizing overseas volunteer projects.

Flexibility: You choose your start date.

Variety: hundreds of worthwhile projects to choose from.

Support: Full-time staff close-by in every destination.

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