A woman plants mangroves as part of our global volunteer opportunities in Fiji.

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer around the world and become part of an ongoing effort to empower disadvantaged communities

Volunteer overseas on a safe, sustainable, and hassle-free program. We offer a range of volunteer abroad programs, so you can do something you’re really passionate about, like:  

  • Support children’s education
  • Work with animals and protect endangered wildlife  
  • Provide basic medical services to communities without access to healthcare

Volunteering abroad is an exciting way to add practical skills to your resume and get first-hand insight into global issues. It’s also a way for you to make a real difference. With Projects Abroad, you’ll work towards achieving long-term goals guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These goals address needs identified by the local community members and organizations we partner with.

What are the best volunteer abroad programs for me?

Our Project Experts are here to help you choose the volunteer abroad program that’s the best fit for you. Some of our international volunteering trips will be more suited for you than others.

Our Flexi Trips are for those aged 16 and older. We have organized Team Trips on fixed dates, where you’ll team up with a group and work toward a goal together. If you’re a high school student between 15-18 years old, join our High School Special programs. To learn more about the types of trips we offer, go to our trip formats section here..

Our global volunteer opportunities cater to people from all walks of life. No matter your age, level of experience, or where you’re from, you can make a difference with Projects Abroad!

If you're looking for work experience, we'd recommend you take a look at our internships abroad. You can learn new skills in Medicine & HealthcareLaw & Human Rights, and more.

A female Projects Abroad volunteer helps refurbish playground equipment in Jamaica as part of her summer volunteer abroad program.

What do I get out of volunteering?

On one of our volunteer opportunities abroad, you’ll:

  • Learn new skills
  • Add global competencies like communication to your resume
  • Grow as a person and learn about the world firsthand
  • Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself
  • Make a tangible difference at a service project
  • Make lifelong friends and become part of our alumni network

Worried about not having enough experience, or what you can accomplish if you only have a short time available? Read our popular blog articles about short term volunteer opportunities and volunteering without experience.

Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs

Our programs are a great fit for anyone who wants to make the most of their break with a summer volunteer opportunity. You can travel with us at any point over June, July, or August, from as little as one week.

Summer is a popular time of year for international volunteering, especially for high school students, recent grads, and university students. We recommend applying early to make sure you get a spot on the program you want. This is especially important if you’re applying for a trip with fixed dates, as those projects fill up quickly!

How to Volunteer Abroad

Interested in learning more about how to volunteer abroad? You can read about how to start volunteering, or look at more detailed information below about our opportunities for:

As well as trips for specific times during the year:

You can also read more about voluntourism, another way of talking about volunteer travel programs, or find out more about service learning abroad.

If you're interested in traveling with us on short notice, read more about last minute volunteering abroad here.

Can I volunteer abroad for free?

This is a question we often get asked. The short answer is “no”, and there are several reasons why it’s important to pay for volunteering work abroad. Read more about why we ask our volunteers to pay a fee.

Choose a Volunteer Project

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

From $2270 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
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $3220 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 $2565 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
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $2570 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 $4215 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 $2270 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 $2065 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 $2970 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
A Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.

From $2270 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
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