A voluntourist help a child with her reading and writing skills at a school in Belize.

What is voluntourism?

Become part of ongoing efforts to support sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture

A combination of volunteering and tourism, voluntourism is a popular form of international travel. You use your time and energy to help others while exploring a different country and culture. At Projects Abroad, we take volunteer tourism a step further.


With us, you won’t just help and explore as a volunteer, you’ll discover what you’re capable of. We provide the gold standard of safety and support, helping you fulfill your potential and create positive change in the world. We believe in long-term, sustainable solutions and working directly with local communities. To help us achieve this, we have the support of passionate volunteers and dedicated, in-country staff


Each of our projects offers a hassle-free experience. You can volunteer abroad or do an international internship. We also offer cultural exchange programmes.

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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.

From $3220 USD

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Botswana
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Live in a remote part of the Southern African bushveld and join our effort to protect elephants and other local wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $1770 USD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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
Female Projects Abroad Medicine intern learns how to tie a sature at a hopsital as part of her medical work experience in Argentina.

From $2520 USD

Medicine Internship in Argentina
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Get medical work experience by learning directly from doctors in different hospital departments

  • 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
Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.

From $2470 USD

Medical Internships in Ghana
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Gain work experience while learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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
Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child 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
Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica

From $2565 USD

Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica
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Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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How does volunteer tourism benefit the community?

There are a number of ways that voluntourism can benefit local people:


  • When you contribute to a well-run and sustainable project, you’re helping to implement long-term development. Use your skills, time, and energy to make a difference that will last long after you’ve returned home. By helping a local teacher improve their English and classroom skills through a Teaching Project, you’ll indirectly impact the children they teach. When you help a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a Microfinance Project, you’re helping support an entire family for years to come.
  • By participating in voluntourism, you’re contributing to the local economy. In their free time, most volunteers go sightseeing, like game drives and island tours. Many developing countries rely heavily on the income from tourism. In this way, voluntourism companies and volunteers support local businesses.
  • Voluntourism companies employ local staff. Projects Abroad employs dedicated, in-country staff wherever we work. We’re not just committed to helping you discover what you’re capable of. We do the same for our staff.


Volunteering tourism is increasingly popular and it’s important to carefully research the organisation you’re considering travelling with. Experience, sustainability, and financial responsibility are essential to running programs that benefit local people.


Changing individuals and communities is one of our core values. We’re implementing real change through our projects. We plan, monitor, and evaluate all our projects in close consultation with local communities, conducting rigorous impact assessments as standard practice. You can read more about our values and who we are here, as well as our impact.

Voluntourists visit the small business they helped a local man build with the support of Projects Abroad.

Voluntourism Opportunities: More than just volunteering and sightseeing

With volunteering tourism, you’re well placed to make a tangible impact on the people you work and live with. You’ll also learn about the culture and traditions first-hand.


When they’re abroad, most of our volunteers live with local host families. Your host family will welcome you into their home and help you become part of the community. You’ll share their daily lives and learn their customs, which most tourists never experience.


When you choose to join a voluntourism program, you’re also joining a global network of volunteers. Our volunteers come from all over the world. You’ll find that most of them share your passion for giving back and your desire to broaden your horizons.

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